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The £30m in the balance for Croydon in Chancellor’s Budget

The poorest and most vulnerable in the borough are not the only ones who need their benefits uprated by Jeremy Hunt – businesses and the local economy are depending on it, too, writes ANDREW FISHER The Conservative Party’s claims to … Continue reading

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Turmoil at Fairfield Halls as operating company suffers exodus

Our culture correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, on changing times at the council-owned arts centre, and a diamond anniversary that has been forgotten by the council There’s yet more turmoil behind the scenes at the Fairfield Halls, where the chief executive and … Continue reading

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Funding outlook for all London’s boroughs is ‘beyond bleak’

Croydon is not the only cash-strapped council in the capital, as the body which represents all 32 boroughs and the City of London has predicted that there could be a £1.1billion black hole in Town Hall budgets over the next … Continue reading

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Part-time Perry’s Halloween howler on Tory investment zones

Our political correspondent, WALTER CRONXITE, on an extraordinary turn in the local by-election campaign over Conservative proposals to make it even easier for their developer chums to concrete over the Green Belt Tory sleaze is in full flow in the … Continue reading

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Westfield’s boss admits covid was ‘nail in coffin’ for Croydon

There’s no prospect any time soon of French-based developers ending the decade-long blight to the Whitgift Centre, according to the CEO of  Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield. By our retailing correspondent, MT WALLETTE Covid was “the final nail in the coffin” for the £1.4billion … Continue reading

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Croydon MP finds himself at centre of new political storm

Out of the Truss frying pan into the Braverman fire, Tory MP Chris Philp is just clinging on to the wreckage of his ‘Rt Hon’ ministerial career. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor The wait had better be worth it. It … Continue reading

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Voluntary groups face ‘wipe out’ in Tory Mayor’s budget cuts

EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon’s charities and voluntary sector face an existential threat, as the Mayor of Croydon, Jason Perry, prepares to axe the council’s Community Fund next year. More than 40 groups could be affected, from larger organisations such … Continue reading

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Mayor Perry threatens legal action over missing bus shelters

Jason Perry, the part-time Mayor of Croydon, has promised to take “legal recourse” over the lingering scandal of Croydon’s shelter-less bus stops. The only problem with the dim Mayor’s vacuous undertaking is that there is very probably no one to … Continue reading

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Downfall of Truss leaves Tory Philp facing uncertain future

With the parliamentary Conservative Party in meltdown after a month of chaos under Liz Truss, ANDREW FISHER looks at what’s next for MP Chris Philp and his potentially ‘marginal’ seat of Croydon South The Conservative Party is disintegrating before our … Continue reading

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Barwell tells the Tory Party: It’s time to make up your mind

Britain stands on the brink of a national breakdown, after Liz Truss resigned as Prime Minister this lunchtime, following a turbulent 44 days in office during which her Mini-Budget crashed the markets, she sacked both her Chancellor and Home Secretary … Continue reading

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Postal ballot switch puts by-election candidates in a rush

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on a schedule change that probably won’t do anything to increase turn-out in Selsdon Vale and Forestdale Election candidates for the Selsdon Vale and Forestdale ward by-election, their agents and supporters, had their carefully planned campaign … Continue reading

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Tories pose real threat to Selsdon Vale with ‘attack on nature’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Prime Minister may have sacked her Chancellor and his replacement might have scrapped almost all of the Trussonomic financial policies announced just three weeks ago. But, says PETER UNDERWOOD, pictured right, there’s no sign that the Tories … Continue reading

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‘The Nose in Search of a Bum’ sniffs out new government job

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the losers and losers in today’s government reshuffle Calls to Downing Street sources this afternoon have failed to discover anyone prepared to offer an on-the-record denial that, when he got the call from the … Continue reading

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Mayor proposes more cuts to Council Tax Support scheme

There are more changes coming to Croydon’s Council Tax Support Scheme, and that’s unlikely to be good news for the thousands of households in the borough facing fuel poverty in the middle of the cost of living crisis this winter. … Continue reading

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Judge orders CEO Kerswell to face tribunal over racism claims

Our Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest development in the increasingly messy aftermath of Croydon’s bankruptcy Katherine Kerswell, Croydon’s £192,474 per year chief executive, will have to face up to 11 days in an Employment Tribunal and claims … Continue reading

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Mortgage payments up by one-third hitting Croydon hard

Seems like Croydon South MP Chris Philp’s first weeks in office at the Treasury have managed to make life tougher even for the people who would usually be expected to be among his firmest supporters: house buyers. Market analysis by … Continue reading

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Mayor breaks silence to say he won’t publish #PennReport

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Part-time Perry took four days to respond to questions over the refusal to publish a controversial report, only to confirm that he is not in charge of the council. By STEVEN DOWNES Four days after he was … Continue reading

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Cancelled planning committees are ‘shouting incompetence’

There’s growing concerns over the disorganisation of the council planning department, after last night’s scheduled meeting of the planning committee in the Town Hall Chamber had to be cancelled because of “issues with publication of reports”. The cancellation means that … Continue reading

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‘Expunge’: Labour candidate backs Mayor’s Power Rangers

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the barrel-scraping exercise going on in the local Tory and Labour parties to fill a councillor vacancy in Selsdon Vale and Forestdale The November 3 council by-election in what one council figure affectionately calls Sleepy … Continue reading

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#PennReport wanted police probe into possible misconduct

CROYDON IN CRISIS: For nearly two years, the council has withheld a detailed report into ‘possible wrong-doing’ at the Town Hall, together with recommendations for a Met Police investigation and the seeking of a refund on the £437,000 pay-off to … Continue reading

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Underwood gets Green light to stand in Selsdon by-election

The Greens have begun their campaign in Selsdon Vale and Forestdale by attacking ‘Conservative plans to allow building all over our green spaces’ Peter Underwood is to try again to become Croydon Council’s third Green Party councillor, after he was … Continue reading

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Uber for Philp! Croydon MP blamed for disastrous Tory tax cut

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, is beginning to feel a little sorry for the hapless MP for Croydon South It’s beginning to look very much like Chris Philp’s time in high office in the government could be about to end … Continue reading

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Perry promises council will restore Thornton Heath Clocktower

Jason Perry, Croydon’s part-time Mayor, has blamed the council – over which he presides – for the fire that wrecked Thornton Heath’s historic clocktower. Addressing the situation somewhat late (with tweets on Friday afternoon, 36 hours after the fire), Perry … Continue reading

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33% Labour lead puts Tories on alert for Forestdale by-election

There is to be a council ward poll on November 3 – which will test voters’ devotion to Thick Lizzy and Croydon’s part-time Mayor Perry. By our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE Croydon, or at least a small bit of its … Continue reading

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