Category Archives: Greenwich Leisure

Angry complaints force U-turn over leisure centre charges

The council’s ‘Better’ leisure centres have been forced to abandon plans to charge the carers of disabled people for use of the facilities. But those on low incomes are still expected to pay £28.50 for a membership scheme they probably … Continue reading

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Posted in Croydon Council, Felicity Flynn, Fieldway, GLL - Better, Greenwich Leisure, Health, Leisure services, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Purley, Purley Pool, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Sport, Swimming, Thornton Heath, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Parks football teams in line for £5m Premier League boost

Billionaire clubs like Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal could soon be contributing towards improved facilities for park football in Croydon. Croydon has made a successful preliminary bid to Sport England and the Football Association for schemes at Ashburton Park and … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Football, Greenwich Leisure, Leisure services, Purley Way, Sport, Timothy Godfrey | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

GLL lined up for libraries, as well as leisure and pools

GENE BRODIE, our bookish gyms correspondent, on an added twist to the tale of a 20-year leisure centre management contract GLL – Greenwich Leisure Ltd – could be lined up to take over the operation of Croydon’s library service. GLL … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Carillion, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Fusion, Greenwich Leisure, John Laing Integrated Services, Leisure services, Libraries, New Addington, Purley, Purley Pool, South Norwood, Sport, Thornton Heath, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Upper Norwood libraries campaigner Robert Gibson was expelled by Labour Party just days before going missing

The purge of members by the right wing of the Labour Party across south London may have had a human cost, after it was revealed that Robert Gibson, the Upper Norwood library campaigner, received a letter notifying him that he … Continue reading

Posted in Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Community Association, Greenwich Leisure, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Tessa Jowell, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Mass protest planned over Upper Norwood Library cuts

Library campaigners are planning a demonstration at Upper Norwood Library next Saturday, April 30, to protest against the withdrawal of professional staff and turning the century-old amenity into a “self-service” facility. Upper Norwood, which is operated jointly by Croydon and … Continue reading

Posted in Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Greenwich Leisure, Libraries, Timothy Godfrey, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Borough archives come under threat from library closures

Part of Croydon’s borough archive has come under threat as a consequence of neighbouring Lambeth’s policy of forcibly turning some of its public libraries into bookish gyms. The Carnegie Library in Herne Hill was in the headlines last week over … Continue reading

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Protestors occupy under-threat library to halt council’s closure

The people are taking over. It is a gathering story from deepest south London of a popular uprising, of the sort that you might expect from oppressed locals against a tyrannical Conservative local authority. But the occupation of the Carnegie … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Greenwich Leisure, Lambeth Council, Libraries | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Croydon looks for volunteer-run libraries and ‘bookish gyms’

GENE BRODIE on the announcement of a council consultation which puts the future of the borough’s libraries in doubt yet again A fortnight ago, Inside Croydon reported the startling news that some of Croydon’s Labour councillors are prepared to abandon … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Carillion, Croydon Council, Education, Greenwich Leisure, Libraries, Norbury, Sanderstead, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Job losses and volunteer libraries leaves us feeling let down

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Public library provision is a statutory requirement for local authorities such as Croydon. But they also represent a soft target when councils want to make cuts. ROBERT GIBSON says that the funding announcement for Crystal Palace’s library is … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Greenwich Leisure, John Wentworth, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Pat Ryan, Steve Reed MP, Timothy Godfrey, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Newman and Labour cabinet contemplate library closures

GENE BRODIE, our education, libraries and bookish gyms correspondent, reports on private meetings held by the council leadership to consider breaking an election pledge to Croydon’s voters Croydon’s ruling Labour group is split over whether to break its manifesto commitment … Continue reading

Posted in Carillion, Croydon Council, Education, Greenwich Leisure, Hamida Ali, Libraries, Norbury, Paul Scott, Sanderstead, Sean Fitzsimons, Thornton Heath, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Library campaigners take Lambeth to court over bookish gyms

Lambeth Council, which last month lost a case in the High Court over its handling of a public con-consultation on housing, is to face another Judicial Review, this time over its “omnishambles” handling of its libraries con-consultation which has threatened … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Education, Greenwich Leisure, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lambeth axes 50% of public libraries in ‘deeply cynical’ move

Lambeth Council has announced that it is to close five of the borough’s 10 public libraries as a consequence of the cuts in grants from central government. The Labour council’s proposals have been criticised as a “postcode lottery” for the … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Education, Greenwich Leisure, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Outside Croydon, Property, Steve Reed MP, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

