Category Archives: Sean Fitzsimons

Newman gives ‘manifesto pledge’ to ignore referendum vote

Just days before he faces a no-confidence motion at the Town Hall, the council leader has committed Labour to ignore the outcome of a democratic borough-wide referendum. WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, reports Tony Newman, the part-time council leader who after … Continue reading

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Posted in 2020 London elections, 2020 Mayor Referendum, 2022 council elections, Croydon Council, Sean Fitzsimons, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Croydon in crisis: Council makes 20% cuts to adult services

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the latest cuts at the council While Jo Negrini was having her lawyers haggle over the size of her six-figure pay-off for leaving her job as chief executive of the council, the scale … Continue reading

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Newman’s claims over diversity miss the real ‘need for change’

Black Lives Matter. But in Orwellian Croydon, some matter more than others, as our political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports While many in England will be rushing off to the pub tomorrow, Tony Newman will be using a Croydon Labour councillors’ … Continue reading

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Labour councillors signal major Town Hall U-turn over Westfield

Croydon Council is preparing to complete a full 180-degree U-turn over their position on Westfield and the long-promised and undelivered £1.4billion temple to consumerism in the town centre. “It makes sense for radical overhaul of the proposals for Croydon,” was … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, CPO, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Sean Fitzsimons, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Newman bans Labour councillors from ‘liking’ Inside Croydon

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the ludicrous lengths that the council leadership is going to in order to avoid scrutiny of their failing administration Tony Newman, the increasingly absurd leader of Croydon Council, has ordered his fellow Labour councillors not to … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Callton Young, Clive Fraser, Inside Croydon, Oliver Lewis, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Sean Fitzsimons, Stuart Collins, Toni Letts, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Covid-19 a ‘ticking time bomb’ in borough’s 140 care homes

Croydon is among the London boroughs worst hit by coronavirus according to the latest government figures this weekend. And yet the pandemic death toll in this part of south London could be far worse once the fatalities are counted up … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Care Homes, Croydon CCG, Croydon Council, Health, Jane Avis, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Newman’s ‘virtually all there’ for his secret Town Hall meeting

The government finally moved late last week to make it legally possible for local authorities to stage “virtual” council meetings, and to continue with a semblance of Town Hall business during the covid-19 lockdown. Yet less than 48 hours before … Continue reading

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‘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

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

Dartnell Road open space public meeting, Addiscombe, Nov 20

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Micro-flat developers have helped to fund Labour council

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on how a pair of developers investigated for making millions from housing benefits, paid as rents on under-sized flats, have also been generous donors or sponsors of council-run events or to Labour councillors, including Paul … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Alison Butler, Business, Croydon Council, Housing, Humayun Kabir, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Paul Scott, Planning, Sadiq Khan, Sean Fitzsimons, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Director with Qatari links resigns from Brick by Brick board

BARRATT HOLMES reports on more revelations about council home-builders’ business which failed to get a mention at last week’s Town Hall scrutiny committee One of the company directors of Brick by Brick has resigned from the board of Croydon Council’s … Continue reading

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‘Addiscombe West Bypass’ proves to be a car crash of a policy

JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, on the continuing angst caused by traffic levels off the Addiscombe Road The wretched legacy of Mark Watson’s time of power and influence within Croydon Council is still being felt by some of the former … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Community associations, Croydon Council, ECCO, HOME, Jeet Bains, Maddie Henson, Mark Watson, Sean Fitzsimons, TACRA | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 16 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

Govia refuse to attend scrutiny meeting to discuss rail chaos

The chair of Croydon Council’s scrutiny committee has expressed his “strong disappointment” to Govia Thameslink Railway at their failure to send anyone to tonight’s Town Hall meeting that is to look at the chaos affecting tens of thousands of Croydon … Continue reading

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Council report says roads ‘will not cope’ with Westfield traffic

Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON on how the Town Hall scrutiny committee wants Croydon to ‘champion’ the local tram network to ensure that TfL ‘takes passenger safety seriously’ Croydon Council’s scrutiny committee has warned that the town centre’s “current road network … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Croydon Council, East Croydon, Sandilands derailment, Sean Fitzsimons, Tramlink, Transport, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

TfL withheld key audit report from tram crash investigators

A transport safety campaigner has accused Transport for London of suppressing vital information related to the causes of the Sandilands tram crash by keeping secret an audit report into the events of November 9, 2016, even to the point of … Continue reading

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Scrutiny chief wants your ideas to improve the tram network

The chair of the council’s scrutiny committee wants members of the public to come forward with ideas and suggestions about how to improve the tram network. The council streets and environment scrutiny committee will meet at the Town Hall on … Continue reading

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#SaveTheGlam: Council grants ACV status to historic pub

A community campaign to try to re-open an East Croydon local pub has achieved its first target, with The Glamorgan on Cherry Orchard Road being declared an Asset of Community Value. The #SaveTheGlam campaign, led by Addiscombe ward’s Labour councillors, … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, East Croydon, Property, Pubs, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Glamorgan owners to meet campaigners with new plans

Residents living on or near Cherry Orchard Road and the wider East Croydon area who started the Save The Glamorgan campaign to keep a historic local boozer as an Asset of Community Value are staging a key meeting on Monday. … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Cherry Orchard Gardens, Croydon Council, ECCO, Menta Tower, Planning, Property, Pubs, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Councillor to report Croydon’s ‘Godfather Affair’ to police

STEVEN DOWNES on the backlash from senior figures at the Town Hall to the secrecy and cover-up over the sudden departure of a council director Senior councillors in Croydon have expressed mounting anger over the council’s “Godfather Affair”, where executive … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Graham Cadle, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Sean Fitzsimons, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tory MP told to apologise after bad joke about road safety

A Tory MP was forced into an embarrassing U-turn last night, after an attempt to score petty party political points over road safety. Chris Philp, the Conservative MP for Croydon South, was widely criticised on social media after he tweeted … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Heathfield, Sean Fitzsimons, Stuart King | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Croydon makes ‘Rotten Boroughs’ over £700k IT overspend

Nearly two months since a formal Town Hall investigation was begun into how one of the council’s most senior executives could hire a family friend on £787 per day without declaring their relationship, and the Borough Solicitor is still to … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Graham Cadle, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Councillor challenges Menta over secret viability report

The developers of one of the biggest town centre schemes have been accused by a Labour councillor of only wanting to build homes for the wealthy, and of trying to keep their viability assessment out of the hands of pesky … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Cherry Orchard Gardens, Menta Tower, Planning, Property, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Glamorgan pub plan shows it is asset of community value

The community want it as a pub, a successful businessman and landlord wants to run it. As KEN TOWL reports from last night’s #SaveTheGlam meeting, who needs more unaffordable flats in East Croydon? In the febrile world of rocketing land … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Business, Community associations, East Croydon, Ken Towl, Planning, Property, Pubs, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments