Tag Archives: Bernard Weatherill House

The ins and outs of quietly getting rid of a council CEO

Did she jump or was she pushed? Our employment law correspondent, PERRY FREEMASON, delves into the murky world of human resources at Fisher’s Folly to sift through another expensive mess at the council Morale among staff inside Fisher’s Folly is … Continue reading

Advertisements
Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Jon Rouse, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Brick by Brick to open its doors for Open House weekend

Croydon’s Council Tax-payers will get the chance to see how loss-making Brick by Brick has managed to piss away at least £1million on new office furniture and a real estate sales showroom this weekend. The Brick by Brick shop and … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Brick by Brick, Croydon Airport, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, History, Museum of Croydon | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flood in Fisher’s Folly forces council staff to work from home

Dozens of Croydon Council staff are being asked to work from home tomorrow, after faulty plumbing in Fisher’s Folly, the borough’s £140 million office building, has caused flooding on at least one of the floors. This is particularly embarrassing timing … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council finance chief Simpson’s promotion is confirmed

Richard Simpson, formerly the council’s finance director, has been promoted to the role of executive director of resources, it was confirmed today. Simpson’s move into one of the six-figure salary roles at Fisher’s Folly is part of the on-going reshuffle … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Paul Greenhalgh, Richard Simpson, Taberner House, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Open House weekend: see where your money’s spent

Croydon’s somewhat curmudgeonly attitude towards Open House London, the annual opportunity to sneak a peek behind normally firmly closed doors, appears to have been shaken off, finally. But not as far as the not-so-dynamic team in the council’s press office … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, Bernard Weatherill House, Boxpark, Croydon Council, Outside Croydon, Property, Ruskin Square, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council pimps out £144m offices in £7.5m 10-year deal

Croydon’s cash-strapped Labour-run council is today celebrating clawing back just £7.5million-worth of the costs of Fisher’s Folly, the borough’s vastly over-priced civic headquarters. Over a period of 10 years. So only another £136 million to go. At this rate, it … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Croydon Council, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Hard-up Croydon rents out top floors of £140m council office

Cash-strapped Croydon Council is to rent out the top two floors of the world’s most expensive local authority offices, Fisher’s Folly. They reckon that the lodgers will contribute about £500,000 per year to the borough’s finances. So at that rate, … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Architects’ top work goes on display in Fishers’ Folly

Fisher’s Folly, the Croydon Council office building on Mint Walk sometimes called Bernard Weatherill House, is hosting a special exhibition of the best of architecture from Sutton, Bromley and Croydon over the next fortnight. This first competition has been organised … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Croydon Council, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Council calls in Ronald McDonald to help pay off £144m bill

It would be a cheap shot to suggest that Fisher’s Folly is run by a bunch of clowns. But Ronald McDonald has registered a presence recently in Croydon Council’s £144 million headquarters building. Desperate to rake back some of the … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Croydon Council, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Eye! Eye! Council offices’ £144m cost is attracting attention

Not for the first time, a scandal involving Croydon Council has attracted the attention of the scurrilous satirical magazine, Private Eye, when the local mainstream media has kept well clear of the story. Presumably, the Sadvertiser doesn’t think that an … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Deal to bring university to Croydon looks to have fallen flat

The council’s attempts to turn Croydon into a “university town” by renting out some or all of their office space in Fisher’s Folly appear to have failed, judging by Labour leader Tony Newman’s remarks to a Town Hall meeting. Negotiations … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Croydon council offices cost more to build than The Shard

Fisher’s Folly, the glass palace that is our council’s headquarters which opened just over a year ago and which cost the borough’s Council Tax-payers’ £144 million, was more expensive to build than The Shard. That’s the conclusion reached by a … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Croydon Council, Housing, Jon Rouse, Leisure services, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Property, Taberner House, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Fisher’s “black hole” of debt could see 500 job cuts at council

One hundred days in, and the honeymoon could be over for Croydon’s Labour council, as confronted with a £92.8 million “funding gap” over the next four years, they face having to cut up to 500 jobs at the local authority. … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Jason Cummings, Nathan Elvery, Sean Fitzsimons, Simon Hall | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Get the keys to Fisher’s Folly and No 10 with Open House

