Category Archives: Jacqueline Harris-Baker

Croydon in crisis: IFS report shows council was ill-prepared

Croydon Council’s mountain of debt and reduced reserves made it one of the country’s least-prepared local authorities for dealing with an emergency such as coronavirus. That’s the conclusion offered by the Institute for Fiscal Studies – IFS – in a … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: Council spent £5.5m on legal fees in a year

EXCLUSIVE: The Town Hall has mounting legal issues, as it paid south London Rumpoles nearly half a million pounds a month over the past year, reports WALTER CRONXITE Croydon Council spent £5,477,010 in fees for external legal advice in the … Continue reading

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£120m Brick by Brick scheme to get ‘virtual’ planning meeting

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on how Croydon Council is using the pandemic lockdown to lock out the public from the planning process Council leader Tony Newman has ignored calls from residents’ groups, his own Labour councillors and a local MP … Continue reading

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Croydon now has three employees paid £200,000+ per year

Our political correspondent, WALTER CRONXITE, reports on the latest startling figures coming out of the council Croydon Council had three members of staff who took home more than £200,000 in the last financial year for which figures are available. That’s … Continue reading

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Newman and Negrini use covid-19 for Town Hall power grab

By applying ’emergency measures’ during the pandemic crisis, the council leader has taken on the role of an unelected mayor, as KEN LEE reports Croydon’s elected councillors were told by email on Tuesday night that they will have little or … Continue reading

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Mystery surrounds council CEO after her ‘intermittent’ emails

There are growing concerns for the well-being of the council chief executive Jo Negrini. It is more than a week now since the borough’s £220,000 per year CEO took to sending auto-responses to her emails, even those from elected councillors. … Continue reading

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Newman’s £100,000 governance review that’s going nowhere

KEN LEE on some of the more gruesome findings in a council-commissioned report about Croydon’s ineffective council Even the majority of Croydon’s elected councillors don’t think Croydon Council is “very effective”. That’s just one of the damning findings buried in … Continue reading

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Council to debate Westfield after Newman’s pointless meeting

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on an attempt to block any discussion of the crisis for the town centre at next week’s full council meeting Tony Newman came back from his meeting with Westfield at City Hall yesterday empty-handed … Continue reading

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Oh calamity! Negrini’s not worried about 6/11 high risk ratings

The council’s finances have gone into  the red zone, according to CIPFA, and Croydon now has £1.4bn debt, the third-highest of any council in the country. But the Town Hall CEO says it is nothing to be concerned about. By … Continue reading

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Newman and Scott to push through a power grab on planning

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on how the de facto chair of the council’s planning committee will tonight be made even more powerful, while being made even less accountable Buried in the lengthy agenda for tonight’s meeting of the full … Continue reading

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