Tag Archives: Sanderstead

Council delays and lack of enforcement cause residents misery

Council planners have ignored an Order from a High Court judge over the granting of retrospective permission for a block of flats in Sanderstead. But as STEVE WHITESIDE explains, the case of 54 Arkwright Road is far from an isolated … Continue reading

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Council planners ignore court order over flats in Sanderstead

Those who hoped new Mayor Jason Perry would sweep away the bad practices of the council’s planning department are in for a bit of a disappointment. STEVE WHITESIDE with the latest in a long-running saga Even the decision of a … Continue reading

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CODA’s Old Time Music Hall, Sanderstead, Sep 30-Oct 1

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The Arts Society Gallé and Lalique talks, Sanderstead, Aug 11

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Sanderstead’s 15-year-old computer whiz kid wins BAFTA No2

Twelve months ago, Inside Croydon reported how Andrew Ah-Weng, a 14-year-old Trinity School pupil, had won a BAFTA. Yesterday, Ah-Weng, now 15, won another one. The Sanderstead teen was one of four winners of this year’s BAFTA Young Game Designers … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls finally gets a starring role in hit show The Crown

Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, on how a touch of Hollywood glamour has come to sarf London The Fairfield Halls, the council-owned arts complex, has been used as a location by the cast and crew of Netflix’s hit series The … Continue reading

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Planning chief’s position untenable as developers’ charter axed

Town Hall correspondent PEARL LEE on the seismic shift going on in the council’s planning department Croydon’s part-time Mayor, Jason Perry, will deliver on one of his key promises tonight when, at his first council cabinet meeting since his election … Continue reading

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Dozens of south London routes to be hit by bus drivers’ strike

There’s more disruption coming on the buses, with nearly 30 routes across south London likely to be affected when around 1,000 drivers based at Croydon, Brixton, Norwood and Thornton Heath garages stage three days of strike action in May. It … Continue reading

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Noel Coward’s Present Laughter, Sanderstead, May 12-14

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School streets are back with a £60 bang – with more to come

As Croydon pupils yesterday packed their satchels and rucksacks and headed back to school for the final term of this academic year, so the council has reintroduced 10 school streets, with restrictions on traffic. The school streets were “paused” by … Continue reading

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The enforcers: residents making plans for council court action

Is something shifting in the Town Hall planning department? Amid news of the exit of a senior manager, and of director Heather Cheesbrough correcting her false claims on her online CV, and now a High Court ruling against the council’s … 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

Parlour Players present Nell Gwynn, Sanderstead, Nov 11-13

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Mayoral referendum: how Croydon voted, ward-by-ward

The council last night released the figures by ward of how Croydon residents voted in October 7’s Mayoral referendum. We already knew that the thumping 80% majority across the whole borough, and defeats in all 28 wards, was very bad … Continue reading

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Serious concerns that ‘Croydon Cat Killer’ may have returned

There are serious concerns that the notorious “Croydon Cat Killer” is on the prowl once again, with pet owners being warned to be especially cautious over the whereabouts of their pets following a grisly incident at Sanderstead over the weekend. … Continue reading

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Signs of the times, as Sanderstead look to celebrate jubilee

Next year’s 70th anniversary of Queen acceding to the throne in 1952 will see celebrations across the realm,  and even in some parts of Croydon. Though in Sanderstead, one landmark tribute that is seen by thousands every day is beginning … Continue reading

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Four more public libraries set to reopen after covid lockdown

At least a month later than most local authorities managed, Croydon is to begin “a phased reopening for all library buildings”, after the easing of covid-19 precautions. Four of the borough’s 13 public libraries – at Broad Green, Sanderstead, Shirley … Continue reading

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Council planners’ 3-month delay over Sanderstead complaint

When senior officials in Croydon’s planning department refuse to acknowledge their own serious errors, can residents rely on the council’s complaints system? Not if the latest development fiasco in Riddlesdown is anything to go by, says STEVE WHITESIDE Deliberate delays … Continue reading

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Developers given free rein from a council with no controls

Many Croydon residents feel ill-served by the council’s developer-friendly planning department while being ignored by the Town Hall’s somnolent planning enforcement team. Here, STEVE WHITESIDE examines a case in Sanderstead where developers have been given virtual free rein as the … Continue reading

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14-year-old schoolboy from Sanderstead wins a BAFTA

Andrew Ah-Weng, a 14-year-old from Sanderstead, has won a BAFTA, as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts yesterday revealed the 2021 winners of its Young Game Designer Awards. Ah-Weng’s game, called Getting Out Of It, took top prize … Continue reading

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Sanderstead mum’s Channel swim closes in on bionic target

An amputee from Sanderstead has added “Channel swimmer” to her list of accomplishments after a 15-hour relay effort at the weekend gave the latest cash boost to her fund-raising campaign to pay for a bionic hand. Nicola Wilding, 44, was … Continue reading

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Goldilocks and The Three Bears Launch Night, Jun 30

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Council forced to back down over plan to close five libraries

Having created a threat to close five of the borough’s public libraries, the witless Labour administration is now trying to claim the credit for ‘saving’ them. By STEVEN DOWNES For the second time in just two years, hapless Ollie Lewis, … Continue reading

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Eight walks to encompass Croydon’s boundaries and history

Over the course of lockdown, one intrepid geographer has managed to complete the ‘beating of the bounds’ and discover the fascinating history of our parish and civic boundaries, stretching back to Saxon times. Words, pictures and mapping by Dr BEN … Continue reading

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Council’s libraries consultation accused of being unlawful

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The council’s penny-wise and pound-foolish proposals for library closures could end up costing it more money after a badly-organised consultation, according to a national campaign group. By STEVEN DOWNES The council’s latest consultation, over the proposed closure … Continue reading

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