Tag Archives: Sean Fitzsimons

Row after Labour councillor calls for scrutiny chair to resign

Backbench councillors who have been marginalised for years under Tony Newman and his cronies are beginning to ask some awkward questions. KEN LEE reports Jamie Audsley, a councillor consigned to almost permanent backbench status under the rule of former leader … Continue reading

Posted in Caragh Skipper, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jamie Audsley, Report in the Public Interest, Sean Fitzsimons, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

The late, late show: scrutiny sees anger and hears of bullying

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The council is ‘on a journey’, according to the interim chief executive, who clung firmly to platitudes and clichés at her first scrutiny committee this week. But will it all be just ‘words, words, words’, as a … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Jo Negrini, Joy Prince, Katherine Kerswell, Paul Scott, Report in the Public Interest, Sean Fitzsimons, Section 114 notice, Tony Newman, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Binmageddon!: Oval Road residents despair at rubbish service

Demoralised residents in Addiscombe have appealed to the council to sort out the mess that they have created on Oval Road, where rubbish bags are left festering for days, even weeks on end, often with their contents spewing out across … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Refuse collection, Sarah Jones MP, Sean Fitzsimons, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Ali agrees to meet with DEMOC for referendum discussions

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a U-turn over the council’s previous antagonistic attitude to local democracy campaigners Hamida Ali, the Labour-controlled council’s new leader, could be about to reverse the policy of her predecessor, Tony Newman, and ignore the (self-serving) ruling … Continue reading

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Charities and volunteer groups get ready to tackle Lockdown II

Councillors in Addiscombe are organising a Zoom meeting this Thursday, November 5, to help advise and organise residents for the second covid lockdown. The Addiscombe West councillors – Patricia Hay-Justice, Jerry Fitzpatrick and Sean Fitzsimons – had already been contracted … Continue reading

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Campaign group prepares to battle for Glamorgan’s future

Pub-lovers in Addiscombe and East Croydon are rolling up their sleeves for another battle over the future of The Glamorgan on Cherry Orchard Road, against developers who have a track record for allowing old pub buildings to fall derelict if … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Business, Community associations, Planning, Property, Pubs, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , | 4 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

Posted in Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Report in the Public Interest, Robert Ward, Sean Fitzsimons, Selsdon and Addington Village, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Audit Report: ‘Tony Newman always has been a coward’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: More senior council figures could lose their positions as a result of the Report in the Public Interest which was released last night, as the Town Hall politicians take stock of its consequences. KEN LEE reports Half … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Brick by Brick, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Jason Perry, Jo Negrini, Report in the Public Interest, Richard Simpson, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Croydon in crisis: Council makes 20% cuts to adult services

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the latest cuts at the council While Jo Negrini was having her lawyers haggle over the size of her six-figure pay-off for leaving her job as chief executive of the council, the scale … Continue reading

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‘I can’t guarantee we won’t issue a Section 114 notice’

After weeks of repeated denials from Town Hall chiefs that the council is broke, last night there was a refreshing outbreak of frankness by an official. KEN LEE reports One of the council’s most senior officials last night admitted: “I … Continue reading

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Newman’s claims over diversity miss the real ‘need for change’

Black Lives Matter. But in Orwellian Croydon, some matter more than others, as our political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports While many in England will be rushing off to the pub tomorrow, Tony Newman will be using a Croydon Labour councillors’ … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Callton Young, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, David Wood, Jane Avis, Janet Campbell, Louisa Woodley, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Sean Fitzsimons, Simon Hall, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Labour councillors signal major Town Hall U-turn over Westfield

Croydon Council is preparing to complete a full 180-degree U-turn over their position on Westfield and the long-promised and undelivered £1.4billion temple to consumerism in the town centre. “It makes sense for radical overhaul of the proposals for Croydon,” was … Continue reading

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Covid-19 a ‘ticking time bomb’ in borough’s 140 care homes

