Category Archives: Steve Hollands

Tories accused of breaking their own rules over selections

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on complaints of undemocratic interference in the candidate selection process, and too much influence from the local party leader in those allowed to stand in May’s Town Hall elections At least four of Croydon’s longest serving … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Chris Wright, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Donald Speakman, Fairfield, Helen Pollard, Ian Parker, Mike Fisher, Purley, Shirley, Steve Hollands, Sue Winborn, Tim Pollard, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pollard’s candidate list ignores five wards in Croydon North

WALTER CRONXITE on another bungled announcement by Croydon Conservatives No matter how hard they try to make it look as if they do give a toss about the north of the borough, Croydon’s Tories really don’t give a shit. And … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe West, Ashburton, Bensham Manor, Coulsdon West, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Gareth Streeter, Gavin Barwell, Helen Pollard, Jeet Bains, Kenley, Purley, Selhurst, Shirley, Simon Hoar, South Croydon, South Norwood, Steve Hollands, Sue Winborn, Thornton Heath, Tim Pollard, Vidhi Mohan, Waddon, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

96 days to go and councillors’ self-interest is showing

Have you had someone with a rosette knock at your door yet? You will, says WALTER CRONXITE, you will. Though how the tax-payers of Croydon will benefit from one of the longest election campaigns in history is questionable Fed up … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Addiscombe West, Chris Wright, Croydon Central, Dudley Mead, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell, Helen Pollard, Jan Buttinger, Jason Cummings, Jason Perry, Louisa Woodley, Maggie Mansell, Malcolm Wicks MP, Margaret Mead, Maria Gatland, Mario Creatura, Mark Watson, Patricia Hay-Justice, Robert Canning, Sara Bashford, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Hollands, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Wayne Lawlor, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Report covers up council’s role in #WadGate scandal

Croydon Council has overseen a cover-up of the role of senior public officials in the #WadGate scandal, in which over the course of a year the now former council leader, Mike Fisher, was allowed to trouser an extra £13,000 of … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell, Julie Belvir, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Shirley, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

#WadGate report delayed as inquiry seeks more information

Mike #WadGate Fisher, and the rest of Croydon’s Tories, have at least another three weeks to wait for the outcome of the inquiry into how the former Conservative council leader managed secretly to claim an extra £11,000 in Town Hall … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Gavin Barwell, Julie Belvir, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Barwell claims Labour knew about #WadGate for months

Tony Newman, the Labour leader on Croydon Council, knew all about the back-pay claim of his Tory opposite number Mike Fisher for at least three months, a local MP claimed today. Fisher, for eight years the leader of the council … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell, Nathan Elvery, Sara Bashford, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

#WadGate: Labour announces inquiry into Tory leader’s cash

Tony Newman, the Labour Leader of Croydon Council, this morning pushed himself front and centre of a campaign to hound his predecessor Mike Fisher out of public office, when he took the credit for announcing an “independent” inquiry into how … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, URV, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

#WadGate: The questions that Barwell has failed to answer

STEVEN DOWNES, editor of Inside Croydon, on how a local MP has been working furiously to save his own political skin So, the Tory narrative on #WadGate has been set. “It’s all Mike Fisher’s fault. He is terribly sorry. And … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell, Julie Belvir, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Sara Bashford, Shirley, Simon Hoar, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

#WadGate: O’Connell and Mohan join Fisher’s Infamous Five

Mike Fisher was not alone among Croydon’s senior Conservative councillors in looking at claiming an increase in his allowances. And at the front of the queue for a bigger hand-out at the expense of Council Tax-payers was Steve O’Connell, the … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Fairfield, Kenley, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Mike Fisher, Shirley, Simon Hoar, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Vidhi Mohan, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

De-selected Pollard quickly finds Fairfield ward an easy Fitze

Congratulations to the Pollard family, who had to go barely 24 hours facing the horrible prospect of living like ordinary, hard-working Croydon residents and no longer receiving their annual “allowances” total of £67,354 for their part-time roles as Croydon councillors. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Andrew Stranack, Boris Johnson, David Fitze, Fairfield, Heathfield, Helen Pollard, Jan Buttinger, Jason Perry, Kenley, Maria Gatland, Mayor of London, Michael Neal, South Croydon, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Sue Winborn, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

£30m library deal referred for scrutiny – by report’s author

It was past 9pm last night, Bank Holiday Monday, when the official Croydon Council Twitter feed spluttered into life (double time for someone in the press office, perhaps?), offering a link to some new content on the official council website. … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Greenwich Leisure, Jason Cummings, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Michael Neal, Steve Hollands, Terry Lenton, Tim Pollard, URV, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gove will tear us apart: the challenge facing Roke Primary

An hour-long film on the battle against academy status by a group of parents and teachers in north London offers salutary lessons for a local school Roke Primary School, in Kenley, is being handed over to a carpet salesman on … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon South, Education, Gavin Barwell, Kenley, Roke Primary, Schools, Steve Hollands | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What councillors say: “no opposition to Roke proposals”

Roke Primary is not “a failing” or under-performing school, yet Michael Gove, the Education minister, is about to hand over this publicly owned asset to a carpet salesman to run as an “academy”. No consultation, no mandate, and no agreement … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Kenley, Richard Ottaway MP, Roke Primary, Schools, Steve Hollands | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Redundancy costs could burden Upper Norwood library trust

Another offering for the bulging file of “Croydon Council Adds Insult to Injury” comes from the splendid News from Crystal Palace site, which reports that leading figures at our Town Hall are seriously considering burdening any community trust which takes … Continue reading

Posted in Carole Bonner, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Education, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Steve Hollands, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hollands’ contempt for public is Croydon’s “pleb” moment

Our man in the public gallery, WALTER CONXITE, found little evidence of Croydon’s “Proud to Serve” slogan being put into practice at a Town Hall meeting last week The truly depressing thing about the way in which our council is … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Libraries, Mike Fisher, Pat Ryan, Steve Hollands | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments