Category Archives: Croydon Council

Government holding back covid data that could help save lives

As many prepare to race off to their local pub tomorrow as the coronavirus lockdown is eased, Croydon’s council leader admits he does not have the information needed to make a proper judgement over local infection rates. KEN LEE reports … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: Government cash is only ‘a sticking plaster’

A government coronavirus bail-out for councils is “no more than a sticking plaster”, and represents only a small fraction of the £10billion black hole confronting local authorities, as today’s announcement of an extra £500million leaves many Town Halls short-changed. The … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick could be blocked by rare butterfly’s tiny egg

The chair of the council’s planning committee has given a public undertaking that the application by Brick by Brick to build an ugly four-storey block of flats next to a wildlife reserve in New Addington has been shelved until a … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: 500 jobs to go in council ‘reorganisation’

EXCLUSIVE: Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on the unhappy consequences of the council’s poor management that has created ‘the perfect financial storm’ Croydon Council is to launch wide-ranging consultations tomorrow, July 1, as it begins what in councilspeak they … Continue reading

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Fears grow at Fairfield Halls over operator’s unsigned lease

The Fairfield Halls may be in “hibernation” until next year because of coronavirus, but Croydon Council is now facing another crisis over its ill-fated £43million refurbishment project, with growing fears that the company appointed to manage the arts complex could … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Borough of Culture 2023, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Neil Chandler, Oliver Lewis | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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: BBC says at least five councils could go bust

WALTER CRONXITE reports on how local authorities across the country have been left high and dry by the government over meeting the ‘unsustainable’ costs of the coronavirus emergency Coronavirus has seen Croydon Council incur more costs than all but eight … Continue reading

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After covid suspension, Ombudsman reopens for business

Council CEO Jo Negrini’s three-month amnesty from having complaints submitted about her authority to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is over. The Ombudsman is pretty much the only recourse that remains to residents of the borough if they … Continue reading

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Council accused of ‘wildlife vandalism’ to help Brick by Brick

Our environment correspondent, PAUL  LUSHION, on suspicions that a rare wildlife habitat in suburban Kenley has suffered the cruellest cut The council has been accused of an act of “wildlife vandalism”, with some angry residents of Wontford Road and Roffey … Continue reading

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‘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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