Category Archives: Bensham Manor

Loss-making Brick by Brick produce bogus profits report

Loss-making house-builders Brick by Brick have delayed the publication of their annual accounts, so it was more than mere coincidence that last night, just 30 minutes before a cabinet meeting was due to begin to discuss the cash-strapped council’s emergency … Continue reading

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Can you help? Tony, Alison, Paul and Simon want your ideas

Croydon Council, the local authority whose leader is afraid of staging a borough-wide referendum, now says it wants the public’s help to sort out its financial mess. WALTER CRONXITE on the inherent contradictions contained within the Croydon Renewal Plan being … Continue reading

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Newman’s ‘sickening’ defence of Negrini’s £400,000+ pay-off

Newman failed to brief party colleagues on departing CEO’s pay-off ‘Golden handshake’ to Negrini may be even bigger than first estimated Negrini was given a £4,000 pay rise just days before she left Croydon Threat of backbench revolt by Labour … Continue reading

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Is the end nigh? Newman facing cash crisis triple whammy

76% of readers think Tony Newman is not fit to be council leader 21,000 residents sign petition calling for a democratically elected mayor Whitehall bail-out for cash-strapped council to carry onerous conditions Tony Newman might be wishing he never came … Continue reading

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Newman and Negrini finally get the Downfall treatment

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Newman bypassed cabinet and colleagues on CEO decisions

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest decision by decree from the council leader, and with a profile of the interim CEO who had a chequered career before joining Croydon Before she was announced yesterday as the interim replacement … Continue reading

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Council to borrow another £30m to buy Brick by Brick flats

EXCLUSIVE: A local authority already £1.5bn in debt and nursing a coronavirus overspend of £65m now wants to increase its borrowing further, as the failed in-house housebuilder needs another bail-out. By STEVEN DOWNES Alison Butler and Simon Hall, part of … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Simon Hall | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Council holds so few meetings it has dropped ‘six-month rule’

The pandemic lockdown has had such a marked impact on the business at the Town Hall that councillors have been told it no longer matters if they don’t attend meetings for six months. Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports Croydon’s … 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

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Callton Young, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, David Wood, Jane Avis, Janet Campbell, Louisa Woodley, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Sean Fitzsimons, Simon Hall, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

‘A once in a generation opportunity to shape a new Croydon’

We’ve had red Labour. There’s been “Blue Labour”. Now, a handful of councillors from the north of the borough want to see a truly “Green” Labour in Croydon. Learning from many of the environmental benefits of the coronavirus lockdown, and … Continue reading

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‘Green Labour’ letter throws down challenge to leader Newman

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the first signs of revolt against the leadership among unhappy Labour councillors In what appears to be a barely-disguised challenge to the authority of the council leader, five Labour councillors have today signed … Continue reading

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UnFairbnb: Council has nothing to show for £200,000 spend

EXCLUSIVE: Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, provides a reminder of another significant amount of council cash that was poorly spent – but helped line the pockets of ‘friends and family’ of the Town Hall’s Labour leadership Do you remember … Continue reading

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Council leaders are set to break lockdown laws for ‘photo ops’

Council leaders in Croydon and Sutton are actively encouraging the public to break the law by attending large gatherings – ignoring the advice of health experts and potentially putting people’s health, and lives, at risk. One councillor has appealed to … Continue reading

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Scott called out over ‘gentrification’ of housing in Croydon

JANE NICHOLL reports on how Black Lives Matter activists responded to councillors’ ‘meaningless words’ at a community-led event at Park Hill Croydon Council’s failing housing policies cannot escape criticism, even at a Black Lives Matter protest which some leading Labour … Continue reading

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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

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Evans appointment to Labour top job ‘could tear party apart’

David Evans, the Croydon-based political consultant, was last night named as the new general secretary of the Labour Party. The outcome of the vote of the National Executive Committee is seen as another success for party leader Sir Keir Starmer, … Continue reading

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Troubleshooter’s report may give Negrini no choice of action

STEVEN DOWNES on a crucial couple of days for the borough At some point today, Ian O’Donnell will deliver his report on the state of the borough’s finances and what he recommends that needs to be done to get the … Continue reading

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Town Hall increases ‘irrational’ spending on medical tests

Croydon Council spent nearly £17,000 in the past year on medical assessments of often vulnerable people which were carried out by a private health firm without even speaking to them, let alone examining them. The assessments, by a company called … Continue reading

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Newman backs former Blair aide for Labour Party top job

Our Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on how Croydon has two prominent candidates for the position of general secretary Tony Newman, the increasingly beleaguered leader of Croydon Council, has given his backing to his old mate David Evans as he … Continue reading

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Collins under fire for ‘right-wing dictator’ jibe at residents

More than a year too late, Tony Newman, Croydon Labour’s dictatorial council leader, has begun to stir his senior councillors into parroting some kind of attack lines against the DEMOC campaign which is backing a referendum over whether to have … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 London elections, 2020 Mayor Referendum, 2022 council elections, Alison Butler, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Paul Scott, Planning, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council staffer Pitt is recruited to board of failing Brick by Brick

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, discovers that the council has been less-than-forthcoming over the latest appointment to their loss-making house-builder Brick by Brick has appointed a new company director, in a move that could signal the council-owned house-builder is … Continue reading

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Covid death rates linked to poverty and high-density housing

Official death rate figures from the ONS show that over-intensification of housing has played a part in helping the spread of coronavirus, as Croydon’s NHS chief warns against ‘inequalities’. BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, reports Croydon has suffered a far … Continue reading

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‘Our voice is being totally ignored’ say worried Purley residents

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, reports on how the council, despite declaring a climate emergency, is now planning to destroy open spaces and rare wildlife habitats The council’s voracious appetite for concreting over the borough’s precious green spaces has seen … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick faces ‘disaster’ as it misses sales targets by 83%

For more than two years, Inside Croydon has been carefully tracking the difference between Brick by Brick’s budgeted targets and their actual delivery: what they say, and what they do. Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, reports on the multi-million-pound chasm … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Paul Scott, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Council has no idea how many houses BxB has built or sold

Croydon Council does not know how many homes Brick by Brick has completed or sold. That’s according to an official council response to a Freedom of Information request – delivered, in true council style, much later than is required by … Continue reading

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