Andrew Rendle, a Croydon resident from Woodside, has asked Inside Croydon to publish this open letter to councillor Mike Fisher, the leader of the Conservative group which controls our council.
Take a look at Rendle’s letter and let us know whether you think this local resident deserves to be given a straight answer to such a straightforward set of questions regarding the spending of millions of pounds of public money.
Dear Cllr Fisher
In the light of recent reports of Croydon Council spending £900,000 on office furniture I and other council tax-payers would be most grateful if you could fill in the table below. I’m sure this website or other local media outlet would be happy to publish once finished .
Item Budget Spend To Date
- Office Furniture £900,000
- IT equipment and set up for new HQ
- Telephone system for new HQ
- Wiring for new systems
- Decoration of new HQ
- Printing of stationary & documents with new address
- Cost of redundant stationary documents with old address
- Disposal costs of items not moving to new HQ
- Training of staff in new systems
- Temporary staff working on new HQ
- Estimated lost working hours due to move
- Safety certificates for new HQ
- Moving Costs
- Loan repayments on new HQ project
- Advertising, PR & Press Releases
- Contingency Fund
Many thanks, I and the rest of Croydon look forward to your reply.
The initial response that Rendle received from Mike Fisher, a high-profile public servant – who receives around £45,000 per year in publicly funded “allowances” for his duties as a councillor, remember – was a refusal to answer his letter, referring the enquiry instead to be dealt with as a Freedom of Information request.
Another instance of Croydon’s “Proud to Serve” motto being forgotten?
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