Tag Archives: London Borough of Croydon

Viridor incinerator doomed to be our Splott on the landscape

“PFI is distorting the decision-making process because big incinerator plants are more attractive to investors than small-scale recycling projects.” That was Tom Brake, speaking in 2001, when he was the LibDems’ environment spokesman. Then, the Carshalton and Wallington MP described … Continue reading

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Boundary Commission rejects Tory proposal for 60 councillors

WALTER CRONXITE reports on initial findings from an independent local boundary review which suggest that Croydon’s councillors are overworked Croydon Conservatives’ politically inspired proposals to the Boundary Commissioners to get one over the Labour-run council by suggesting a reduction in … Continue reading

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No joke: Croydon comedian Steel reads the bans for Labour

Mark Steel, the stand-up comedian and broadcaster from Croydon who was barred from joining the Labour Party because of his support for another political group nearly a decade ago, has called for some Labour MPs to be banned for supporting … Continue reading

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Council finance chief Simpson’s promotion is confirmed

Richard Simpson, formerly the council’s finance director, has been promoted to the role of executive director of resources, it was confirmed today. Simpson’s move into one of the six-figure salary roles at Fisher’s Folly is part of the on-going reshuffle … Continue reading

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Croydon to cut licence fees for sex shops and strip clubs

Croydon Council is to reduce the fees charged for licensing sex shops and strip clubs in the borough. In a report submitted to next week’s meeting of the licensing committee, Hamida Ali, the new councillor fast-streamed to take charge of … Continue reading

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Open House weekend: see where your money’s spent

Croydon’s somewhat curmudgeonly attitude towards Open House London, the annual opportunity to sneak a peek behind normally firmly closed doors, appears to have been shaken off, finally. But not as far as the not-so-dynamic team in the council’s press office … Continue reading

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Staff to move out of two more floors of £140m Council HQ

BARRATT HOLMES, our development correspondent, has discovered that by taking in corporate ‘lodgers’, the purpose-built local authority offices won’t be able to provide desks for 40% of the council’s staff Fisher’s Folly, the purpose-built local authority “hub” which was built … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Jon Rouse, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Brexit means ‘business as usual’. Which may be not so good

Could Croydon Council be getting the jitters over the post-referendum prospects for the town centre’s redevelopment? WALTER CRONXITE looks at a cabinet report which tries to look on the bright side, but cannot disguise the uncertainties Croydon faces “significant challenges … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Brick by Brick, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Menta Tower, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Taberner House, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Refuge accused of failing to support vulnerable women

Croydon has been paying up to £26,000 per month to a housing “trust” which has provided sub-standard, dilapidated accommodation in a hostel for vulnerable women in the borough, apparently without the council checking that proper support services were being provided. … Continue reading

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Council scores own goal with ‘flexible’ staff for Euro 2016

Croydon Council has sent an email to staff to explain that if they want to watch any of the international football matches played in work hours during Euro 2016, “please remember you’ll need to agree this with your manager in … Continue reading

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Murray being lined up for full-time £80,000 director job

Cash-strapped Croydon Council is ploughing on with plans to recruit a full-time “culture czar” on a salary of around £80,000 a year, despite having had a recruitment freeze on more mundane council jobs for the past six months. Oddly, no … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Paula Murray, Timothy Godfrey | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council is paying two £180,000 CEO salaries at same time

Hard-up Croydon Council could be paying the £180,000 per year wages for two chief executives this month. That’s according to an email from the borough’s departing CEO, Nathan Elvery. Elvery’s last day working in the £140million over-priced council offices he … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 EU referendum, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Council pimps out £144m offices in £7.5m 10-year deal

Croydon’s cash-strapped Labour-run council is today celebrating clawing back just £7.5million-worth of the costs of Fisher’s Folly, the borough’s vastly over-priced civic headquarters. Over a period of 10 years. So only another £136 million to go. At this rate, it … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Croydon Council, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Cyclists set to snub £150 entry fee for charity bike race

Croydon’s cyclists seem likely to snub the £150 entry fee being demanded by the organisers of a charity event being staged as part of the town centre bike race next month. It is the second year that Croydon has staged … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Croydon Commitment, Cycling, Cycling, Sport, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Tramlink | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Council spends £20m on agency cover for social workers

Croydon Council still has a long way to go if it is to make the £100 million austerity cuts required by the Conservative Government, after it was reported this week that it will make savings of £3.3 million from making … Continue reading

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£1.4bn supermall may need new CPO and planning permission

Is this where we say ‘we told you so’? The Nirvana of a megamall in central Croydon, first aired in 2012, could be another six years away following this week’s change of plan from ‘Hammersfield’, reports STEVEN DOWNES Croydon faces … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, CPO, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Jo Negrini, John Burton, Planning, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Negrini named as interim council CEO in four-month process

Jo Negrini is to be the interim chief executive of Croydon Council once her current boss, the entrepreneurial Nathan Elvery, leaves his job in June. Negrini has been chosen for the onerous task from a field of… err… just one. … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Paul Greenhalgh, Planning, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

CEO Elvery causes row in Sussex over ‘offensive’ salary

Nathan Elvery, the £180,000 per year Croydon Council chief executive who never had to apply for his job, has caused a row down in sleepy Sussex by the Sea – and he has not yet even been confirmed in the … Continue reading

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Some council practices can’t be swept under the carpet

So you thought that the tale of Trigger’s Broom was a piece of comic genius from the makers of Only Fools and Horses? According to ROB TAPE, it’s exactly the sort of thing which goes on in local authorities on … Continue reading

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Borough archives come under threat from library closures

Part of Croydon’s borough archive has come under threat as a consequence of neighbouring Lambeth’s policy of forcibly turning some of its public libraries into bookish gyms. The Carnegie Library in Herne Hill was in the headlines last week over … Continue reading

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