Category Archives: Woodside

Newman’s ‘virtually all there’ for his secret Town Hall meeting

The government finally moved late last week to make it legally possible for local authorities to stage “virtual” council meetings, and to continue with a semblance of Town Hall business during the covid-19 lockdown. Yet less than 48 hours before … Continue reading

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‘Marigolds and bin-liners’: council care homes run out of PPE

Croydon Council has failed to provide vital safety equipment for hundreds of its carers risking their health and that of social care residents during the coronavirus lockdown. With NHS workers deeply concerned about a lack of personal protective equipment, or … Continue reading

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Newman’s Pravda over-promises as his council under-delivers

Even in the middle of the greatest crisis the borough has faced since World War II, there’s nothing stopping the council for gerrymandering on behalf of the beleaguered leader, Tony Newman. The latest edition of Your Croydon, the council’s Pravda, … Continue reading

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Newman and Negrini use covid-19 for Town Hall power grab

By applying ’emergency measures’ during the pandemic crisis, the council leader has taken on the role of an unelected mayor, as KEN LEE reports Croydon’s elected councillors were told by email on Tuesday night that they will have little or … Continue reading

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Beavers on the Wandle: Newman dives in for greener Croydon

EXCLUSIVE: Operation Flair Pool could see the introduction of a shy and industrious mammal to Wandle Park as soon as this autumn, in what the council leader has described as ‘an exciting high-water mark for Croydon’s  Green New Deal’. Our … Continue reading

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‘Business as usual’ at Town Hall as four councillors self-isolate

KEN LEE reports – from a safe distance – on the mixed messages put out by Newman and Negrini over the covid-19 pandemic At least four of Croydon’s elected councillors have quarantined themselves after displaying symptoms or being in contact … Continue reading

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Institute member Townsend promoted as new chief planner

Nicola Townsend is the council’s new chief planner. Except she’s not. She’s been appointed as something which is described in council papers as Croydon’s “director of homes and social investment”. The council opted for an internal promotion to replace the … Continue reading

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