Croydon, quite rightly, is taking its place alongside the majority of the capital’s boroughs, throwing open the doors of a number of public buildings for Open House London weekend on September 20-21, a free event which enables people to take … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, Bernard Weatherill House, Connected Croydon, Croydon Airport, Croydon Council, Education, Environment, Fairfield Halls, History, Libraries, Nathan Elvery | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

15 Croydon Council employees receive total salaries of £1.8m

Croydon Council spent £1,833,846 on the salaries and pension contributions of just 15 executive staff members in 2012-2013, according to figures published by the TaxPayers’ Alliance. Averaged out – and one or two individuals were trousering considerably more than the … Continue reading

Posted in Council Tax, Croydon Council, Hannah Miller, Jon Rouse, Julie Belvir, Nathan Elvery, Paul Spooner, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Parade-ground generals fail to lead on council’s Front Line

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The lack of true, front-line service experience among some of our council’s executive officials creates fundamental problems in the management culture at the Town Hall, writes ROD DAVIES  If we are to change the nature of the council, then … Continue reading

Posted in Capita, Community associations, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Nathan Elvery, Refuse collection, Street lighting | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croydon’s political weather signals Town Hall climate change

VOTE 2014: Newly elected Waddon councillor ANDREW PELLING provides his analysis of how the council elections were won, and lost Political pundits sometimes belittle council elections as being just barometers for the national standings of political parties. They see Town … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2014 council elections, Addiscombe West, Andrew Pelling, Andrew Rendle, Ashburton, Bernard Weatherill House, Boris Johnson, Clare Hilley, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, Joy Prince, Maddie Henson, Mayor of London, Robert Canning, Sarah Jones MP, Stephen Mann, URV, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Budget-busting 25 quid bribe ignores Croydon’s £1bn debt

Have you received your Council Tax bill this week? Wonder how Croydon Council can afford to pay out £25 to residents? With the Town Hall having accumulated £1 billion debt in the last eight years, SIMON HALL, pictured, says that, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Fieldway, Fly tipping, Housing, Mike Fisher, Refuse collection, Simon Hall, Steve O'Connell, Street lighting, URV, Youth Services | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Croydon Council spends £272 on one tap in £140m new HQ

Croydon Council, which has managed to rack up debts of more than £1 billion, has paid £272.69 to fit a replacement tap in its new headquarters office building which opened just four months ago. And the cost of furnishing Fisher’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Mike Fisher, Sara Bashford, Selsdon & Ballards, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Dale Road flood victims evacuated to stay at council HQ

Finally, Croydon Council has found a suitable purpose for Fisher’s Folly: it is being used as emergency accommodation for people displaced from their homes in Purley by the floods. And according to one local resident on Dale Road, this afternoon … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Kenley, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Labour promises proper choices and people’s priorities

Inside the 100-day countdown to the Town Hall elections on May 22, TONY NEWMAN, pictured left, the leader of Croydon’s Labour group, outlines his party’s fresh approach All elections are important, of course. But the council elections on May 22 … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2014 council elections, Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Community associations, Croydon Central, Environment, Fly tipping, Refuse collection, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council-funded ‘community group’ gets closer to the council

More questions have arisen about the independence from Croydon Council of the council-funded “Croydon Communities Consortium”, after Inside Croydon had sight of an email to the CCC’s chairwoman, Elizabeth Ash, from David Freeman. Freeman works in the office of Nathan … Continue reading

Posted in Anthony Brooks, Community associations, Crime, Croydon Council, CVA, Fly tipping, Libraries, Refuse collection | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Road outside £140m council offices relaid twice in four months

DANIE LEIBOVITZ, our resident photo-journalist, with an exclusive report on less than vital roadworks conducted by Croydon Council There’s no expense spared for florid-faced Mike Fisher and his group of Conservatives who “run” (used in the broadest sense of the … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Environment, Fly tipping, Mike Fisher, Parking, Planning, Property, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment