Tag Archives: Housing

Permitted development sees soaring numbers of second homes

Any suggestion that the drive, by property speculators, developers and their architect mates, to over-develop Croydon with thousands of flats is in any way really intended at addressing the homelessness crisis can be readily dismissed, after government figures reveal that … Continue reading

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Council threatens to quadruple Council Tax bills on empty flats

Our housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES on the slow introduction of increased local taxes in an effort to deter the borough’s ‘executive apartments’ being used as investment vehicles and not as homes Absentee landlords with homes deliberately left vacant could face … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick’s profitable Blairite response to Right to Buy

The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire has, rightly, focused attention on safety around the nation’s low-cost housing. But underlining the lack of attention given to the conditions of such homes and the ongoing under-investment in council housing has been … Continue reading

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Barwell bungles again with U-turn on social housing promise

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest Tory manifesto about-turn, this one delivered by Croydon’s very own gaffe-prone career politician Gavin Barwell, the Nimby Tory housing minister who has campaigned against building homes in his Croydon Central constituency, yesterday delivered the … Continue reading

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Now Idris Elba gets angry with Tories over rising homelessness

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, outlines the latest raft of Tory government cuts to benefits which will make yet more people homeless, and which have been supported by housing minister Gavin Barwell The role of Tory-led governments, and their current … Continue reading

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Barwell adopts United Airlines approach to his housing ‘debate’

WALTER CRONXITE uncovers a Tory astroturfing exercise which has hand-picked the audience for a bogus housing ‘debate’ with the local MP Loyal Croydon Tory supporters of the government minister, Gavin Barwell, have adopted the ticketing practices of United Airlines ahead … Continue reading

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Barwell admits Tories have broken promise on starter homes

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, reports on a manifesto commitment which the government’s Nimby housing minister now says won’t be kept Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell, in his role as the housing minister, has confirmed that the Tory government has … Continue reading

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Letting agent convicted of fraud over £15,000 of deposits

A letting agent – described by a Crown Court judge as being “thoroughly dishonest” – has been jailed for 19 months after making off with thousands of pounds of clients’ holding deposits. The trial of Thirugnanaselvam Damayantharan, of Demesne Road, … Continue reading

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Rising property values widen gulf with Londoners’ wages

While Philip Hammond makes his hour-long Budget speech today, the price of an average home in Croydon will have gone up by nearly £5. Yet the Tory Chancellor is not expected to do anything which will really address the increasing … Continue reading

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‘Ideological’ housing White Paper could add to homelessness

The head of a Croydon homelessness charity has today roundly criticised the government’s White Paper on housing for being too reliant on property developers, for “a preoccupation with ownership at all costs”, and for the “ideological imposition” of Tory right-to-buy … Continue reading

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Location, Location, Location is seeking Croydon home-hunters

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Minister Barwell lies on homelessness and shifts on Green Belt

WALTER CRONXITE on how a local MP has pirouetted 180 degrees around what he has stood for in the past Gavin Barwell, the Conservative MP for Croydon Central, smeared himself across the airwaves of Britain yesterday, apparently in an effort … Continue reading

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Homelessness crisis sees council invest extra £15m in fund

Caught between a rock and a hard place, of London’s ever-spiralling private rents and the Tory government’s ruthless reductions in benefits, Croydon Council is to invest an extra £15million into helping people at risk of homelessness to get secure private … Continue reading

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Three-year residency rule on council homes could cost millions

Tony “Soprano” Newman’s cunning plan for winning the 2018 local elections is to out-UKIP UKIP, with a housing policy that will restrict those qualifying for council homes to those who have lived in Croydon for at least three years. Newman, … Continue reading

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Charity groups seek volunteers for CR Zero homeless project

A coalition of organisations, endorsed by the local council, is looking for 120 volunteers and local businesses to help tackle chronic rough sleeping in Croydon, as part of a scheme called CR Zero 2020. Among London’s boroughs, Croydon has one … Continue reading

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90,000 children in London in temporary housing, report says

Fix this, minister. A report published today will land with a double thud on Gavin Barwell’s ministerial desk in his new office at the Department for Communities and Local Government. Barwell, the MP for Croydon Central, our loyal reader may … Continue reading

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Greens’ Berry seeks views on ‘crisis’ in private rental sector

Sian Berry, the Green Party London Assembly Member, has launched a survey to find out more about the problems faced by London’s 2.3 million private renters. The short survey asks about problems with costs, contracts and letting agents, maintenance and … Continue reading

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Tenancy law change causing more women to be homeless

The number of homeless women in Croydon, many of them forced to sleep rough, is on the increase according to the annual report from Nightwatch, the charity which provides food and support for some of the borough’s most vulnerable people. … Continue reading

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Housing association backs scheme to help young carers

A charity project will identify more than 40 young carers at schools in Croydon over the next two years and help them to connect with appropriate support services. The project is being run in partnership by the charity Off The … Continue reading

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‘Scandal’ of £388m-worth of Croydon homes standing empty

Croydon Council was this week celebrating bringing 137 homes in the borough back into residential use for those on the housing waiting list. Yet according to figures published today, based on data from the Land Registry and property website Rightmove, … Continue reading

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Referendum uncertainty sees slowdown in house-building

House-building in London has “slowed down considerably”, according to a report published today by RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, who blame a lack of skilled workers, a shortage of available building sites, and market uncertainties caused by the … Continue reading

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Newman’s £18m ‘cast-iron guarantee’ that bucks the market

WALTER CRONXITE on how a Labour-run council that says it is committed to housing the homeless meanwhile needs to maximise profits from a property development at College Green The people of Croydon should be worried. Tony Newman has offered what … Continue reading

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Temporary camp in Old Coulsdon woods destroyed by fire

Barely a week after it was discovered in the woods close to Old Coulsdon, the temporary camp thought to have been set up by a homeless construction worker has been burnt down. There is no sign of anyone having been … Continue reading

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Drug den in New Addington council flat took months to close

Croydon Council has issued a press release today which underlines that, even with support from the police and court action, it can take at least seven months for those using a council flat as a drug den, causing constant nuisance … Continue reading

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House prices predicted to continue to rise by 7% in 2016

Home prices in London and south-east England are set to rise by up to 7 per cent in 2016, according to independent property research published today. The speculative property developers who have been homing in on Croydon must be rubbing … Continue reading

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