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#PennReport: Croydon has been let down by political leaders

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The report into the council’s financial collapse that has been withheld for nearly two years includes damning criticisms of some of the council’s most senior staff and political leaders. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon’s dysfunctional council went … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Guy van Dichele, Hazel Simmonds, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Lisa Taylor, Paul Scott, Report in the Public Interest, Richard Simpson, Section 114 notice, Shifa Mustafa, Simon Hall, The Penn Report, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

#TheLabourFiles: Whip letters prove they knew hack was illegal

The Al Jazeera investigations broadcast last week included correspondence from a retired barrister to Labour’s General Secretary that identified the handling of stolen data by party officials in Croydon as unlawful. But David Evans did nothing about it. By STEVEN … Continue reading

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#PennReport: Council’s 11th hour attempt to suppress findings

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Right to the very last, Croydon Council was trying to stop the publication of any part of the Penn Report. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Earlier today, Inside Croydon approached Katherine Kerswell, the council chief executive, with a … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Croydon Council, Katherine Kerswell, Stephen Lawrence-Orumwense, The Penn Report | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

#PennReport wanted police probe into possible misconduct

CROYDON IN CRISIS: For nearly two years, the council has withheld a detailed report into ‘possible wrong-doing’ at the Town Hall, together with recommendations for a Met Police investigation and the seeking of a refund on the £437,000 pay-off to … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Crime, Croydon Council, Guy van Dichele, Hazel Simmonds, Inside Croydon, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Lisa Taylor, Report in the Public Interest, Section 114 notice, Shifa Mustafa, Simon Hall, The Penn Report, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

#TheLabourFiles programmes show party ‘corrupt to the core’

A former MP leads a call for those responsible to resign as councillors after failing to report a malicious hack attack to the police. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES A former MP and councillor of 32 years’ service at Croydon Town … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Clive Fraser, Croydon North, Inside Croydon, Local media, Robert Canning, Steve Reed MP, Stuart King | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Croydon and three other boroughs to bin Veolia rubbish deal

Veolia, who have swept Croydon’s streets and emptied its residents’ bins sporadically since 2003, are to be dropped as the council’s rubbish contractor. The decision has been reached following “significant and ongoing concerns” with Veolia’s performance, which saw three of … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Fly tipping, Kingston, Merton, Refuse collection, Sutton Council, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

#TheLabourFiles: Silence won’t make the hard facts go away

Political columnist Peter Oborne has taken his media colleagues to task for missing one of the biggest stories of the year. By STEVEN DOWNES One of the country’s most respected political commentators has said that “it is impossible to justify … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon North, Inside Croydon, Local media, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Underwood gets Green light to stand in Selsdon by-election

The Greens have begun their campaign in Selsdon Vale and Forestdale by attacking ‘Conservative plans to allow building all over our green spaces’ Peter Underwood is to try again to become Croydon Council’s third Green Party councillor, after he was … Continue reading

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#TheLabourFiles: MP Reed, Evans and the Croydon connection

By STEVEN DOWNES, Editor, Inside Croydon More than six months in the making, Al Jazeera’s investigations unit last night released the fourth part of their documentary series The Labour Files, this episode called “The Spying Game”, a detailed report on … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Clive Fraser, Crime, Croydon Council, Croydon North, David White, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Robert Canning, Stephen Mann, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

33% Labour lead puts Tories on alert for Forestdale by-election

There is to be a council ward poll on November 3 – which will test voters’ devotion to Thick Lizzy and Croydon’s part-time Mayor Perry. By our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE Croydon, or at least a small bit of its … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Badsha Quadir, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon South, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Sarah Jones MP, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

ICO rebukes council for slow responses to data requests

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Information Commissioner gives Croydon six months to clean up its act over how it responds to the public. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon Council has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner’s Office after it was found to … Continue reading

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Part-time Mayor Perry to re-boot Negrini’s design review panel

The council is looking to re-set its Place Review Panel – now to be renamed the Design Review Panel – and is inviting applications from architecture and design experts to sign up for two or three days’ work each year, … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Alison Butler, Art, Brick by Brick, Business, Croydon Council, Design Review Panel, Environment, Housing, Jo Negrini, Mayor Jason Perry, Paul Scott, Place Review Panel, Planning, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

#TheLabourFiles: anti-racism campaigner expelled by party

 The second episode of Al Jazeera’s The Labour Files was a bit of a Croydon special, with cameo appearances of the local branch of the English Defence League, as well as another appearance by Croydon North MP Steve Reed, … Continue reading

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Council drops sale of Coulsdon Manor Hotel and golf course

Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, on another massive hole in the council’s budgets Croydon Council has taken Coulsdon Manor Hotel off the market. The grand country house, sitting in a 140-acre parkland golf course, was put out … Continue reading

Posted in Bespoke Hotels, Business, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Golf, Margaret Bird, Old Coulsdon, Property | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

#TheLabourFiles: MP Reed provided endorsement for Stanger

 Steve Reed OBE, the MP for Croydon North and a prime mover in the notorious “Chicken Coup” attempt to unseat Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader in 2016, has been revealed as one of the party’s senior members who provided … Continue reading

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TV investigation uncovers Labour Party’s dirty tricks and hacks

On the eve of Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool, a three-part television investigation is set to rock the party’s hierarchy, from General Secretary David Evans downwards, with many shocking revelations drawn from what the producers describe as “the biggest leak … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Croydon North, David Evans, Paul Scott, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Commissioner Byford’s resignation leaves TfL staffers stunned

After negotiating the crisis of covid and delivering the Elizabeth Line, Andy Byford presents the Mayor of London with a new challenge: finding his replacement. By our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has been confronted … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Wolmar, Commuting, Cycling, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Company behind ‘smart’ bus shelters has CCJs for unpaid bills

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A former government minister under Tony Blair helped to broker the deal with an unproven tech company promising the council £6.8m in advertising income from ‘smart’ bus shelters – but that is all in jeopardy, with the … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Katherine Kerswell, Neil Williams, Opama Khan | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Residents’ groups show red card to Palace’s £100m new stand

Locals living near Selhurst Park have organised to oppose the new stand – despite being frozen out of meetings by their Labour councillors Two residents’ associations in the area around Selhurst Park, together with council tenants whose homes are under … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Christopher Herman, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace FC, Football, Louis Carserides, Planning, Property, Selhurst, South Norwood, Sport, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

The deal is in: council facing another expensive staff pay-off

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Late cancellation of an Employment Tribunal hearing this morning avoids the council washing its dirty linen in public. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Jason Perry, Croydon’s part-time Mayor, could soon be asked to rubber-stamp another expensive “golden handshake” … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Guy van Dichele, Hazel Simmonds, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Mayor Jason Perry, Shifa Mustafa | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Part-time Perry wastes no time taking another fortnight off

Jason Perry, the part-time £81,000 per year Mayor of Croydon, is making the most of the mourning period for the Queen to ensure as little council business is discussed or debated in public. Straight after a summer recess in council … Continue reading

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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

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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

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

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