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Tories in call to sack Butler and Scott, and scrap Brick by Brick

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Croydon Labour’s new leader Hamida Ali is facing calls for a complete overhaul of her Town Hall cabinet, from the opposition but also from within her own party, as KEN LEE reports Croydon Tories are demanding the … Continue reading

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Public Health director appeals for help over new covid rules

As Croydon’s coronavirus alert status was raised to “High” yesterday, Rachel Flowers, the council’s director of public health, wrote to the borough’s 70 councillors appealing for their help in getting the correct information to residents. In common with public health … Continue reading

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Spa Wood volunteers and council work both win ‘Tree Oscars’

Croydon has won two “Tree Oscars” in awards announced this week by the Forestry Commission and the Mayor of London. The London Tree and Woodland Awards are in their 12th year of celebrating the work of individuals, communities and professionals … Continue reading

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Last council-appointed director resigns from Brick by Brick

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Council-owned house-builder releases some financial figures that show they have missed their latest annual revenue targets by £113m and have delivered 377 fewer homes than they predicted. By STEVEN DOWNES There is not a single representative of … Continue reading

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‘None of the above’: 47% reject puppet leadership candidates

WALTER CRONXITE on an expression of public opinion that should be a cause of grave concern for whoever becomes Croydon Labour’s new Town Hall leader tonight Nearly half of Inside Croydon readers in an online poll published yesterday preferred “None … Continue reading

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Newman ally Ali tipped as favourite to be council’s new leader

WALTER CRONXITE on the lacklustre contest among Labour councillors to become the Town Hall’s new chief Croydon Council should have a new leader as soon as tomorrow night. But the appointment looks as if it could present the borough with … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Children's Services, Crime, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Paul Scott, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

5 Croydon arts groups win covid grants, but not Fairfield Halls

The government and Arts Council England yesterday handed out £257million to 1,385 arts and cultural venues and companies around the country. Five of the recipients are based in Croydon. But not a penny of the Cultural Recovery Fund has been … Continue reading

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Newman leaves it to others to clear up as he quits as leader

TOWN HALL SKETCH: Finally, reluctantly, Croydon’s council leader agrees to stand down. But, as STEVEN DOWNES reports, Tony Newman might hang around for a while yet, ‘like a fart in a lift’ It was barely 10 minutes in, and this … Continue reading

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Consultant gives 75 reasons for council’s financial mess

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Tony Newman goes into tonight’s council meeting without the cabinet member for finance who has been at his side for a decade, and confronted with a report that shows his administration failed to listen to the warnings … Continue reading

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Auditors look at legal sanctions over council’s finances

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A Town Hall committee has been told that the council was ‘in breach of financial regulations’ over its commercial dealings, as they delivered a report with 75 recommendations for improvements. By STEVEN DOWNES The resignation of Simon … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: Finance chief Hall quits as pressure mounts

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest high-level casualty of the council’s self-inflicted financial crisis Labour councillor Simon Hall, the cash-strapped council’s cabinet member in charge of its finances, has quit. With the council struggling to fill the £70million … Continue reading

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Hall’s resignation letter: ‘Dear Tony, I’m incredibly proud’

Simon Hall chose to send his resignation email to the council leader, Tony Newman, just before 10 o’clock on a Friday night. He forwarded it to his 40 Labour councillor colleagues a little more than an hour later, saying, “I … Continue reading

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‘Dear Simon: I look forward to working with you again’

This is how the leader of the council, and mate, Tony Newman replied to Simon Hall’s resignation letter. Sent under the subject title “Be Proud” at 11.07pm on a Friday, in his usual style of borderline incoherence Newman wrote: Dear … Continue reading

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£800 per day exec director job goes to ‘naughty step’ Jones

The Tower Hamlets council official who was in charge of that borough’s schools when Shamima Begum and two other girls were radicalised and escaped to Syria to become “jihadi brides” has just been appointed by Croydon as the borough’s interim … Continue reading

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Audit shows £9m shortfall in Hall’s property speculation deals

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Internal audit report will make very uncomfortable reading for the council leader and his finance chief, and shows worrying budget problems for most of the council-run schools. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor It is barely a week … Continue reading

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Libraries Week, but not in Coulsdon, Purley, South Norwood…

“It’s Libraries Week!” declared a council-run Twitter account yesterday. The exciting range of services on offer included using something they called “eaudiobooks”, perhaps to listen to while in the bath? But it is not libraries week if you would usually … Continue reading

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Council backs down over plans to license 15,000-people rave

Croydon Council has dropped its application for a licence to stage a rave, potentially with as many as 15,000 people, on Purley Way playing fields. The council had submitted the licence application to the local licensing body – Croydon Council … Continue reading

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Croydon’s rescue plan placed ‘at risk’ over £8m covid grant

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The cash-strapped council is struggling to make its sums add up, reports WALTER CRONXITE The £22.4million gap in the council budget could yet get worse, with the status of £8million of government grant made before the end … Continue reading

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Council’s ‘underhand’ plan to stage rave in conservation area

A consultation deadline passed this week, almost certainly unnoticed by thousands of residents – just the way the council likes it – as Town Hall officials make preparations for up to 15,000 to attend raves and other events in the … Continue reading

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‘No longer viable’: council sounds death knell for Virgo Fidelis

Education correspondent GENE BRODIE on the impending closure of another, once proud and successful, secondary school Croydon Council’s ability to run down long-established church schools to the point of closure continues, while at the same time they have been lavishing … Continue reading

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No conflict of interest over BxB review, claims chief exec

KEN LEE reports on a hurried closing of ranks at Fisher’s Folly over the loss-making council-owned house-builders Asking the council executive director who has been in charge of Brick by Brick’s piss-poor performance for the past four years to draw … Continue reading

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Newman wins vote but consigns Labour to election misery

TOWN HALL SKETCH: The borough is in the middle of two crises – the coronavirus pandemic and its own financial mess. Yet last night saw the first full meeting of Croydon Council in almost three months, an ’emergency’ meeting only … Continue reading

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Hawthorn Crescent green is rejected for ACV status by council

Eighty years on from the Battle of Britain, and now Brick by Brick wants to demolish a WWII air-raid shelter as it concretes over Croydon Brick by Brick is pressing on with its self-imposed mission to concrete over as much … Continue reading

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Luton Airport offers hope that Croydon’s rescue scheme will fly

Croydon is one of six local authorities who have been forced to go cap-in-hand to the government to ask them to ease the rules on council borrowing, the Local Government Chronicle has reported today. The city councils in Peterborough, Birmingham … Continue reading

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Council needs to be agile to handle taxing issue of consultants

The council is in turmoil, doling out £440,000 payments to the ex-CEO and offering £800-a-day jobs to new directors while at the same time shedding more than 400 jobs. Following the tearful departure of one consultant who had been hired … Continue reading

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