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Newman breaks manifesto promise over Boxpark festival

Tony Newman’s Labour council has broken one of its 2014 manifesto commitments, after diverting £160,000 of public money from its intended free annual music festival to pay towards private business Boozepark’s opening shindig next month. The council-run Ambition Festival was … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2018 council elections, Ambition Festival, Art, Ashcroft Theatre, David Lean Cinema Campaign, Fairfield Halls, Music, Riesco Collection, Theatre, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Warehouse Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croydon could be about to get its first black top cop

Croydon could be about the get its first BAME top cop. According to information shared at a Safer Neighbourhood Team event this week, Andy Tarrant, the present Borough Commander, is to step down and be replaced by Chief Superintendent Jeff … 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

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

Barwell’s 2020 vision would see him run for Croydon Mayor

WALTER CRONXITE on the recent machinations and positionings by a career politician who is preparing for defeat at the next Westminster election Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell has admitted that he has ambitions to run to be Croydon’s first directly … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Mark Watson, Paul Scott, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Plodding councillor behind police cuts wants Pokémon patrols

Steve O’Connell, the Tory London Assembly Member from Croydon who has stood by while there has been a cut of 20 per cent in the number of uniformed policemen on the streets of London, now wants what is left of … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Crime, Kenley, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Sadiq Khan, Steve O'Connell | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Utterly superfluous’ Barwell could face early test as minister

Inside Croydon editor STEVEN DOWNES on the multi-tasking tests, and moral challenges on his home patch, which are facing Croydon’s Government minister for housing, planning and London A bit of polite name-calling is all part of the cut and thrust … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Pelling, Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, Sadiq Khan, Trinity School, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 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

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Commuting, Coulsdon, Croydon South, East Croydon, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Transport, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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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

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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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

Mayor Khan to extend one-hour Hopper fares to tram network

The Croydon tram network is preparing itself to be included in the one-hour Hopper fare scheme when it is introduced by Transport for London in September. Last week, Labour’s new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan announced the Hopper scheme, which … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, East Croydon, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tramlink, Transport, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Commuters call on Philp to carry out his threat to Southern

Commuters in Croydon are calling on local MP Chris Philp to carry out his threat to demand that Southern Railway be stripped of its train-operating franchise as a consequence of the abysmal level of service. Philp has pursued the populist … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Commuting, Coulsdon, Croydon South, East Croydon, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Transport, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘Offensive, patronising and pathetic’: Croydon Tory slates Zac

A prominent member of Croydon Conservatives has described the Zac Goldsmith Mayoral campaign as “offensive, patronising, off-putting, negative and pathetic”. John Cartwright also publicly admitted that to “register a protest”, he voted for Sian Berry, the Green Party candidate, as … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell MP, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Transport and housing need old policies, not New Labour ones

CROYDON COMMENTARY: A new era has begun for the capital. After an historic election, STEVEN DOWNES reports on the role of a Croydon property developer in Sadiq Khan’s campaign, and how that creates a challenge for the new Mayor of … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Housing, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

‘Silent Steve’ is back on gravy train thanks to Sutton votes

Steve O’Connell, a former mortgage salesman (he quit that job when he found the tax-payer paid more generously), has got his pension pot sorted, with £220,000 guaranteed income for the next four years, as the results from the London Assembly … Continue reading

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In low-key election, the Tories’ invisible man should win

Two years ago, WALTER CRONXITE correctly predicted the 40/30 seat result in the Croydon Council elections. Last year, he said Croydon Central was “too close to call”. So, will he be right in his prediction of tomorrow’s Croydon and Sutton … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Fiona Twycross, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

London’s eight wasted years under Tory Mayor Johnson

As Boris Johnson wafts through his final days in power at City Hall – much like the manner in which he has wafted through the previous 2,922 days in office – WALTER CRONXITE tries to find what the Tory Mayor … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Housing, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments