Tag Archives: Mark Watson

Watson plans ‘giveaways’ at ‘launch’ for 700-year-old market

There’s less than a week to go before Croydon Council’s Mark Watson spunks away more public money on a “launch party” for a street market that’s been around for 700 years. Yet still the life and soul of Surrey Street … Continue reading

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Only half the stalls return to Surrey Street after £1.1m scheme

26 That’s how many stalls were trading on Surrey Street on Saturday, the first weekend of trading since the 10-week closure for a £1.1million council revamp of the street market. The market was once the home to more than 100 … Continue reading

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Council unveils grenade sculpture days after terror attack

STEVEN DOWNES, editor of Inside Croydon, on the crass insensitivity of a senior councillor over an ‘artwork’ revealed off Surrey Street Market Residents, business owners and even senior figures on Croydon’s Labour-run council were embarrassed and angry when, within days … Continue reading

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‘Council is destroying my business’ says Surrey St stall-holder

Fewer than 30 traders were allowed to transfer their stalls from Surrey Street to the temporary market on North End while £1.1million road resurfacing works goes on, Inside Croydon has discovered. All other, casual stall-holders were told that they could … Continue reading

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Surrey Street shops losing £800 a day during council works

The word on the street – Surrey Street – is that shopkeepers are suffering huge losses of trade while the council conducts its bout of largely cosmetic road works in Croydon’s ancient market. WALTER CRONXITE reports “Good progress is being … Continue reading

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Croydon ‘Works’ – at a cost of £1,230 for every job placement

WALTER CRONXITE reports that a council job brokerage scheme has spent just £1,000 in the past year on training for unemployed local residents, but paid more than £100,000 on staff to manage the project Croydon Council last month issued a … Continue reading

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Surrey Street traders to move to North End for 10 weeks

The future of Surrey Street Market, if it is to have a future at all, may be determined over the next three months, after the council announced yesterday that the regular stall-holders will be displaced to North End for 10 … Continue reading

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Croydon and ‘delivery’, Part 1: Surrey Street’s Sunday Market

This is Surrey Street’s Sunday “market”, as seen from the High Street just after noon this week, the sort of time when you might expect a truly vibrant and successful market to be buzzing with lunchtime trade. The Sunday market … Continue reading

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Watson’s shambolic meeting leaves Surrey Street in the dark

£10,000 That’s how much Mark Watson, the councillor in charge of the gentrification project around Surrey Street, reckons it has cost to install the first piece of “street art” on the footbridge that crosses the old street market. And this … Continue reading

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‘A spruple hello could lead to a Millran hinge’. But is it art?

When does vandalism become “street art”? Is it only when Croydon Council says so? That’s a question which has been raised this week by the South Norwood Tourist Board, and which seems likely to be brought up at tonight’s public … Continue reading

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Surrey Street stalls declare Exchange Square a no-go zone

With the closure of Surrey Street for carriageway works just a few weeks away, as part of a £1.1million regeneration scheme, a meeting held yesterday learned that the council still doesn’t know where the stall-holders are to be displaced for … Continue reading

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Council calls in TfL for full traffic study on Addiscombe roads

A new consultation into the network of residential streets that run between Addiscombe  and Cherry Orchard roads could be extended to include modelling of the traffic in the whole area, involving Transport for London, and even look again at the … Continue reading

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Surrey Street Market ‘engagement event’, Feb 23

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Watson’s moving speech homes in on a Labour weakness

WALTER CRONXITE on what could turn out to be another boost for local estate agents, unwittingly provided by Croydon Council Mark Watson is going nowhere – and that’s official. Well, at least that’s what the under-pressure Addiscombe councillor told a … Continue reading

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No longer Taboo: Addiscombe gets signs of its East India past

Finally, after nearly a decade, it’s in black and white: the East India Estate Conservation Area is there for all to see on road signs in that part of Addiscombe. Special road signs were unveiled last month in the presence … Continue reading

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Council’s U-turn creates a road block to residents’ complaints

A council report to this Wednesday’s traffic management committee at the Town Hall recommends a U-turn on the controversial one-way system on residential streets between Addiscombe Road and Cherry Orchard Road which has caused distress and dismay for hundreds of … Continue reading

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Turf war breaks out over election future for Thornton Heath

WALTER CRONXITE reports on an extraordinary attack on the council’s boundary proposals for the borough’s electoral wards A turf war has broken out in the north of the borough between the local Labour leadership and its grassroots members over how … Continue reading

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Fraud conviction gives context to councillor’s desperation

Inside Croydon’s Editor STEVEN DOWNES on how some leading local Labour politicians have become enthusiastic adopters of “post-truth” It was Tom Lehrer, the comedian, who famously declared that political satire was dead the day that Henry Kissinger won the Nobel … Continue reading

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Writing’s on the walls in Thornton Heath over £2.7m murals

The picture left shows an example of the kind of public artwork that two of the borough’s most senior councillors suggest, “will bring huge benefits to both residents and businesses in Thornton Heath”, and “continue to boost growth in the … Continue reading

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Lebanon Road rat running starts councillor’s chicken run

Candidate selections for next year’s Town Hall elections are still a long way off, as Croydon’s political parties await the deliberations of the Boundary Commissioners on the re-drawn map of the borough’s council wards. But the “chicken run” – where … Continue reading

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Council-funded group promotes Tory campaign against 20mph

A “community” group that claims to be “apolitical” and which has received thousands of pounds of grant funding from the council, has promoted the campaign making the case against the council’s policy of introducing 20mph zones across the borough. It … Continue reading

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Surrey Street plan to use Exchange Square hits a roadblock

Croydon Council’s hopes to begin road works in Surrey Street next month could be thrown into disarray because legal deeds prevent them moving the market traders into Exchange Square, as WALTER CRONXITE reports Croydon Council is considering moving the fruit … Continue reading

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Boxpark switches job ad to get round Living Wage rules

Boxpark, the council-subsidised food and booze venue, has dropped its low-pay internship advertisement, after Inside Croydon highlighted how it was offering to pay a miserly £6.50 per hour, well below the London Living Wage. Now, Boozepark has re-jigged the ad, … Continue reading

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All Labour’s leaflets can’t paper over the lack of ‘quick wins’

In a quiet moment, WALTER CRONXITE has been crunching some numbers, and has found that if there was to be a snap General Election in 2017, little would alter as far as Croydon’s MPs are concerned There is a significant … Continue reading

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Exclusion of Dog and Bull throws more light on market mess

That’s the problem when you hold public meetings – the public might actually express some opinions. WALTER CRONXITE on how poorly presented plans for Surrey Street appear to be unravelling already Less than 48 hours after senior councillor Mark Watson … Continue reading

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