Category Archives: Steve Hollands

#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, Croham, David Fitze, Fairfield, Heathfield, Helen Pollard, Jan Buttinger, Jason Perry, Kenley, Maria Gatland, Mayor of London, Michael Neal, 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, Education, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Steve Hollands, Tim Pollard, Upper Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment