Tag Archives: Grant Shapps

Pro-pollution Dombey re-states Sutton opposition to ULEZ

Environment correspondent PAUL LUSHION on the cynical games being played with people’s lives by some of the capital’s third-rate politicians Ruth Dombey, the leader of LibDem-controlled Sutton, today declared war on ULEZ, warning Mayor of London Sadiq Khan that she … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, Health, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Mayor of London, Ruth Dombey, Sadiq Khan, Surrey, Sutton Council, ULEZ expansion, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

‘No choice’: Khan accepts £3.6bn deal for London’s transport

Tories used threat of cuts to London’s bus routes to force London Mayor to accept pension ‘reforms’ and to move towards potentially dangerous driverless Tube trains The Conservative government has finally agreed a longer-term funding settlement for London’s buses, Tubes, … Continue reading

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Report: Axing rail staff undermines billions in investment

An influential disability accessibility group which advises the government has described the current staffing on some south London rail stations as ‘completely inadequate’. By our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON A confidential report on workforce “reforms” on the railways from government … Continue reading

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Mayor Perry’s 20million reasons for breaking election promise

A council FoI response suggests that bullish remarks made about removing controversial traffic reduction schemes could prove too expensive to implement. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES £4,288,284.76 That’s the amount just a single low traffic neighbourhood scheme has generated for Croydon’s … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Community associations, Croydon Council, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Parking, Planning, Steve Iles, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Government offers 1m cut-price rail tickets in ‘first-ever sale’

It is hard not to be cynical when, with the Prime Minister a proven liar and law-breaker and further Partygate revelations expected this week, his government ministers keep reaching into public funds to find distractions and enticements for the public. … Continue reading

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Fraud squad sent in over £25m Southeastern ‘breach of faith’

Govia, the rail operators who run the Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express franchises through East Croydon, have been stripped of their Southeastern operation and face a possible Serious Fraud Office investigation into the withholding of £25million of payments going back … Continue reading

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Government’s £175m for cycle lanes and low-traffic schemes

Tory government minister says that no one group should be allowed to veto schemes that close roads to rat-runners. By JEREMY CLACKSON, transport correspondent The Tory government has announced £175million extra funding for a new wave of traffic reduction schemes … Continue reading

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Now Tories look to axe Freedom Pass as well as Zip cards

An unelected adviser, an old mate of Boris Johnson, is imposing a range of conditions on TfL and causing anger among Tory MPs, as our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, reports The anti-London government run by Dominic Cummings is looking to … Continue reading

Posted in London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Paul Scully MP, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Tory MP Philp’s claims on Congestion Charge quickly unravel

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest wrong turns through Britain’s political swamp made by Croydon’s Tory MP It seems that letting Chris Philp out in public, to spout from his own script, has caused the government problems again, … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Anti-London Tories install Gilligan as they plot a takeover

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the existential crisis facing not only the Mayor, but the whole London regional tier of government The news that the Tory government is to impose a 2.6 per cent fare hike on the capital’s … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Commuting, Cycling, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Purley Way, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, TfL, Tramlink, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tory councillor resigns after sikh temple controversy

Jeet Bains, the Conservative councillor for Coulsdon West, has resigned his position as the chairman of the Croydon gurdwara, the sikh temple on St James’s Road, following complaints about his personal conduct and the financial management of the organisation. Bains … Continue reading

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Shapps to face questions at India event on councillor’s conduct

Grant Shapps, the chairman of the Conservative party, is to be quizzed in Croydon tonight about the conduct of Councillor Jeet Bains, who has been at the centre of heated disputes at a local Sikh temple that has seen the … Continue reading

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Mary Portas’s TV company listed Croydon to get grant

Croydon received a £100,000 government grant last year after programme makers involved with tonight’s new Mary Portas Channel 4 series had named Surrey Street on a list of markets that they wanted included in the scheme. Mary Queen of the … Continue reading

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Promotions for Grant and Deighton; but nothing for Barwell?

The ConDem government’s week-long reshuffle has included much interest for locally based figures, with Helen Grant, who has a solicitors’ practice based on the Purley Way, getting promoted to a job at the Ministry of Justice. The Conservative MP for … Continue reading

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Lansdowne Road Residents: meet the councillors

Following from the meeting of local residents with Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell earlier this month, the Lansdowne Road Residents’ Association is to stage another meeting next week – this time hosted in the local YMCA. The meeting will be … Continue reading

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South End residents and businesses look to oust Tesco

The first meeting of a new residents group for people living and working in and around the South End area of South Croydon made a strong case against allowing Tesco to open another Express store, using the Whitgift Foundation-owned Swan … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Business, Church and religions, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Housing, Local media, Parking, Planning, Property, Pubs, Restaurants, South Croydon, Vidhi Mohan, Waddon, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mead says he’s “proud” of Croydon’s £50m uncollected tax

£50,237,631.33. Say it to yourself, slowly. Fifty million, two hundred and thirty-seven thousand, six hundred and thirty-one pounds. And thirty-three pee. That’s £50,237,631.33 of Croydon Council‘s money that has gone missing. £50,237,631.33 of your money lost forever. That’s the astonishing … Continue reading

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Minister complains as council fails to claim £10m riot grant

Croydon’s recovery from the devastating 8/8 riots has been held back by Croydon Council failing to apply for millions of pounds in government grants. That is the shocking revelation given by the Reeves family at the national inquiry into the … Continue reading

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Shapps: Croydon’s “breathtaking incompetence” on C-Tax

This from today’s Evening Standard. On the uncollected Council Tax in London boroughs. Including Croydon’s £35 million. Inner London Lambeth tops the list. But Croydon is second, and the first outer London borough in the list. Local government minister Grant … Continue reading

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