Tag Archives: Taberner House

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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Soup kitchen PR disaster forces council U-turn – for now

Croydon Council has been shamed into backing down from “utilising all available bye [sic] laws” to stop a local charity handing out food to the homeless and poor in Queen’s Gardens, as was revealed by Inside Croydon this week. The sudden … Continue reading

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Nightwatch charity chairman: “Our activities are legal”

This is the response from JAD ADAMS, the chairman of Croydon Nightwatch, to Croydon Council’s plans to move the charity’s nightly soup kitchen from Queen’s Gardens Nightwatch has been operating since 1976, it is the largest volunteer organisation in the … Continue reading

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Barwell provides a “nasty” reminder with soup kitchen blunder

Another day, another Twitter blunder by Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation. This time he has given his backing to the council’s action to move a nightly soup kitchen from Queen’s Gardens, in his Croydon Central constituency, because … Continue reading

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Commitment, Croydon-style: charity which benefits business

A Croydon-based charity which next month is staging a high-profile fund-raising abseil off Taberner House has been issued with an official warning that it is in default of its legal duties. Croydon Commitment – with the slogan “Charity is our … Continue reading

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Croydon’s £1,000-a-day planning chief set to leave council

Paul Spooner, Croydon Council’s £1,000 a day executive director of planning and environment, is to leave the council before the end of the year. “Sponger”, as he is known among more modestly paid staff who are now working in the … Continue reading

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