MP Reed hails victory as Barratts pay £2m Citiscape bill

House-builders Barratts have agreed to pay the £2million bill to replace the unsafe Grenfell-style cladding on the Citiscape development in central Croydon.

Citiscape, on Frith Road: the cladding is the same as that used at Grenfell Tower

The move, announced last night, was immediately claimed as some sort of victory by the Tory Government, who had so far sat on their hands and refused to intercede in the matter, which potentially wiped tens of thousands of pounds from the value of the leaseholders’ homes, exposing them to financial ruin as they faced massive repair bills following a tribunal ruling last month.

It might just be coincidence, but Barratts’ sudden outbreak of altruism towards the Croydon residents came a couple of days after news of a potential High Court class action, brought by the owners and leaseholders against the developers and builders who have installed the unsafe, flammable cladding around the buildings. Such an action had the possibility of being extended to all 306 affected tower blocks in the country. Continue reading

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Planning approval granted for £100m Selhurst Park scheme

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on a planning committee outcome which was never in any doubt

How the new stand at Selhurst Park will look

This was one fixture in the 2017-2018 season which Crystal Palace Football Club were never going to lose.

Croydon Council’s planning committee last night voted unanimously in favour of Palace’s £100million proposal to expand their home ground at Selhurst Park. The matter was such a foregone conclusion that Steve Parish, the club chairman, didn’t even bother to hang around in the Town Hall to witness the vote.

Parish had given what has been described as an “emotional” presentation to the committee. “This is a lot more than just a planning application to me,” Parish said. To be fair, though, no one thought the businessman, who is reckoned to be worth £45million, was at the Town Hall to get a new conservatory built. Continue reading

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Say it ain’t so, Joe: Lee has changed his tune on policing

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: Croydon’s Tories seem confused about the home address of one of their local election candidates, while another has previously campaigned for more spending on police and youth facilities, when he was a LibDem parliamentary election candidate.

It is a common theme among voters that they are not certain whether they can believe anything that the politicians say.

Croydon Tory Joseph Lee in the days when he believed that we needed more police to fight crime

Ahead of the May 3 Town Hall elections, some candidates seeking election in the Tory “target ward” of Addiscombe East seem to have particular credibility issues, since they themselves didn’t necessarily always believe what they have been saying lately either.

The Conservative candidates in Addiscombe East have both previously stood for election for other political parties. Not that any of that has got a mention in their campaign so far.

Given that estate agents are commonly regarded as no more trustworthy than politicians (or journalists), Joseph Lee may discover that the final two weeks of the campaign are a bit of a struggle to find anyone to believe him at all.

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Croydon NHS Trust chief exec announces his retirement

John Goulston is to retire in September from his job as chief executive of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, it was announced this morning.

John Goulston: to retire on September 30

Goulston has his 60th birthday this year, and has worked in the NHS for 32 years. He took on the CEO role at Croydon NHS Trust in May 2012 and, according to the press release issued by the Trust this morning, “has led a transformation of the Trust’s services during a period of unprecedented challenges for the NHS. This includes overseeing continued quality improvements and steering the Trust out of financial special measures”. Continue reading

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Over-55s cricket indoor nets, Wallington, every Monday

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St Christopher’s Bluebell Walk, Cudham, Apr 29

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Negrini blocks Town Hall question on her jaunt to MIPIM

Jo Negrini’s sensitivities over questions about her jaunt to the South of France last month, where she attended the champagne-soaked MIPIM conference with international property developers, has seen the council’s unaccountable CEO not only refuse to answer letters from residents, but also get public questions to Town Hall meetings blocked, too.

This includes questions from residents worried about the impact which the council’s own Brick by Brick developments might have on their family homes.

Jo Negrini, in her edgy Urban Edge T-shirt, has no record of this meeting ever taking place at MIPIM

Earlier this week, we reported how Negrini and the Borough Solicitor, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, had refused to answer directly a Council Tax-payer’s enquiry into the trip to Cannes taken by the CEO and three senior council execs.

Instead, they treated the questions about the business of the trip as a Freedom of Information request.

This report prompted our loyal reader (another one) to contact us to complain about a question they had tried to have asked at the last full council meeting, on March 26. The question was never put forward for a formal answer from the borough’s elected councillors.

The question was: “What was the benefit to Croydon residents to send the CEO Jo Negrini and a Brick by Brick delegation to the MIPIM Conference in Cannes in the South of France for four days at our expense?”

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