Tag Archives: Local government

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

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Council approves another £420,000 spend on Fisher’s Folly

And still the costs of moving the offices into Fisher’s Folly, the shiny glass palace on Cost A Mint Walk to be opened next month by Croydon Council leader Mike Fisher, continue to mount. On top of the £140 million … Continue reading

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Croydon’s £1bn debt: the cracks are appearing, say PwC

Tonight’s Evening Boris has raised another question about how close Croydon is to financial collapse under the weight of its £1 billion debt: is Mike Fisher, the Tory council leader, or its “interim” chief executive, Nathan Elvery, among the 90 … Continue reading

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Gone to pots: Protest against Riesco sell-off gathers pace

In just two days, 100 people, all angered by the council’s secret plans to flog off the Riesco Collection, have signed a petition to protest this latest piece of cultural vandalism in Croydon. Inside Croydon last week exposed the deceit … Continue reading

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“No service will be untouched” in further cuts, says CEO

Maybe it is the “interim” element of the title that gives Nathan Elvery a touch of impermanence as Croydon’s chief executive, a bit like Rafa Benitez, the unloved and unappreciated “interim” manager at Chelsea football club. Or maybe, as a … 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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Fisher goes radio ga-ga over council’s broadcast promises

Croydon’s secretive Conservative-run council scrapped the broadcasting of official meetings in 2009, on the pretext of saving money. Last week, more than a year after Croydon Radio offered to record and podcast council meetings for no charge, council leader Mike … 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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Croydon press chief Burrows makes move to Kent

Matt Burrows, the council’s head of communications, is to leave Croydon to head up a similar department at Kent County Council. Burrows, 32, has worked at Croydon since 2007, and his departure will be viewed as another blow to the … Continue reading

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Shapps: Croydon’s “breathtaking incompetence” on C-Tax

This from today’s Evening Standard. On the uncollected Council Tax in London boroughs. Including Croydon’s £35 million. Inner London Lambeth tops the list. But Croydon is second, and the first outer London borough in the list. Local government minister Grant … Continue reading

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