Tag Archives: Labour

Council drops own housing company for new Taberner scheme

In central Croydon, where some think it is “easy” to build houses, it’s back to square one for the building of homes on the site of Taberner House, the council’s former office block. Work on the £150 million project is … Continue reading

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Make a splash with council’s free swimming offer for under-16s

Free summer swimming for under-16s is available at all of Croydon Council’s leisure centres for the six weeks of the schools’ summer holidays. As well as free swimming there will be crash courses for those new to the water, and … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick’s criminal offence over company records

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing reporter, on a worrying lack of accountability at the Labour-run Croydon Council’s housing company Brick by Brick, the council chief executive Jo Negrini’s house-building brainchild, has broken the law and committed a criminal offence after barely … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Housing, Jo Negrini, Planning, Uncategorized, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

White has no case to answer after 10-week suspension

David White, the Secretary of the Croydon Central Constituency Labour Party, has had the suspension of his membership lifted – just in time for the party to ban the CLP from holding any meetings for two months ahead of its … 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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Labour members get chance to ask Reed about Corbyn coup

Labour members in Croydon North, who Steve Reed OBE, the constituency MP, refused to answer with a frank explanation of his position over the party’s leadership, have the chance to get up close and personal with Progress vice-chair this Saturday … Continue reading

Posted in Catriona Ogilvy, Croydon North, David Wood, John Wentworth, Selhurst, Steve Reed MP, Timothy Godfrey, Toni Letts | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council £500m Growth Zone plan includes Croydon’s 39 Steps

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the public gallery with a Yorkie bar and a half-completed crossword puzzle in the Metro, reports on Croydon Council’s modernisation scheme and its stern warning to developers Westfield Croydon Council will tonight launch its own … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Growth Zone, Housing, Jo Negrini, Parking, Planning, Property, TfL, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, West Croydon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council continues to use ‘despicable’ law firm in SEN cases

Baker Small, the controversial law firm which has made millions of pounds from local authorities by fighting tribunal cases to block families from getting educational and other support for their disabled children, is working for Croydon Council again. It is … Continue reading

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Tories’ ‘secret housing list’ was published on council website

Croydon’s bungling Conservative opposition councillors have dropped another bollock, this time being caught out protesting over a “top secret” list of sites for housing development when the list was available on the council website, while residents in properties neighbouring the … Continue reading

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Down with this sort of thing: Tory petitioners get it wrong, again

After last month’s debacle, it should be clear to most reasonable people that “government by referendum” is full of unintended consequences. Closer to home, here in Croydon, it appears that opposition through petition is a bit crap, too. Mario Creatura, … Continue reading

Posted in Coulsdon West, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Dudley Mead, Environment, Fly tipping, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Quadron, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Tim Pollard, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Brexit means ‘business as usual’. Which may be not so good

Could Croydon Council be getting the jitters over the post-referendum prospects for the town centre’s redevelopment? WALTER CRONXITE looks at a cabinet report which tries to look on the bright side, but cannot disguise the uncertainties Croydon faces “significant challenges … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Brick by Brick, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Menta Tower, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Taberner House, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Chilcot Report findings on Iraq War are damning for Blair

DAVID WHITE on the main findings of the Chilcot Report, published today, into the circumstances which led to the disastrous second Iraq War “I will be with you, whatever”: Tony Blair to George Bush in July 2002, months before the … Continue reading

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Labour members investigate how to oust Blairite MP Reed

More details have emerged from the Croydon North Labour annual meeting a fortnight ago which demonstrate that the power struggle in the party nationally between Blairites and supporters of Jeremy Corbyn is also being played out fiercely at local level. … Continue reading

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Surrey Street stall-holders banned from Sunday trading plan

Surrey Street’s long-suffering and loyal traders are to be banned by Croydon Council from the opportunity of selling their wares when regular Sunday trading is introduced to the market for the first time in its 750-year history in September. The … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boxpark, Business, Croydon Council, Mark Watson, Surrey Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Council’s £180,000 chief executive job goes to insider Negrini

Croydon’s supposedly Labour-controlled council has, for the second time in a couple of years, managed to appoint an insider to its most senior job, as Tony Newman, the council leader, announced tonight that Jo Negrini has landed the £180,000 chief … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Brick by Brick, Business, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

White calls for apology after ‘grossly unfair’ Labour suspension

David White, the erstwhile secretary of the Croydon Central Constituency Labour Party who has had his membership suspended for two months without being informed what offence he is alleged to have committed nor who are his accusers, has written to … Continue reading

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Time for us all to act against London’s invisible killer

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Thousands of Londoners die each year because of an environmental issue which our MPs, councillors and London Mayor seem unwilling to do anything about. CONNIE MINTON says it is long overdue that we demanded action over this public … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Health, Mayor of London, Planning, Sadiq Khan, Steve Reed MP, TfL, Transport, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

MP Reed never consulted us on Corbyn, say Labour members

Steve Reed OBE, the Progress MP for Lambeth South/Croydon North [delete to taste] waited until this morning before joining the exodus of right wingers from the Labour Party’s shadow cabinet, issuing a letter announcing that he is resigning from his … Continue reading

Posted in Catriona Ogilvy, Croydon North, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments

Brexit uncertainties could mean a crisis for Croydon’s face lift

In the aftermath of yesterday’s EU Referendum, WALTER CRONXITE finds some senior figures close to the £1.4bn Whitgift Centre redevelopment feeling very nervous about its prospects “The real fear now must be that Westfield walk away. They’ve done it before, … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2016 EU referendum, Business, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Gavin Barwell MP, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 27 Comments

Referendum result sends UK hurtling towards breaking point

Nigel Farage this morning said that June 23 should go down as the country’s “independence day”. In fact, following the result of the referendum on membership of the European Union, yesterday will mark the beginning of the end of the … Continue reading

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