Tag Archives: Jo Negrini

Council is rocked by news that finance chief has resigned

EXCLUSIVE: Our local democracy reporter KEN LEE on a shock departure from Fisher’s Folly Richard Simpson, effectively the second-in-command at the council to chief executive Jo “We’re Not Stupid” Negrini, is to leave Croydon. Simpson has worked at Croydon Council … Continue reading

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Williams signs up council to improve its digital service

Well this could prove an interesting “challenge” for Croydon, which is, apparently, “a council with a reputation for digital”, according to a press release it issued yesterday. The council press office left the readers of its release to decide whether … Continue reading

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Henderson’s ‘leaving present’: Kingston’s Ofsted failure

Another local authority has failed a visit by Ofsted inspectors, this time nearby Kingston for its poor delivery of services for children and young adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, or SEND. For parents and carers in Kingston, the … Continue reading

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Colonnades purchase is massive gamble with public money

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Spending millions to buy a private business risks feather bedding property speculators, says DEREK THROWER Under a Conservative government, local authorities, including Croydon Council, are being given public cash to nationalise private assets and land. That’s quite extraordinary … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick’s first new homes won’t be occupied until 2019

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, on how the borough’s ‘award-winning’ house building company has taken nearly four years to build its first house The first homes built by Brick by Brick, Croydon Council’s loss-making house builders, won’t be available to … Continue reading

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Can there really be a happy ending to the Fairfield fairy tale?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Building delays, budget-busting over-runs, the inexplicable changes of the names of long-established venues… The council’s £30million refurbishment of the borough’s largest arts complex has been a Pantomime from the start, and says DAVID WICKENS, it is Fairfield Halls’ … Continue reading

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Whoops! Road works wreck High Street’s ‘bold’ ground art

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, digs up another embarrassing piece of public money wasted by the council The council’s ability for not quite thinking things through was highlighted again last week, as the pneumatic drills and JCB diggers were … Continue reading

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