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Luton Airport offers hope that Croydon’s rescue scheme will fly

Croydon is one of six local authorities who have been forced to go cap-in-hand to the government to ask them to ease the rules on council borrowing, the Local Government Chronicle has reported today. The city councils in Peterborough, Birmingham … Continue reading

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Council needs to be agile to handle taxing issue of consultants

The council is in turmoil, doling out £440,000 payments to the ex-CEO and offering £800-a-day jobs to new directors while at the same time shedding more than 400 jobs. Following the tearful departure of one consultant who had been hired … Continue reading

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400 job cuts – but council is recruiting exec on £800 PER DAY

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Simmering anger among staff who fear they may lose their jobs is likely to turn to fury when they realise that the council’s top-down cuts are leaving the executive floors barely touched. Exclusive by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon … Continue reading

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Loss-making Brick by Brick produce bogus profits report

Loss-making house-builders Brick by Brick have delayed the publication of their annual accounts, so it was more than mere coincidence that last night, just 30 minutes before a cabinet meeting was due to begin to discuss the cash-strapped council’s emergency … Continue reading

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Can you help? Tony, Alison, Paul and Simon want your ideas

Croydon Council, the local authority whose leader is afraid of staging a borough-wide referendum, now says it wants the public’s help to sort out its financial mess. WALTER CRONXITE on the inherent contradictions contained within the Croydon Renewal Plan being … Continue reading

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‘I want staff to be at the heart of all this,’ says CEO Kerswell

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on how the interim CEO has launched an immediate charm offensive on the council’s hard-pressed staff Katherine Kerswell, less than a week into her new job as the council’s interim chief executive, wrote to … Continue reading

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St Joseph’s College latest secondary to take covid-19 action

St Joseph’s College on Beulah Hill is the latest school to have been forced into taking action after a pupil tested positive for coronavirus. It brings to 10 the number of schools – primary and secondary – across Croydon and … Continue reading

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Newman gives ‘manifesto pledge’ to ignore referendum vote

Just days before he faces a no-confidence motion at the Town Hall, the council leader has committed Labour to ignore the outcome of a democratic borough-wide referendum. WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, reports Tony Newman, the part-time council leader who after … Continue reading

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London should be placed in covid lockdown now, says Khan

Croydon and the rest of London should be placed in lockdown as soon as tomorrow to stop the spread of covid-19, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has warned. With large areas of the north of England being placed into … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick under ‘review’ in council emergency budget

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports on the publication of a 24-page document which is an admission of six years of failure, and which comes ahead of ‘the most difficult few months the council has seen’ Brick … Continue reading

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Veteran councillor in call to hunt down whistleblowers

The council press office should be made ‘to defend’ Labour councillors, while council staff who talk to this website need to be hunted down according to one Newman loyalist who has warned colleagues that the leader’s job ‘is not open’. … Continue reading

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Broad Green roads to become a Low Traffic Neighbourhood

Four streets in Broad Green, close to West Croydon Station and bus garage, are to have traffic restrictions installed at the end of this month in the latest phase of the government-funded Streetspace scheme. The council announced today that it … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: Emergency budget cuts may not be enough

EXCLUSIVE: There’s simmering discontent among the Town Hall’s ruling Labour group over their leadership’s inconsistent messaging, secretiveness and bungling, while the council’s new chief exec has made a good first impression. By STEVEN DOWNES “It’s like a fresh breeze through … Continue reading

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Libraries, pool and Arena may not open because of cash crisis

CROYDON IN CRISIS: More embarrassment for Tony Newman as Croydon-owned sports centre in his ward remains closed, while fears have been revived that the Labour-run council could flog off some libraries for housing Several of the borough’s public libraries and … Continue reading

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There should be no place for nepotism in any local council

CROYDON COMMENTARY: A former local government official who worked for three London councils from the 1970s until 2016, LEWIS WHITE (right) observed others doing their jobs in housing, engineering, maintenance, finance and in the comms team. And he is increasingly … Continue reading

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Virtual London Mini-Marathon opened up to primary schools

Cancelled because of covid-19 in April, the 2020 London Mini-Marathon could now be the biggest road running event for kids ever staged, as the organisers aim to get 45,000 youngsters from across the country to run 2.6 miles in a … Continue reading

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Children’s services suffers 30% cut in social workers

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Concerns are growing at Fisher’s Folly that cutbacks on hiring agency workers, implemented since January this year, could adversely impact some of the borough’s most vulnerable. KEN LEE reports Croydon Council’s children’s services department, which was given … Continue reading

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No panic says Rams boss after 13-game win-less streak

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: Tough times at the Mayfield, while Croydon FC are enjoying their games on the road, as ANDREW SINCLAIR reports Croydon  Athletic have certainly picked up where they left off in the covid-abandoned 2019-2020 season, their 2-0 home defeat … Continue reading

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‘Nuffink to do with us, guv’: council chiefs blame everyone else

The council will have only its second full meeting since March, with an Extraordinary Council Meeting being staged on September 28, called as a result of a motion of no confidence in council leader Tony Newman and his finance chief … Continue reading

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Newman excludes councillors from emergency budget details

20% budget cuts expected to be announced Jo Negrini’s pay-off figure confirmed as £440,000 Redundancy process for 400 council workers enters final two weeks Katherine Kerswell begins work as interim chief exec Tony Newman and Simon Hall will be presenting … Continue reading

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Mustafa admits council had finance problems at start of year

Croydon’s stand-in CEO Shifa Mustafa has told the unions that, “the council’s finances were challenging at the start of the year”, a significant admission by a senior figure that the Town Hall’s cash crisis was not caused solely by covid-19 … Continue reading

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Unison: ‘irresponsible’ job cuts will have ‘devastating impact’

Trade union officials have strongly criticised Croydon Council’s plans to axe more than 400 jobs, saying that the on-going review is being rushed through “with little thought” and without proper consultation, and describing the job cuts at the Labour-run local … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: Whitehall imposes new chief exec on council

EXCLUSIVE: Borough to get its third CEO in two weeks, as government parachutes in a ‘safe pair of hands’ on Newman’s Croydon clique. By STEVEN DOWNES A hastily arranged meeting of Croydon Council’s appointments committee will convene this morning to … Continue reading

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Tory leader Perry shows ruthless streak by sacking Creatura

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest game of musical chairs at the Town Hall Mario Creatura has been sacked from his front bench job with the Town Hall opposition group in a reshuffle of the Croydon’s Conservative councillors … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: Council makes 20% cuts to adult services

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the latest cuts at the council While Jo Negrini was having her lawyers haggle over the size of her six-figure pay-off for leaving her job as chief executive of the council, the scale … Continue reading

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