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Knight appointed to come to the rescue of council tenants

Croydon Council has appointed a doctor to try to heal the deep wounds caused to its reputation over the scandal of damp and mouldy flats in South Norwood. Dr Alison Knight – her doctorate was in education – was revealed … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick to get second £10m loan to avoid going bust

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Council Tax-payers haven’t finished coughing up for the borough’s failed housing developers. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES The cashflow crisis continues at Brick by Brick, as its sales of new-built homes has failed to cover its operating costs. … Continue reading

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New councillor Bonello quick to meet with discredited Newman

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The former leader of the council appears to continue his interest, and possibly influence, over Labour councillors. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES.  Photo: DANNIE LIEBOVITZ Less than 72 hours after being elected as a ward councillor for Woodside … Continue reading

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Council to pick up £69.2m costs of failed Fairfield Halls refurb

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Town Hall correspondent, KEN LEE, on the latest council bail-out for Brick by Brick over the bungled and unfinished refurbishment of the borough’s major arts centre Croydon’s cash-strapped council is to step in and pick up another … Continue reading

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DEMOC wastes little time in starting campaign for mayor

Our local residents’ associations correspondent, SANDRA STEAD, on the latest moves over the borough-wide referendum Just when Croydon’s residents might have thought it was safe to approach their letterboxes once again now that the elections are over, so the borough’s … Continue reading

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Detective who used racist terms in computer games is sacked

Croydon-based detective Neil Buckmaster has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police and placed on a blacklist following a disciplinary hearing last week that found he had used racially offensive terms while playing computer games, which he even uploaded on to … Continue reading

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Vote swings to Tories could see Labour lose 15 council seats

NOT-SO-SPECIAL ELECTION SPECIAL: The toxic legacy of Tony Newman and his cabal at the Town Hall could see the ex-leader’s former party wiped out if this week’s by-election results are repeated in 2022. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor If Croydon … Continue reading

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You’re caught in a trap: Barwell’s election advice to Labour

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Recriminations over Thursday’s elections, in particular Labour’s loss of the Hartlepool parliamentary seat, will continue for some days yet as other results, including the London Assembly and council by-elections, trickle in. Here, former Tory MP GAVIN BARWELL, pictured, … Continue reading

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Regina Road residents look at legal action for compensation

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Pressure is mounting on the council’s leadership for a firm response to the highly critical housing report published yesterday. By STEVEN DOWNES There have been renewed calls for the resignation of Hamida Ali as leader of Croydon … Continue reading

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Making a Splash: big bailouts behind Brick by Brick’s buyers

STEVEN DOWNES reports on the colourful character behind the business which is set to buy up Croydon’s loss-making house-building company The company tipped to take failed housing company Brick by Brick off Croydon Council’s hands has broken loan covenants and … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: Investigation into housing scandal finds systemic failure and incompetence in council

Independent consultants confirm that housing officials treated tenants with ‘a lack of respect’, and even lied to the local MP over repairs to damp and mouldy flats in South Norwood. By STEVEN DOWNES A “relatively routine” building failure, a water … Continue reading

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Going to the lowest, only bidder: council finds buyer for BxB

EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon Council could have to pay at least another £40million in order to sell off Brick by Brick, the Labour-controlled local authority’s failed housing developer which bankrupted the Town Hall. And the multi-million-pound spending on the … Continue reading

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Only 10% of council housing repair jobs ever get checked

The new cabinet member for finance says he is ‘worried’ by dodgy data provided to justify a four-year extension to the multi-million-pound deal with the council’s repairs contractor. By STEVEN DOWNES The contractor at the centre of the national scandal … Continue reading

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Emergency? What emergency? Council helpline’s crossed lines

Residents have contacted Inside Croydon concerned that they might lose their democratic rights in today’s elections because the council’s “emergency” helpline to arrange proxy votes in health emergencies was not working properly. Voters who suffer a medical emergency today and … Continue reading

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Council housing staff summoned to urgent briefing with CEO

The wait could almost be over: the report into how council flats in South Norwood fell into such squalid and appalling conditions is expected to be released tomorrow. All members of the council’s housing department have been summoned to attend … Continue reading

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More worries over Kerswell’s suitability for council top job

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Our council reporter, SANDRA STEAD, on the latest twist in the search for new leadership at Fisher’s Folly Katherine Kerswell, the interim chief executive at Croydon’s bankrupt council, is expected to apply for and to be offered … Continue reading

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#Binmageddon: Binface out-foxes rubbish Mayor candidates

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE says that after an over-long and extremely lacklustre London election  campaign, there has been one bright spot – and it’s not been Tory Shaun Bailey’s joke candidacy It has been a very long, and very tedious, … Continue reading

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Official accused of bullying Regina Road tenants over meeting

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Did the council leader lie to a parliamentary committee when she promised to release the investigation findings into the ‘appalling’ state of council flats in South Norwood ‘as soon as we have them’? EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

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Lockdown shop closures will extend town centre’s blight

Our retailing correspondent MT WALLETTE reports that covid’s impact on the High Street leave little hope of Westfield’s long-promised redevelopment on North End any time soon One-tenth of shops in London are now vacant, according to the latest figures for … Continue reading

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MP Reed in possible data breach over South Norwood flats

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Starmer’s front-bench spokesman on local government is accused of trying to exploit the Regina Road council flats scandal to boost the election chances of his Westminster assistant. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Steve Reed OBE, the Progress MP … Continue reading

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‘Grim milestone’ as Croydon passes 1,000 covid deaths

Croydon has passed what the council leader called today “a grim milestone”, when the borough’s death toll from coronavirus this week reached 1,000. “This moment represents a devastating loss of life – each one a family member or friend taken … Continue reading

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‘Keep your distance’ as covid infection rates creep up again

Coronavirus infection rates in Croydon are on the rise again – and started to increase within a week of the government’s lockdown measures being eased. Despite the roll-out of the vaccination programme against the deadly virus – 90 per cent … Continue reading

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Candidates Khan and Bailey set for citizens’ ‘accountability’

More than 3,000 community leaders and members from Citizens UK’s alliances across London will tonight champion the problems affecting their communities, and put the candidates for London Mayor on the spot at an event they are calling an “Accountability Assembly”. … Continue reading

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Scott in power cut as he is ‘purged’ from planning committee

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The best mate of discredited council leader Tony Newman spent seven years dominating and domineering the planning committee – and never once did he declare an interest over colleague architects or Brick by Brick. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN … Continue reading

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Delay in despatching ballot papers could reduce vote numbers

EXCLUSIVE: The distribution of postal ballots for council by-elections is running behind schedule, reports STEVEN DOWNES Croydon Council’s struggles to administer even the most straightforward of matters could reduce the number of residents taking part in the borough’s five ward … Continue reading

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