Tag Archives: Croydon Council

Peacock lands Town Hall top job for social care and housing

Barbara Peacock, a former senior council employee, has landed the executive director job in charge of education, housing and social care in the borough, the council announced this morning. Peacock will succeed Paul Greenhalgh as “executive director, people”, when he … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace campaigners reject library deal as a sop

GENE BRODIE, our hard-working bookish gyms correspondent, reports on the latest twist in the tale of the Upper Norwood Library, a saga so full of back-stabbing and manoeuvrings that it makes Game of Thrones seem chaste and innocent Library campaigners … Continue reading

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Theatres Trust offers to review £30m Fairfield Halls scheme

In a letter to Croydon Council, the Theatres Trust has welcomed many of the proposals for refurbishing the Fairfield Halls, which is due to close in July for a £30 million refit. But in the letter the Trust’s planning adviser Ross … Continue reading

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Licence fees set to increase for borough’s street traders

The council’s licensing committee has endorsed increases in fees for street trading licences, albeit at rates reduced from the original proposals. It is the first change for nearly a decade in the charges for shops, cafes and restaurants which choose … Continue reading

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Negrini faces showdown with developers over £1.4bn scheme

WALTER CRONXITE on how council planning officials have reported that the “Croydon Carbuncle” is a serious threat to the town centre’s historic, 400-year-old almshouses and a Grade I-listed church Westfield and Hammerson’s sharp-suited executives will have a lot of explaining … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, Church and religions, CPO, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Planning, Transport, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Council rejects challenge to The Ship’s community asset status

The Ship pub in South Norwood, which was converted into flats by a developer-owner without planning permission, is moving – albeit slowly – back towards being a pub for locals after its status as an Asset of Community Value was … Continue reading

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Only 700 respond to survey that excludes library users

GENE BRODIE, our libraries and bookish gyms correspondent, on the council’s latest crass move over another bogus-looking consultation Croydon’s Labour-run council is being accused of trying to “fix” the borough’s latest consultation on the running of its public libraries, by … Continue reading

Posted in Carillion, John Wentworth, Libraries, Timothy Godfrey, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Mass protest planned over Upper Norwood Library cuts

Library campaigners are planning a demonstration at Upper Norwood Library next Saturday, April 30, to protest against the withdrawal of professional staff and turning the century-old amenity into a “self-service” facility. Upper Norwood, which is operated jointly by Croydon and … Continue reading

Posted in Greenwich Leisure, Libraries, Timothy Godfrey, Upper Norwood, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

£1.4bn supermall may need new CPO and planning permission

Is this where we say ‘we told you so’? The Nirvana of a megamall in central Croydon, first aired in 2012, could be another six years away following this week’s change of plan from ‘Hammersfield’, reports STEVEN DOWNES Croydon faces … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, CPO, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Jo Negrini, John Burton, Planning, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Caption competition: God Save The Queen, bless ‘er

This is what passes for “positive publicity” from Croydon Council: a badly taken picture, which fails to illustrate the point it is trying to make. Who’d have thought that the council has a professionally staffed press office which costs tax-payers … Continue reading

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Murder on the dance floor as Newman checks who’s in step

Ignore the pointless “debate” on the EU referendum and badly sung versions of Land of Hope and Glory. Monday’s council meeting was in fact a thinly disguised contest to judge the performances in the Town Hall chamber of some of … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Kathy Bee, Mark Watson, Mayor of London, Nathan Elvery, Oliver Lewis, Sadiq Khan MP, South Norwood, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan, Wayne Lawlor, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Negrini named as interim council CEO in four-month process

Jo Negrini is to be the interim chief executive of Croydon Council once her current boss, the entrepreneurial Nathan Elvery, leaves his job in June. Negrini has been chosen for the onerous task from a field of… err… just one. … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Paul Greenhalgh, Planning, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Threat to Land Registry from Chancellor’s privatisation plan

While council leader Tony Newman leads a pointless discussion at tonight’s council meeting on “Crexit” – the impact of Croydon’s unilateral withdrawal from the European Union – the Labour leader is squandering a perfect opportunity to debate an issue of … Continue reading

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Car park gallery will force drivers to use Hammersfield spaces

Bit by bit, the Whitgift and Westfield takeover of the town centre continues, aided and abetted as usual by our pliant councillors. It has been announced – via a news report in Architects’ Journal – that part of the Fairfield … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Art, Business, Croydon College, Delancey, Fairfield, Fairfield Halls, Jo Negrini, Planning, Rise Gallery, Segas House, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Newman’s time for change as he faces threat of ‘dead sheep’

WALTER CRONXITE on the ins and outs of the latest council “non-reshuffles”, and how the the spectre of #WadGate and others’ past crimes still stalk the Town Hall’s corridors of (not much) power “They used to say that being attacked … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Croydon South, Dudley Mead, Hamida Ali, Heathfield, Jason Cummings, Jo Negrini, London Assembly, Margaret Mead, Mark Watson, Matthew Kyeremeh, Mike Fisher, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Planning, Sara Bashford, Selsdon & Ballards, Steve O'Connell, Stuart Collins, Thornton Heath, Tim Pollard, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

CEO Elvery causes row in Sussex over ‘offensive’ salary

Nathan Elvery, the £180,000 per year Croydon Council chief executive who never had to apply for his job, has caused a row down in sleepy Sussex by the Sea – and he has not yet even been confirmed in the … Continue reading

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Some council practices can’t be swept under the carpet

So you thought that the tale of Trigger’s Broom was a piece of comic genius from the makers of Only Fools and Horses? According to ROB TAPE, it’s exactly the sort of thing which goes on in local authorities on … Continue reading

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Whistleblower’s book ignored by all Croydon’s councillors

Local government worker ROB TAPE decided to write a book based on the experiences of his council work career. He called it Sorry, It’s Not My Department. He then wrote to all 70 of Croydon’s councillors. He received not a … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Tony Newman, Nathan Elvery, Jo Negrini | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments

Newman’s £18m ‘cast-iron guarantee’ that bucks the market

WALTER CRONXITE on how a Labour-run council that says it is committed to housing the homeless meanwhile needs to maximise profits from a property development at College Green The people of Croydon should be worried. Tony Newman has offered what … Continue reading

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Borough archives come under threat from library closures

Part of Croydon’s borough archive has come under threat as a consequence of neighbouring Lambeth’s policy of forcibly turning some of its public libraries into bookish gyms. The Carnegie Library in Herne Hill was in the headlines last week over … Continue reading

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