Tag Archives: Croydon

Robbed Norwood charity sends thanks to community donors

An appeal from a Norwood lunch club to replace stolen food and equipment has hit its target in less than 24 hours – thanks in part to a donation from one local businessman who read about the charity’s plight on … Continue reading

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Tory MP demands rail service be handed to TfL ‘immediately’

Nearly a year after first making the threat, Chris Philp, the MP for Croydon South, has written to the transport minister to demand the immediate withdrawal of the multi-million-pound franchise from Govia Thameslink Railway for operating Southern and other commuter … Continue reading

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Marathon grant helps playground scheme cross the finish line

A children’s playground in Grange Park in Old Coulsdon has received a £20,000 grant from the London Marathon, allowing the community-led re-building project to begin work this summer. Separately from the tens of thousands of individual runners who raise millions … Continue reading

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Council pimps out £144m offices in £7.5m 10-year deal

Croydon’s cash-strapped Labour-run council is today celebrating clawing back just £7.5million-worth of the costs of Fisher’s Folly, the borough’s vastly over-priced civic headquarters. Over a period of 10 years. So only another £136 million to go. At this rate, it … Continue reading

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Brexit would cost London tourism billions, Twycross claims

Fiona Twycross, the London Assembly Member who lives in Croydon, has today joined the European Union referendum debate by claiming that Brexit would create a “devastating loss to London’s tourist economy”. London has been named as the world’s most popular … Continue reading

Posted in Mayor of London, London-wide issues, London Assembly, Val Shawcross, Sadiq Khan, 2016 EU referendum, Fiona Twycross | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Tram drivers’ 100% vote for strike action in dispute over pay

Members of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, who work on Croydon’s Tramlink network have voted 100 per cent in favour of strike action over what they call “the failure of FirstGroup to make an acceptable pay offer”. There was a … Continue reading

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Punk designer’s art work goes on display with £1m price tag

It is 40 years in November since the release of “Anarchy In The UK” announced the screaming, spitting arrival of Punk. Greil Marcus, the American cultural critic, wrote vividly that in the Sex Pistols’ debut single release, John Lydon spewed … Continue reading

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Boxpark delays could see Ambition Festival staged in October

Our arts correspondent BELLA BARTOCK reports on how a council-backed arts fest can’t fix a date in the diary It’s just a few weeks since Croydon Council made the announcement that it would use £160,000 of Council Tax-payers’ money to … Continue reading

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Hospital closure plans could put added pressure on Mayday

Plans due to be published next month could see 650,000 extra people in south-west London depending upon the already under-pressure Mayday, Kingston and St George’s hospitals for their urgent and specialist medical care. The Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals … Continue reading

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Come Dine With Me seeks volunteers for new series

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Cyclists set to snub £150 entry fee for charity bike race

Croydon’s cyclists seem likely to snub the £150 entry fee being demanded by the organisers of a charity event being staged as part of the town centre bike race next month. It is the second year that Croydon has staged … Continue reading

Posted in Sport, Tony Newman, Charity, Timothy Godfrey, Tramlink, Cycling, Croydon Commitment, Cycling | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Mayor Khan to extend one-hour Hopper fares to tram network

The Croydon tram network is preparing itself to be included in the one-hour Hopper fare scheme when it is introduced by Transport for London in September. Last week, Labour’s new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan announced the Hopper scheme, which … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, East Croydon, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tramlink, Transport, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Westfield and Hammerson: uninformative and unhelpful

CROYDON COMMENTARY: What do you call a public consultation exercise that offers no real, hard information? A Croydon public consultation exercise. ARNO RABINOWITZ went along to the latest box-ticking stunt staged in the town centre by Westfield and Hammerson over … Continue reading

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Newman snubbed as Labour group gives backing to Collins

After spending a couple of hours sitting in the shadow of the Clocktower nursing a half-finished pint of lukewarm Stella, WALTER CRONXITE reports on last night’s meeting which, if it wasn’t the end of the beginning, might be remembered as … Continue reading

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Hospital campaigners stage free screening of NHS film, May 23

Save St Helier Hospital is staging a free screening of Sell Off – The abolition of the NHS at Ruskin House, Coombe Road, Croydon on Monday May 23. The film will be followed by a discussion session.

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O’Connell squeezed as Greens and LibDems go tactical

With two days to go until the London elections, and “Silent Steve” O’Connell, the London Assembly Member for Sutton and Croydon, has found himself in a double squeeze which could see him kicked off the City Hall gravy train where … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Command performance will be Mozart Players’ royal celebration

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are to be the guests of honour at the final classical music concert to be held at the Fairfield Halls before its temporary closure for refurbishment. The Halls were opened in 1962 with a performance … Continue reading

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Ahmad challenges ‘Silent Steve’ to condemn racist campaign

“Dog whistle politics” and allegations of racist campaigning by the Tories have seen this week’s London elections described as among the dirtiest ever fought. And it’s not just WALTER CRONXITE reporting that, but the Green Party, a Conservative peer and … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, George Ayres, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Khan braced for Tory attacks as poll gives him 20% lead

In what is probably the final, meaningful opinion poll (oxymoron klaxon) before voting in the London elections next Thursday, Labour’s Sadiq Khan – “the council estate boy from south London” – appears on track to become the capital’s third mayor, … Continue reading

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Planning chair urged to block scheme for ‘Croydon Carbuncle’

The redevelopment scheme proposed for the town centre risks creating a “Croydon Carbuncle”, according to one concerned resident who has issued an open letter to the council’s planning committee, which is due to consider the revised plans for the £1.4billion … Continue reading

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