Tag Archives: Croydon Council

Three-year residency rule on council homes could cost millions

Tony “Soprano” Newman’s cunning plan for winning the 2018 local elections is to out-UKIP UKIP, with a housing policy that will restrict those qualifying for council homes to those who have lived in Croydon for at least three years. Newman, … Continue reading

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More questions over £500,000 bid to gentrify Surrey Street

Some traders and residents based in or around Surrey Street are beginning to question whether Croydon Council is steamrollering them into a future for the 700-year-old market which few, if any, of them want or are happy with. Mark Watson, … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Business, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Fly tipping, Mark Watson, Music, Refuse collection, Street lighting, Surrey Street | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Norbury residents’ associations to stage a high street clean-up

Norbury residents are getting together for a high street clean-up. “Litter and fly-posting is spoiling Norbury,” Paul Cowling of the Norbury Village Residents’ Association. “Our high street, with its great restaurants and services, is riddled with seedy massage stickers and … Continue reading

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Boxpark operators still don’t have confirmed opening date

We are halfway through August, with the schools going back for their autumn term in a fortnight. Yet Boxpark Croydon, due to open in “Summer 2016” still has not got a confirmed opening date. The retail operation, on a corner … Continue reading

Posted in Boxpark, Business, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Jo Negrini, Property, Ruskin Square | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Barwell’s 2020 vision would see him run for Croydon Mayor

WALTER CRONXITE on the recent machinations and positionings by a career politician who is preparing for defeat at the next Westminster election Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell has admitted that he has ambitions to run to be Croydon’s first directly … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Mark Watson, Paul Scott, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Croydon pulls plug on Wandle Regional Park funding

Croydon Council has pulled the plug on its annual grant to a quango which was set up with other local authorities to create a regional park in the Wandle Valley, stretching through Merton and Wandsworth to the Thames. Senior council … Continue reading

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‘We need to adopt Vision Zero for better road safety in Croydon’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Following the announcement that the council wants to introduce traffic calming measures along Imperial Way to deter dangerous speeding at the Croydon Cruise, AUSTEN COOPER says that we need a new approach to road safety – and fast … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Croydon Council, Cycling, Environment, Stuart King, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council get the humps to put Imperial Way on Cruise control

Croydon Council wants to install speed humps on the borough’s roads for the first time in 10 years – but it took the death of a young father to persuade them to take any action. The “Croydon Cruise” has become … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Joy Prince, Policing, Robert Canning, Stuart King, TfL, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour members seize their chance to show support for Corbyn

Labour members in Croydon North, eventually given the opportunity to attend a nomination meeting over the party’s leadership, voted overwhelmingly in favour of Jeremy Corbyn last night. For the second time in 12 months. Steve Reed OBE, the Progress MP … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Mark Watson, Paul Scott, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Staff to move out of two more floors of £140m Council HQ

BARRATT HOLMES, our development correspondent, has discovered that by taking in corporate ‘lodgers’, the purpose-built local authority offices won’t be able to provide desks for 40% of the council’s staff Fisher’s Folly, the purpose-built local authority “hub” which was built … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Jon Rouse, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Council returns £250,000 pupil premium and doesn’t know why

Cash-strapped Croydon Council sent back nearly £250,000 of education funding unspent to Government last year. The cash represents almost one-quarter of Croydon’s pupil premium, intended for some of the borough’s most in-need children. And probably most worrying of all, when … Continue reading

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Charity Nightwatch to stage conference on homelessness

Croydon Nightwatch, the local charity whose volunteers have been helping to feed and care for local homeless people every day of the year for the last four decades, will mark its 40th anniversary with a conference to discuss ways of … Continue reading

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Former reporter in bitter attack against ‘clickbait’ Advertiser

STEVEN DOWNES on an extraordinary Twitter outburst from a “heart broken” local newspaper journalist who says that redundancies and cut-backs at his old workplace have made things “really shit” The Croydon Sadvertiser is dead. It’s ceased to be. It’s pushing … Continue reading

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Alas Smith and Jones: Labour members get behind Corbyn

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest embarrassing set-back for the Croydon clique which yearns for a return to the “good old days” of Tony Bliar The ordinary members of a Croydon Constituency Labour Party, when given a chance last night … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Rendle, Carole Bonner, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Maddie Henson, Mark Watson, Paul Scott, Sarah Jones, Sean Fitzsimons, Simon Hall, Stephen Mann, Steve Reed MP, Stuart Collins, Toni Letts, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Charity groups seek volunteers for CR Zero homeless project

A coalition of organisations, endorsed by the local council, is looking for 120 volunteers and local businesses to help tackle chronic rough sleeping in Croydon, as part of a scheme called CR Zero 2020. Among London’s boroughs, Croydon has one … Continue reading

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Council drops own housing company for new Taberner scheme

In central Croydon, where some think it is “easy” to build houses, it’s back to square one for the building of homes on the site of Taberner House, the council’s former office block. Work on the £150 million project is … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Planning, Taberner House, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

High-rise flats without space threaten a road to ruin

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In the midst of National Trust tours and an architectural re-appraisal of the development of central Croydon in the 1960s, DAVID WICKENS expresses his fears that 2016’s planners risk not only repeating some of the mistakes of the … Continue reading

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Make a splash with council’s free swimming offer for under-16s

Free summer swimming for under-16s is available at all of Croydon Council’s leisure centres for the six weeks of the schools’ summer holidays. As well as free swimming there will be crash courses for those new to the water, and … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Croydon Council, Education, Health, Leisure services, New Addington, Purley, Purley Pool, Schools, South Norwood, Swimming, Thornton Heath, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Libraries seek volunteers to introduce readers to Roald Dahl

Croydon’s libraries are looking for volunteers to help children and their parents through the “Big Friendly Read” Summer Reading Challenge. The annual reading campaign aims to get children to read at least six books during the summer holiday. For 2016 … Continue reading

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Grindrod and architects try to build on Croydon’s reputation

As if having 22-quid National Trust bus tours of Croydon are not enough, now there’s even a feature film about the town centre. Well, a short-form documentary, at least. Entitled the “Croydon: The High-rise and Fall”, it is from the … Continue reading

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