Category Archives: Greenwich Leisure

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

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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

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£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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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