Tag Archives: Eric Pickles

Labour is getting all spaced out over Croydon’s old offices

Proposals to preserve Croydon’s over-supply of old and unwanted office space go before Croydon Council’s cabinet meeting tonight, and risk jeopardising the town’s tentative recovery, writes WALTER CRONXITE Criticisms of Croydon Council’s commitment to preserving heritage are misplaced. A report … Continue reading

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Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Business, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Environment, Gavin Barwell, Housing, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Proud to have been trusted to improve borough’s future

THE FIRST 100 DAYS: Labour took charge of Croydon Town Hall for the first time in a decade 100 days ago today. Elected as a councillor for the first time was HAMIDA ALI, pictured, who here outlines her early experiences … Continue reading

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Pickles to order Croydon to return to weekly collections

Tory Eric Pickles and his ConDem government could be about to hand a significant political present to Croydon’s new Labour-run council, by forcing them to bring back weekly bin collections. Labour won control of Croydon Town Hall a month ago … Continue reading

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Croydon’s £40m Council Tax arrears make headlines again

Croydon’s Conservative-run council’s failure to collect more than £40 million-worth of Council Tax made it on to the pages of the Daily Wail and The Stun at the weekend, something which, with local elections coming, will have done nothing for … Continue reading

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Regenerate! Hammersfield scheme lacks a traffic plan

“The £1 billion redevelopment plans for the Whitgift Centre should be given the go ahead, Croydon’s planning officers are saying,” reports a newspaper with a sharply declining circulation. In other breaking news, bears shit in the woods and the Pope … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Chris Philp MP, Commuting, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Environment, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell, Housing, London-wide issues, Parking, Planning, Property, Steve O'Connell, Transport, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

New law to force Croydon to open up its council meetings

Croydon Council is to be forced by law to allow the public to record Town Hall  meetings,  in audio and video, and to Tweet and live blog from Katharine Street without their data being routed through the council’s wi-fi. Eric … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Croydon Council, Joy Prince, Mike Fisher, Tim Pollard, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Portas Pilot has been a flop, admits scheme’s ex-chair

The Portas Pilot project, intended to revive business in Croydon’s ancient Surrey Street Market, has been a failure. That’s effectively the admission of Mary Portas, Prime Minister David Cameron’s “retail guru” and self-proclaimed “Queen of the High Street”. It is … Continue reading

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Spendthrift council forks out £176,000 on sound system

Next week, thousands of Croydon children will make their ways to their schools at the start of the new term without the reassuring assistance of a “school crossing patrol officer” – a lollipop lady or man in old-fashioned, ordinary English … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Croydon Council, Croydon Radio, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Croydon’s secret tax on car parking that divides the borough

CROYDON COMMENTARY: For a town that has built itself around the demands of the motor car, parking the vehicles is an ever-growing problem, and Croydon Council has yet to find the right, or fair, way of dealing with it, CHARLOTTE … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Commuting, Croydon Council, Environment, Parking, Phil Thomas, South Croydon Community Association, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Coulsdon residents complain over dangers of CURV scheme

It seems that Croydon Council’s strategy of ignoring the interests of local residents and businesses, and instead acting at the bidding of big business, has now been extended to the leafy, largely Conservative-supporting suburbs of Coulsdon. Croydon’s Urban Regeneration Vehicle … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Business, Cane Hill, Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Environment, Friends of Farthing Downs, Housing, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association, Parking, Planning, Property, Schools, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council CEO runs up £657 bill for posh nosh meal

Cut-backs at Croydon Council continue – to road cleaning services, to the lollipop ladies outside our schools, in the flogging off of uninsured public art collections and to a wide range of public services – but not, it would appear, … Continue reading

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Attention-seeking mayor deserves the Advertiser’s criticism

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Eddy Arram, presiding over a full council meeting for the last time, this week managed to do something which many believed was impossible: getting the editors of Inside Croydon and the Croydon Sadvertiser to agree, at least on … Continue reading

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Croydon is officially the worst English borough on Council Tax

