Tag Archives: Croydon

CEO Kerswell could face race discrimination claims at Tribunal

CROYDON IN CRISIS: To be dragged before an Employment Tribunal by one six-figure salaried exec might be seen as unfortunate. To be taken to the ET by two top execs, with one of them accusing the council of being racist, … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Guy van Dichele, Hazel Simmonds, Katherine Kerswell, Section 114 notice | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Council exec Simmonds quits after 18 months ‘gardening leave’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The final obstacle to the release of the Penn Report into possible wrongdoing in Croydon has finally been removed, just ahead of an Employment Tribunal hearing this week. By STEVEN DOWNES Hazel Simmonds, one of five council … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Guy van Dichele, Hazel Simmonds, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Lisa Taylor, Report in the Public Interest, RIPI II: Fairfield Halls, Section 114 notice, Shifa Mustafa | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A good week and a bad week for Croydon’s Tory MP Philp

EXCLUSIVE: In the week he got promoted in Thick Lizzy’s government, Croydon South’s Conservative MP was judged to have broken strict House of Commons rules by using his parliamentary office to campaign on behalf of Jason Perry. By STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon South | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Death announced of Selsdon Vale councillor Badsha Quadir

Badsha Quadir, a Conservative councillor for Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, has died while on a visit to India. He was 64. Colleagues suggest that Quadir had been unwell for some time. “Badsha was a kind, gentle man and a valued … Continue reading

Posted in Badsha Quadir | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Proclamation of Accession to take place outside Town Hall

The public are invited to a ceremony outside Croydon Town Hall tomorrow for “the reading of the Proclamation of the Accession of His Majesty King Charles III”. Councillor Alisa Flemming, Croydon’s Trumptonesque civic mayor (the borough now has two mayors, … Continue reading

Posted in Church and religions, Croydon Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Queen in Croydon: Opening the College, 1960

Posted in Croydon College | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

New PM gives Philp opportunity to do right thing for Croydon

ANDREW FISHER takes a look at what Liz Truss’s Premiership could mean for Croydon, its MPs and constituencies, its council and its people So, we now have our fourth Prime Minister in just six years, as Liz Truss begins the … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Fisher, Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘Greatest Radio Comedy’ returns to Fairfield after 15 years

I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, the flagship BBC radio comedy panel show, returns to the Fairfield Halls for the first time in 15 years later this month. It has always been billed as “the antidote to panel games”, although … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, Comedy, Fairfield Halls | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Perry misses scrutiny meeting on council’s £19.3m overspend

CROYDON IN CRISIS: According to the borough’s part-time Mayor, the council budget is ‘just numbers on paper’. By KEN LEE Part-time Mayor Jason Perry didn’t bother to show up for last night’s scrutiny committee meeting at the Town Hall, where … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Improvement Board, Jane West, Jason Cummings, Mayor Jason Perry, Richard Ennis, Section 114 notice | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Bailiffs instructed after council breaks High Court injunction

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The discredited council under Newman and Negrini won their bid for ‘Borough of Culture’ status by using material that senior staff knew to be stolen intellectual property. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Katherine Kerswell, the chief exec of … Continue reading

Posted in Borough of Culture 2023, Business, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Mayor Jason Perry, Paula Murray | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Mayor makes rapid U-turn as report confirms £19.3m overspend

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A report to be discussed at the Town Hall tonight confirms the deepening financial problems facing the borough’s new Mayor. EXCLUSIVE by WALTER CRONXITE Part-time Mayor Jason Perry has been forced to admit that his Conservative administration … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Dr Ola Olasode, General Purposes and Audit Committee, Improvement Board, Jane West, Jason Cummings, Mayor Jason Perry, Richard Ennis, Section 114 notice | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Revealed – the real reason for PSPO: Perry’s Power Rangers

Not content with having an extra 24 Met officers patrolling Croydon town centre, the borough’s new Mayor is clearing the way for a private police force, armed with the threat of £80 fines. By STEVEN DOWNES Anyone seeking the hidden … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Crime, Croydon BID, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Mayor Jason Perry, Policing, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Public feedback sought on community pharmacy provision

