Tag Archives: Mike Fisher

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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Newman’s time for change as he faces threat of ‘dead sheep’

WALTER CRONXITE on the ins and outs of the latest council “non-reshuffles”, and how the the spectre of #WadGate and others’ past crimes still stalk the Town Hall’s corridors of (not much) power “They used to say that being attacked … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Croydon South, Dudley Mead, Hamida Ali, Heathfield, Jason Cummings, Jo Negrini, London Assembly, Margaret Mead, Mark Watson, Matthew Kyeremeh, Mike Fisher, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Planning, Sara Bashford, Selsdon & Ballards, Steve O'Connell, Stuart Collins, Thornton Heath, Tim Pollard, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Is this the election real life? Is this just MP Barwell’s fantasy?

WALTER CRONXITE reviews “the world’s longest job application”, the Croydon Central MP’s account of the 2015 General Election campaign If anyone needed further evidence that self-serving career politicians are only in it for themselves, then Gavin Barwell’s How To Win … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Sarah Jones | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Never mind the bollocks, here’s the Croydon Conservatives

It’s been Anarchy in the Town Hall this week, as our Tory councillors have been channelling their inner Johnny Rottens. WALTER CRONXITE suggests that such cunning stunts fail to serve their residents So who lost out from the decision of … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Mike Fisher, Patricia Hay-Justice, Phil Thomas, Sara Bashford, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Council erases role of Borough Solicitor as Belvir leaves

Julie Belvir, the Borough Solicitor, is to leave her job and the post of most senior legal adviser to the council is to be abolished in a cost-cutting measure. Because it’s not like Croydon Council doesn’t need all the legal … Continue reading

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Council’s ‘wrong’ leader could face a night-mayor of a vote

WALTER CRONXITE on a revisited proposal which gives the strongest indication yet of how one Croydon MP sees his own career prospects It’s beginning to look a lot like Gavin Barwell is lining up his next job. The idea of … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Coulsdon, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Gerry Ryan, Jo Negrini, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Nathan Elvery, Paul Scott, Shirley, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Newman hands Tories another gift over Council Tax

WALTER CRONXITE examines the budget options likely to be laid out before Monday’s cabinet meeting and at the full council meeting the following week It’s all over bar the shouting, and there’s sure to be some of that in the … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Bernard Weatherill House, Chris Philp MP, Council Tax, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, New Addington, Simon Hall, Surrey, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Hard-up Croydon rents out top floors of £140m council office

Cash-strapped Croydon Council is to rent out the top two floors of the world’s most expensive local authority offices, Fisher’s Folly. They reckon that the lodgers will contribute about £500,000 per year to the borough’s finances. So at that rate, … Continue reading

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#WadGate Fisher gets rejected again, this time in Bromley

“Whatever happened to Mike Fisher?” no one at Inside Croydon Towers has ever asked. Fisher was the leader of Croydon Conservatives who mismanaged the council for eight years, until he was caught with his hand in the Town Hall cookie … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2016 London elections, Bromley Council, Croydon Council, Croydon South, London Assembly, Mike Fisher, Shirley, Steve O'Connell | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

As Newman ‘celebrates’, Whitgift workers fret over future

The £1bn Hammersfield supermall may prove to be regenerative for Croydon’s economy. Once it is built. But as STEVEN DOWNES reports, uncertainty over development timescales is blighting existing businesses The start of building work on the redevelopment of Croydon town … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2018 council elections, Allders, Boris Johnson, Boxpark, Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Council, Environment, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Jo Negrini, John Burton, Mayor of London, Mike Fisher, Parking, Planning, Property, Richard Chatterjee, Shirley, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Croydon rocks? Well, only if we need new lavatories for dogs

There’s recycling. And then there’s regurgitating. As in vomiting up a really bad idea… Croydon Council, having removed the notorious 20 boulders of New Addington, have managed to come up with an idea to dispose of them which is, if … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Art, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Environment, Nathan Elvery, New Addington, Purley, Thornton Heath | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Council considers three-weekly bin collections as cuts bite

The leadership of Croydon’s Labour-run council is considering moving to a schedule of residential refuse collections of every three weeks as a way of saving money from a borough budget that faces losing £90 million from its grant from the … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Environment, Fly tipping, Refuse collection, Sarah Jones, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Town Hall withdraws all councillors from Fairfield Halls board

Wonders will never cease. For the first time in its 50-plus-year history, the Fairfield Halls management board has no members imposed upon it by Croydon Council. The decision was announced by the Labour-run council last week, in among its various … Continue reading

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Bogus Barwell’s donors include exiled oligarch and NHS seller

Having flagged up Bogus Barwell, the millionaire developers’ best mate, news reaches us of the donors who have contributed thousands of pounds to his “Don’t Mention the Tories” campaign to hang on to his parliamentary seat in Croydon Central. These … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Business, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, John Burton, Mike Fisher, Property, Sarah Jones, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council calls in Ronald McDonald to help pay off £144m bill

It would be a cheap shot to suggest that Fisher’s Folly is run by a bunch of clowns. But Ronald McDonald has registered a presence recently in Croydon Council’s £144 million headquarters building. Desperate to rake back some of the … Continue reading

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Tax-payers pay £5.8m for councillors’ job creation scheme

Political patronage on the rates has reached ridiculous proportions at Croydon Town Hall, reports WALTER CRONXITE Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, parliamentary elder statesmen and former Foreign Secretaries, are clearly not as sharp as they would have liked us … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

By Jupiter! Is Whitehall considering a move to Fisher’s Folly?

A government department is looking to move into a 250,000 square foot office building in East Croydon, according to reports in the commercial property trade press this week. And the only relatively new office block in the vicinity offering that … Continue reading

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Tory councillors warned over failure to pay party levy

Croydon’s Tory group on the council is feeling the financial pressure, and some elected councillors have been issued with warnings by local Conservative officials after failing to make payments from their council allowances into the campaign fund being used to … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Chris Wright, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Council meeting goes through the motions as a costly joke

WALTER CRONXITE, our man watching the webcast with a Yorkie bar and  a cup of strong black coffee, calls for another reform of Croydon Council: scrap meetings of the full council. They’re a complete waste of time and public money, … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Julie Belvir, Kenley, Lynne Hale, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Phil Thomas, Purley, Purley Pool, Richard Ottaway MP, Sanderstead, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

POLL: Back our scheme to save Purley Pool – permanently

FLIP FLOP (Part 94): Purley Pool has been given a reprieve, of sorts. Following an announcement this morning by Tony Newman, the council leader, the only public swimming pool serving a vast catchment area in the south of the borough … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Fusion, Leisure services, Mike Fisher, Planning, Purley Pool, Swimming, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments