Tag Archives: Tony Newman

Labour councillor disputes cost savings over referendum

A senior Labour councillor has produced more red herrings than you will find in an EU fishing quota, as he has claimed that staging a referendum in May over the way the council is run won’t save a penny for … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 London elections, 2020 Mayor Referendum, 2022 council elections, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Hamida Ali, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Sarah Jones MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

If incompetent directors can be banned, why not councillors?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Outsourcing giants Carillion went bust three years ago, and now the directors responsible face possible bans from the nation’s boardrooms. Likewise, incompetent councillors should also be barred from public office, says TERRY McCARTHY The news this week that … Continue reading

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Whitehall picks McArdle to sort out council’s financial mess

CROYDON IN CRISIS: At Monday’s cabinet meeting, the council leadership repeatedly denied that the appointment of an Improvement Board from Whitehall will amount to a takeover. But if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck… Tony McArdle, … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Improvement Board, Katherine Kerswell, Lisa Taylor, Schools, Section 114 notice, Tony McArdle, Tony Newman, Virgo Fidelis | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Tory minister orders council to hold mayor vote on May 6

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest massive set-back for the council’s crumbling administration In what will be a withering blow for the Labour Party in Croydon, the Government has this afternoon ordered Hamida Ali, the leader of the … Continue reading

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Conflicts of interest, incomplete contracts, unlawful payments – how the Fairfield Halls refurbishment cost Croydon £50m-plus

EXCLUSIVE: Council was warned in 2017 of problems with the management of works at the borough’s flagship arts centre. By STEVEN DOWNES A report by the council’s internal auditors has raised very serious concerns over the mismanagement of the multi-million-pound … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Ashcroft Theatre, Brick by Brick, Business, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Jo Negrini, Shifa Mustafa, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Ali announces Labour U-turn over staging of mayor referendum

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest potentially costly change in position performed by the cash-strapped council The council’s Labour leadership today confirmed a massive U-turn on its previous opposition to having a referendum for a directly-elected mayor – … Continue reading

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Council paid £1m compensation for unfinished Fairfield Halls

EXCLUSIVE: A year-long investigation has uncovered multi-million-pound payments by the council on its arts centre, largely because of the bungled refurbishment managed by Brick by Brick. And it is now suggested some payments may have been unlawful. By STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

Posted in Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Hamida Ali, Oliver Lewis, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Labour councillor asks colleagues: ‘Is it time for me to go?’

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on a local politician who, some might suggest, doth protest too much A Labour councillor in Croydon has asked party members in the ward he represents whether he should carry on as their elected representative … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Bensham Manor, Croydon Council, Jamie Audsley, Report in the Public Interest, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Council scoops top award among most rotten boroughs

Croydon Council has been handed the ultimate accolade: the most rotten of boroughs in the 2020 Rotten Borough Awards, revealed today in the latest edition of Private Eye magazine. The awards are always hotly contested, with the greed, venality and … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Council refuses to name interviewees in finance investigation

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A Local Government Association-backed inquest into possible wrong-doing at Fisher’s Folly is expected to be delivered in the next few days, but official secrecy and untruths raise further suspicions that it will end up being just a … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Report in the Public Interest, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

We’re Sorry We Haven’t A Clue: the cruellest months of 2020

The last four months of last year saw the Labour-run council implode, with resignations, reshuffles and a controversial golden handshake of £440,000 for the chief exec. Editor STEVEN DOWNES rounds off our review of the past year SEPTEMBER Covid-19 hadn’t … Continue reading

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Hard labour: the Croydon Mayor, dodgy deals and bankruptcy

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on a tale from Katharine Street’s history which resonates strongly today New Year may be a time for looking forward, but it can also be most useful for taking a backward glance, perhaps to learn … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Business, Croydon Council, History, Jo Negrini, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Did We Have News For You: council’s 2020 financial crash

As 2020 moved through May to August, the local authority had more than the coronavirus to cope with, as the pandemic exposed the authority’s shaky financial position. And Inside Croydon led in its coverage of the cash-strapped Town Hall. Here’s … Continue reading

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£30m Fairfield Halls project never went to competitive tender

EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Brick by Brick’s management of the refurbishment of the Halls has been subject to disputes with at least two leading contractors £3m grant to build an art gallery was diverted to pay for other work – … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Art, Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Brick by Brick, Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Commissioner orders council to answer FoI over libel threats

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A year-long struggle with the council has revealed the possibility that Jo Negrini was breaking the law when using the Queen’s solicitors in a failed attempt to have news reports removed from this website The Information Commissioner … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Crime, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Niro Sirisena, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Leader of crisis-hit council has kept her job at City Hall

EXCLUSIVE: While others in the council’s leadership have left employment to better focus on the crises at the Town Hall, Hamida Ali has opted for a spot of unpaid leave from her role at the GLA.  By STEVEN DOWNES If … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Report in the Public Interest, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

MP Reed discovers 20-20 hindsight over council finances

Steve Reed OBE, the Blairite MP for Croydon North, has broken his silence over the collapse of Croydon Council’s finances to make a claim that he had in some way been misled over the state of the bankrupt borough’s books. … Continue reading

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Croydon gets Commons debate, but Labour MPs go AWOL

The collapse of Croydon Council’s finances got a debate all to itself at the House of Commons last week. But two of the borough’s three MPs didn’t bother to show up. Adjournment debates are a peculiar piece of parliamentary procedure, … Continue reading

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Councillors agree to cut their allowances by £300,000 per year

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, reports on how Town Hall figures have finally got round to making their own ‘symbolic’ contribution to the borough’s financial crisis which they helped to create Six months after the financial distress signals went up from … Continue reading

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The Audit Report: Newman’s £100m gamble with your money

CROYDON IN CRISIS: There’s growing public demand for some degree of accountability over the council’s financial collapse, and there’s mounting evidence that the former leader of the council and his mates broke rules to push through his pet policies. By … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Paul Scott, Shifa Mustafa, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Strange Cummings and goings as protests begin over library

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The battle has begun to save the borough’s libraries, under threat because of the council’s financial collapse. GENE BRODIE reports from yesterday’s well-attended protest in South Norwood More than 100 residents, including many parents with youngsters in … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Libraries, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Section 114 notice, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Labour agree to hold mayoral referendum in October 2021

EXCLUSIVE: Council leader votes for a ballot that could cost as much as £1m, as agreement is finally reached to listen to the wishes of 20,000 Croydon residents. By STEVEN DOWNES The Labour group which controls Croydon Town Hall has … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Now Scott tries to play the blame game over Brick by Brick

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on how the chief architect of the council’s disastrous housing policy is trying to salvage his reputation Paul Scott, part of the clique which led Croydon Council to bankruptcy, broke cover at a virtual Town … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Lisa Taylor, Martyn Evans, Paul Scott, Planning, Report in the Public Interest, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

LGA probe has all the hallmarks of a Town Hall whitewash

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The independent investigation into the council’s financial collapse needs to examine all aspects of mismanagement, including the £440,000 pay-off to the former chief exec, according to one disgruntled councillor Apart from being able to read the terms of … Continue reading

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BxB-built library which has never opened is now to be closed

The story of South Norwood Library is just the latest example of how thoroughly screwed-up and costly the council’s relationship with its loss-making house-builders has become. GENE BRODIE, our bookish gyms correspondent, reports This could only happen in Croydon. The … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Education, Jane Avis, Libraries, Lisa Taylor, Oliver Lewis, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Section 114 notice, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments