Monthly Archives: September 2015

Coercion, corruption or crypto-cronyism?

Campaigners fighting the incinerator over the last 7 years have often wondered why would Sutton Councillors accept such a monstrosity on London’s newest country park? Were councillors pressured? Were there kickbacks? Or is it simply rich and powerful mates looking after each other? In short, COERCION, CORRUPTION OR A CRYPTO-CRONYISM?

Well, over the last week councillors had to respond to compelling evidence of all three. First the South London Waste Partnership Joint Committee faced questions on Tuesday 15th September and then the Sutton Council Standards Committee on Wednesday 16th September


The news website Inside Croydon focused on pt 3 of the Standards Committee meeting, highlighting the Monitoring Officer, Jessica Crowe’s influence on proceedings. She did her masters proud.

by Shasha Khan (Paul Pickering is away this week)


Big Demonstration planned after ‘No Corruption’ hits front page


Sutton Guardian-page-001

The Standards Committee at Sutton Council is scheduled to meet at 7:30pm on Wednesday 16th September. Item 6 on the Agenda is Councillor Nick Mattey’s petition calling for full and independent inquiry into financial links between the Sutton Liberal Democrats and Viridor (the company awarded with the incinerator contract).

You can read more about the aforementioned financial links on the Sutton Guardian web site and Inside Croydon.

We are hearing from sources that Sutton Council is very much feeling the heat on this corruption issue. Therefore, it is vitally important we have a good turnout on the 16th to maintain the pressure.

Please assemble outside the Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA for 7pm.

See you then!