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Despite City Hall criticism, it’s Carry On Regardless for Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The council will carry on striving to meet unnecessarily high planning targets just because they choose to do so. But their arbitrary targets have already been shown to have unacceptable consequences and to be unsustainable, writes GEOFF JAMES … Continue reading

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Newman rejects MP’s call to suspend BxB planning process

Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon Council, has “turned down flat” a call from an MP that would see all planning applications and consultations on Brick by Brick building projects suspended until after the coronavirus emergency. Chris Philp, the Conservative … Continue reading

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Sustrans is pedalling a new site with bike info for key workers

Inspired by a London key worker, charity Sustrans has created a new website – Cycles4KeyWorkers – to make cycling easier for key workers during covid-19 Key workers across London can now find stores that offer deals on cycles and equipment … Continue reading

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Croydon MP Jones given new beat in Starmer’s opposition

Sarah Jones, the MP for Croydon Central, will continue as a shadow minister after all, as Sir Keir Starmer, the new leader of the Labour Party, included her in his junior appointments last night. But Jones is moved from housing … Continue reading

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Coronavirus being used as ‘smokescreen’ for estate demolition

It is not just in Croydon that residents’ groups have been alert to the inherent risks of placing the entire planning system into the hands of a few unelected council officials. The delegated planning powers, prompted by the coronavirus emergency, … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Housing, Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth Council, London-wide issues, Matthew Bennett, Mayor of London, Outside Croydon, Planning, Sadiq Khan, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Croydon in area with country’s highest coronavirus death rate

The vital need for Croydon residents to follow government advice to stay at home except for essential travel in order to save lives – including their own – has been underlined by data published by the Health Service Journal. The … Continue reading

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Delays, postponements and cancellations become a new art

Croydon’s turn to be London’s Borough of Culture in 2023 remains unchanged. For now. But if they can postpone the Olympic Games, as the Prime Minister of Japan requested today, then anything can fall victim to the effects of the … Continue reading

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Newman appears increasingly desperate as referendum nears

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the far-reaching consequences for Croydon’s Town Hall leadership of yesterday’s deferral of May’s local elections According to some Town Hall sources, several of the borough’s elected councillors were in a state of shock this morning … Continue reading

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How Croydon’s planners have been giving a lift to developers

Planning policy requires that, apart from in ‘exceptional circumstances’, all new housing should have ‘step-free’ access. STEVE WHITESIDE has been looking at whether the council is always meeting those requirements when it grants planning permission to blocks of flats Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Big claim lands Fairfield Halls in bother with Authority

In the latest embarrassing blow for the council-owned arts centre, the Fairfield Halls has received a warning from the Advertising Standards Authority over repeatedly making misleading and false claims to be “south London’s biggest arts centre”. The official reproach ought … Continue reading

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Negrini draws ridicule for her £81 On The Buses guided tour

Hold very tight please! Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, is ready to be taken for a ride around Croydon town centre, all in the name of a good cause Croydon’s beleaguered £220,000 per year chief executive has attracted yet more … Continue reading

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Court ruling against airport expansion is problem for Newman

This morning’s Court of Appeal ruling that a third runway at Heathrow is unlawful could put Croydon’s council leader Tony Newman’s bollocks in a vice. For not only has the ruling managed to coalesce opposition, legally and environmentally, against airport … Continue reading

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Council to debate Westfield after Newman’s pointless meeting

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on an attempt to block any discussion of the crisis for the town centre at next week’s full council meeting Tony Newman came back from his meeting with Westfield at City Hall yesterday empty-handed … Continue reading

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It’s time to vote for someone who ‘gets’ the climate emergency

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Worried about flooding locally, and climate change globally? PETER UNDERWOOD, pictured right, a Green Party candidate, says that these issues should be a central in the London Assembly elections Families and businesses are yet again being left to … Continue reading

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Davis will fight on – ‘You don’t need to be elected to do that’

Rowenna Davis, the candidate who missed out by 25 votes to stand for Labour in Croydon and Sutton in May’s London Assembly elections, says she will continue with her campaigning activism “to make a difference to people in… our capital”. … Continue reading

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Cummings wins Labour’s Assembly selection race by 25 votes

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on a close-run thing Patsy Cummings, the councillor for South Norwood, will be Labour’s candidate in Croydon and Sutton for the London Assembly elections in May after winning a ballot of party members in the two … Continue reading

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Mayor’s millions helping Palace Foundation tackle youth crime

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, visited Selhurst Park yesterday to see for himself some of the impact the investment of public money from the Mayor’s Young Londoners’ Fund is having through mentoring schemes and school holiday activities at Crystal … Continue reading

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Croydon is named London’s ‘Borough of Culture’ for 2023

Croydon has been named London Borough of Culture for 2023. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, announced the decision at City Hall this morning. The “prize” is an additional £1.35million funding from the Mayor towards the borough’s cultural programme. At … Continue reading

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Central’s Starmer-Rayner choice hints at shift from Corbyn

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the outcome of local Labour meetings and how their leadership nominations might reflect the direction of the party There’s more than a touch of EuroVision about it. “And the decision of the Croydon Central … Continue reading

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Town Hall protest as XR demand answers over incinerator

Extinction Rebellion will be staging a protest on the Town Hall steps tonight, ahead of the latest meeting of the South London Waste Partnership. The branches of Croydon and Sutton XR will want Stuart Collins, the deputy leader of Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Croydon Friends of the Earth, Environment, Extinction Rebellion, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman, Veolia, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Copley appointment puts City Hall selection in the mixer

The announcement that Tom Copley is to be London’s deputy mayor for housing will stir up Labour’s selection and election battles for the London Assembly, with the city going to the polling stations in May. Copley, who has been an … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 London elections, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Housing, James Murray, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Patsy Cummings, Rowenna Davis, Sadiq Khan, Steve Reed MP, Tom Copley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Negrini’s legacy on housing is also costing Newham millions

Loss-making Brick by Brick failing to meet its targets for delivering affordable housing. Surprised, you say? There’s no reason to be surprised, because it was entirely predictable, and across London, in Newham, a very similar in-house house-building scheme is also … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick fail to apologise for shared ownership bungling

Brick by Brick, the loss-making council-owned house-builder, last night finally ended their silence and admitted that they are not able to sell homes under any shared ownership schemes. Seven days after Inside Croydon broke the news that Brick by Brick … Continue reading

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Council assisted £80,000 sponsorship for bankrupted art dealer

Having traded for years on his association with street artist Banksy, a gallery owner landed tens of thousands of pounds in public money for an arts festival promoting his business – even as he was being declared bankrupt by the … Continue reading

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Empty homes in Croydon soar by 50% with Butler in charge

The number of empty homes in Croydon increased by almost 50 per cent in the first four years that Alison Butler was the cabinet member for housing in the borough. Those are some of the shocking figures released today by … Continue reading

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