Category Archives: Alison Butler

Shock! Council discovers trees on site it gave to Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick, the council’s loss-making in-house house-builder, has suffered yet more setbacks after the council “discovered” that two sites it wanted to concrete over were either too close to high-voltage electricity pylons, or had real live trees growing there. … Continue reading

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Residents living in fear of fire in council-run housing blocks

Despite condemning office-to-flat conversions, Croydon Council has been using three such buildings to provide temporary housing. A year after a Fire Brigade inspection found the blocks unsafe, improvement works have still not finished, leaving residents forced to live on a … Continue reading

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MP Philp asks Whitehall to investigate cheap land sales to BxB

About five years ago, Robert Jenrick was being considered by local Conservatives as their possible candidate for Croydon South, until an even safer safe Tory seat came up in Newark. So it is perhaps with added interest that Jenrick, now … Continue reading

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Croydon Council, which has built no council homes since 2014, is now staging a museum exhibition on council homes

Without a hint of irony, nor a shred of shame, Croydon Council this week announced the opening of a month-long exhibition to celebrate “100 years of council homes in the borough”. “The 1919 Housing Act heralded a huge council house-building … Continue reading

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Newman ducks questions to show he’s all words, not deeds

TOWN HALL SKETCH: Who are we to believe? The last full council meeting until October descended into accusations from politicians of lying (ahh, the sweet irony), while the public’s petitions were re-written for them by council officials, until debate was … Continue reading

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Whitehall says council did not seek permission for sales to BxB

STEVEN DOWNES reports on how Croydon Council has failed to comply with the law by selling land to its in-house house-builders for just £250, where terraced houses are now on private sale for £600,000 each Croydon Council did not obtain … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick’s homes prove too expensive for Croydon locals

Housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES on how the council-owned housing company is struggling to sell its new homes The first batch of Brick by Brick homes, which the council promised were being built using public land and public money to help … Continue reading

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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

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Newman’s Town Hall power is challenged by residents’ groups

EXCLUSIVE: Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on how neighbourhood associations have decided that they won’t any longer accept being ‘contemptuously ignored’ by those in power in the borough Council leader Tony Newman and the troika who control the Town Hall … Continue reading

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Newman discovers climate emergency but offers little to fix it

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, was at the council’s ‘sustainability summit’ – staged in an unsustainable venue where guests were drinking from single-use cardboard cups – and found it to be full of contradictions Tony Newman, the Labour leader of … Continue reading

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Council garages flogged off in latest Brick by Brick giveaway

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the half-truths and blank maps that came with the latest batch of 60 sites being handed over for development After flogging off public green spaces and kids’ playgrounds for the in-house house-builder to build … Continue reading

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Scott of the Architects unleashes his bile on residents

KEN LEE has obtained a copy of a letter from one of the Town Hall’s most senior and powerful councillors which shows exactly how he regards the residents who fund his generous council allowances Those who have been spared the … Continue reading

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Scott’s cunning plan to squeeze in 3,000 new homes per year

KEN LEE on how increased housing  targets have forced the council into a rapid rethink of its Local Plan Just like Baldrick, Paul Scott has got a cunning plan. Another one. Controversial Town Hall figure Scott has been booked to … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick gets 100%: 38 housing projects are all delayed

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, reports on how late  completion of developments by the council’s house-builders is storing up a multi-million-pound problem Brick by Brick, Croydon Council’s house-building company, could be struggling to make its sums work as delays and … Continue reading

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Massive discounts on land sales raise more questions on BxB

EXCLUSIVE: With six parcels of public land, including open spaces, sold for just £1 each, the council has handed its in-house house-builder a secret subsidy worth millions of pounds, in a series of spiv-like deals which potentially could be against … Continue reading

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People’s rent campaign claims victory over ‘no-fault’ evictions

Renters unions, housing campaigners and Croydon Labour councillors were proclaiming a victory this morning, after the Tory government announced plans to consult over proposals to abolish “no-fault evictions”. At present, Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act allows landlords to … Continue reading

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Manchester and Birmingham join Croydon’s sprinkler campaign

The council press office described it as “doorstepping” the Prime Minister, as MP Sarah Jones and council deputy leader Alison Butler were part of a group which handed in a letter signed by 15 local authorities to try to shame … Continue reading

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Sleep Out raises £45,000, but rough sleepers were not welcome

STEVEN DOWNES spent Sunday night speaking to the rough sleepers in the town centre who did not have a roof over the heads It is 10.45pm, and a cold, wintry wind whips along George Street as a handful of people … Continue reading

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£30,000 raised for homelessness ahead of Croydon Sleep Out

Croydon’s Labour MPs will be roughing it on Sunday night, as Steve Reed OBE and Sarah Jones take part in Croydon’s first Sleep Out. They will be joined by councillor Alison Butler, as they give up their beds for the … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick’s Fairfield Halls refurb goes £11m over budget

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest multi-million-pound overspend by the council-owned ‘house-building’ company that has yet to build a single new home The refurbishment works being carried out on the Fairfield Halls arts complex by Brick by Brick will cost … Continue reading

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Council threatens to quadruple Council Tax bills on empty flats

Our housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES on the slow introduction of increased local taxes in an effort to deter the borough’s ‘executive apartments’ being used as investment vehicles and not as homes Absentee landlords with homes deliberately left vacant could face … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick imposed on community housing projects

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, on another source of funding to build homes, which in Croydon risks being hijacked by the council’s failing house-builder Croydon Council has made what one of the Labour-run council leadership has called “an ambitious pledge” … Continue reading

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Housing scheme involves charity which informed Home Office

The council has announced that it has managed to house six people under a scheme which should provide 10 homeless people with homes by the end of next month, and another 10 over the course of the following 12 months. … Continue reading

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Official: Croydon won’t build a single council home in 8 years

Council housing company won’t complete first new home until March Of homes to be completed this year, only 29% will be ‘affordable’ Two Tory councillors failed to show up for scrutiny of Brick by Brick Business plan is ‘just guesswork’, … Continue reading

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Major engineering firm has left troubled Fairfield Halls project

The troubled Fairfield Halls refurbishment project – already months late and millions of pounds over budget – is struggling on without the major civil engineering company which helped draw up the plans. Mott MacDonald is the global engineering, management and … Continue reading

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