Category Archives: Bernard Weatherill House

The ins and outs of quietly getting rid of a council CEO

Did she jump or was she pushed? Our employment law correspondent, PERRY FREEMASON, delves into the murky world of human resources at Fisher’s Folly to sift through another expensive mess at the council Morale among staff inside Fisher’s Folly is … Continue reading

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Council ordered to use public buildings as emergency shelters

Parts of the Fairfield Halls, the borough’s leisure centres and even Fisher’s Folly could be transformed over the weekend into emergency shelters for rough sleepers, under the latest government edict in an effort to limit the spread of the deadly … Continue reading

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Council finally decides to cancel cabinet and Town Hall meeting

Croydon Council has cancelled tonight’s planned cabinet meeting at the Town Hall and has scrapped the full meeting of the borough’s 70 councillors that was due to be held in the chamber next Monday, as council execs slowly get round … Continue reading

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Chancellor is taking an axe to councils’ magic money tree

Croydon Council has more than £1bn of borrowings – half of which has gone on Brick by Brick and the purchase of some commercial properties. Proposals contained in the Budget this week could put an end to that, as KEN … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick to open its doors for Open House weekend

Croydon’s Council Tax-payers will get the chance to see how loss-making Brick by Brick has managed to piss away at least £1million on new office furniture and a real estate sales showroom this weekend. The Brick by Brick shop and … Continue reading

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Council office entrance closed because of ‘extreme’ weather

KEN LEE, our newshound on Mint Walk, sniffs out the latest piece of nonsense from the £140m council office building, where the main entrance has been ruled out-of-bounds Further proof, not that any has been needed, that Fisher’s Folly, the … Continue reading

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Your chance to travel in same lift as Rob Brydon… or Jo Negrini

Ever wanted taking a closer look at what cost Croydon residents at least £140million? Or just fancied taking a ride in the lift used by actor Rob Brydon in the film Swimming With Men? On the weekend of September 22-23, … Continue reading

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Pollard’s manifesto makes election a question of honesty

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: Four years ago, the Conservatives in Croydon demonstrated their contempt for the electorate by not even bothering with a manifesto. This time round, as political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports, what they have produced is simply not very credible … Continue reading

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Council planning chief’s ‘new way of working’ for Brick by Brick

Having managed to piss off people from Upper Norwood to Purley, from Shirley to Coulsdon, Brick by Brick, the council’s wholly owned and wholly opaque home-building company, and the Town Hall planning department are undertaking a pre-Christmas charm offensive. For … Continue reading

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‘Too little, too late’ as our politicians wake up to incinerators

CROYDON COMMENTARY: With the Beddington Lane incinerator about to be fired up for trials, LEWIS WHITE, pictured left, wants to know why it has taken the powers-that-be so long to become alert to the potential threat to local air quality … Continue reading

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Negrini’s gamble on housing is facing a Brexit downturn

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on troubling reports for a council which has staked so much capital on profiting from the housing market With local elections just 10 months away, there’s a couple of brief reports just out which ought … Continue reading

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Council’s £140m offices are to become a glorified Job Centre

WALTER CRONXITE on how the local council has been forced to take in more lodgers in its “prestige” £140m office building Tonight’s council cabinet meeting at the Town Hall is unlikely to uncover quite how the costs of building the … Continue reading

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Swann song for NHS chief who has departed unannounced

Paula Swann has been replaced as the chief executive of the Croydon NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, the CCG. No official announcement has been made from the CCG’s offices in Fisher’s Folly, the council headquarters, although a member of staff this … Continue reading

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Balancing the books allows Labour to invest in Croydon

BUDGET COMMENTARY: With the council’s books balanced, a government-approved increase in Council Tax and front-line services being maintained by the Labour council, it is little wonder that the local Tories have so little to offer, writes Councillor ANDREW PELLING Croydon … Continue reading

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Tory cuts force Newman to increase Council Tax by 4.3%

With 14 months to go until the next local elections, this year’s council budget has fired the starting gun on the Town Hall political campaign. WALTER CRONXITE reports on a Labour gamble to hint at no local tax increases above … Continue reading

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Council lists just 30 events in Croydon for Black History Month

Singer Faith Child and Crystal Palace footballer Wilfried Zaha are the special guests at tomorrow night’s launch of Black History Month in Croydon, being staged at the council’s office building, Fisher’s Folly. But anyone thinking that the local council in … Continue reading

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Flood in Fisher’s Folly forces council staff to work from home

Dozens of Croydon Council staff are being asked to work from home tomorrow, after faulty plumbing in Fisher’s Folly, the borough’s £140 million office building, has caused flooding on at least one of the floors. This is particularly embarrassing timing … Continue reading

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Council finance chief Simpson’s promotion is confirmed

Richard Simpson, formerly the council’s finance director, has been promoted to the role of executive director of resources, it was confirmed today. Simpson’s move into one of the six-figure salary roles at Fisher’s Folly is part of the on-going reshuffle … Continue reading

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Open House weekend: see where your money’s spent

Croydon’s somewhat curmudgeonly attitude towards Open House London, the annual opportunity to sneak a peek behind normally firmly closed doors, appears to have been shaken off, finally. But not as far as the not-so-dynamic team in the council’s press office … Continue reading

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Staff to move out of two more floors of £140m Council HQ

BARRATT HOLMES, our development correspondent, has discovered that by taking in corporate ‘lodgers’, the purpose-built local authority offices won’t be able to provide desks for 40% of the council’s staff Fisher’s Folly, the purpose-built local authority “hub” which was built … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick’s criminal offence over company records

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing reporter, on a worrying lack of accountability at the Labour-run Croydon Council’s housing company Brick by Brick, the council chief executive Jo Negrini’s house-building brainchild, has broken the law and committed a criminal offence after barely … Continue reading

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Tories’ ‘secret housing list’ was published on council website

Croydon’s bungling Conservative opposition councillors have dropped another bollock, this time being caught out protesting over a “top secret” list of sites for housing development when the list was available on the council website, while residents in properties neighbouring the … Continue reading

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Council pimps out £144m offices in £7.5m 10-year deal

Croydon’s cash-strapped Labour-run council is today celebrating clawing back just £7.5million-worth of the costs of Fisher’s Folly, the borough’s vastly over-priced civic headquarters. Over a period of 10 years. So only another £136 million to go. At this rate, it … Continue reading

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Chief executive Elvery has quit £180,000 Croydon Council job

The council’s CEO is the third senior executive to announce their departure from Croydon so far this year. WALTER CRONXITE reports Ambitious for Croydon? Hmm, maybe the allure of the £1 billion Hammersfield development is not so attractive after all: … Continue reading

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Newman hands Tories another gift over Council Tax

WALTER CRONXITE examines the budget options likely to be laid out before Monday’s cabinet meeting and at the full council meeting the following week It’s all over bar the shouting, and there’s sure to be some of that in the … Continue reading

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