It is official, because according to Eric Pickles, the Conservative Cabinet minister in charge of local government, Conservative-run Croydon has the worst record among boroughs in England for managing its own Council Tax. There are 326 local authority councils in … Continue reading

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Planning conflicts of interest? In Croydon? Don’t be silly

The Daily Torygraph, that bastion of left-wing revolutionaries, yesterday ran a fascinating report on how some councillors had been abusing their position within local authority planning committees to line their own pockets. Or purses. Shock! Horror! This, of course, would … Continue reading

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Croydon in a Pickles once more over £50,000 regeneration jobs

Croydon’s Conservative-run council is in the bad books of the Conservative local government minister, “Big” Eric Pickles. Again. Big Eric sometimes appears to be a very reasonable sort of bloke. For instance, he cannot understand how Croydon can be cutting … Continue reading

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Steve Reed MP: Residents’ pockets picked by wasteful council

In his exclusive Inside Croydon column, the local Labour MP condemns the Conservative-run borough council for raising Council Tax after mismanaging the borough The country is facing a triple-dip recession. Household budgets in Croydon are under pressure with rising fuel … Continue reading

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Council takes four tables at awards – against Pickles’ advice

Around 40 Conservative councillors, senior Croydon Council officials and their chums will be attending the annual binge of champagne-swilling and back-slapping at a five-star West End hotel next month that is the Local Government Chronicle Awards, all at a cost … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hayley Lewis, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Mike Fisher, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

1.85%: Croydon in a Pickles over Council Tax hike

Mike Fisher, the leader of the Conservative group that tries to run Croydon Council, tonight raised the white flag at the Town Hall when – at the latest possible moment on a Friday evening just before half-term week – he … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Housing, Lambeth Council, Mayor of London, Mike Fisher, Policing, Schools, Sutton Council, Tim Pollard, URV | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

“Corruption of punishment” coming to Croydon high streets

As our council redoubles its efforts to make shopping in central Croydon an increasingly unattractive experience, the Town Hall is poised to hire a private police force that will, if experience elsewhere is a guide, go to great money-grubbing lengths … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Centrale, Council Tax, Crime, Croydon Council, Environment, Simon Hoar, Surrey Street, Waddon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Council’s Ministry of Truth spends record amounts on staff

Hayley Lewis, the trained psychologist who Croydon employs as its “Head of customer communications and strategy”, once suggested that a council communications department is “an unnecessary burden”. How prescient. On her personal blog, Lewis added a convenient “?” to present … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Danny Brierley, Hayley Lewis, Jon Rouse, Local media, Mike Fisher | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Town Hall protest over council’s £10m cuts to adult social care

Campaigners against cuts in services to the disabled are expected to protest outside Croydon Town Hall from 5.30pm, ahead of tonight’s council meeting. Croydon’s Conservative-run council wants to take another £10 million from the budget for adult social care. This … Continue reading

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Budget consultation condemned as just “meaningless jargon”

Croydon Council’s “budget consultation” closed last night. Those residents who managed to find this under-publicised online exercise condemned it broadly for its use of impenetrable language and its many meaningless questions. Some complained to Eric Pickles, the local government minister. … Continue reading

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Croydon in a Pickles again over its rubbish service

Croydon could be penalised by having its public grant cut significantly over the move made by its Conservative-run council to move to fortnightly bin collections. “Weekly bin collections are one of the most visible frontline services and there is no … Continue reading

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Did Mead mislead Town Hall over Newsnight interview?

Did Dudley Mead, the deputy leader of the Conservative group that controls Croydon Council, deliberately mislead a full council meeting last night? Croydon’s shameful record on providing emergency housing for the borough’s homeless was highlighted by BBC Newsnight two weeks … Continue reading

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Don’t panic! Mead’s benefits U-turn shows council in crisis

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Something strange is happening at the Town Hall. Commonsense is prevailing over political dogma. Some highly placed people’s jobs must be at stake, says Inside Croydon editor STEVEN DOWNES Don’t panic! Croydon’s Captain Mainwaring is in charge! Something … Continue reading

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