Who says morale among Croydon’s council staff, which was at rock bottom after four years of Tory job cuts under florid-faced Mike “Show Me The Money” Fisher, couldn’t get any lower?
Well it could, as hard-pressed council staff are being asked to take the sack at lunchtime next week. The rubbish sack, that is.
The new council, under Labour, is showing that it really knows how to put a fresh spring in the step of those going to work in Fisher’s Folly each morning. Not. Our Labour-run council is asking staff to “volunteer” to sweep the streets of central Croydon in their lunch break – and all for the offer of one of Stuart Collins’s T-shirts.
The following message was distributed to council staff today:
“On Monday 13 October and Wednesday 15 October you are invited to take part in a Don’t Mess with Croydon: take pride staff clean-up day.” Well, at least it’s an invite, and not an injunction.
“We want staff to take responsibility for our borough so we are planning to tidy up areas in the central civic complex – from Matthew’s Yard to Croydon Minster.
“Meet anytime between 12pm and 2pm at the old water tower building in Matthew’s Yard (off Surrey Street Market) to take part.” Interesting how the location has to be parenthetically explained – few ordinary council staff are paid enough to enjoy the expensive, cafe society lifestyle that six-figure salaried executive directors and certain Tory councillors may enjoy in this neighbourhood.
“Any time you can spare will be appreciated. Litter pickers and other equipment will be provided on the day. For more information about what to expect on the day contact …
“If you cannot make it to either of these dates, you can still get involved in the campaign…” Well, that will come as a blessed relief for those “unable” to assist on the specified dates, just in case someone is keeping a check on who turns out to help. And, importantly, which council staff members don’t.
“Take pride and take part!” the cheery memo from the council’s leadership proclaims. Inside Croydon fully expects to see council CEO Nathan Elvery out in his hi-viz waistcoat, doing his “bit” for the benefit of the Sadvertiser’s photographer next Monday for this very important
photo-op… sorry, morale-boosting exercise.
After all, for those council staff taking part, there’s a free “Don’t Mess with Croydon: Take Pride” T-shirt or canvas bag on offer.
- Meanwhile, Veolia, the council contractors who are paid to keep the borough’s streets clean, continue to fail to deliver on their promises: an undertaking to equip all Veolia vehicles in Croydon with the means of reporting when they have cleared a fly-tip, to provide feedback to residents, has still not been implemented.
- And the MyCroydon App, among its many other short-comings as highlighted by senior Labour councillors, still has an important omission among the categories which allow residents to report a problem with the street scene: users have no option to record Veolia’s failure to conduct their scheduled fortnightly bin collections or recycling collection.
- Labour’s get-tough policy with tippers looks a bit of a mess
- Actions will speak louder than words in Wild West Croydon
Coming to Croydon
- East Croydon community meeting, Oct 7
- The Goon Show, Spread Eagle Theatre, Oct 8-11
- David Lean Cinema: Boyhood, Oct 9
- Upper Norwood Library meeting, Oct 13
- David Lean Cinema: Grand Central, Oct 14
- Norwood Society Talk: From Fire Station to Theatre, Oct 16
- David Lean Cinema: Finding Vivian Maier, Oct 16
- Cinema Ruskin film show, Oct 18
- South Croydon business breakfast, Oct 18
- Purley War Memorial Hospital health fair, Oct 18
- David Lean Cinema: Mood Indigo, Oct 23
- This Was The World and I Was King, Spread Eagle, Oct 23-25
- Upper Norwood Library Book Club, 2.30pm, Oct 25
- David Lean Cinema: Ilo Ilo, Oct 28
- CODA’s Wind In The Willows, Charles Cryer, Carshalton, Oct 29-Nov 1
- David Lean Cinema: Belle, Oct 30
- NHS free health fair, Central Parade, New Addington, Oct 31
- St Giles School opening morning, Nov 5
- Albert Einstein – Relativity Speaking, Spread Eagle, Nov 12-15
- South Croydon business breakfast, Nov 15
- Norwood Society Talk: Lambeth’s Archives, Nov 20
- Choose Your Own Documentary, Spread Eagle Theatre, Nov 21-22
- The Last Sense of Sudden, Spread Eagle Theatre, Nov 27-29
- Ghost Stories for Christmas, Spread Eagle Theatre, Dec 3
- Fog Horn Funnies, Spread Eagle Theatre, Dec 6
- South Croydon business breakfast, Dec 13
- South Croydon business breakfast, Jan 24
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