• Council house-building company formed in 2015 has yet to complete a single new home
• Senior council executive was among the judges for awards where Brick by Brick ‘triumphed’
• Council spent public money on advertising last week with the publishers who organised the awards
• Tables at the awards ceremony cost up to £3,700, individual tickets £350 each
• All Brick by Brick’s planning applications have been granted permission by the council, despite complaints from affected residents
• Council press release deliberately misstates the date when BxB was formed
Croydon Council’s desperation to put a positive spin on its controversial house-building company, Brick by Brick, reached a new low last week, as it used the council press office to spread disinformation about an “award” presented to the company by trade publication Architect’s Journal.
The council press release failed to state that among the AJ Architecture Awards judges was Colm Lacey, the senior Croydon staffer who just happens to be the managing director of Brick by Brick, and that the council had – no doubt entirely coincidentally – also managed to book inthe same week a 1,000-word sponsored “feature” advertorial with Architects Journal about one of its latest development schemes.
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