Tag Archives: Council Tax

Keep it quiet: councillors make allowances for themselves

Croydon’s councillors last week opened the way for potential increases in their own “allowances” of as much as 20 per cent, and they did it all without any debate. By STEVEN DOWNES Croydon’s new council last week passed a range … Continue reading

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Labour and the hidden agenda as Elvery is handed top job

STEVEN DOWNES on how Croydon Council’s new political leadership kept a key item off the notification of the meeting to appoint the £180,000 CEO “Who governs Britain?” was a headline beloved of right-leaning newspapers in the 1970s when questioning the … Continue reading

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At £220m, is Fisher’s Folly the most costly council HQ ever?

According to figures presented at last night’s Croydon Council cabinet meeting, Fisher’s Folly, the new council office building which some people insist on calling Bernard Weatherill House, will cost Council Tax-payers a scandalous £85 million more than even the gloomiest multi-million-pound … Continue reading

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Aimless opposition could make for an extended honeymoon

THE VIEW FROM THE BACK BENCHES: Last night’s first council cabinet meeting of the new Labour administration was full of interesting announcements for Waddon councillor ANDREW PELLING So that’s what my Labour colleagues have been up to over the last … Continue reading

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Pickles set to order Croydon to return to weekly bin collections

Tory Eric Pickles and his ConDem government could be about to hand a significant political present to Croydon’s new Labour-run council, by forcing them to bring back weekly bin collections. Labour won control of Croydon Town Hall a month ago … Continue reading

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Parade-ground generals fail to lead on council’s Front Line

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The lack of true, front-line service experience among some of our council’s executive officials creates fundamental problems in the management culture at the Town Hall, writes ROD DAVIES  If we are to change the nature of the council, then … Continue reading

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Punch-drunk Tories struggling to get up off the canvas

WALTER CRONXITE has put down his copy of Boxing News to assess the ringcraft of Croydon’s defeated Tories as they warm up for their next big bout Like a boxer who has taken one heavy blow to the chin too many, … Continue reading

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Rave response highlights serious short-comings at council

CROYDON COMMENTARY: What happens after decades of cost-cutting and Council Tax freezes when we need our council to act in an emergency? Nothing, as shown the mishandled road closures following the illegal rave earlier this month, says ROD DAVIES The … Continue reading

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Spot the difference: Crapita sponsors Labour Mayor’s banquet

STEVEN DOWNES, editor of Inside Croydon, suggests that the borough’s new council has allowed itself to be compromised by the council’s senior staff, developers and big business even before it has been in office for a month Spot the difference. … Continue reading

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Croydon at back of pack in London’s house price boom

Research shows that property prices in Croydon have increased at one of the slowest rates among London boroughs over the last two decades, yet there are still many fewer residential builds going on in the borough than elsewhere in the … Continue reading

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Shedding light on council multi-million contracts long overdue

This website has, more than once, made the point that public services when outsourced to private companies rarely deliver equivalent service for the public, but they almost always ensure rich pickings for private profit. The shambolic hand-over of Croydon Council’s … Continue reading

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Mayor has to apologise as Crapita draws a blank for public

Virtually the first thing which Croydon’s new mayor, Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed, was forced to do on taking office last night was to apologise to around two dozen members of the public because of the latest embarrassing council technology short-coming caused … Continue reading

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How Croydon Tories were trumped by more ideas and activists

COUNCILLOR ANDREW PELLING looks ahead to tomorrow evening’s formal Town Hall occasion which will herald the beginning of a new municipal year, and a new council administration I am looking forward to tomorrow’s annual meeting of the council. It’s a … Continue reading

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Boris calls for ‘punitive’ Council Taxes on empty properties

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London who has waved through planning consents for projects such as Croydon’s £1 billion Hammersfield development which undertakes to provide a very small amount of “affordable” new homes, is now calling on London boroughs to … Continue reading

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£900 a year’s worth of free parking: time to take the tram

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, with a population estimated to be around 520,000, manages to survive with just 60 politicians in its own parliament. That is 50 per cent more people than in Croydon, and 10 fewer paid politicians. Croydon’s … Continue reading

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