Category Archives: Neil Williams

‘Challenging’ deal caused bus shelter delay, councillor says

Street-side advertising specialist JCDecaux refused to accept payments to keep its bus shelters in place in Croydon until replacements could be ready, according to a senior member of the council. Muhammad Ali is the council cabinet member for “sustainable” Croydon. … Continue reading

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Councillor tells officials: ‘Apologise for this incompetence’

A Labour councillor has accused Croydon officials of ‘playing us all for fools’ and says that the council ‘should be apologising to residents for this incompetence’ over the borough’s vanishing bus shelters At least one Croydon councillor is, as Oscar-winner … Continue reading

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Chief digital officer quits council after splashing the cash

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Our Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest high-profile departure from the council That loud splashing sound heard outside Fisher’s Folly yesterday? Could it be the noise you hear when another rat dives off the council’s … Continue reading

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Bus passengers face a wet winter of discontent with no shelters

Six months since Inside Croydon first revealed the secret removal of the borough’s bus shelters, and a dodgy-looking £6.8million deal with a small company that had only been established a few months earlier, the council has admitted that not a … Continue reading

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Council’s £6.8m bus shelter deal with 9-month-old tech firm

There’s good news for any Croydon bus passengers who during this week’s stormy weather have been battered and rained on while waiting for their transport at bus stops without their usual shelters. Inevitably, though, this being Croydon, there’s some bad … Continue reading

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‘Regime change’ at council as costly consultant leaves

In what could be the first sign of “regime change” at Fisher’s Folly, following Jo Negrini’s departure as chief executive, the lead on something called “Croydon 2023” left the council abruptly last week. Amy Wagner was never employed as a … Continue reading

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Negrini orders staff to work at council offices despite pandemic

Questions are being asked among council staff about the authority’s preparedness to operate in the Covid-19 emergency after their chief executive ordered them to work in the office, as KEN LEE reports Jo Negrini, Croydon Council’s £220,000 per year chief … Continue reading

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Big Brother is watching: council lets private firms track you

Croydon Council is allowing at least a dozen private firms to track your every click and page view each time you visit their official website. That’s the stunning discovery of an investigation by The Grauniad newspaper,, published today. According to … Continue reading

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Williams signs up council to improve its digital service

Well this could prove an interesting “challenge” for Croydon, which is, apparently, “a council with a reputation for digital”, according to a press release it issued yesterday. The council press office left the readers of its release to decide whether … Continue reading

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Dr Who regenerates in Croydon with scriptwriter Wilkinson

A Croydon writer is among the script team announced by the BBC who have been working in secret on the new series of Doctor Who. Joy Wilkinson lives in the north of the borough. Her work for the stage has … Continue reading

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Council’s SEND website and a quest for the missing links

Croydon’s latest ‘digital offering’ has left parents and carers of some of the borough’s most vulnerable youngsters angry at the way they have been fobbed off with yet more sub-standard service. KEN LEE reports Neil Williams, Croydon’s recently appointed chief … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Services, Croydon Council, Education, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Jo Negrini, Matthew Wallbridge, Neil Williams | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Council continues to withhold some vital contract details

There’s a democratic deficit in Croydon Council, with information about its contractors being withheld – or hidden. WALTER CRONXITE reports Anyone who thought that maybe, just maybe, Croydon Council’s failure to publish promptly online the borough’s councillors’ declarations of interest … Continue reading

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Government expert named as council’s new chief digital officer

Neil Williams, the deputy director at the Government Digital Service, who is a resident of the north of the borough and a Crystal Palace football fan, has been named as Croydon Council’s new chief digital officer. Williams comes highly recommended … Continue reading

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