Tag Archives: Taberner House

Aimless opposition could make for an extended honeymoon

THE VIEW FROM THE BACK BENCHES: Last night’s first council cabinet meeting of the new Labour administration was full of interesting announcements for Waddon councillor ANDREW PELLING So that’s what my Labour colleagues have been up to over the last … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Bernard Weatherill House, Bishop of Croydon, Boris Johnson, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Environment, Fly tipping, Housing, Mike Fisher, Phil Thomas, Refuse collection, Steve Reed MP, Taberner House, Tony Newman, URV, Vidhi Mohan, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Parade-ground generals fail to lead on council’s Front Line

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The lack of true, front-line service experience among some of our council’s executive officials creates fundamental problems in the management culture at the Town Hall, writes ROD DAVIES  If we are to change the nature of the council, then … Continue reading

Posted in Capita, Community associations, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Nathan Elvery, Refuse collection, Street lighting | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croydon’s political weather suggests Town Hall climate change

VOTE 2014: Newly elected Waddon councillor ANDREW PELLING provides his analysis of how the council elections were won, and lost Political pundits sometimes belittle council elections as being just barometers for the national standings of political parties. They see Town … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2014 council elections, Addiscombe, Andrew Pelling, Andrew Rendle, Ashburton, Bernard Weatherill House, Boris Johnson, Clare Hilley, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Joy Prince, Maddie Henson, Mayor of London, Robert Canning, Sarah Jones, Stephen Mann, URV, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Miliband leads calls for more affordable housing in Croydon

VOTE 2014: Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, has set up his local councillors in Croydon for what could be some frank discussions with major developers in the borough, including Westfield, Barratt Homes and John Laing, after he announced that his … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Boris Johnson, Business, Cane Hill, Coulsdon, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, IYLO, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Planning, Property, Steve Reed MP, Taberner House, Tony Pearson, URV, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

These councillors voted last night to build on a Croydon park: next month they will want you to trust them with your vote

When you last had a chance to vote for the local council four years ago, were you asked for your views on the council building on public open space so that the developers could make more than £100million in profit? … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Business, Chris Wright, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, David Osland, Environment, Fairfield, Heathfield, Helen Pollard, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Lynne Hale, Planning, Property, Richard Chatterjee, Sanderstead, Shirley, Sue Winborn, Taberner House, Tim Pollard, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Bashford blames council official for £20,000 taps fiasco

So, who is responsible for decisions taken by Croydon’s Conservative-run council? Not senior councillors, if a recent “Nuffink to do wiv me, guv” email from Sara “Book Token” Bashford, the £43,339 per year part-time Tory cabinet member, is anything to … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Bernard Weatherill House, Council Tax, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Fly tipping, Gavin Barwell MP, Julie Belvir, Libraries, Sara Bashford, Selsdon & Ballards, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Croydon Council spends £272 on one tap in £140m new HQ

Croydon Council, which has managed to rack up debts of more than £1 billion, has paid £272.69 to fit a replacement tap in its new headquarters office building which opened just four months ago. And the cost of furnishing Fisher’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Mike Fisher, Sara Bashford, Selsdon & Ballards, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Advisors reject Taberner redevelopment as ‘Eastern Bloc’

Croydon Council not only wants to bulldoze through Queen’s Gardens, but it is already bulldozing through its own planning policies to do so, as it conspires with its billionaire builder partners to make more than £100 million from building on … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, Fairfield, Housing, Planning, Taberner House, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

“Dog-gate”: Councillor bites back to get £75 fine refunded

Roy Barnes, who was fined £75 by the council’s bounty hunter contractors when walking his dog through Queen’s Gardens, is to get all his money back thanks to an intervention by local councillor Karen Jewitt. Queen’s Gardens is the public … Continue reading

Posted in David Fitze, Environment, Fairfield, Karen Jewitt, Sue Winborn, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Dog-walkers want to bring council to heel over unjust fine

Dog-walkers of Croydon unite! Along with anyone else who objects to unjustified on-the-spot fines from jumped-up council bounty hunters working on a commission. There is to be a rally in Queen’s Gardens, outside Croydon’s £140 million new head offices, at … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Activities, Community associations, Croydon Council, Environment, Fairfield, Policing, Walks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tory leader Fisher goes missing as splits begin to appear

Councillors and council officers have been playing a Croydon version of “Where’s Wally” at the Town Hall since before Christmas. This game’s called: Where’s Mike Fisher? The florid-faced leader of the council, and supposedly the leader of the Tory group which runs … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Addiscombe, Bernard Weatherill House, Chris Philp, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Mark Watson, Mike Fisher, Patricia Hay-Justice, Phil Thomas, Richard Ottaway MP, Sean Fitzsimons, Shirley, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Gridley returns from being down and out in Purley and London

Jeff Gridley’s week of sleeping rough on some of the coldest – and wettest – nights of the winter has come to an end, with the Croydon dustcart driver saying, “It was pretty tough.” Gridley thinks he has raised more … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Church and religions, Community associations, Croydon Nightwatch, Taberner House | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The day Boris and Croydon Tories found homelessness funny

Sometimes, we miss something. So it was, nearly a year ago when the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, came to Croydon to announce the shot-gun marriage of Westfield and Hammerson over the £1 billion redevelopment of property at the centre … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Bernard Weatherill House, Boris Johnson, Business, Charity, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon Nightwatch, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Kenley, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, Steve O'Connell, Taberner House, URV, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Splat! Croydon abseil cancelled because ropes are too short

A high-profile sponsored abseil 250 feet down Taberner House in central Croydon had to be cancelled yesterday – because the organisers’ ropes were too short. Nearly 100 locals, many of them teenagers, had signed up for the “Jump Croydon” event … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Charity, Croydon Commitment, Croydon Council, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Leaks in £140m council offices cause more problems for Fisher

Florid-faced Mike Fisher, the Conservative leader of Croydon Council, is likely to be more red-faced than usual at tonight’s Town Hall meeting, as it emerges that there is a leak in the roof of his flagship new council headquarters offices, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Hayley Lewis, John Laing Integrated Services, Mike Fisher, Taberner House, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments