Category Archives: Paula Murray

Newman fails to deny that Fairfield Halls bill has reached £60m

The refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls could end up costing Croydon’s Council Tax-payers £60million – or even more. And there are fears within the town’s arts circles that BH Live, the events and management firm brought in by venue owners … Continue reading

Posted in Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Jo Negrini, Paula Murray, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Council assisted £80,000 sponsorship for bankrupted art dealer

Having traded for years on his association with street artist Banksy, a gallery owner landed tens of thousands of pounds in public money for an arts festival promoting his business – even as he was being declared bankrupt by the … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Business, Croydon BID, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Paula Murray, Rise Gallery, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

After £41m+ spend: art centre has no gallery space for art

An arts society formed in the borough 150 years ago faces an uncertain future as it has emerged that after spending more than £41m on refurbishing the Fairfield Halls, in a display of incompetence stunning even by Croydon’s usual standards, … Continue reading

Posted in Arnhem Gallery, Art, BH Live, Chris Clark, Community associations, Croydon Art Society, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Fairfield Halls, Jo Negrini, Paula Murray | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Jobs for the gals! Newman hands £100,000 job to Blairite pal

It’s not what you know, but who you know when it comes to some top-level jobs at Croydon Council, as KEN LEE reports Tensions between Croydon Council’s senior paid officials and the Town Hall’s Labour leadership threaten to break out … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Jo Negrini, Julian Ellerby, Knife crime, Paula Murray, Sarah Hayward, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beenie Man accuses Newman of stealing music festival idea

Jamaican reggae star Beenie Man has accused Tony Newman and Croydon Council of stealing the concept of The Ends Festival, and of cultural appropriation. The three-day Ends Festival was staged in Lloyd Park last weekend, having sold-out more than 40,000 … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Croydon Council, Music, Paula Murray, The Ends Festival, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fairfield Halls makes a Savvy move over community theatre

BELLA BARTOCK, our arts correspondent, on an announcement today which suggests a greater community involvement in theatre productions once the Fairfield Halls re-opens Sutton’s loss appears to be Croydon’s gain, after it was announced this morning that the Savvy Theatre … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Fairfield Halls, Neil Chandler, Paula Murray, Savvy Theatre Company, Sutton Council, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mothers’ campaign forces U-turn over NHS cuts to baby milk

A campaign by a Croydon mother, given a platform by Inside Croydon, has managed to get the Croydon NHS Clinical Commissioning Group to U-turn over its proposed cuts to prescribing formula milk for babies with food allergies. Kirstie Smith launched … Continue reading

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