Category Archives: RIF

Croydon uses four agencies to help on trip to South of France

KEN LEE, our foreign travel on someone else’s budget correspondent, reports on the proliferation of consultants who are getting their expense accounts paid for out of Croydon Council Tax at MIPIM’s junket next week Senior officials from Croydon Council and … Continue reading

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Architects plan protest against ‘social cleansing for profit’

Architects for Social Housing, the organisation which maintains that London boroughs should be providing decent, affordable homes, is staging a protest in central London on Thursday, when RIBA, the Royal Institute for British Architects, stages its annual Stirling Prize, reckoned … Continue reading

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Council sells Taberner site in secretive multi-million pound deal

Croydon Council has agreed to sell the Taberner House site. The deal has been done within the first month of Jo Negrini being installed as the council’s chief executive, but neither she nor Tony Newman, the leader of the Labour-run … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, RIF, Simon Hall, Taberner House, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Newman’s £18m ‘cast-iron guarantee’ that bucks the market

WALTER CRONXITE on how a Labour-run council that says it is committed to housing the homeless meanwhile needs to maximise profits from a property development at College Green The people of Croydon should be worried. Tony Newman has offered what … Continue reading

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Town Hall to have own architects department once again

Croydon Council is to recreate its own, in-house architects’ department. According to a report in Architects’ Journal, the council architects will be used to design housing schemes across the borough. “The move bucks the trend of recent decades, which has … Continue reading

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Torpor in the Town Hall as the Tories miss key questions

With an enfeebled opposition, and by keeping the big money items to late in the action, Tony Newman is managing to turn council meetings into a cure for insomnia, as WALTER CRONXITE reports What follows is our contemporaneous/contemptuous [delete as … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell, Housing, Jason Cummings, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Property, RIF, Schools, Taberner House, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The “continuity council” that rarely meets and barely debates

WALTER CRONXITE welcomes a rare opportunity for Croydon’s councillors to meet at the Town Hall tonight Croydon’s well-rewarded cabinet, the nine Labour councillors hand-picked for his top team by leader Tony Newman, get together in the council chamber at the … Continue reading

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Newman goes big on promises on jobs, homes and investment

Is it mandatory to take large quantities of hallucinogenic drugs on assuming a senior position at Croydon Council or taking political office at the Town Hall? We only ask because it seems Tony Newman, the council leader, has been on … Continue reading

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Town centre is a monument to municipal mismanagement

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The honeymoon is over for Tony Newman’s Labour council which was elected in May, says DAVID CALLAM Labour has settled back into power in Croydon Town Hall and many of the same old problems are as intractable as … Continue reading

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‘Award-winning’ planning chief says house building is easy

Famously, Tom Lehrer said that satire died the day that Henry Kissinger was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. What Lehrer might have made of Croydon being presented with an award for being Britain’s best local planning authority probably … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Planning, RIF, Steve Reed MP, Taberner House, URV, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

‘Flat-broke’ councils all set for MIPIM’s champagne reception

Australian-born Jo Negrini, who was appointed as Croydon’s head of planning soon after Australia-based developers Westfield rode into town with their £1 billion super-mall scheme, is likely to cut a lonely figure as the MIPIM UK international developers conference gets … Continue reading

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