Tag Archives: London Borough of Croydon

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Council’s private housing company signs up architects’ firms

After going to the trouble of recreating its own borough architects’ department, Croydon Council has now gone and signed up seven firms of architects – yes, seven – to design between them the hundreds of new homes across the borough. … Continue reading

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Council housing company appoints director with Qatari links

There are reasons why local authorities resort to setting up separate companies to perform some council functions. Transparency is not one of them, reports our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES Croydon Council has appointed a director of lighting contractor Skanska and … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Broad Green, Colm Lacey, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Fieldway, Heathfield, Housing, Jo Negrini, Kenley, London-wide issues, New Addington, Planning, Shirley, URV, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Winston McKenzie shows poor form for the London Mayor race

Winston “the Chump from the Dump” McKenzie is out of the London Mayor election before it has even started. The Croydon-based serial election loser was supposed to be standing for the far-right English Democrats (after having tried his luck, and … Continue reading

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Labour official says party knew of councillor court case in 2013

A long-time official of the local Labour Party has condemned them for selecting and promoting a councillor with links to the Conservative Party. Adrian Dennis is the Croydon alderman who reported his concerns over Labour councillor Matthew Kyeremeh’s political links … Continue reading

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Part-time culture director to get £39,000 for six months’ work

BELLA BARTOCK, our arts correspondent, discovers that splitting the time of a Brighton council executive is raising questions at both ends of the A23 The council’s new executive in charge of culture, Paula Murray, will be paid £39,000 for her … Continue reading

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