Tag Archives: East Croydon station

Newman breaks manifesto promise over Boxpark festival

Tony Newman’s Labour council has broken one of its 2014 manifesto commitments, after diverting £160,000 of public money from its intended free annual music festival to pay towards private business Boozepark’s opening shindig next month. The council-run Ambition Festival was … Continue reading

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‘Normal’ service is resumed, but 2018 plans are incomplete

A consultation on supposed “improvements” to Southern and Thameslink train services, and those on Transport for London’s Overground, appear to have wiped Gipsy Hill and Thornton Heath stations from the rail maps, while muddling several existing services. JEREMY CLACKSON, our … Continue reading

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TfL’s £7.6m grant for 20mph zones and road ‘improvements’

Croydon’s councillors will have an opportunity next Monday to demonstrate that they have grasped Einstein’s definition of insanity, and that they won’t be doing the same thing and expecting different results over the spending of millions of pounds on often … Continue reading

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Boxpark opening airbrushes all mention of Ambition Festival

Boxpark Croydon has finally announced its opening dates. Boozepark, which was lured to the site alongside East Croydon Station with a £3 million loan from the Labour-run council, is to stage a two-day “Opening Festival” on October 29 and 30 … Continue reading

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‘Epic fail’ by Southern as emergency timetable is withdrawn

A representative of railway staff has hit back at Southern Railways for blaming its employees for the failings of management over the withdrawal of around 150 services per day under what it called an “emergency” timetable. Mick Cash, the general … Continue reading

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Uncertainty for Croydon’s Post Offices under franchise scheme

The future status of Croydon’s two Crown Post Offices and one in Sutton remain in doubt according to union officials, as plans to close or franchise offices continue to be pushed through. Similar Post Offices in nearby Sydenham and Beckenham … Continue reading

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Hundreds of folk dancers brighten up a sunny evening

Three pubs, 150 dancers, and 16 Morris groups: the Croydon Night of the Dance, staged in Addiscombe yesterday, was described as a “tremendous success” by one of the organisers. And it looked like a lot of fun, as LEE TOWNSEND’s … 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

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MP Barwell and the ‘ridiculous’ office without disabled access

In 2011, the MP for Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, described a situation in which a disability assessment centre in his constituency had severely restricted access for the disabled as “ridiculous” and ought to be changed. “We need a solution,” the … Continue reading

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The Taxman cometh: HMRC signs £200m office lease

The Taxman cometh. HM Revenue and Customs has today signed a 25-year lease for the whole of the first office block to be completed in the Ruskin Square development. The deal could be worth more than £200 million for the … Continue reading

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Croydon’s Night of Dance will be far from a minor Morris affair

The 2016 Croydon Night of Dance will not be a minor Morris affair, as the organisers expect up to 150 dancers from 16 groups to take part in one of the biggest gatherings of the ancient English folk dancers assembled … Continue reading

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Southern Failway: Strip them of franchise now, says Tory MP

Day 3 of Southern’s ’emergency timetable’ and now a Croydon Conservative MP has joined London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Green MP Caroline Lucas in calling for the operator to lose its franchise immediately. By our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON Chris … Continue reading

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Southern Failways: the questions that need urgent answers

Day 2 of Southern’s ’emergency timetable’, and JEREMY CLACKSON reports on the impact on commuters and their reactions to the do-nothing Tory rail minister Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has today added his voice to the calls for Southern … Continue reading

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Southern Failways: Timetable cuts are ‘act of desperation’

As Southern starts its new timetable this morning, operating only 85 per cent of the service it agreed to provide, JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, reports that taxpayers will be footing the huge compensation bill arising from the cancelled services … Continue reading

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Official says Underpass could be closed until next week

The Croydon Underpass, surely something worthy of any National Trust tour of the glorious mistakes of the 1960s, remained partially closed for a third day today, causing long delays on Wellesley Road in the town centre, after a five-foot hole … Continue reading

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Council backing for tour launch that calls Croydon a ‘crap town’

Croydon Council Tax-payers have spent at least £3 million over the past five years for an official press office which as well as churning out the latest news from the council, also has the responsibility for “moulding” and improving the … Continue reading

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Southern Failways: Tory Government backs rail operator

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on how the Department of Transport’s idea of stepping in to improve commuter services is to axe 350 trains per day Chris Philp, the Croydon South MP who has spent more than a year playing … Continue reading

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East Croydon Community group meeting, Oval Primary, Jul 11

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It will be Bedlam at The Oval Tavern for Summer Solstice

The Wild Hunt Bedlam Morris, Croydon’s scariest group of Morris dancers, will be celebrating the Summer Solstice at The Oval pub, Oval Road,  from 8pm on Tuesday, June 21. The Wild Hunt will dance their trademark high-energy border Morris dances … Continue reading

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Council’s shock non-announcement: Murray handed culture job

The sheer predictability of Croydon Council over its internal stitch-ups on senior jobs is so crass that sometimes even they appear embarrassed by it. Paula Murray has been confirmed as Croydon’s culture director in a permanent capacity. Hitherto the deputy … Continue reading

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