Tag Archives: Stephen Mann

Council planning decisions ‘open to corruption’, says research

Recommendations from an independent think tank, if they were applied in Croydon, could force cabinet member Paul Scott to stand down from all planning responsibilities. KEN LEE reports Planning decisions are open to corruption from secretive lobbying, council officials’ conflicts … Continue reading

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‘Green Labour’ letter throws down challenge to leader Newman

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the first signs of revolt against the leadership among unhappy Labour councillors In what appears to be a barely-disguised challenge to the authority of the council leader, five Labour councillors have today signed … Continue reading

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Pavements to be widened in South Norwood and Crystal Palace

Seven more Croydon roads, in Crystal Palace, South Norwood and Thornton Heath, are to undergo pavement widening measures next week as part of the council’s Streetspace scheme that aims to make it easier to walk or cycle during the coronavirus … Continue reading

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Town Team puts Crystal Palace Triangle on the (digital) map

The new Crystal Palace Town Team has launched an interactive map of the Crystal Palace Triangle and surrounding areas, allowing the community to find which businesses have marked themselves as “open” during the pandemic lockdown. The CP Town Team is … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick plan sees high-rise objections in Upper Norwood

Public opposition to Brick by Brick schemes is mounting in Upper Norwood, where the council’s loss-making house-builder is looking at a gaggle of small sites in the ward, mostly involving garages at the end of the gardens of existing homes … Continue reading

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New McDonald’s could ‘give rise to gangs’ say police

Our Town Hall correspondent KEN LEE on a council planning decision that backs the interests of residents against big business Croydon Council’s planning department is capable of saying “no” to inappropriate developments after all, if a decision handed down over … Continue reading

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Council tries to hide BxB’s latest flats for sale scheme

A Town Hall planning meeting this week is seeking to cover-up the council-owned developer’s role, with residents saying that they were misled over the intention to exclude completely any social housing for rent. Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, reports Profit-hungry … Continue reading

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Rent hikes force closure of Crystal Palace independent shops

It is not only in Croydon town centre that big business is contriving to destroy the fabric of the high street. As our retail correspondent MT WALLETTE reports, in Crystal Palace a precious corner of independent stores and old-style character … Continue reading

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Council’s latest land grab sees short-notice garage evictions

The council’s moved in for yet another land grab. Notices went up last week on the garages behind homes on College Green in Crystal Palace, giving residents just one month’s notice to remove all their possessions. This land grab is … Continue reading

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Council’s secret deal on Queen’s Hotel sways inspector’s ruling

Our Crystal Palace correspondent, JOE PAXTON, on a predictable, if disappointing, outcome to a three-year planning battle Having twice won the arguments at the council’s planning committees, residents, councillors and even the local MP were today trumped by the developer-friendly … Continue reading

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Planning inspector expected to rule on Queen’s Hotel this week

A decision on the expansion plans for the Queen’s Hotel at Crystal Palace is expected this week. Croydon Council’s planning committee has twice refused planning permission for the owners Euro Hotels’ £10million expansion scheme, which prompted the appeal to the … Continue reading

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Queen’s Hotel planning inquiry is a case of David v Goliath

Whose side is Croydon Council on? As JOE PAXTON reports from the Town Hall, Crystal Palace Council Tax-payers face a four-day public hearing having had little support from their own local authority A David v Goliath battle commences at the … Continue reading

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Seconds out: champ Duke fights for survival at Victory Place

Three-time boxing world champion Duke McKenzie is facing the toughest fight of his life yet – a battle for the survival of the gym in Crystal Palace which he has worked hard over eight years to establish as a thriving … Continue reading

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Shh. Don’t tell anyone. Queen’s Hotel has some revised plans

Even by the oh-so-low standards of consultations which the Croydon public have learned to endure (how about the Selhurst Park expansion consultation last week that didn’t mention the five houses that would have to be bulldozed?), the latest effort from … Continue reading

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Skipper gets selected with Henson for Addiscombe East

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on the first two councillor de-selections as a Momentum candidate gets picked for next May’s Town Hall elections Labour will field an all-woman slate in Addiscombe East at next May’s local elections, after a ward selection … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe East, Alison Butler, Andrew Rendle, Ashburton, Caragh Skipper, David Wood, Maddie Henson, Paul Scott, Selhurst, Stephen Mann, Timothy Godfrey, Toni Letts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Skipper leads the way as Momentum challenges councillors

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the first manoeuvres among Labour candidates to secure a place on the council next May More than a month later than scheduled, and Croydon Labour’s candidate selection process for next May’s local elections finally reached … Continue reading

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Ashburton’s councillors are making plans for park life

As a report to next Monday’s council cabinet meeting demonstrates, there could be much change in Croydon’s parks in the coming couple of years. Croydon’s Labour-run council is consulting on one of its parks, the much disputed Ashburton Park, and … Continue reading

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Nightmare scenario as O’Connell is lined up as London Mayor

It is a nightmare scenario, probably for Tories as much as the rest of Croydon’s residents, and certainly for all Londoners. But greedy Steve O’Connell, at one time the most overpaid local councillor in Britain (© The Daily Wail), could … Continue reading

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Tories’ botched library sale has left building open to vandals

The Spivocracy strikes again: Croydon Conservatives’ attempt to flog off a £500,000 public building to their mates for a knock-down £85,000 on the eve of the local elections have seen the old Ashburton Library left vulnerable to the worst of … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Andrew Rendle, Ashburton, Church and religions, Community associations, Croydon Council, Environment, Friends of Ashburton Park, Libraries, Maddie Henson, Nathan Elvery, Stephen Mann, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Calls for auditor to investigate old Ashburton Library sale

There are calls for the deal to sell the council-owned old Ashburton Library at a “discount” of more than £400,000 to be referred to the district auditor for investigation, after the aborted sale was the subject of further acrimonious exchanges … Continue reading

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