Tag Archives: London Borough of Croydon

Seconds out: Round 3! Boxing club gets temporary reprieve

New Addington Amateur Boxing Club, which faced immediate closure at the end of March, has been given a temporary reprieve. Another one. As with most things involving Croydon Council, the outcome is less than satisfactory. One source said today, “If … Continue reading

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Kerswell set to depart after completing cull of Negrini execs

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Having overseen the removal of almost all of Jo Negrini’s ‘executive leadership team’, it seems that the interim chief exec wants to move on to better things. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon Council is to begin the … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Elaine Jackson, Guy van Dichele, Hazel Simmonds, Heather Cheesbrough, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Lisa Taylor, Robert Henderson, Sarah Hayward, Section 114 notice, Shifa Mustafa | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Under-fire council recruiting for £88,000 pa head of repairs

Are you seeking a “new challenge”? Fancy a job that pays as much as £88,000 a year? Want to work for somewhere that describes itself as “a place on the up, experiencing the largest growth of any London borough?” A … Continue reading

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Council tenants rebel: ‘Your staff make us feel less than human’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Angry at being ignored and ‘left in limbo’, new residents’  group hints at a class legal action against their landlords as they claim that the council was considering demolishing the South Norwood tower blocks 20 years ago. … Continue reading

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Cash-strapped council to sell part of Grangewood Park

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Our environment reporter, CHRIS PECKHAM, on how the authority’s financial crisis is being used as an excuse to push through a twice-rejected plan After twice being forced to back down twice in the face of public hostility … Continue reading

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Ombudsman starts investigation into damp and mouldy flats

Croydon’s Labour-run council is likely to come under renewed pressure to publish the findings of its “urgent” investigation into the appalling conditions in residential towers in South Norwood, after the Housing Ombudsman announced today a full-scale national investigation of his … Continue reading

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Ali accused of cover-up over findings on council flats scandal

CROYDON IN CRISIS: What was supposed to be an ‘urgent’ report into the appalling living conditions endured by council tenants in South Norwood is being withheld ahead of local elections. STEVEN DOWNES reports Hamida Ali, the leader of the council, … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, South Norwood, South Norwood Community Kitchen, South Norwood Tourist Board, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

May’s five local by-elections attract total of 28 candidates

There are a total of 28 candidates nominated across five Croydon wards for council by-elections to be held on May 6. The statements of persons nominated were released on Friday afternoon by Katherine Kerswell, the council’s interim chief executive and, … Continue reading

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Under-threat libraries missing from council’s re-opening plans

Croydon Council this morning released details of its phased re-opening of some of the borough’s public libraries – but with no immediate plans for three of the buildings which it has listed for permanent closure in its recent consultation. Broad … Continue reading

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Candidates’ tough task to shake off Labour reputation

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on how candidates standing in ward by-elections next month have to shake off the stigma of replacing discredited Tony Newman and Simon Hall Kola Agboola and Mike Bonello have been named by Labour as their … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Fieldway, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Kenley, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Paul Scott, Report in the Public Interest, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fitzsimons stays on to scrutinise his scrutiny committee

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The Town Hall’s theatre of the absurd continues tonight with a meeting chaired by a councillor criticised by auditors and government inspectors for failing to raise the alarm over finances and poor governance. STEVEN DOWNES reports Sean … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, David Wood, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Nina Degrads, Oliver Lewis, Report in the Public Interest, Stephen Mann, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Ali was emailed about ‘appalling’ council flats six months ago

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The council leader talks about damp and mould in two flats in South Norwood. Community workers have found the same problem widespread throughout three tower blocks, where residents are ‘belittled’ by officials and are left ‘feeling worthless’. … Continue reading

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Ali refuses to support Newman and Hall for public office

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Splits in the local Labour Party are deepening as recriminations mount over Tony Newman’s 15 years of misrule. By STEVEN DOWNES Hamida Ali, the one-time political protégé of discredited council leader Tony Newman, yesterday refused to offer her … Continue reading

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‘Most dangerous man in Britain’ to stand in council election

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on a startling development over two ward by-elections on May 6 A lifelong political activist laughably described by the Daily Mail as “the most dangerous man in Britain” has become the first to declare that … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Paul Scott, South Norwood, South Norwood Tourist Board, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Council’s ‘urgent’ inquiry into housing scandal is slow to start

It took Croydon Council five days after they were approached by ITV News with serious questions about the appalling conditions in council flats in South Norwood before they announced an “urgent inquiry”. And in the council’s first response to the … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Patricia Hay-Justice, Sarah Hayward, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Hayward promoted to investigate Regina Road scandal

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A controversial former Labour council leader is promoted and given a possible £40,000 pay rise by Hamida Ali in the latest round of musical chairs at the Town Hall. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Sarah Hayward has been … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Katherine Kerswell, London-wide issues, Policing, Sarah Hayward, Shifa Mustafa, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

‘Why do you appear not to know the answer to anything?’

Anyone who watches the full horror of the 17-minute unedited interview conducted by ITV News’s Dan Hewitt with Hamida Ali last night will quickly realise why Croydon was so reluctant to put up the council leader to talk about the … Continue reading

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Tenants in rushed evacuation from South Norwood block

There were chaotic scenes outside the block of council flats on Regina Road this afternoon as tenants were being hurriedly evacuated from the building by Croydon Council staff. Some of those being moved complained of heavy-handed tactics, as they clutched … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, London Assembly, Patsy Cummings, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

‘Appalled’ Jenrick seeks ‘urgent answers’ over Croydon flats

Croydon Council has been roundly criticised for its failures to act over the chronic and dangerous water leaks and long-term damp in its block of flats in South Norwood. The appalling conditions – described as “the worst I have ever … Continue reading

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‘Is it because the council don’t care? Where is their humanity?’

Millions around the country were shocked when they saw a television news report last night which showed the appalling – and dangerous – conditions tenants in a council-owned block in South Norwood have had to endure for months. Here, the … Continue reading

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Tories O’Connell and Mohan stand down from council

Two senior Conservative councillors, Steve O’Connell and Vidhi Mohan, announced today that they are standing down from the council. It brings to five the number of ward by-elections that will need to be staged on May 6, the same day … Continue reading

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Ali and Kerswell are summoned to Parliamentary inquiry

CROYDON IN CRISIS: ‘There is much that the council needs to do to become a properly functioning local authority’ says panel’s report to government, as it recommends more cuts to Croydon’s Adult Social Care and Children’s Services. By STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Children's Services, Chris Buss, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Hamida Ali, Improvement Board, Katherine Kerswell, Section 114 notice, Tony McArdle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Croydon Labour shaken after resignation of third councillor

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Hamida Ali’s control of the Town Hall continues to crumble, as long-standing councillor Jane Avis decides to quit. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Jane Avis, the council cabinet member for homes and gateway services, has resigned from the … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, New Addington North, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Labour councillors ‘shocked and appalled’ at incinerator link

Claims made in an official consultation that power supplied from an ‘energy-from-waste’ plant is ‘clean’ are ‘patently untrue’, according to a letter from Waddon’s elected representatives Three councillors have written a stinging criticism of a council-run “consultation”, saying that they … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Broad Green, Croydon Council, Joy Prince, Planning, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Purley Way, Robert Canning, TfL, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Council is sitting on £22.5m in unspent infrastructure levies

While Croydon proposes closing public libraries, is withdrawing vital support from community centres and is making local sports clubs homeless, the bankrupt council is sitting on £22.5million of unused development levies. Community Infrastructure Levy, or CILs, and Section 106 contributions … Continue reading

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