It’s a hat-trick! Housing wins new unwanted praise for council
BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, tells how Croydon collapsed on his privatized development company Brick by Brick managed to see our local authority listed among the rottenest boroughs of the year – for the the third consecutive year
It’s a hat-trick! For the third year in a row, Croydon Council has managed to earn an Inglorious Mention in Private detective Magazine’s Rotten Borough Award.
It is a place that no local authority really wants to be seen.
But instead of the usual self-righteous slaps on the back and all-around triples that Tony Newman and his town hall numpties are all too eager to brag about at various paid local authority awards, this one is objectively and priced. independently. And well deserved.
Following previous mentions in dispatches in 2017 and 2018 – remember the two gongs awarded in 2018, including for the board-funded butt plugs and shit show? Or the Lord Gnome organ honor that was so hard earned for Councilor Paul Scott in 2017? – Croydon is featured in the 2019 Rotten Borough Awards, revealed this morning, as the country’s ‘housing champions’.
the Eye highlighted an aspect of The performance of the Council of Croydon which was first reported by Inside Croydon.
The nation’s best-selling satirical bimonthly magazine states in the commendation: “The Croydon union council has sold 24 building plots at ‘buddy rate’ to its own housing company, Brick by Brick.
“Four sites were sold for £ 10,000 – well below market value – and six were sold for just £ 1 each. The idea is for BxB to profit from the construction of homes that are sold at market rates, and reinvest those profits in the construction of homes for “social” rent.
“While BxB has built many expensive ‘executive’ style houses and apartments, the number of houses completed for social rent totals three one-bed apartments.”
Newman, Scott, their colleague Alison Butler, and board chief executive Jo Negrini must be feeling so proud this morning.
A treble of triplets in all directions!