Category Archives: Simon Hall

Negrini’s £437,000 pay-off: who is going to pay it back?

Council chiefs, auditors and lawyers are exploring the recovery of the golden handshake paid to the former chief exec, which has caused public outrage since Inside Croydon first revealed the amount. By STEVEN DOWNES The trade magazine for local councils … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Mayor Jason Perry, Simon Hall, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

More Town Hall secrecy as auditors question Negrini’s pay-off

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A behind-closed-doors meeting this morning discussed the Labour leadership’s controversial £437,000 golden handshake to the ex-CEO, and recommendations over the £67m spent on the Fairfield Halls. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Grant Thornton, the council’s official auditors, have … Continue reading

Posted in Callton Young, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Hamida Ali, Jason Cummings, Jo Negrini, Joy Prince, Katherine Kerswell, Lynne Hale, Report in the Public Interest, RIPI II: Fairfield Halls, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Half of Shawcross’ team helped keep Newman in power

CROYDON LABOUR IN CRISIS: There’s probably a reason that Val Shawcross has neglected to publish details of who is working on her very well-funded Mayoral election campaign: it includes seven councillors who helped to bankrupt the borough. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Carole Bonner, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon North, Maddie Henson, Rowenna Davis, Sarah Jones MP, Sherwan Chowdhury, Simon Hall, Steve Reed MP, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman, Val Shawcross, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Newman and Negrini’s pay-off: no papers, no notes, no reasons

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Last week’s news that former chief exec Jo Negrini’s total reward for failure at the council amounted to an eye-watering £613,000 of tax-payers’ cash raised further questions about how such a payment was agreed and who authorised … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jason Perry, Jo Negrini, Lisa Taylor, Simon Hall, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Take your pick: our ward-by-ward guide to council elections

With a complete listing of all the candidates in Croydon’s May 5 councillor vote, political editor WALTER CRONXITE provides a guide to where the contest for the Town Hall might be won or lost The introduction of Croydon’s first democratically-elected, … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Alisa Flemming, Andrew Pelling, Badsha Quadir, Bensham Manor, Broad Green, Caragh Skipper, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Esther Sutton, Fairfield, Felicity Flynn, Gareth Streeter, Hamida Ali, Helen Redfern, Jade Appleton, Jan Buttinger, Janet Campbell, Jason Perry, Jose Joseph, Kenley, Leila Ben-Hassel, Mike Bonello, New Addington North, Norbury, Norbury Park, Ola Kolade, Old Coulsdon, Oliver Lewis, Oni Oviri, Park Hill and Whitgift, Paul Scott, Peter Underwood, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, Scott Roche, Selhurst, Selsdon and Addington Village, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Shirley, Shirley South, Simon Hall, Simon Hoar, South Croydon, South Norwood, Stella Nabukeera, Steve Hollands, Stuart King, Thornton Heath, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Tony Pearson, Waddon, West Thornton, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Council admits: We’re on the brink of bankruptcy. Again

CROYDON IN CRISIS: After a fortnight of unconvincing denials from the Fisher’s Folly propaganda bunker and the local Labour Party, official reports released ahead of budget-setting meetings confirm that Croydon could indeed have to issue a second S114 notice. By … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, David Padfield, Housing, Improvement Board, Katherine Kerswell, Richard Ennis, Richard Simpson, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Former Corbyn aide Fisher wins local constituency party vote

Andrew Fisher, the Labour Party’s executive director of policy under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, was elected as the chair of the Croydon Central Constituency Labour Party last night. The shock outcome saw him unseat Carole Bonner, the steadfastly loyal Newman numpty. … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Fisher, Carole Bonner, Croydon Central, David White, Sarah Jones MP, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | 1 Comment

Labour group’s response to £73m scandal? Sack the auditors!

CROYDON LABOUR IN CRISIS: Having been caught out with another multi-million-pound scandal, the councillors who have been running the Town Hall for the past eight years have now decided to pass the buck to accountants Grant Thornton. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Business, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Karen Jewitt, Paul Scott, Report in the Public Interest, RIPI II: Fairfield Halls, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

£67m fraud at Fairfield: Town Hall row over calling in police

CRISIS SPECIAL: The council’s most senior legal official wants to check the £70m Fairfield fiasco for fraud, but the borough’s Labour councillors don’t want to call in the police, yet their leader says she has already reported it to the … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Chris Clark, College Green, Crime, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Felicity Flynn, Hamida Ali, Jo Negrini, John Jones, Lisa Taylor, Lynne Hale, Mott MacDonald, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Planning, RIPI II: Fairfield Halls, Robert Ward, Sean Fitzsimons, Simon Hall, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 24 Comments

Tories miss chance to call for police action over Fairfield fiasco

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the latest fall-out from the £37m overspend on the arts venue as the borough’s councillors – Tory as well as Labour – appear reluctant to turn their old mates over to the police The council … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, College Green, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Hamida Ali, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jason Perry, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Lisa Taylor, Paul Scott, Planning, Report in the Public Interest, Richard Simpson, RIPI II: Fairfield Halls, Shifa Mustafa, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Croydon 2021: Where Eagles care and people power takes hold

DID WE HAVE NEWS FOR YOU: In the second part of our review of the year, loyal readers step up to report raptor sightings, there’s the retirement of a much-admired Palace manager, worrying election results for Labour and the council … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace FC, Environment, Housing, Inside Croydon, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Neil Garratt, New Addington North, Patsy Cummings, Planning, Roy Hodgson, Sadiq Khan, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Wildlife, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Croydon 2021: a tale of lockdowns, let-downs and meltdowns

DID WE HAVE NEWS FOR YOU: Croydon entered 2021 as a bankrupt borough, yet there was worse still to come. Inside Croydon has been there, reporting on every twist and turn of events around the cash-strapped council as it entered … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon Park Hotel, Hamida Ali, Improvement Board, Rachel Flowers, Regina Road Residents' Support Group, Report in the Public Interest, Simon Hall, South Norwood Community Kitchen, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Councillors were warned of financial crisis months in advance

CROYDON IN CRISIS: All but one of the borough’s Labour councillors voted that they had ‘confidence’ in Tony Newman and Simon Hall last year – just weeks after they had received a briefing note that told of an £85m budget … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, David Evans, Jo Negrini, Report in the Public Interest, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Now it’s the Fairfield Halls fiasco that gets one in the Eye

Britain’s best-selling satirical fortnightly returns to Croydon’s financial woes – and says police should be called in to investigate deals around unfinished arts centre refurbishment While some citizen bloggers claim to try “to emulate Private Eye”, the professional journalists here … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Borough of Culture 2023, Fairfield Halls, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Complaints to regulator over council’s £100m pensions deal

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The scandals at Fisher’s Folly surrounding questionable property transactions keep emerging. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES The council’s £1.5billion pension fund has been the subject of two complaints to the statutory watchdog, the Pensions Regulator, Inside Croydon has … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Chris Buss, Croydon Council, Richard Simpson, Simon Hall | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Council to take 40 years to pay off losses from YourCare firm

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Council to write-off another six-figure sum after a feeble venture into the home aids retail market fell flat. By STEVEN DOWNES Another reminder of the disastrous and costly decisions of Tony Newman and Simon Hall when they … Continue reading

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Spot the difference: Tories go for BNP vote in New Addington

With one week to go until polling day in the borough’s five council by-elections, and Croydon Tories have played their joker. Councillor Scott Roche was out on the streets of New Addington North, one of the wards where a council … Continue reading

Posted in Fieldway, Kenley, New Addington, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Scott Roche, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

BxB’s collapse was predictable. Why did no one else notice?

CROYDON IN CRISIS: It did not take a couple of £800-a-day consultants to spot that Brick by Brick was dragging the council into financial ruin. Reader NICHOLAS PANES’s first piece for this website, the presciently headlined “Building towards the council’s … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Martyn Evans, Paul Scott, Planning, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Seconds out: Round 3! Boxing club gets temporary reprieve

New Addington Amateur Boxing Club, which faced immediate closure at the end of March, has been given a temporary reprieve. Another one. As with most things involving Croydon Council, the outcome is less than satisfactory. One source said today, “If … Continue reading

Posted in Boxing, Community associations, Duke McKenzie, Felicity Flynn, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, New Addington ABC, New Addington North, Oliver Lewis, Simon Hall, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

May’s five local by-elections attract total of 28 candidates

There are a total of 28 candidates nominated across five Croydon wards for council by-elections to be held on May 6. The statements of persons nominated were released on Friday afternoon by Katherine Kerswell, the council’s interim chief executive and, … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Kenley, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Time to end borough’s ‘lazy’ political duopoly say Greens

Voters at next month’s council by-elections are being encouraged to end the Town Hall’s unfunny double act, reports WALTER CRONXITE, political editor The Green Party has accused the political duopoly which dominates Croydon politics of becoming “lazy”, with Tories and … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Esther Sutton, Hamida Ali, Housing, Kenley, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Paul Scott, Peter Underwood, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Tracey Hague, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

New Addington independent could fry Fish’s chances

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on a spanner in the works of Conservative hopes of winning a council seat Croydon Tories are fuming that one of their party’s former candidates is standing as an independent in next month’s New Addington North … Continue reading

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Candidates’ tough task to shake off Labour reputation

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on how candidates standing in ward by-elections next month have to shake off the stigma of replacing discredited Tony Newman and Simon Hall Kola Agboola and Mike Bonello have been named by Labour as their … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Fieldway, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Kenley, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Paul Scott, Report in the Public Interest, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ali refuses to support Newman and Hall for public office

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Splits in the local Labour Party are deepening as recriminations mount over Tony Newman’s 15 years of misrule. By STEVEN DOWNES Hamida Ali, the one-time political protégé of discredited council leader Tony Newman, yesterday refused to offer her … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, New Addington North, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Tories O’Connell and Mohan stand down from council

Two senior Conservative councillors, Steve O’Connell and Vidhi Mohan, announced today that they are standing down from the council. It brings to five the number of ward by-elections that will need to be staged on May 6, the same day … Continue reading

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