£30m library deal referred for scrutiny – by report’s author

It was past 9pm last night, Bank Holiday Monday, when the official Croydon Council Twitter feed spluttered into life (double time for someone in the press office, perhaps?), offering a link to some new content on the official council website. … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Greenwich Leisure, Jason Cummings, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Michael Neal, Steve Hollands, Terry Lenton, Tim Pollard, URV, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pollard hands £30m library deal on a plate to builders Laings

Croydon’s secretive council is at it again, this time sneaking out a report just before the Bank Holiday weekend that announces that Tim Pollard, the deputy leader of the Conservative-run council, has decided that he will award an eight-year contract … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Greenwich Leisure, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, New Addington, Property, Tim Pollard, URV | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Redundancies and four-day opening at Upper Norwood library

So much for Croydon Council’s promises of no library closures. The Conservative-controlled council which has already axed the mobile library service and has decided to close New Addington’s purpose-built library  to replace it with a few book shelves in the … Continue reading

Posted in Greenwich Leisure, John Laing Integrated Services, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Sara Bashford, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Council accused of being “out of control” over libraries

Croydon’s Conservative-run council was tonight accused of being “out of control” and mis-spending Council Tax money in an “obscene way”. Timothy Godfrey, the opposition Labour spokesman on libraries, took the opportunity of an emergency meeting at the Town Hall to … Continue reading

Posted in Coulsdon, Greenwich Leisure, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Questions Pollard must answer over libraries shambles

Tim “Yes but No but Yes” Pollard ought to come under intense pressure at an emergency meeting at Croydon Town Hall tonight over his handling of the tendering process for the outsourcing of the management of the borough’s libraries if … Continue reading

Posted in Greenwich Leisure, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Sara Bashford, Tim Pollard, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Emergency meeting called on sell-off of public libraries

There will be an emergency meeting of Croydon Council on Monday evening, when Tim Pollard will be called to account for the shambolic handling of the Conservative-led administration’s attempts to sell-off the borough’s libraries. The opposition Labour group has called … Continue reading

Posted in Greenwich Leisure, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Property, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, URV, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

National Libraries Day: a pledge for Croydon

TIMOTHY GODFREY restates a commitment to hand the running of the borough’s libraries back to the communities Today is National Libraries Day. Croydon should be celebrating a renaissance in our libraries. Two years ago, the communities of Croydon defeated the … Continue reading

Posted in Greenwich Leisure, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Timothy Godfrey | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

“Never knowingly understood”? Realities of a co-op council

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Last Wednesday, while Croydon Council was handing over its libraries to Laings, up the A23 at Brixton Town Hall, Lambeth Council was making an equally significant decision. SEAN CREIGHTON looks at the work done over the borough boundary … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Boris Johnson, Charity, Church and religions, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Greenwich Leisure, Housing, John Laing Integrated Services, Lambeth Council, Libraries, London-wide issues, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Secrets and libraries: Croydon adds to shabby reputation

And so a decision to spend £30 million of public money was taken at Croydon Town Hall last night by the Conservatives who control the council. But because of council leader Mike Fisher’s group’s aversion to openness and transparency, the … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Greenwich Leisure, John Laing Integrated Services, Jon Rouse, Libraries, Mike Fisher, Property, Tim Pollard, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Croydon awards £30m library deal to most expensive bidder

Croydon’s Conservative-run council will announce next week that it has decided to award an eight year contract, estimated to be worth £30 million, to run the borough’s libraries to the company which finished bottom in a competitive tendering process. It … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Education, Greenwich Leisure, John Laing Integrated Services, Jon Rouse, Libraries, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Labour will cancel library privatisation contract, Godfrey says

Whichever organisation is recommended for a public-funded eight-year contract to run the Croydon’s public libraries – an announcement is expected soon – will also have to consider the possibility that they will have the deal cancelled after barely a year. … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Education, Greenwich Leisure, Libraries, Property, Sara Bashford, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, URV, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Flip flop? Croydon’s library privatisation flipped into a flop

Did we say flip flop? The news of the awarding of the library management contract to swimming pool managers GLL which we related earlier this week has taken a further twist today, with the 14-month-long procurement process which has cost … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Education, Greenwich Leisure, Libraries, Sara Bashford, Tim Pollard, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Library cards and flip flops: GLL is handed £8.8m deal

It is being reported by a library campaign website that an organisation best known for managing leisure centres and swimming pools is about to be handed an eight-year contract worth millions of pounds to operate … Croydon’s public libraries. For … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Education, Greenwich Leisure, Libraries, New Addington, Property, Sara Bashford | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment