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Croydon in crisis. Councillors watch football on the telly

Palace fan I maybe but watching football when people’s jobs are at risk I don’t think so

Inside Croydon

Watching football in council meeting Veteran Upper Norwood councillor Pat Ryan, left, and his colleague, John Wentworth, immersed in last night’s Palace game while supposedly in a council meeting at the Town Hall Inside Croydon’s Editor, STEVEN DOWNES, on the latest shabby episode in the Town Hall chamber

This was the scene in Croydon Town Hall during a full meeting of the council last night. Two well-paid local councillors engrossed in the Crystal Palace match on their iPad, rather than engaging in a debate about crisis facing the borough’s council services through Tory cuts and the impending closure of the Fairfield Halls for refurbishment.

If senior council figures such as Pat Ryan (£21,345 in “allowances” per year, for doing… no one’s quite sure what) and John Wentworth (£20,091 in council “allowances”, on top of his generous pension from being a headmaster) can treat council business with such utter contempt, is it any wonder that the…

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