Tag Archives: Robert Ward

The day I signed up with the NHS in the fight against covid

What’s it like on the frontline of the pandemic battle? ROBERT WARD found out yesterday, when he volunteered for duties at one of the borough’s largest vaccination centres It’s been a while since I set a 6.30am alarm, but needs … Continue reading

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Roadworks on Green Belt cause worries for Addington villagers

There’s agitation among Addington villagers, after a local landowner erected gates to block public access to a large field and has started to build an access road through Green Belt land, all apparently without any planning permission or agreement with … Continue reading

Posted in Addington, Addington Residents' Association, Community associations, Croydon Central, Environment, Planning, Property, Robert Ward, Sarah Jones MP, Selsdon and Addington Village | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Government to pay £2.3m of borough’s asylum children’s costs

The Home Office will pay an additional £2.3million to Croydon this year to cover the rising costs to the borough of being a first stop in this country for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. The cash-strapped borough last month threatened to copy … Continue reading

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Mystery of the ‘lost’ £600,000 expert report into Fairfield Halls

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Suspicions mount over the business of Brick by Brick and the scandal surrounding the Fairfield Halls refurbishment. But even members of the Town Hall’s scrutiny committee are being denied vital information by council directors. By STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

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How remote meetings sometimes bring the council closer

Have we inadvertently discovered a better way of staging some council meetings? Croydon councillor ROBERT WARD thinks so Imagine we had decided in the pre-pandemic world to run council meetings remotely. There would have been studies, options analyses, pilot projects, … Continue reading

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Leader says she has no idea who approved BxB loans

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The £224m in loans and unpaid interest owed to the council by Brick by Brick may have broken EU and British state aid and competition laws. But after nearly six months in her job, Hamida Ali claims … Continue reading

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‘Changing the culture of secrecy must be the turning point’

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the council leadership’s reaction to yesterday’s announcements from the local government ministry “We have a very long way to go,” the council leader, Hamida Ali, said, more than once, as she accepted the findings … Continue reading

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Council applies emergency brake on New Year parking hike

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON reports on how Fisher’s Folly officials have been forced into a sudden U-turn over their money-spinning ’emissions-based’ parking charges New car parking charges, due to come into force at council-run car parks and … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Environment, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Joy Prince, Muhammad Ali, New Addington, Parking, Pubs, Purley, Restaurants, Robert Ward, Sean Fitzsimons, Selsdon & Ballards, Shifa Mustafa, Shirley, Thornton Heath, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

The Audit Report: Council ignored five warnings on reserves

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Complacency and ‘corporate blindness’ to the problems at the council contributed to the collapse of the borough’s finances. But Grant Thornton’s report also managed to have a dig at Jo Negrini. WALTER CRONXITE reports Grant Thornton’s Report … 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

Posted in Addington, Addington Residents' Association, Andrew Pelling, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Joy Prince, Lloyd Park, Robert Canning, Simon Hall, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Barwell adopts United Airlines approach to his housing ‘debate’

WALTER CRONXITE uncovers a Tory astroturfing exercise which has hand-picked the audience for a bogus housing ‘debate’ with the local MP Loyal Croydon Tory supporters of the government minister, Gavin Barwell, have adopted the ticketing practices of United Airlines ahead … Continue reading

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