Category Archives: Jerry Fitzpatrick

‘Lack of trust’ sees arts venue selling just 26% of tickets

With the Fairfield Halls refurbishment costs now confirmed as £42.6m, and still rising, the venue is struggling to win back its audiences, as KEN LEE reports The costs of refurbishing the Fairfield Halls rose by another £1.6million in just five … Continue reading

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Posted in Art, Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Jo Negrini, Neil Chandler, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Autism Champion in broadcast that offered real experience

Jerry Fitzpatrick, the Addiscombe West councillor who is the borough’s Autism Champion, was this week interviewed on the Women’s Radio Station by Anna Kennedy. Kennedy is the founder of Anna Kennedy Online, an autism charity, and helping with the radio … Continue reading

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Our children deserve help to improve their life opportunities

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It is autism awareness week. There’s been events staged at the Town Hall, and tomorrow there’s a special meeting at which teens, young adults, parents, guardians and carers can discuss their situations with councillors and officials. SARAH BOWELL, … Continue reading

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Hear Autism meeting, The Cherry Hub, Apr 6

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New councillor sweeps in with series of Hear Autism events

They say a new broom sweeps clean, but residents in Croydon aren’t used to this being true (cough… Veolia… cough). Although that seems to be changing, at least for the autism community. After last May’s local elections, Jerry Fitzpatrick, the … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Education, Health, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Schools | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

BINMAGEDDON!: Council rolls back on costly bins roll-out

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on the latest twist in #CroydonBinChaos All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others Just as “Binmageddon” made it into the headlines of BBC London’s radio coverage this morning (including a … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Croydon Council, Environment, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Park Hill and Whitgift, Patricia Hay-Justice, Refuse collection, Sean Fitzsimons, Stuart Collins, Tom Lawrence, Veolia, Vidhi Mohan, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Local Offer website fails to meet standards under SEND laws

Parents and carers of children and young adults with SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability – claim that the new, malfunctioning Local Offer website launched by the council last month is not only full of broken hyperlinks and broken … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Alisa Flemming, Andrew Rendle, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Jo Negrini | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Council’s SEND website and a quest for the missing links

Croydon’s latest ‘digital offering’ has left parents and carers of some of the borough’s most vulnerable youngsters angry at the way they have been fobbed off with yet more sub-standard service. KEN LEE reports Neil Williams, Croydon’s recently appointed chief … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Services, Croydon Council, Education, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Jo Negrini, Matthew Wallbridge, Neil Williams | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Council’s Autism Board failed to hold meetings for nine months

Croydon Council’s Autism Board failed to hold any meetings during a nine-month period from October last year. That’s according to a written response from the cabinet member responsible, Jane Avis. For a council which is struggling to improve its reputation … Continue reading

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Dear councillor, please don’t let the autism community down

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The council has handed out a range of appointments for its four-year term, including making the recently elected Addiscombe West councillor, Jerry Fitzpatrick, the borough’s ‘Autism Champion’. Here, DAWN ASSEFA, pictured right, sends him an open letter Dear … Continue reading

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Labour councillor Watson opts to jump before de-selection

STEVEN DOWNES reports on the latest shift of power at the Town Hall Addiscombe councillor Mark Watson, an influential member of the council cabinet, last night stunned Labour Party members in his ward by announcing his withdrawal from the selection … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Andrew Rendle, Ashburton, Business, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Mark Watson, Patricia Hay-Justice, Paul Smith, Sean Fitzsimons, Stephen Mann, Surrey Street, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments