Tag Archives: Croydon

Council’s ‘urgent’ inquiry into housing scandal is slow to start

It took Croydon Council five days after they were approached by ITV News with serious questions about the appalling conditions in council flats in South Norwood before they announced an “urgent inquiry”. And in the council’s first response to the … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Patricia Hay-Justice, Sarah Hayward, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Hayward promoted to investigate Regina Road scandal

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A controversial former Labour council leader is promoted and given a possible £40,000 pay rise by Hamida Ali in the latest round of musical chairs at the Town Hall. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Sarah Hayward has been … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Katherine Kerswell, London-wide issues, Policing, Sarah Hayward, Shifa Mustafa, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

‘Why do you appear not to know the answer to anything?’

Anyone who watches the full horror of the 17-minute unedited interview conducted by ITV News’s Dan Hewitt with Hamida Ali last night will quickly realise why Croydon was so reluctant to put up the council leader to talk about the … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , | 28 Comments

Tenants in rushed evacuation from South Norwood block

There were chaotic scenes outside the block of council flats on Regina Road this afternoon as tenants were being hurriedly evacuated from the building by Croydon Council staff. Some of those being moved complained of heavy-handed tactics, as they clutched … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, London Assembly, Patsy Cummings, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

‘Appalled’ Jenrick seeks ‘urgent answers’ over Croydon flats

Croydon Council has been roundly criticised for its failures to act over the chronic and dangerous water leaks and long-term damp in its block of flats in South Norwood. The appalling conditions – described as “the worst I have ever … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Hamida Ali, Housing, Jane Avis, Mayor of London, Patsy Cummings, Sadiq Khan, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

‘Is it because the council don’t care? Where is their humanity?’

Millions around the country were shocked when they saw a television news report last night which showed the appalling – and dangerous – conditions tenants in a council-owned block in South Norwood have had to endure for months. Here, the … Continue reading

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Tories O’Connell and Mohan stand down from council

Two senior Conservative councillors, Steve O’Connell and Vidhi Mohan, announced today that they are standing down from the council. It brings to five the number of ward by-elections that will need to be staged on May 6, the same day … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, Fairfield, Kenley, London Assembly, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Simon Hall, Steve O'Connell, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

16,000 schoolchildren to receive Easter meals packages

Thousands of Croydon schoolchildren will receive support packages over Easter, despite the government failing to guarantee free school meals over holidays. Ministers were criticised last year after repeatedly refusing to extend meals vouchers into school holidays, before repeatedly U-turning in … Continue reading

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Councillor recovering after 9-day covid hospital stay

Jason Perry, the leader of the Conservative opposition at Croydon Council, is recovering at home from the effects of covid-19. Perry spent more than a week in Mayday Hospital after contracting the life-threatening illness last month. While being treated in … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon NHS Trust, Hamida Ali, Health, Jason Perry, Mayday Hospital, South Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ali and Kerswell are summoned to Parliamentary inquiry

CROYDON IN CRISIS: ‘There is much that the council needs to do to become a properly functioning local authority’ says panel’s report to government, as it recommends more cuts to Croydon’s Adult Social Care and Children’s Services. By STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Children's Services, Chris Buss, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Hamida Ali, Improvement Board, Katherine Kerswell, Section 114 notice, Tony McArdle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Questions asked over Town Hall Mayor’s business deal

Controversial online voting system was bought by Labour Party without any competitive tendering An online voting system used by the Labour Party was bought from a Croydon-based business with no proper tendering process, it is alleged. “Anonyvoter” has been subject … Continue reading

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Croydon Labour shaken after resignation of third councillor

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Hamida Ali’s control of the Town Hall continues to crumble, as long-standing councillor Jane Avis decides to quit. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Jane Avis, the council cabinet member for homes and gateway services, has resigned from the … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, New Addington North, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Labour councillors ‘shocked and appalled’ at incinerator link

Claims made in an official consultation that power supplied from an ‘energy-from-waste’ plant is ‘clean’ are ‘patently untrue’, according to a letter from Waddon’s elected representatives Three councillors have written a stinging criticism of a council-run “consultation”, saying that they … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Broad Green, Croydon Council, Joy Prince, Planning, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Purley Way, Robert Canning, TfL, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Centrale flips out with £2m adventure park planned for summer

Around 75 jobs will be created by turning unwanted retail space into a ‘family fun centre’ It might not be the whole solution to the sorry plight of Croydon town centre, where a year-long lockdown has compounded storeowners’ troubles with … Continue reading

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Cash-strapped council breaks rent deals with voluntary groups

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Dozens of community centres in the borough which are used and often maintained by volunteers could now face closure as the council ends its rent subsidies. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES The cash-strapped council has written to dozens … Continue reading

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Council is sitting on £22.5m in unspent infrastructure levies

While Croydon proposes closing public libraries, is withdrawing vital support from community centres and is making local sports clubs homeless, the bankrupt council is sitting on £22.5million of unused development levies. Community Infrastructure Levy, or CILs, and Section 106 contributions … Continue reading

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McKenzie gives his backing for New Addington’s boxers

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Former world champion says that council failing to provide a base for boxing club will cause a massive ‘backlash’. By STEVEN DOWNES Seconds out! A community boxing club is facing a fight for survival, set to be … Continue reading

Posted in Boxing, Community associations, Croydon Council, Duke McKenzie, Fieldway, New Addington, New Addington ABC, New Addington Residents' Association, Oliver Lewis, Scott Ainsworth-Payne, Simon Hall, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Future of the high street: young filmmakers offer bleak take

A project by Historic England – The Future of the High Street – has released a short film made in Croydon. If anyone needed any further reinforcement of the notion that Croydon town centre had become run-down and neglected after … Continue reading

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‘Shameless’: public react angrily to councillors’ resignations

CROYDON IN CRISIS: If former councillors Newman and Hall thought they would win over sympathy with their resignation statements, then they made another significant misjudgement. By STEVEN DOWNES Tony Newman and Simon Hall’s efforts to claim victimhood when they announced … Continue reading

Posted in Fieldway, Hamida Ali, New Addington, New Addington North, Simon Hall, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Newman and Hall resign as councillors claiming a ‘witchhunt’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Two key figures in the council’s financial collapse claim to be victims of an inaccurate report into their conduct. They might also escape facing any disciplinary action by quitting now. By STEVEN DOWNES Tony Newman, until last … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Fieldway, Hamida Ali, Katherine Kerswell, New Addington North, Paul Scott, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Budget is approved but Labour council haunted by its past

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Back-to-back meetings yesterday pushed through the paperwork to balance the books and increase Council Tax. But Hamida Ali’s administration cannot shake off its part in the borough’s financial calamity. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor With the £120million … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Andrew Stranack, Brick by Brick, Chris Buss, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Hamida Ali, Ian Parker, Jason Cummings, Jeet Bains, Lynne Hale, Maddie Henson, Paul Scott, Report in the Public Interest, Sean Fitzsimons, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Stuart King, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Questions raised over new £21m rubbish deal with Veolia

The council budget, which is set to be approved at a virtual meeting tonight, offers “the worst of both worlds” as far as the borough’s recycling centres are concerned, according to a Tory councillor. In the middle of the council’s … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Fly tipping, Helen Redfern, Property, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Refuse collection, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Suspended councillor puts New Addington home up for sale

The cabinet member for finance who helped set-up the failed Brick by Brick project and oversaw the collapse of the council’s finances has registered a new business – as a ‘change manager’ Simon Hall, one of two Croydon councillors suspended … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Fieldway, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

The Miller’s tale of Mendelssohn’s visit and a lifetime of music

Croydon’s Parish Church in the early 19th century attracted some of the finest musical talents of the time, thanks to the role played by one influential parishioner, writes DAVID MORGAN On June 17, 1832, Felix Mendelssohn wrote in his diary: … Continue reading

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Croydon In Crisis: Tory triumphalism over debt disaster

Reaction to the news of the £120million bail-out for Croydon’s bankrupt council, exclusively revealed by Inside Croydon, has been the predictable mix of the politically opportunist triumphalism, mixed with some I-told-you-so, as well as expressions of deep concern for the … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Sarah Jones MP, Section 114 notice, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments