Tag Archives: Southwark

Official figures show Croydon is capital’s worst for complaints

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, crunches some numbers and finds that according to the annual report from the Local Government Ombudsman, our council does not compare well, however you dress it up Official figures from the Local Government Ombudsman … Continue reading

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Freedom! Are Crystal Palace residents ready for breakaway?

The week-long Crystal Palace Festival gets underway tomorrow with a weekend of music and dance in the park. But because of the local borough geography, the organisers and other groups have to deal with five, even six, local authorities, which … Continue reading

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Security warning for demonstrations over European elections

WALTER CRONXITE on how Croydon and other London local authorities have been told to prepare for the worst: European elections in May Jo Negrini, Croydon’s barely competent £200,000 per year council chief executive, confirmed to Monday night’s full council meeting … Continue reading

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Buck-ing the trend: Croydon Labour staffer challenges Mayor

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on wranglings within Labour in south London over the social cleansing of working class areas An employee of the Labour Party in Croydon has condemned Labour’s London Mayor Sadiq Khan for having a gentrification agenda … Continue reading

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Going, going, gone: Housing associations in property flog-off

Step-by-step – or is that brick-by-brick? – social cleansing is coming to Croydon. A luxury hotel in central London is the swanky venue today for an auction for property speculators at which £7.2million-worth of former social flats and houses is … Continue reading

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Croydon’s well-paid councillors pay their Council Tax on time

WALTER CRONXITE on a new report that shows that in neighbouring boroughs, some councillors have not been punctual in paying their Council Tax bills Yet further evidence has emerged that Croydon Council Tax-payers may be forking out far too much … Continue reading

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Greens take a stand against Chinese takeaway of public park

Green Party figures from the five boroughs that meet at Crystal Palace – Bromley, Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth and Croydon – have united to oppose what they have called the “privatisation” of the Grade II-listed public park in a promised £500 … Continue reading

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Assembly Member calls Chinese Palace plans a “fiasco”

An influential member of the London Assembly has warned that Mayor Boris Johnson is trying to flog off a chunk of Crystal Palace Park to Chinese developers for the benefit of a Tory borough council, with little proper consultation or … Continue reading

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Public only get to peek in at the uncertain Palace plans

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Nearly a year on since Boris Johnson stood on the terracing of the old Crystal Palace to announce a £500 million “investment” and the handing over of a significant chunk of public property to a Chinese developer, there’s … Continue reading

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Going Underground: historians want your Subway memories

Do you have memories of Crystal Palace subway? Did you use the subway as part of the old High Level railway station or when it was an air raid shelter during the war? Maybe you played there as a child, … Continue reading

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Prem Goyal: “The All People’s Party is not about me”

PREM GOYAL, left, the ex-donor to the Labour party in south London and now the founder of the All People’s Party, responds to yesterday’s column from James Gill James is entitled to his opinion. We all pursue different initiatives from … Continue reading

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What a load of rubbish: council fails residents (part 94)

Chaos on Mayfield Road yesterday morning, when just before dawn a fly-tipper dumped a load of assorted builder’s waste in the middle of the suburban Sanderstead street. This is just the latest instance of a rapidly growing problem in Croydon, … Continue reading

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Steve Reed MP: Residents’ pockets picked by wasteful council

In his exclusive Inside Croydon column, the local Labour MP condemns the Conservative-run borough council for raising Council Tax after mismanaging the borough The country is facing a triple-dip recession. Household budgets in Croydon are under pressure with rising fuel … Continue reading

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Tree recycling saves council thousands – but not in Croydon

Residents have saved more than £6,000 by taking part in this year’s Christmas tree recycling programme. Sadly for Croydon, these are Lambeth residents saving their council and their own money. In total, 85 tons of Christmas trees have been collected … Continue reading

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Uncollected Council Tax reaches £42.2m in Croydon

Eight of the 10 councils with the biggest amassed Council Tax debts are Labour-run, today’s tabloids report as the latest figures have been released. No prizes for Croydon residents who guess the identity of the non-Labour local authority which is … Continue reading

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Croydon Council and a numbers game that doesn’t add up

At its most northerly point, Croydon’s boundaries converge with three other boroughs: inner London Lambeth and Southwark, and Bromley. People in this part of south London probably share many of the same concerns and outlooks, and they will all look … Continue reading

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Council complaints? Croydon makes it into worst 10

Council chiefs in Taberner House may need to hold a crisis meeting today, after it was revealed that Croydon is only ninth in a list of the most-complained-about local authorities. Surely, they must demand, they should do better.

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McDonald’s new task: to help to re-build Croydon

You could be forgiven for wondering whether Stephen McDonald has been handed a poisoned chalice. It is certainly a case of out of the Olympic cauldron and into the (looters’) fire for the man announced today in an internal council … Continue reading

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