Tag Archives: Croydon

Council bins garden waste collections – but offers no refunds

Croydon Council has abruptly suspended all green garden waste collections, despite having received payment in advance of more than £1million for the service from thousands of residents. Some householders, who have paid the £65 annual fee, have contacted Inside Croydon … Continue reading

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Grand designs: Wake’s daughter and her Yorkshire pile

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: The last resting place of six Archbishops, what used to be known as Croydon Parish Church was also the burial site of members of the church leaders’ families, as DAVID MORGAN’s latest research has discovered For … Continue reading

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Upper Norwood’s street battle could be settled this week

After a rushed consultation, the council’s Traffic Management Advisory Committee meets next week to discuss two of the borough’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. Our environment correspondent PAUL LUSHION reports on the gathering storm When Councillor Muhammad Ali was promoted to the … Continue reading

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Mayor declares covid emergency as 1-in-30 Londoners infected

5pm UPDATE: ELLA HOPKINS reports on the rapidly worsening situation around the capital’s hospitals, including Croydon, as the death toll rises to a record number London Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared a major incident, as coronavirus cases continue to rise … Continue reading

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Jenrick issues ‘strongly-worded’ warning over property deals

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Government minister targets bankrupt borough when he tells LGA conference ‘Councils shouldn’t make investments for which they are not well-equipped’. By WALTER CRONXITE It seems increasingly likely that Whitehall will insist on Croydon flogging off many of … Continue reading

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Council paid £1m compensation for unfinished Fairfield Halls

EXCLUSIVE: A year-long investigation has uncovered multi-million-pound payments by the council on its arts centre, largely because of the bungled refurbishment managed by Brick by Brick. And it is now suggested some payments may have been unlawful. By STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

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Labour councillor asks colleagues: ‘Is it time for me to go?’

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on a local politician who, some might suggest, doth protest too much A Labour councillor in Croydon has asked party members in the ward he represents whether he should carry on as their elected representative … Continue reading

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Voluntary groups fear for existence as they face funding axe

CROYDON IN CRISIS: As well as the 500-plus jobs being cut following the council’s financial crash, there are hundreds more working in Croydon’s community groups, in full- and part-time posts as well as volunteers, whose future is uncertain as officials … Continue reading

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Council scoops top award among most rotten boroughs

Croydon Council has been handed the ultimate accolade: the most rotten of boroughs in the 2020 Rotten Borough Awards, revealed today in the latest edition of Private Eye magazine. The awards are always hotly contested, with the greed, venality and … Continue reading

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We need urgent return to real community policing in London

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It was Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the Metropolitan Police, who said that ‘the ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval’. Assembly Member CAROLINE PIDGEON, pictured right, says that there’s a … Continue reading

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‘Extremely serious’: Croydon’s 600 new covid cases every day

The coronavirus situation in Croydon “is extremely serious”, according to an internal email sent by the council’s director of public health last night. The email from Rachel Flowers, sent to councillors and seen by Inside Croydon, explained that by 6pm … Continue reading

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Kent council-owned property agents awarded £500,000 contract

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Appointment of property management company could signal the start of a sell-off of council assets. By BARRATT HOLMES, housing correspondent Croydon’s bankrupt council – which is in the middle of a spending ban – has awarded a … Continue reading

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Bankrupt borough could be left counting the cost of neglect

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Dangerously potholed roads, understaffed adult services, poorly maintained pavements… Many of the borough’s services were already badly run-down before the council’s financial collapse. TERRY McCARTHY believes there is real risk of the Town Hall incurring massive claims for … Continue reading

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Council refuses to name interviewees in finance investigation

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A Local Government Association-backed inquest into possible wrong-doing at Fisher’s Folly is expected to be delivered in the next few days, but official secrecy and untruths raise further suspicions that it will end up being just a … Continue reading

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We’re Sorry We Haven’t A Clue: the cruellest months of 2020

The last four months of last year saw the Labour-run council implode, with resignations, reshuffles and a controversial golden handshake of £440,000 for the chief exec. Editor STEVEN DOWNES rounds off our review of the past year SEPTEMBER Covid-19 hadn’t … Continue reading

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Hard labour: the Croydon Mayor, dodgy deals and bankruptcy

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on a tale from Katharine Street’s history which resonates strongly today New Year may be a time for looking forward, but it can also be most useful for taking a backward glance, perhaps to learn … Continue reading

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Did We Have News For You: council’s 2020 financial crash

As 2020 moved through May to August, the local authority had more than the coronavirus to cope with, as the pandemic exposed the authority’s shaky financial position. And Inside Croydon led in its coverage of the cash-strapped Town Hall. Here’s … Continue reading

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£30m Fairfield Halls project never went to competitive tender

EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Brick by Brick’s management of the refurbishment of the Halls has been subject to disputes with at least two leading contractors £3m grant to build an art gallery was diverted to pay for other work – … Continue reading

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That Was The Year That Was: 2020’s most-read stories

Even without the global pandemic’s impact on the borough and its people, this has been an astonishing 12 months for news in Croydon. In this first part of our review of the year, Editor STEVEN DOWNES guides you through some … Continue reading

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Season’s greeting to all our readers – here’s to 2021!

Well,  the Christmas tree has gone up at Inside Croydon Towers (we hope you like it), the mulled wine’s been put on a low gas and the stockings have been placed over the mantelpiece (more in hope than expectation – … Continue reading

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Binmageddon! Thousands miss out on council rubbish leaflet

The council has managed to miss out thousands of Croydon residents, in areas as far apart as Upper Norwood, Shirley and Coulsdon, from deliveries of a leaflet with important information about changes to collection days for their domestic refuse and … Continue reading

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Tory councillors object to anarchists’ solstice sacrifice video

Croydon’s largest group of anarchists have expressed outrage that a video they had prepared to celebrate the winter solstice has been removed from a community Facebook page – because Tory councillors claimed that the short movie was “partisan” and “too … Continue reading

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Commissioner orders council to answer FoI over libel threats

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A year-long struggle with the council has revealed the possibility that Jo Negrini was breaking the law when using the Queen’s solicitors in a failed attempt to have news reports removed from this website The Information Commissioner … Continue reading

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Croydon’s coronavirus deaths pass 500 as Tier 4 begins

Government has been aware of rocketing infection rates of new variant of covid-19 for two weeks before Prime Minister announced the Christmas lockdown last night The new coronavirus lockdown measures introduced today could not have come a moment too soon … Continue reading

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Leader of crisis-hit council has kept her job at City Hall

EXCLUSIVE: While others in the council’s leadership have left employment to better focus on the crises at the Town Hall, Hamida Ali has opted for a spot of unpaid leave from her role at the GLA.  By STEVEN DOWNES If … Continue reading

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