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Not a single question asked over £180,000 CEO appointment

The French have a phrase for it: “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose“. In England, the tabloids devised a game for their prize competitions: Spot the Difference. Last week, at the first full council meeting of the Labour … Continue reading

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Fisher’s Folly shows problems addressing council services

Our loyal reader’s been in touch again. They’ve just received a letter from one of the council departments working in Fisher’s Folly, the country’s most costly borough offices, the £220 million glass palace on Cost A Mint Walk from which … 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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Tory candidate Mohan gets lost again over Croydon North

Making Croydon a London Living Wage borough? Tick. Announcing free swimming in the council’s pools this summer for all Croydon’s children? Tick. Introduce a £1 million scheme to make good use of the borough’s empty homes? Tick. Making the Tory … Continue reading

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Developers’ bulldozers ordered to get off Queen’s Gardens

Queen’s Gardens, the much-loved open space between the Fairfield Halls and the Town Hall, could yet be saved from going under developers’ bulldozers after John Laing, the council’s “partners” in an “urban regeneration” joint venture, have been ordered back to … 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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Time for thorough ethical review of Croydon’s governance

 CROYDON COMMENTARY: The nexus of connections that have been developed between the local authority – of whatever political hue – and vested interests in the borough makes it long overdue for a review of proper governance, says CHARLOTTE DAVIES The … 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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‘Dumb’ and dumber: outgoing councillor’s rant to regret

We will miss Clare Hilley. Not because she was a hard-working councillor, as she sought to advance her personal political ambitions for what seemed like five minutes. But because when she was an elected representative for Waddon ward, Hilley and … Continue reading

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Council’s culture clash leaves truth and fairness as casualties

This week, Inside Croydon has highlighted the party political interference going on at the council headquarters during what is supposed to be a period of election purdah, apparently to benefit of the ruling Conservative group. It is symptomatic of the … Continue reading

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Developer’s donation welcomed by Upper Norwood Library

The Upper Norwood Library Trust has received £1,000 from Neville De Souza, the director of Crystal Palace-based developer Lightbox. The money was donated from the commission on art works sold at Lightbox’s elegant redevelopment of the Thicket pub on Anerley … Continue reading

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Greens hold back from promising to scrap £1bn incinerator

The Green Party launched its local election manifesto for Croydon yesterday, confirming that it will field a full slate of 70 candidates across the whole of the borough. The Greens seem poised to benefit on voting day next month from … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Croham, Croydon Greens, Environment, Fly tipping, Fracking, Gordon Ross, Knife crime, Refuse collection, Shasha Khan, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Newman struggling to keep team singing from same songsheet

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the public gallery with a Yorkie bar in his pocket and a copy of the local free paper under his arm, analyses the real story behind yesterday’s headlines Divided parties rarely win elections. The tensions … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Addiscombe, Alison Butler, Bensham Manor, Croydon Greens, Croydon North, Croydon South, Kenley, New Addington, Raj Rajendran, Waddon, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

£1bn Westfield and Hammerson scheme is Croydon’s last hope

CROYDON COMMENTARY: DAVID CALLAM welcomes the Hammersfield redevelopment of the centre of town. After all, there is no alternative The Whitgift Shopping City proposals are a way for the Whitgift Foundation to secure its financial future for decades to come. … Continue reading

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Councillors get two months off to work out what they stand for

WALTER CONXITE, our man with a dog-eared copy of the local free paper and a part-eaten Yorkie bar, offers his pre-Grand National pin-stickers’ guide to the likely outcome of May’s local elections Croydon’s councillors, all 70 of them who between … Continue reading

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