Croydon is among the London boroughs worst hit by coronavirus according to the latest government figures this weekend. And yet the pandemic death toll in this part of south London could be far worse once the fatalities are counted up … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Care Homes, Croydon CCG, Croydon Council, Health, Jane Avis, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Newman’s ‘virtually all there’ for his secret Town Hall meeting

The government finally moved late last week to make it legally possible for local authorities to stage “virtual” council meetings, and to continue with a semblance of Town Hall business during the covid-19 lockdown. Yet less than 48 hours before … Continue reading

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‘Lack of trust’ sees arts venue selling just 26% of tickets

With the Fairfield Halls refurbishment costs now confirmed as £42.6m, and still rising, the venue is struggling to win back its audiences, as KEN LEE reports The costs of refurbishing the Fairfield Halls rose by another £1.6million in just five … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Jo Negrini, Neil Chandler, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Governance review costs soar as Newman nobbles the panel

A report on the way in which Croydon Council is governed, already three months late, will now not be finished until the end of the year, and is costing four times its original budget. The Croydon governance review – a … Continue reading

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‘Addiscombe West Bypass’ proves to be a car crash of a policy

JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, on the continuing angst caused by traffic levels off the Addiscombe Road The wretched legacy of Mark Watson’s time of power and influence within Croydon Council is still being felt by some of the former … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Community associations, Croydon Council, ECCO, HOME, Jeet Bains, Maddie Henson, Mark Watson, Sean Fitzsimons, TACRA | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

BINMAGEDDON!: Council rolls back on costly bins roll-out

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on the latest twist in #CroydonBinChaos All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others Just as “Binmageddon” made it into the headlines of BBC London’s radio coverage this morning (including a … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Croydon Council, Environment, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Park Hill and Whitgift, Patricia Hay-Justice, Refuse collection, Sean Fitzsimons, Stuart Collins, Tom Lawrence, Veolia, Vidhi Mohan, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Govia refuse to attend scrutiny meeting to discuss rail chaos

The chair of Croydon Council’s scrutiny committee has expressed his “strong disappointment” to Govia Thameslink Railway at their failure to send anyone to tonight’s Town Hall meeting that is to look at the chaos affecting tens of thousands of Croydon … Continue reading

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TfL withheld key audit report from tram crash investigators

A transport safety campaigner has accused Transport for London of suppressing vital information related to the causes of the Sandilands tram crash by keeping secret an audit report into the events of November 9, 2016, even to the point of … Continue reading

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Scrutiny chief wants your ideas to improve the tram network

The chair of the council’s scrutiny committee wants members of the public to come forward with ideas and suggestions about how to improve the tram network. The council streets and environment scrutiny committee will meet at the Town Hall on … Continue reading

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#SaveTheGlam: Council grants ACV status to historic pub

A community campaign to try to re-open an East Croydon local pub has achieved its first target, with The Glamorgan on Cherry Orchard Road being declared an Asset of Community Value. The #SaveTheGlam campaign, led by Addiscombe ward’s Labour councillors, … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, East Croydon, Property, Pubs, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Councillors accuse Negrini of gagging them over The Godfather

A leaked email from the council chief executive suggests she is trying to cover-up her attempted cover-up of the sudden departure of three senior employees. STEVEN DOWNES reports Elected councillors, already angry at being left uninformed of important developments at … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Croydon Council, Graham Cadle, Jo Negrini | Tagged , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Glamorgan owners to meet campaigners with new plans

Residents living on or near Cherry Orchard Road and the wider East Croydon area who started the Save The Glamorgan campaign to keep a historic local boozer as an Asset of Community Value are staging a key meeting on Monday. … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Cherry Orchard Gardens, Croydon Council, ECCO, Menta Tower, Planning, Property, Pubs, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Croydon makes ‘Rotten Boroughs’ over £700k IT overspend

Nearly two months since a formal Town Hall investigation was begun into how one of the council’s most senior executives could hire a family friend on £787 per day without declaring their relationship, and the Borough Solicitor is still to … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Graham Cadle, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments