Again, no thanks to our hard-working mates in Croydon Council’s press office, but here for our loyal reader is the message sent to council staff this morning by our £248,000 per year chief executive, Jon Rouse:
Memorandum from chief executive to all staff
“I thought you would want to know that we have today received the sad news that Nestlé have made the decision to leave the borough. I enclose a copy of our press release responding to the news [already posted by Inside Croydon earlier today, here]. They will be moving to an existing office development next to Gatwick airport towards the end of the year.“We have known that this was a strong possibility for some time and have been striving to retain the company in the borough, including offering to acquire their existing buildings.
“As our press release states, we must now keep focused on delivering our regeneration plans for the town centre, particularly delivering a substantial improvement in the retail offer, modernising and rationalising our office stock, building more homes and improving the public realm. We will not allow this news to deflect us from delivery of those plans which are crucial for the future economic wellbeing of the borough.”
We will endeavour to bring you further glib, “focused” platitudes from over-paid public servants as and when we are leaked them.
- Inside Croydon: brought to you from the heart of the borough, free of charge, an independent voice standing for freedom of speech for the people of Croydon
- The Nestle move: Croydon Council’s reaction (insidecroydon.com)
- Report says Nestle poised to announce it is to quit Croydon (insidecroydon.com)
- Croydon’s £450m Hub scheme needs another cash bail-out (insidecroydon.com)
- That £10m grant: an open letter to Croydon CEO Jon Rouse (insidecroydon.com)