Category Archives: Housing

Crowe flies from Sutton leaving £30,000 legal bill behind her

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, on the latest high-profile departure from the Civic Offices So, farewell then, Jessica Crowe. Sutton Council’s £100,000 per year “assistant director of customers, commissioning and governance” (whatever that is supposed to mean) is off to … Continue reading

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Developer in administration after owner jailed over car crash

In a bitter metaphor for the profit-hungry developers who have made millions from creating “the slums of the future” with the conversions of old office blocks into under-sized flats, one of the leading firms specialising in their developments in Croydon, … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick losses mount as they spend £1m on ‘showroom’

The annual report from the council’s loss-making in-house house-builder shows ‘directors costs’ more than tripling in the past year, while spending £1million on rent and renovations to the company’s George Street base Brick by Brick, the bastard brainchild of Croydon … Continue reading

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MP Philp asks Whitehall to investigate cheap land sales to BxB

About five years ago, Robert Jenrick was being considered by local Conservatives as their possible candidate for Croydon South, until an even safer safe Tory seat came up in Newark. So it is perhaps with added interest that Jenrick, now … Continue reading

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Croydon residents spend 45% of their wage on private rents

While Croydon’s Labour-run council stages museum exhibitions on the history of the council house, as they meanwhile use public money to build houses for private sale which local residents cannot afford, a London Assembly Member has produced figures which shows … Continue reading

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Croydon Council, which has built no council homes since 2014, is now staging a museum exhibition on council homes

Without a hint of irony, nor a shred of shame, Croydon Council this week announced the opening of a month-long exhibition to celebrate “100 years of council homes in the borough”. “The 1919 Housing Act heralded a huge council house-building … Continue reading

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Newman ducks questions to show he’s all words, not deeds

TOWN HALL SKETCH: Who are we to believe? The last full council meeting until October descended into accusations from politicians of lying (ahh, the sweet irony), while the public’s petitions were re-written for them by council officials, until debate was … Continue reading

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