Category Archives: Alison Butler

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

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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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Newman’s Pravda over-promises as his council under-delivers

Even in the middle of the greatest crisis the borough has faced since World War II, there’s nothing stopping the council for gerrymandering on behalf of the beleaguered leader, Tony Newman. The latest edition of Your Croydon, the council’s Pravda, … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick CEO says company has sold 6 houses. Or is it 5?

Our overdevelopment correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, reports on the latest admission of incompetence from Croydon Council’s loss-making house-builders Five. Or it might be six. Colm Lacey, the former council employee who has been promoted way beyond his skills and abilities to … Continue reading

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Institute member Townsend promoted as new chief planner

Nicola Townsend is the council’s new chief planner. Except she’s not. She’s been appointed as something which is described in council papers as Croydon’s “director of homes and social investment”. The council opted for an internal promotion to replace the … Continue reading

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Council in appeal to private landlords to offer rent holidays

Days after other councils in London stepped in to demand that private landlords offer rent breaks and financial help to their tenants affected by the covid-19 pandemic, Croydon has stepped in to do the same. Yesterday, the council issued a … Continue reading

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Labour MP questions conflicts over Brick by Brick planning

Our overdevelopment correspondent BARRATT HOLMES on how the council’s loss-making home-builders are receiving criticism from an unlikely source Steve Reed, the Labour MP for Croydon North, has joined the growing number of voices critical of the council-owned, loss-making developer Brick … Continue reading

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Labour council threatens £1m of cuts over mayor referendum

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, watched Monday night’s full council meeting so you didn’t have to Croydon Council will spend £1million on staging, and contestng, a referendum over whether the borough should have a mayor directly elected by all Croydon’s … Continue reading

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