Category Archives: Taberner House

Eyewitness: I saw man climbing the crane. I was scared for him

An eyewitness has told Inside Croydon of the terrifying incident when they saw a man climbing a construction crane hundreds of feet above the ground on a building site in the centre of Croydon. The man eventually came down from … Continue reading

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CCTV installed in Queen’s Gardens before Fairfield re-opening

Complaints of anti-social behaviour, drinking and drug-use in the open space between the Town Hall and Fairfield Halls has led to it being declared a crime hot-spot by the council, as KEN LEE reports Queen’s Gardens has been declared a … Continue reading

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Taberner House developers still don’t have building start date

BARRATT HOLMES on another prestigious scheme in the town centre which seems to have come to a grinding halt Five years since Taberner House was demolished and almost a year since planning permission was granted for the site – including … Continue reading

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Cost of New Addington Leisure Centre hiked by £8m in a year

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a worrying 50 per cent inflation rate on one key council building project The cost of building the new swimming pool and leisure centre in New Addington has gone up by £8million in less than 12 … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick’s profitable Blairite response to Right to Buy

The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire has, rightly, focused attention on safety around the nation’s low-cost housing. But underlining the lack of attention given to the conditions of such homes and the ongoing under-investment in council housing has been … Continue reading

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Saffron Central wants to go out with one last burst of colour

Croydon’s town centre saffron farm is again appealing for donations and volunteers for one last summer spree of colour before the builders move in on Queen’s Gardens and the site of the former council offices. This year’s theme is to … Continue reading

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Council gags architecture experts on costly Place Review Panel

Croydon’s Place Review Panel has been gagged, just three months since the building design body was set up, at potentially considerable public expense. Once a month, six members of the panel of high-profile architects and designers, who include the celebrity … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Centrale, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Jo Negrini, One Lansdowne Road, Paul Scott, Place Review Panel, Planning, Property, Queens Gardens, Taberner House, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

This is what £12,500 of council money pays towards at MIPIM

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, went undercover last week, and disguised as Charles Aznavour he sneaked into the London Pavilion at the MIPIM property conference in Cannes to find out what was being said, apparently on behalf of the people … Continue reading

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Council set to wave through £800,000 flats built on public park

The full horror of the over-tall overdevelopment of tower blocks on the site of Taberner House is beginning to be revealed, as documents with some design drawings have been published and the planning process has been opened up for public … Continue reading

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Negrini heads council team to MIPIM’s ‘booze and hooker fest’

The PR flunkies putting together Croydon Council’s delegation to next month’s “booze and hooker fest” in the South of France are refusing to say who is paying for the junket. WALTER CRONXITE reports Croydon will be one of 16 London … Continue reading

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Council-backed £800,000 flats cast a shadow over public park

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Amid the ludicrous claims that £800,000 yuppie apartments to be built on the site of former council offices at Taberner House are in any way “affordable”, LEWIS WHITE attended last week’s consultation session which also confirmed that developers … Continue reading

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£800,000: that’s an ‘affordable’ flat according to developer

One of the great mysteries of London life in the 21st century – exactly how much does an “affordable” home cost? – may have finally been solved. Because, according to the managing director of the company to which Croydon Council … Continue reading

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Developers to reveal plans to ‘improve’ Queen’s Gardens

Sshhh! Don’t tell everyone, but there’s another poorly publicised meeting later this month where developers are going to tell Croydon residents just what’s good for them, and how they plan to annex the only public open space in the town … Continue reading

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‘We want to review £1.4bn Westfield plans’ says panel co-chair

STEVEN DOWNES reports on how a panel of design, engineering and architecture experts assembled by the council might yet be denied the chance to review the biggest regeneration scheme in Croydon for generations One of the co-chairs of the Croydon … Continue reading

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New plan for Queen’s Gardens takes away public open space

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Having searched high and low through the council’s website to find the latest raft of proposals for Queen’s Gardens as part of the build on the Taberner House site, VALERIE HUNTER is dismayed by what she has seen … Continue reading

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Fears for Queen’s Gardens in multi-million-pound land-grab

The latest proposals for Queen’s Gardens, the only open space in central Croydon, have left residents underwhelmed, with some seeing the small public park being rendered into little more than an annex of the £120 million private housing development proposed … Continue reading

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Re-flowering of Saffron Farm means volunteers needed again

Another year with the Taberner House site undeveloped for new homes means another autumn harvest at what calls itself “the world’s largest urban pop-up saffron farm”*. Flowers have begun to appear from around 17,000 Crocus Sativus corms potted out on … Continue reading

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Council finance chief Simpson’s promotion is confirmed

Richard Simpson, formerly the council’s finance director, has been promoted to the role of executive director of resources, it was confirmed today. Simpson’s move into one of the six-figure salary roles at Fisher’s Folly is part of the on-going reshuffle … Continue reading

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Council sells Taberner site in secretive multi-million pound deal

Croydon Council has agreed to sell the Taberner House site. The deal has been done within the first month of Jo Negrini being installed as the council’s chief executive, but neither she nor Tony Newman, the leader of the Labour-run … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, RIF, Simon Hall, Taberner House, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Council drops own housing company for new Taberner scheme

In central Croydon, where some think it is “easy” to build houses, it’s back to square one for the building of homes on the site of Taberner House, the council’s former office block. Work on the £150 million project is … Continue reading

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Council backing for tour launch that calls Croydon a ‘crap town’

Croydon Council Tax-payers have spent at least £3 million over the past five years for an official press office which as well as churning out the latest news from the council, also has the responsibility for “moulding” and improving the … Continue reading

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Brexit means ‘business as usual’. Which may be not so good

Could Croydon Council be getting the jitters over the post-referendum prospects for the town centre’s redevelopment? WALTER CRONXITE looks at a cabinet report which tries to look on the bright side, but cannot disguise the uncertainties Croydon faces “significant challenges … Continue reading

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Croydon, June 2016: ‘Farage Lies’ and the signs of our times

We live in interesting times. One week on from what someone like Roosevelt might have described as “the Referendum that will go down in infamy”, and the graffiti artists who have been daubing the hoarding around what was once Taberner … Continue reading

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Pop-up farm asks volunteers to make a bee-line with donations

The pop-up farm on the site of what was once Taberner House is appealing for more public donations, ahead of a visit by competition judges from the Royal Horticultural Society. With plans to build housing alongside Queen’s Gardens delayed last … Continue reading

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Taberner House build delay sees site revert to Plan Bees

With no building work planned for the town centre site at least until the autumn, a key plot opposite the Town Hall has turned to Plan Bees. From saffron farm to bee haven, the Taberner House site is undergoing transformation … Continue reading

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