Tag Archives: Eric Pickles

Labour is getting all spaced out over Croydon’s old offices

Proposals to preserve Croydon’s over-supply of old and unwanted office space go before Croydon Council’s cabinet meeting tonight, and risk jeopardising the town’s tentative recovery, writes WALTER CRONXITE Criticisms of Croydon Council’s commitment to preserving heritage are misplaced. A report … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Business, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Environment, Gavin Barwell, Housing, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Proud to have been trusted to improve borough’s future

THE FIRST 100 DAYS: Labour took charge of Croydon Town Hall for the first time in a decade 100 days ago today. Elected as a councillor for the first time was HAMIDA ALI, pictured, who here outlines her early experiences … Continue reading

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Pickles to order Croydon to return to weekly collections

Tory Eric Pickles and his ConDem government could be about to hand a significant political present to Croydon’s new Labour-run council, by forcing them to bring back weekly bin collections. Labour won control of Croydon Town Hall a month ago … Continue reading

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Croydon’s £40m Council Tax arrears make headlines again

Croydon’s Conservative-run council’s failure to collect more than £40 million-worth of Council Tax made it on to the pages of the Daily Wail and The Stun at the weekend, something which, with local elections coming, will have done nothing for … Continue reading

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Regenerate! Hammersfield scheme lacks a traffic plan

“The £1 billion redevelopment plans for the Whitgift Centre should be given the go ahead, Croydon’s planning officers are saying,” reports a newspaper with a sharply declining circulation. In other breaking news, bears shit in the woods and the Pope … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Chris Philp MP, Commuting, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Environment, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell, Housing, London-wide issues, Parking, Planning, Property, Steve O'Connell, Transport, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

New law to force Croydon to open up its council meetings

Croydon Council is to be forced by law to allow the public to record Town Hall  meetings,  in audio and video, and to Tweet and live blog from Katharine Street without their data being routed through the council’s wi-fi. Eric … Continue reading

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Portas Pilot has been a flop, admits scheme’s ex-chair

The Portas Pilot project, intended to revive business in Croydon’s ancient Surrey Street Market, has been a failure. That’s effectively the admission of Mary Portas, Prime Minister David Cameron’s “retail guru” and self-proclaimed “Queen of the High Street”. It is … Continue reading

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Spendthrift council forks out £176,000 on sound system

Next week, thousands of Croydon children will make their ways to their schools at the start of the new term without the reassuring assistance of a “school crossing patrol officer” – a lollipop lady or man in old-fashioned, ordinary English … Continue reading

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Croydon’s secret tax on car parking that divides the borough

CROYDON COMMENTARY: For a town that has built itself around the demands of the motor car, parking the vehicles is an ever-growing problem, and Croydon Council has yet to find the right, or fair, way of dealing with it, CHARLOTTE … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Commuting, Croydon Council, Environment, Parking, Phil Thomas, South Croydon Community Association, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Coulsdon residents complain over dangers of CURV scheme

It seems that Croydon Council’s strategy of ignoring the interests of local residents and businesses, and instead acting at the bidding of big business, has now been extended to the leafy, largely Conservative-supporting suburbs of Coulsdon. Croydon’s Urban Regeneration Vehicle … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Business, Cane Hill, Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Environment, Friends of Farthing Downs, Housing, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association, Parking, Planning, Property, Schools, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment