Council - Wednesday, 29th March, 2023 6.35 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX

Contact: Marianna Ritchie, Democratic Services  Email:

No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence from any Members.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 106 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 1 March 2023 as an accurate record.



Disclosure of Interests

Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) they may have in relation to any item(s) of business on today’s agenda.


Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.



To receive Announcements, if any, from the Mayor, the Leader, Head of Paid Service and Returning Officer.


Croydon Question Time

Two Public Questions will be received at this meeting, which will be responded to. The questioners will then have an opportunity to ask a supplementary question based on the answer received.


The questions are as follows:


1.     Can the Mayor / Council confirm whether they understand the causal factors behind the Brick by Brick / Fairfield Halls issues and if so what controls have been put in place to prevent this from happening again?

2.     Instead of ordering residents to pay unaffordable council tax now, why have you not yet announced any plans to recoup monies paid by Croydon council, to former members and officers, as detailed in your recent election communications?


Section 24 Statutory Recommendations Report from Grant Thornton pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Additional documents:


Recommendations of Cabinet or Committees to Council for decision pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To consider the recommendations made the General Purposes Committee since the last ordinary Council meeting relating to the following matters:


Council Procedure Rules

Additional documents:


Quarterly Report on the use of Special Urgency Procedures in respect of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 125 KB


Mayor and Cabinet Questions


Maiden Speeches



To agree any in-year changes to appointments to committees.


Council Debate Motions

To debate any motions submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rules.


The following two Motions, one from the Administration and one from the Leader of the Opposition, will be debated:


Conservative Group Motion


'This Council notes the decision of the Appointments and Disciplinaries Committee on 23rd March 2023.


Those who caused Croydon Councils financial downfall must be held to account. It is vital that all avenues are pursued to ensure that residents anger and desire for accountability are recognised.’


Labour Group Motion


This council recognises the progress that has been made since November 2020 in addressing the council’s financial and governance problems.


This council further notes that these improvements were acknowledged by – amongst others – a Non Statutory Rapid Review and the Improvement & Assurance Panel, with the latter acknowledging the “creditable progress that had been made” during the period of the last Labour administration.


This council is disappointed to note the recent announcement by the Secretary of State at DHLUC that he is minded to intervene in the governance of Croydon following his conclusion that the council under the leadership of Mayor Perry is not meeting its Best Value Duty.


This council recognises that all councillors have a role to play in ensuring that the council once again meets its Best Value Duty.


This council therefore calls on the Mayor to set out how he intends to work more collaboratively with councillors from all political parties represented on the council to ensure the authority continues at greater pace, its improvement journey.