Croydon gets hit in the Eye, the Standard and the Guardian

Looks like our loyal reader is not the only one reading Inside Croydon.

Council HQSo far this week, the Evening Standard has followed up our story about the rave at Latitude 25 (we’d recommend that you view the Standard‘s version here, without having to pay the 20p that the paper demands of Croydon residents).

This morning, Hugh Muir, the diarist in The Guardian, has echoed our original story about how local MP Gavin Barwell is able to break the law with alacrity (no wonder Barwell’s so much in favour of the closing of five police stations across the borough).

And in this week’s Private Eye, there’s a splendid summary of our coverage of Croydon Council’s perverse decision to spunk away £4 million to privatise the running of our public libraries to their mates at John Laing Integrated Services.

We are unable to confirm that Oprah Winfrey‘s programme next week is to feature a 90-minute special with Croydon Council CEO Jon Rouse on how he has been a dope over the £450 million urban regeneration vehicle gamble with the borough’s assets.

And to think that our council is spending at least £250,000 a year of your money on a local PR agency, White Label, to clean up the borough’s tarnished image, all on top of the money (more than £500,000) on its dysfunctional and pretty useless in-house press office.

That’s all public money well spent, isn’t it?

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