Tag Archives: Mike Fisher

Council considers three-weekly bin collections as cuts bite

The leadership of Croydon’s Labour-run council is considering moving to a schedule of residential refuse collections of every three weeks as a way of saving money from a borough budget that faces losing £90 million from its grant from the … Continue reading

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Town Hall withdraws all councillors from Fairfield Halls board

Wonders will never cease. For the first time in its 50-plus-year history, the Fairfield Halls management board has no members imposed upon it by Croydon Council. The decision was announced by the Labour-run council last week, in among its various … Continue reading

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Bogus Barwell’s donors include exiled oligarch and NHS seller

Having flagged up Bogus Barwell, the millionaire developers’ best mate, news reaches us of the donors who have contributed thousands of pounds to his “Don’t Mention the Tories” campaign to hang on to his parliamentary seat in Croydon Central. These … Continue reading

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Council calls in Ronald McDonald to help pay off £144m bill

It would be a cheap shot to suggest that Fisher’s Folly is run by a bunch of clowns. But Ronald McDonald has registered a presence recently in Croydon Council’s £144 million headquarters building. Desperate to rake back some of the … Continue reading

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Tax-payers pay £5.8m for councillors’ job creation scheme

Political patronage on the rates has reached ridiculous proportions at Croydon Town Hall, reports WALTER CRONXITE Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, parliamentary elder statesmen and former Foreign Secretaries, are clearly not as sharp as they would have liked us … Continue reading

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By Jupiter! Is Whitehall considering a move to Fisher’s Folly?

A government department is looking to move into a 250,000 square foot office building in East Croydon, according to reports in the commercial property trade press this week. And the only relatively new office block in the vicinity offering that … Continue reading

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Tory councillors warned over failure to pay party levy

Croydon’s Tory group on the council is feeling the financial pressure, and some elected councillors have been issued with warnings by local Conservative officials after failing to make payments from their council allowances into the campaign fund being used to … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Chris Wright, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Council meeting goes through the motions as a costly joke

WALTER CRONXITE, our man watching the webcast with a Yorkie bar and  a cup of strong black coffee, calls for another reform of Croydon Council: scrap meetings of the full council. They’re a complete waste of time and public money, … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Julie Belvir, Kenley, Lynne Hale, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Phil Thomas, Purley, Purley Pool, Richard Ottaway MP, Sanderstead, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

POLL: Back our scheme to save Purley Pool – permanently

FLIP FLOP (Part 94): Purley Pool has been given a reprieve, of sorts. Following an announcement this morning by Tony Newman, the council leader, the only public swimming pool serving a vast catchment area in the south of the borough … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Fusion, Leisure services, Mike Fisher, Planning, Purley Pool, Swimming, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Eye! Eye! Council offices’ £144m cost is attracting attention

Not for the first time, a scandal involving Croydon Council has attracted the attention of the scurrilous satirical magazine, Private Eye, when the local mainstream media has kept well clear of the story. Presumably, the Sadvertiser doesn’t think that an … Continue reading

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Report covers up council’s role in #WadGate scandal

Croydon Council has overseen a cover-up of the role of senior public officials in the #WadGate scandal, in which over the course of a year the now former council leader, Mike Fisher, was allowed to trouser an extra £13,000 of … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Julie Belvir, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Shirley, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Terry & June, the sequel: His and Her MBEs

As it’s the pantomime season, Inside Croydon is proud to present a special Croydon-themed show, not featuring Gareth Gates and unlikely to be performed at the Fairfield Halls any time soon, but starring Croydon’s First Couple, Dudley and Margaret Mead … Continue reading

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That Was The Year That Was: Readers pick their favourites

Our second bite at a review of the year (also know as “driving traffic with links to previous articles”) hands over the editorial choices to our loyal reader from all parts of our borough, and beyond. We approached a random … Continue reading

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That Was The Year That Was: Inside Croydon’s 2014 most read

So what have you been reading on Inside Croydon in 2014? Unlike certain Dorking-based publications, we’re not so self-obsessed as to suggest that this is in any way indicative of the BIG (note the unnecessary use of capitals) stories of … Continue reading

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Deal to bring university to Croydon looks to have fallen flat

The council’s attempts to turn Croydon into a “university town” by renting out some or all of their office space in Fisher’s Folly appear to have failed, judging by Labour leader Tony Newman’s remarks to a Town Hall meeting. Negotiations … Continue reading

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Croydon council offices cost more to build than The Shard

Fisher’s Folly, the glass palace that is our council’s headquarters which opened just over a year ago and which cost the borough’s Council Tax-payers’ £144 million, was more expensive to build than The Shard. That’s the conclusion reached by a … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Croydon Council, Housing, Jon Rouse, Leisure services, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Property, Taberner House, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

#WadGate report delayed as inquiry seeks more information

Mike #WadGate Fisher, and the rest of Croydon’s Tories, have at least another three weeks to wait for the outcome of the inquiry into how the former Conservative council leader managed secretly to claim an extra £11,000 in Town Hall … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Gavin Barwell MP, Julie Belvir, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

In £100m black hole, Labour’s opted not to dig their way out

WALTER CRONXITE reports on Croydon Labour’s first council Budget for eight years, and finds them deferring much of the pain of dealing with the Town Hall’s “financial black hole” Croydon’s Labour council yesterday revealed its 2015-2016 Budget, which falls well … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Council Tax, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Leisure services, Libraries, Nathan Elvery, Refuse collection, Sarah Jones, Simon Hall, Street lighting, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Own goals galore scored on Croydon’s school playing fields

WALTER CRONXITE recounts the unedifying clusterfuck that has engulfed the Labour-run council over its development plans. Which they say that they don’t have Croydon’s Conservative councillors are predicting that Simon Hall’s days as a member of Labour’s front-bench team are … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council, Environment, Heathfield, Jason Cummings, Julie Belvir, Maria Gatland, Nathan Elvery, Phil Thomas, Planning, Sara Bashford, Schools, Shasha Khan, Simon Hall, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Foundation, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

POLL: Should Croydon Council stop the incinerator?

What do you, Inside Croydon’s loyal reader, want your council to do about Sutton’s plans to build a waste incinerator right next to Croydon, on the Beddington Farmlands Metropolitan Open Land site? Do you want Croydon Council to back the … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Business, Clare Hilley, Community associations, Croydon Council, Environment, Health, London-wide issues, Outside Croydon, Refuse collection, Shasha Khan, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Tony Newman, Waddon, Waste incinerator, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments