Croydon Council wants to stop a local charity providing a much-needed soup kitchen in Queen’s Gardens to the area’s homeless and poor.
With the on-set of the colder winter weather, and no sign of a real thaw in the grim economic conditions, Croydon Nightwatch’s soup kitchen has been attracting more than 100 people on some nights recently.
Croydon’s Conservative-run council now wants to stop that.
A recent official council report stated the intention to “Give notice of action to stop this activity by utilising all available bye [sic] laws and preventing the use of Queens [sic] Gardens for this activity”.
A case of out of sight and out of mind? The Croydon Nightwatch soup kitchen is certainly an inconvenient truth.
Maybe florid-faced Mike Fisher and other senior members of his spiv administration think that hundreds of hungry people turning up each night in the light cast from the council’s £140 million new offices on Cost Us A Mint Walk might scare off billionaire developers and “investors”.
There is some suggestion that the council’s actions are at the request of the police, who are uncomfortable with there being a group of people in central Croydon each evening.
There is no dispute that the sight of a well-ordered but quietly subdued queue of dozens of people waiting for their only hot meal of the day, all just yards away from the symbol of our council’s self-serving profligacy, is something which ought to shame Croydon, and Britain in 2013.
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