Croydon Council has begun a consultation on the borough’s community pharmacies “to ensure they offer services that meet your health needs”. Community pharmacies are often the first point of contact to collect medication and for health and wellbeing advice and … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon CCG, Croydon Council, Health, Healthwatch Croydon | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Closed doors in Croydon for London’s Open House festival

If the 2022 Open House Festival is anything to go by, then when Croydon is London’s Borough of Culture next year, the capital could be looking at a cultural desert. There are only nine venues in the whole of the … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Art, Borough of Culture 2023, Croydon Council, Croydon Minster, Fairfield Halls, History, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Mayor of London, Outside Croydon, Property, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, South Norwood, Waddon, Walks, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Town centre PSPO will just drive problems out to the suburbs

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Conservative Mayor’s proposals for a new Public Space Protection Order in the town centre will just displace anti-social behaviour, while failing to help the targets of the on-the-spot fines, says RIA PATEL, pictured left, a Green Party … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Business, Community associations, Crime, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Mayor Jason Perry, Policing, Pubs, Ria Patel, South Norwood Community Kitchen, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

New PM Truss’s first big crisis: a Christmas beer shortage

A strike by lorry drivers and draymen over job cuts could see Croydon’s pubs run out of beer for the football World Cup in December and Christmas. That’s the warning from union Unite, after their members working for GXO Logistics … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Business, London-wide issues, Pubs, Restaurants | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Croydon Tory Philp poised for promotion in Truss cabinet

Today promises to be a momentous day for Britain. But not in a good way. Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on how the promotion of a Croydon MP is a signal of mediocrity of the Tory government Liz Truss is expected … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Malcolm Wicks MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

The Victorian tax master who made Haling Cottage his home

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: A badly worn gravestone, now used to pave a walk way outside the Minster, provides DAVID MORGAN with the first clues to a family history of eminent 19th Century lawyers Uncovering the stories behind the names found on … Continue reading

Posted in Church and religions, Croydon Minster, David Morgan, History, Whitgift School | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Six council-run Extra Care schemes given ‘Good’ CQC rating

All six of Croydon Council’s Extra Care services – assisted accommodation homes – have been rated as “Good” following Care Quality Commission inspections. Extra Care facilities provide similar accommodation to sheltered housing, with residents living in their own self-contained homes … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Croydon Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

MP offers advice sessions to help cope with cost of living crisis

Sarah Jones, Croydon Central’s Labour MP, today begins a series of advice sessions to try to help her constituents through the cost of living crisis. The MP is holding eight advice sessions in locations across her constituency, where she will … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Sarah Jones MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Council ordered to pay £2,800 over homeless nightmare

Ombudsman discovers Croydon has 27 families in temporary B&B accommodation for longer than the six-week legal limit Croydon Council’s housing department, already under critical scrutiny in the aftermath of the Regina Road scandal, has been ordered to pay a mother … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Housing | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

‘No choice’: Khan accepts £3.6bn deal for London’s transport

Tories used threat of cuts to London’s bus routes to force London Mayor to accept pension ‘reforms’ and to move towards potentially dangerous driverless Tube trains The Conservative government has finally agreed a longer-term funding settlement for London’s buses, Tubes, … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Cycling, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Ex-council CEO Negrini’s company finds business a struggle

Tough times for Jo Negrini, who is encountering her very own cost of living crisis. The chief exec who did so much to bankrupt the council, leading to hundreds of jobs being axed, dozens of public services cut and grants … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

More rail cuts coming down the line thanks to Tory Treasury

Funding formula for the country’s biggest railway operator represents  ‘levelling down’ for London, according to a member of one of the largest passenger user groups More Southern and Thameslink railway timetable changes were slipped out last week, just ahead of … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Commuting, Coulsdon, Croydon North, Croydon South, East Croydon, London-wide issues, Norbury, Norwood Junction, Purley, Selhurst, South Croydon, South Norwood, Surrey, Sutton Council, Thornton Heath, Transport, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Two Days At The Opera: Fairfield’s match with Glyndebourne

It’s been a non-stop summer of social whirl for our veteran arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, who has popped her corks at Glyndebourne one week and found herself sitting in the ‘cheap seats’ at the Fairfield Halls the next… The expensively … Continue reading

Posted in Art, BH Live, Fairfield Halls, Music | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments