Tag Archives: London

Tory O’Connell gets it wrong on Commissioner’s retirement

Not for the first time, City Hall figures are asking whether Croydon’s representative, Steve O’Connell, is up to the task as a London Assembly member. O’Connell yesterday made a desperate grasp for some political capital over the retirement announcement of … Continue reading

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Developer offers new homes in Addiscombe on 5% deposit

House builders at Penhurst Square, off Addiscombe’s Grant Road, have decided to offer their new homes on a 5 per cent deposit, as they try to push through the sales using public subsidies of up to £3,000 through a government … Continue reading

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The Shawcross redemption: transport deputy changes gear

The former leader of Croydon Council was a surprise appointment by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. But it is already proving to be a shrewd decision. By WALTER CRONXITE Val Shawcross, the former leader of Croydon Council who has been … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Bikes, Boris Johnson, Commuting, Croydon North, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Malcolm Wicks MP, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Steve Reed MP, TfL, Tramlink, Transport, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Ruthless’ funding cuts to Mayday put improvements at risk

Croydon’s biggest hospital’s finances remain a mess, but progress is being made on the wards, which could be compromised by an announcement expected at tomorrow’s Croydon CCG meeting, as JAMES KILLDARE, our health correspondent, reports Croydon is in the uniquely … Continue reading

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Fire tower in Croydon will be used ‘seven days a week, 24/7’

London’s fire authorities have confirmed that an £11-million training tower they want to build in Croydon will be operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, potentially producing dense smoke close to a densely populated residential area and four … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Fiona Twycross, London Assembly, London Fire Brigade, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Assembly Member’s lunch at the Hilton excludes smaller firms

Steve O’Connell, the very well-paid London Assembly Member for Croydon and Sutton, clearly has no belief in the old adage that “There’s no such thing as a free lunch”. The elected representative is the star turn at a local business … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Business, Croydon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kenley, Planning, Steve O'Connell | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Alarms raised over Fire Brigade’s £11m training tower scheme

A £11.1 million scheme to build a six-storey training tower at Croydon fire station seems likely to be given the go-ahead at a meeting on Friday, though local figures have accused London Authority officials of being “arrogant” and expressed concerns … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Croydon Greens, Environment, Fiona Twycross, Joy Prince, London Fire Brigade, London-wide issues, Peter Underwood, Planning, Robert Canning, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

No joke: Croydon comedian Steel reads the bans for Labour

Mark Steel, the stand-up comedian and broadcaster from Croydon who was barred from joining the Labour Party because of his support for another political group nearly a decade ago, has called for some Labour MPs to be banned for supporting … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Croydon North, Steve Reed MP, Andrew Fisher, David White | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Mum’s the word: LibDem fraudster’s link with council leader

Ruth Dombey, the leader of Sutton Council, is facing further questions over how much she knew, and when, about the fraud case involving a charity serving local old people which led to the resignation of one of her fellow Liberal … Continue reading

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Open House weekend: see where your money’s spent

Croydon’s somewhat curmudgeonly attitude towards Open House London, the annual opportunity to sneak a peek behind normally firmly closed doors, appears to have been shaken off, finally. But not as far as the not-so-dynamic team in the council’s press office … Continue reading

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High-rise flats without space threaten a road to ruin

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In the midst of National Trust tours and an architectural re-appraisal of the development of central Croydon in the 1960s, DAVID WICKENS expresses his fears that 2016’s planners risk not only repeating some of the mistakes of the … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Centrale, Environment, Housing, Parking, Planning, Property, Tramlink, Transport, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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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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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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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Police warn minorities to ‘stay vigilant’ against hate crimes

Muslims and other minority groups in Croydon have been warned by the police to “stay vigilant” and report hate crime following a spike of racist attacks after the Leave result in last week’s EU Referendum. The Muslim Association of Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 EU referendum, Andy Tarrant, Church and religions, Community associations, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Policing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Environment campaigners take protest to Viridor shareholders

The Stop the South London Incinerator Campaign is staging a demonstration in Beddington Lane tomorrow evening, June 29. Protestors will be gathering on the public footpaths outside the entrance to the Viridor incinerator site before a photo-call at 7pm. The … Continue reading

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Fight back against pollution with your own air monitor

How polluted is the air that you and your family breathe? Air pollution is the biggest cause of early deaths in Britain, after smoking. It’s an invisible killer, so you aren’t even aware that you’re breathing it in. Croydon, with … Continue reading

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Croydon really is ‘put on the map’ with latest Tube guide

It is undoubtedly one of the laziest and nonsensical of cliches – “putting Croydon on the map”. Which is probably why we hear it used so often by local politicians and attention-seekers. Because, of course, Croydon has been on maps … Continue reading

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Brexit would cost London tourism billions, Twycross claims

Fiona Twycross, the London Assembly Member who lives in Croydon, has today joined the European Union referendum debate by claiming that Brexit would create a “devastating loss to London’s tourist economy”. London has been named as the world’s most popular … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 EU referendum, Fiona Twycross, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments