Category Archives: Paula Murray

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

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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

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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

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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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Work to refurbish Fairfield Halls already behind schedule

Just five months into the £30 million refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls, and Croydon Council is already admitting that it will take longer than the promised two-year closure to complete the works. With the main refurbishment contractor not due to … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Art, Ashcroft Theatre, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Jo Negrini, Paula Murray, Property, Theatre, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Fairfield Halls CEO was paid in full prior to administration

The financial collapse of the charitable body which managed the Fairfield Halls did not prevent its chief executive, Simon Thomsett, receiving his salary payments in full right up to last Friday. Thomsett, who had worked at Fairfield Halls for six … Continue reading

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Council’s shock non-announcement: Murray handed culture job

The sheer predictability of Croydon Council over its internal stitch-ups on senior jobs is so crass that sometimes even they appear embarrassed by it. Paula Murray has been confirmed as Croydon’s culture director in a permanent capacity. Hitherto the deputy … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Ambition Festival, Art, Ashcroft Theatre, Boxpark, Business, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Fairfield Halls, Jo Negrini, Music, Paul Scott, Paula Murray, Stanley Halls, Theatre, Timothy Godfrey | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment