Category Archives: Simon Hall

Governance review costs soar as Newman nobbles the panel

A report on the way in which Croydon Council is governed, already three months late, will now not be finished until the end of the year, and is costing four times its original budget. The Croydon governance review – a … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Joy Prince, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council tries a cover-up over £41m spent on Fairfield Halls

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest attempt by council officials to disguise blundering that is costing the borough millions The increasingly secretive Croydon Council has taken to hiding behind its wholly owned building firm, Brick by Brick, as it tries … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Jo Negrini, Richard Simpson, Simon Hall | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Councillor employed by Oasis charity makes grant to Oasis

Inside Croydon has discovered that Conservative councillor Gareth Streeter managed to oversee a £1,500 donation from council funds towards a group from the Oasis academy chain – the very same Oasis chain which is associated with the Oasis charity where … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Gareth Streeter, Oasis Academy, Oasis Academy Shirley Park, Richard Chatterjee, Schools, Shirley, Simon Hall | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Times are tough, as council struggles to make ends meet

Just how can a council such as Croydon keep going when its government grant has been cut by 76 per cent? WALTER CRONXITE reports Times are tough in local government. Local government has been hit especially hard by Tory austerity, … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Services, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Simon Hall | Tagged , , , , , , | 13 Comments

BINMAGEDDON!: Rubbish piled high in our winter of discontent

If you thought that the images of over-flowing wheelie bins around the borough, after numerous missed collections by Croydon’s rubbish contractors, Veolia, were bad enough, this scene (above), at Forestdale should be very troubling indeed. The photograph was taken before … Continue reading

Posted in Fieldway, Fly tipping, Refuse collection, Simon Hall, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Councils’ property deals are ‘gambling with public money’

Councils across England – including Croydon and Sutton – have between them borrowed billions of pounds of public money to finance the purchase of real estate and commercial properties, a policy which could place some at risk of financial collapse, … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Property, Richard Simpson, Simon Hall, Sutton Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Three Croydon high streets among ‘unhealthiest’ in London

Another day, another survey that demonstrates that Croydon is slowly deteriorating into decay, poverty and neglect. The Royal Society of Public Health published a list of “Unhealthiest Streets” this week, and Croydon was the only borough that had three entries … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Environment, Fiona Twycross, Health, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, New Addington, New Addington North, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Sadiq Khan, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments