Tag Archives: Purley

Route masters let TfL know what they think of bus changes

Our transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON takes a closer look at TfL’s proposed changes to 13 routes through Croydon and Sutton, and discovers residents’ groups and ward councillors sceptical about the service reductions London Mayor Sadiq Khan has recently said that … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Chipstead, Commuting, East Croydon, Kenley, London-wide issues, Norwood Junction, Purley, Purley Way, South Croydon, South Norwood, Surrey, Sutton Council, TfL, Transport, Waddon, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Let the drains take the strain: council acts to avoid flooding

Officials ask residents to report blocked gulleys to help reduce the risks of floods this winter A £162,000 flood alleviation project carried out in an area near Riddlesdown Station has been completed by the council before the worst of the … Continue reading

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Buyers beware: High Court judge puts planners in the dock

A High Court judge has ruled against Croydon’s planning department, quashing the decision of a senior council official to grant permission for a block of flats in Sanderstead. Here, former council planner STEVE WHITESIDE explains how the court ruling could … Continue reading

Posted in Aventier, Business, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Nicola Townsend, Planning, Property, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, Selsdon & Ballards, Selsdon and Addington Village | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

From the Wandle to the Hudson, Carr campaigns on pollution

Lizzie Carr, the environmentalist from Purley who in 2016 paddled the length of England’s waterways to check how much waste plastic was polluting the country’s rivers and canals, is still battling against the toxic polluting of the nation’s rivers and … Continue reading

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Purley home offers care advice for elderly over fireworks

A care home in Purley has shared its top tips for supporting those living with dementia ahead of Bonfire Night and Diwali, which are both taking place later this week. While a fun tradition for many, the sound of fireworks … Continue reading

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Leisure centre is an asset of community value. Treat it like one

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The time has long passed for polite petitions seeking to save the council-owned Purley Pool. It’s time for the community to take the initiative. By STEVEN DOWNES, Editor of Inside Croydon While Save Purley Pool petitions and banners … Continue reading

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Purley Pool closure planned to help GLL repay £279,000 loan

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Cash-strapped council’s case for closing down leisure centre depends entirely on made up figures and abandoning terms of a 20-year management agreement. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES Inside Croydon’s exclusive report two weeks ago about proposals to cut … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Oliver Lewis, Purley, Purley Pool, Sarah Hayward, Schools | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Batteries caused the spark for damaging South Croydon blaze

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a flat fire on Purley Oaks Road in South Croydon yesterday. Part of a flat on the first floor of a converted semi-detached house was damaged by fire and a … Continue reading

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Director of planning’s bogus claim over Institute membership

Planning officers routinely ignoring the requirements of local plans, little or no enforcement of conditions applied when permission has been granted and the courts throwing out decisions of the council. STEVE WHITESIDE on a litany of shortcomings, and worse, at … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Jo Negrini, Nicola Townsend, Pete Smith, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Further £38.4m to be sliced from next year’s council budget

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Town Hall leadership hoped to keep the latest round of cuts secret until after next week’s referendum, as the consequences of the borough’s bankruptcy start to hit home. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES £12m of adult social care … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, Adult Social Care, Callton Young, Croydon Council, GLL - Better, Hamida Ali, Jason Cummings, Leisure services, Libraries, Purley Pool, Richard Ennis, Section 114 notice, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

#BINMAGEDDON! Boroughs left looking like rubbish tips

‘They treat us like the rubbish they are supposed to collect!’ Mounting reports from around the boroughs in the South London Waste Partnership suggest that the councils’ waste service contractors are creaking under pressure. By STEVEN DOWNES The complaints about … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Business, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Fly tipping, Merton, Refuse collection, Shirley, Steve Iles, Sutton Council, Veolia, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Tories welcome back far-right figures as 2022 candidates

Our Political Editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the names in the frame to become new Tory councillors next May Jason Perry, the leader of the Conservative opposition at Croydon Council, has handed the local politics equivalent of Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Badsha Quadir, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Fieldway, Helen Redfern, Jason Perry, Lynne Hale, New Addington, New Addington North, Norbury Park, Purley, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Shirley, Tony Pearson, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Fire walkers get cancer charity’s fundraisers off to hot start

Charity fund-raisers in Purley will walk on burning coals to raise funds for the local cancer centre – literally. Volunteers will be taking part in a fundraising fire walk on October 3, the first event in the month-long Paint Purley … Continue reading

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One-third of Tory councillors to quit at 2022 local elections

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on wholesale changes among the borough’s opposition party One-third of Croydon’s Conservative councillors will be standing down at the next local elections, in May 2022. The collapse of the borough’s finances under Labour, who have controlled … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Gareth Streeter, Helen Pollard, Jan Buttinger, Kenley, Luke Clancy, Old Coulsdon, Oni Oviri, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Simon Hoar, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

TfL confirms changes to 13 routes across Croydon and Sutton

Transport for London is going ahead with three new bus routes to serve Croydon and Sutton, with significant changes lined up for 13 existing south London routes. With no prospect of the long-requested tram extension to the Royal Marsden Hospital … Continue reading

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Veteran cars are back on the road for 125th run on Nov 7

Hundreds of veteran cars are gearing up for this year’s very special commemorative pilgrimage from capital to coast, via Croydon. Close to 300 pioneering veteran cars dating back to the dawn of motoring have entered this year’s very special staging … Continue reading

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Purley dental practice expands to welcome new patients

Foxley Lane dental practice Elegant Smiles has expanded its team to offer more availability and a wider range of services. It claims to be the only dental practice in Croydon without a waiting list. And in response to a national … Continue reading

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Council agrees deal to allow 4G cells on its lamp posts

The council claims that more residents, businesses and visitors will soon benefit from better and faster mobile connectivity in Croydon following a deal to boost 4G coverage across all networks. Network service provider Freshwave is to instal additional small cells … Continue reading

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An elected Mayor for Croydon? Debate, Old Coulsdon, Sep 7

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Charity Fashion Show for SE Cancer Help Centre, Sep 28

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Purley local hits out: ‘It’s always developers before residents’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: This week BRIAN WATSON, a leading member of the Foxley Residents’ Association, vented his frustrations at the inappropriate building works and overdevelopment being allowed in his corner of the borough by writing a letter to the council leader, … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Katherine Kerswell, Kenley, Planning, Property, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

U-turn on the railway as Govia reinstate services for September

Less than a month since announcing a much-reduced service for passengers across south London, Govia Thameslink Railway – who also operate Southern Rail – have released details of revised timetables from September 6, with more trains to coincide with the … Continue reading

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How the timetable changes will affect your rail journey

Here is the detailed briefing note from Govia Thameslink on the timetable and service changes. As there was a reduction to five Thameslink and Southern routes from July 26, to help understand the changes on a route-by-route basis, the guide … Continue reading

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Thameslink can’t blame covid for service cuts, says Pidgeon

Swingeing cuts to rail services by Govia Thameslink Railway have caused one London Assembly Member to declare that she is “totally unsatisfied with the timetable GTR are providing”. Among the worst-affected are those who used to travel from Purley and … Continue reading

Posted in Caroline Pidgeon, Commuting, Coulsdon, East Croydon, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Purley, Selhurst, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Network Rail warns of major disruption on Brighton mainline

Emergency work to replace two damaged rails on the Brighton mainline means passengers on the route are being urged to only travel if necessary this Sunday morning. Engineers will start work late on Saturday night between East Croydon and Redhill, … Continue reading

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