Tag Archives: Council Tax

Boxpark loan deal turns councillors into a bunch of bankers

£3 million. So now we know how much tax-payers’ money it takes to bring a decent-sized business to the town centre. The Croydon Guardian reports that Croydon Council has gone into the banking business, making a £3 million loan to … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe, Boxpark, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Jo Negrini, Jon Rouse, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, URV, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bromley goes public on ZhongRong’s 500-year Palace dynasty

Bromley Council has published explosive correspondence to expose how the ZhongRong Group, the Chinese company to which London Mayor Boris Johnson wanted to hand a large chunk of Crystal Palace Park, were demanding to takeover half of the public park … Continue reading

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CEO Elvery takes the rap for council’s propaganda posters

WHO REALLY IS RUNNING CROYDON (Part 94): Another email has flooded into our inbox from the plush executive offices in Fisher’s Folly. According to Nathan Elvery, the council’s chief executive, it was all his fault that political propaganda was plastered on … Continue reading

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Selhurst sees Labour touching Wood over Croydon Central

Labour’s David Wood romped to an overwhelming victory in the Selhurst ward council by-election yesterday, winning 71.5 per cent of the vote to take his party’s 40th seat at Croydon Town Hall. But fewer than 1 in 5 Selhurst voters … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croham, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Croydon North, David Wood, Gavin Barwell MP, Gerry Ryan, Nathan Elvery, Selhurst | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Negrini signs off on £8,000 MIPIM junket to south of France

WHO REALLY IS RUNNING CROYDON (Part 94): Croydon Council is spending nearly £8,000 to send three senior members of staff to the South of France next week on a sales trip – to flog flats and property on behalf of … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Menta Tower, Planning, Property, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Council CEO admits propaganda posters had sums wrong

Croydon’s Labour council’s controversially political posters, which claimed that the borough has been hit by £100-million-worth of central government cuts over the next three years, were not just tax-funded propaganda. They were also inaccurate, according to Nathan Elvery, the chief … Continue reading

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Town Hall’s propaganda posters may re-appear as leaflets

It was not only the gobby fac totem of a local MP who power-steered his way into a car crash interview last week. The leader of the council, Tony Newman, was at it as well. Croydon’s #PosterGate took an inevitable … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Julie Belvir, Mario Creatura, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Residents’ associations mobilise to get better say with council

The peasants are revolting. They may not just yet quite be at the point of storming Fisher’s Folly with lighted torches and armed with pitchforks, but dissatisfaction with the way Croydon Council is run and the manner in which public … Continue reading

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Poster propaganda prompts Barwell into another costly error

The Croydon Labour brains trust (ha!) that is running the Town Hall has managed to score yet another political own-goal, handing a gilt-edged opportunity for Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, to boost his flagging credibility. From the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell MP, Nathan Elvery, Sarah Jones, Simon Hall, Tony Newman, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Purley Pool to close as council Budget cuts begin to bite

Croydon Council is to close Purley Pool in a cost-cutting exercise aimed at avoiding having to spend at least £780,000 on urgently required repairs and renovations to the much-neglected swimming facility. Purley’s swimming pools’ fate was sealed once the council … Continue reading

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Incinerator campaign seeks justice by going to Court of Appeal

AND THE FIGHT GOES ON: The legal battle against the Viridor-operated waste incinerator to be built at Beddington took another step this week when the Stop the Incinerator Campaign lodged permission to appeal. The legal campaign is being conducted with … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Greens, Environment, Refuse collection, Shasha Khan, Waste incinerator, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Newman goes big on promises on jobs, homes and investment

Is it mandatory to take large quantities of hallucinogenic drugs on assuming a senior position at Croydon Council or taking political office at the Town Hall? We only ask because it seems Tony Newman, the council leader, has been on … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, John Burton, Nathan Elvery, RIF, Tony Newman, URV, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘Our time is now’? Newman is having a bit of a Mayor

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the Town Hall reception flicking through the visitors’ book, says that the council leader’s “strategy” for funding cannot be delivered unless he agrees to abandoning the patronage on which he depends for his political power … Continue reading

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Struggling on low wages? The BBC wants to hear from you

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BID’s report suggests the impact of loss of Allders and Nestle

CROYDON COMMENTARY: DAVID CALLAM is a fan of business improvement district schemes but reminds the town centre’s elite firms that self-praise is no recommendation All Change! Croydon is the title of the recently published 32-page annual report from Croydon Business … Continue reading

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Labour cuts and pastes Tory plans for a very bleak midwinter

Tough luck. That’s the message from Croydon Council if we have a bad winter. As commuters battle their way home through what’s left of Hurricane Gonzalo, winter seems to be with us already. Snow and ice cannot be too far … Continue reading

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Council gambles millions with “Son of CCURV” scheme

Given recent experience, Croydon councillors more than most should realise that using public money to gamble rarely ends happily. But like a losing punter chasing after his losses, Croydon Council, now under a Labour administration, is going back to the … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Alison Butler, Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Simon Hall, Tony Newman, URV, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Opportunity knocked as council halts office conversions

Croydon’s Labour council is putting its pro-business reputation on the line by calling a halt to the often lucrative conversion of the borough’s empty offices into housing. Last week, owners and occupiers of office buildings in what the council has … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Croydon Council, Housing, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Fisher’s “black hole” of debt could see 500 job cuts at council

One hundred days in, and the honeymoon could be over for Croydon’s Labour council, as confronted with a £92.8 million “funding gap” over the next four years, they face having to cut up to 500 jobs at the local authority. … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Jason Cummings, Nathan Elvery, Sean Fitzsimons, Simon Hall | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Exclusive: John Loony wins Tory election (sort of). At last

After a political career that started in failure (to misquote Enoch Powell), John Cartwright has at last won a public vote. Cartwright, after spending 20 years contesting every possible election in Croydon as John Loony, the Official Monster Raving Loony … Continue reading

Posted in Croham, Dudley Mead, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Heathfield, Helen Pollard, Maria Gatland, Mike Fisher, Phil Thomas, Riesco Collection, Sanderstead, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments