Category Archives: Niall Bolger

Council goes to court to fight Info Commissioner ruling

A business report into Sutton’s heat network scheme is being kept secret by the LibDem-controlled council. And now they’re spending more public cash on an appeal to keep the report under wraps, as CARL SHILTON reports Ruth Dombey, the leader … Continue reading

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Luxury retirement flats face sky-high fuel bills thanks to Sutton

BELLE MONT reports on how the new tenants of 80 pricy retirement flats in Hackbridge are likely to get very heated over their energy bills A housing developer has been allowed to abandon an agreed scheme to build an old … Continue reading

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Bailey to bridge the gap left by Bolger’s departure from Sutton

BELLE MONT, our Sutton reporter, on the latest move by the council’s ruling Liberal Democrats Sutton Council is close to announcing that Helen Bailey is to be appointed as its chief executive. Sutton has been without a CEO since Niall … Continue reading

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The last 12 months told through Inside Croydon reports

So how was it for you dear? As 2018 draws to an end, we rifle through the past year’s archive to highlight what Inside Croydon’s loyal reader was reading about most JANUARY: Council ‘Godfather’ is made an offer he can’t … Continue reading

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Tories retain Belmont council seat after needless by-election

CARL SHILTON, our Sutton reporter, on the outcome of a council by-election which was entirely unnecessary After a six-month absence, Neil “Father Jack” Garratt is back as a councillor in Sutton. Garratt, the deputy leader of the Conservatives in Sutton … Continue reading

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Transport report for £40m school ‘mysteriously’ disappears

Residents in Belmont go to the polls in a council by-election tomorrow, where Tory candidate Neil ‘Father Jack’ Garratt is expected to win. One factor could be the growing concerns over road safety around a new secondary school. Our Sutton … Continue reading

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Tories accused of breaking election rules with Belmont leaflet

Our Sutton correspondent, BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK, reports on the latest breach of election rules in the council by-election campaign The Belmont ward council by-election, already contentious because of the manner in which the rarely seen Conservative councillor Patrick McManus resigned in … Continue reading

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LibDems given extra time to campaign in Belmont by-election

More allegations of gerrymandering have emerged from Sutton Council, as BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK reports Lawyers have been consulted to see whether Sutton Council has acted in breach of electoral law over the lengthy delay in the staging of a ward by-election … Continue reading

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Thanks for the bins and incinerator! ‘Ballistic’ Bolger is leaving

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, on the shock – and a tad premature – announcement that the council chief exec has quit their job So long, and thanks for all the bins. And the Viridor incinerator, of course. Niall Bolger, … Continue reading

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Tory resigns council seat to cause by-election in Belmont

Our Sutton reporter, BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK, on an early chance to re-fight some of the arguments from the last local elections It is only four months since the Town Hall elections, but the voters of Belmont ward will now be expected … Continue reading

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Independents’ Day in Beddington puts Dombey in the doldrums

Tony Newman is not the only south London council leader under increased pressure following the local elections. BELLE MONT delves into the detail of the results in Sutton, where the local LibDem leader used to boast that ‘independents don’t win … Continue reading

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Dombey and chums forced to climbdown over gerrymandering

Sutton’s LibDems have been caught out  over attempts to hijack publicly funded council business for the benefit of their own party’s election prospects, as BELLE MONT reports Inside Croydon’s revelations this week that Sutton’s ruling Liberal Democrats were trying to … Continue reading

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#SuttonBinShame: Dombey accused of gerrymandering Veolia

A leaked email obtained by this website seems to show that Liberal Democrats have been abusing council resources in an attempt to get themselves out of the hole they have created with their rubbish Veolia service. Our Sutton investigations editor, … Continue reading

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Private Eye’s asking question that Negrini refuses to answer

It has already been a bad week for Tony Newman, Croydon’s council leader, and Jo Negrini, his appointee as the borough clerk. Their handling of the council’s crisis over children’s services after the Ofsted inspectors’ “inadequate” report has not drawn … Continue reading

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Barratt’s housing residents face 475% hike in fuel charges

BELLE MONT, our Sutton reporter, on how the council’s policy of eradicating fuel poverty is seeing them deliver hugely inflated heating costs to some unlucky residents of a new development A south London council which has declared its intention to … Continue reading

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Council CEO’s claims over heating network shown to be wrong

BELLE MONT, our Sutton district reporter, on a 25-year multi-million-pound deal done by Sutton’s LibDems with a company under investigation for bribery Less than six months after it emerged that Niall Bolger, the chief executive of Sutton Council, wrote to … Continue reading

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Tower block families left waiting for fire safety results

Residents of Balaam House, the 60-flat tower block in Sutton, have good cause to be confused and worried this morning as, three weeks since the dreadful events at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, they still await some degree of certainty from … Continue reading

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‘Serious questions’ for LibDems over £11m housing contract

The opposition leader on Sutton Council is seeking an urgent, independent inquiry into how a senior Liberal Democrat party official failed to declare an interest when on the board of the borough’s social housing partnership, as they awarded a multi-million-pound … Continue reading

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LibDem official causes scandal over undeclared donations

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, finds that the former chair of Sutton’s ruling party, John Drage, forgot to declare an interest during a multi-million-pound public tendering process. And not for the first time The Liberal Democrats on Sutton Council accepted … Continue reading

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Sutton residential tower block fails fire safety tests

A nine-storey residential tower block in north Sutton which had a multi-million-pound “upgrade” completed only last October, has failed fire safety checks on its exterior cladding. The residents of 96 homes in Chaucer House received letters today informing them of … Continue reading

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‘Bollinger’ Bolger accused of bullying Sutton councillor

The most senior official at Sutton Council has been accused of intimidation and bullying after instructing the borough’s lawyers to fire off a second threatening legal letter to an elected councillor in a matter of weeks. Niall Bolger, Sutton’s chief … Continue reading

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Sutton officials knew hub deal had collapsed before Cannes trip

Sutton’s chief executive and two senior council officials set off on a sales trip to the MIPIM conference in the South of France this week probably already knowing that the cancer hub scheme that they were trying to flog to … Continue reading

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Council officials targeted companies for MIPIM sponsor deals

On a day when failure to declare even the potential for a conflict of interest has forced someone in public office to resign, serious questions have been raised about the conduct of senior council officials in Sutton and whether they, … Continue reading

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Sutton ready to ‘faire une Pipe’, as Bolger apologises for mayor

There’s “some serious consternation”, according to sources at Sutton Council, being shown by the borough’s executive head of governance, Jessica Crowe, over the description of MIPIM, the international property show in the South of France next week, as a “booze … Continue reading

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‘Veil of secrecy’ surrounds Barratt’s £150,000 pipe dream

Opposition councillors in Sutton are demanding an urgent meeting with the council chief executive after the authority’s planning committee last night granted permission for a pipe-laying scheme to a division of a company which is paying towards a council trip … Continue reading

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