Tag Archives: Croydon

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

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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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‘You’re stuffed’: O’Connell attacks Tory housing policy

London Assembly Member Steve O’Connell last night launched an unexpected attack on his own party’s housing policies. “If you earn around £35,000, you’re basically stuffed,” O’Connell said dismissively of the impact of Conservative policy when speaking to a small, supportive … Continue reading

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Studio Upstairs brings its charity art project to Croydon

Studio Upstairs is launching its South London Studio in Park Street, Croydon, on May 10. Studio Upstairs is an arts and well-being charity which has been working in London for more than 25 years. It aims to provide holistic support … Continue reading

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Car park gallery will force drivers to use Hammersfield spaces

Bit by bit, the Whitgift and Westfield takeover of the town centre continues, aided and abetted as usual by our pliant councillors. It has been announced – via a news report in Architects’ Journal – that part of the Fairfield … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Art, Business, Croydon College, Delancey, Fairfield, Fairfield Halls, Jo Negrini, Planning, Rise Gallery, Segas House, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Comedy Festival will be more than Much Ado About Nothing

The second Croydon Comedy Festival takes place around the borough this June and July, offering a mix of top-flight live comedy acts, Shakespearian theatre, and free screenings of some classic movies. Confirmed acts include Croydon’s own Lucy Porter and Kevin … Continue reading

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London Assembly candidate calls for inquiry over incinerator

Marina Ahmad, Labour’s London Assembly candidate in Croydon and Sutton, is demanding an investigation into the contracts and deals surrounding the £1billion Viridor incinerator being built at public expense on Beddington Lane, on the Croydon-Sutton borough boundary. “The incinerator scheme … Continue reading

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Council housing company appoints director with Qatari links

There are reasons why local authorities resort to setting up separate companies to perform some council functions. Transparency is not one of them, reports our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES Croydon Council has appointed a director of lighting contractor Skanska and … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Broad Green, Colm Lacey, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Fieldway, Heathfield, Housing, Jo Negrini, Kenley, London-wide issues, New Addington, Planning, Shirley, URV, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Protestors occupy under-threat library to halt council’s closure

The people are taking over. It is a gathering story from deepest south London of a popular uprising, of the sort that you might expect from oppressed locals against a tyrannical Conservative local authority. But the occupation of the Carnegie … Continue reading

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From a Polish prince to the cannabis party: the Mayoral choice

There will be 12 names on the ballot paper on May 5 bidding to become the third Mayor of London, it was confirmed this morning. As the race proper for City Hall gets under way, the battle lines between Labour’s … Continue reading

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Friends of the Earth meeting to screen Do The Math, Apr 19

Croydon Friends of the Earth group’s next meeting is to be held on Tuesday April 19, and will include a screening of the film Do the Math. The film will be followed by a talk from Ellen Gibson of 350.org … Continue reading

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Chief executive Elvery has quit £180,000 Croydon Council job

The council’s CEO is the third senior executive to announce their departure from Croydon so far this year. WALTER CRONXITE reports Ambitious for Croydon? Hmm, maybe the allure of the £1 billion Hammersfield development is not so attractive after all: … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Jon Rouse, Julie Belvir, Nathan Elvery, Paul Greenhalgh, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , | 13 Comments

Library trust to put books on wheels and seek £100 donations

Our bookish gyms correspondent GENE BRODIE hears that the Upper Norwood Library Trust’s plans for the brave new future of a volunteer-run public library might not be as definite as you might expect, with their takeover of the building due … Continue reading

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Croydon MPs’ declarations of interest 2015: Chris Philp

Here’s the official December 2015 update of the declarations of interest for the MP for Croydon South. A grand total of: £33,500 “Toady” Philp (according to Rupert Murdoch’s The Times today; it’s behind a paywall, but don’t bother handing over … Continue reading

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Croydon MPs’ declarations of interest 2015: Gavin Barwell

Here’s the official December 2015 update of the declarations of interest for the MP for Croydon Central. A grand total of: £34,101 Croydon’s Tory group on the council have stumped up £5,000 for Gav from their allowances. That’s Council Tax-payers’ … Continue reading

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Croydon MPs’ declarations of interest 2015: Steve Reed OBE

Here’s the official December 2015 update of the declarations of interest from the MP for Croydon North/Lambeth South (delete to taste). A grand total of: £10,080 This is for the period since May’s General Election. There doesn’t appear to have … Continue reading

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Viridor boasts of incinerator support from ex-BNP member

The latest “community update” from Beddington incinerator operators Viridor gives pride of place to a former member of the BNP. The news update for what Viridor insists on passing off as an “Energy Recovery Facility” – it will burn thousands … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Newman calls on his justice cabinet deputy to quit council

Croydon could soon be facing a second council by-election, after the ruling Labour group today withdrew the party whip from Matthew Kyeremeh and urged him to stand down as a councillor for Thornton Heath following a very messy divorce case … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Emily Benn, Matthew Kyeremeh, Thornton Heath, Tony Newman, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , | 9 Comments

Croydon Bach Choir concert, St Matthew’s, Jun 25

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