Tag Archives: Jon Rouse

Council’s £140m offices are to become a glorified Job Centre

WALTER CRONXITE on how the local council has been forced to take in more lodgers in its “prestige” £140m office building Tonight’s council cabinet meeting at the Town Hall is unlikely to uncover quite how the costs of building the … Continue reading

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Bonar back-tracks over closure after latest fire safety visit

Saif Bonar, the “founder” of Matthew’s Yard coffee shop off Surrey Street, has backed down from his public threat to close up the property’s workspace and end his work on that part of the building. Bonar had made his threat … Continue reading

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Coulsdon is thrown a CCURV ball: but who is responsible?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The collapse of the CCURV Coulsdon supermarket project, as we reported yesterday, is a worrying sign about our local authority’s ability to handle development schemes, warns DAVID WICKENS The £25-million “Bridge to Nowhere” at East Croydon broke one … Continue reading

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Up to 600 Town Hall jobs at risk in latest council redundancies

Croydon Council yesterday launched another round of voluntary redundancies, as it tries to balance the Town Hall budget from a £3.5 million overspend. Some estimates suggest as many as 600 more council jobs may need to go. The budget short-fall … Continue reading

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Derby day can offer chance for local bragging rights

BRIAN GRANVILLE, the doyen of non-league football writers, looks forward to a crunch clash at Mayfield Road, when both sets of fans will be chanting “Croydon” There’s more than a hint that someone in what passes for a “boardroom” or … Continue reading

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Croydon council offices cost more to build than The Shard

Fisher’s Folly, the glass palace that is our council’s headquarters which opened just over a year ago and which cost the borough’s Council Tax-payers’ £144 million, was more expensive to build than The Shard. That’s the conclusion reached by a … Continue reading

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15 Croydon Council employees receive total salaries of £1.8m

Croydon Council spent £1,833,846 on the salaries and pension contributions of just 15 executive staff members in 2012-2013, according to figures published by the TaxPayers’ Alliance. Averaged out – and one or two individuals were trousering considerably more than the … Continue reading

Posted in Council Tax, Croydon Council, Hannah Miller, Jon Rouse, Julie Belvir, Nathan Elvery, Paul Spooner, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Council claims that conduct of elections is a ‘private matter’

Croydon Council has been breaking the law to keep some details of its senior appointments secret, and it is refusing to reveal details of the new chief executive’s work in his role as the returning officer for the recent local … Continue reading

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At £220m, is Fisher’s Folly the most costly council HQ ever?

According to figures presented at last night’s Croydon Council cabinet meeting, Fisher’s Folly, the new council office building which some people insist on calling Bernard Weatherill House, will cost Council Tax-payers a scandalous £85 million more than even the gloomiest multi-million-pound … Continue reading

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Council’s culture clash leaves truth and fairness as casualties

This week, Inside Croydon has highlighted the party political interference going on at the council headquarters during what is supposed to be a period of election purdah, apparently to benefit of the ruling Conservative group. It is symptomatic of the … Continue reading

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