Category Archives: Street lighting

TUC calls for ‘Domesday Book’ to register outsourced deals

One year on from the collapse of outsourcing giant Carillion, and the TUC is calling for greater transparency in the way private firms are able to profit from and operate public services. The Carillion collapse had some knock-on effects in … Continue reading

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Watson’s shambolic meeting leaves Surrey Street in the dark

£10,000 That’s how much Mark Watson, the councillor in charge of the gentrification project around Surrey Street, reckons it has cost to install the first piece of “street art” on the footbridge that crosses the old street market. And this … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Business, Connected Croydon, Croydon Council, Environment, Fairfield, Jo Negrini, Mark Watson, Planning, Rise Gallery, Street lighting, Surrey Street, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Let there be light: Skanska finish the job, only four months late

Under the council’s newly embossed letter-headings of “Delivering for Croydon”, this probably counts as a Pyrrhic victory: Skanska has finally finished installing street lights across the borough – only four months behind schedule. Given that, as recently as May 2014 … Continue reading

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Streets are so dark that even a councillor avoids them at night

Some of the borough’s residential streets are so poorly lit after contractors Skanska have “designed” and installed its “modern” street lamps, that one elected councillor has complained that she no longer feels safe to walk alone along some of the … Continue reading

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Skanska create an unholy mess and leave Minster in the dark

The council’s lighting contractors are conducting a “consultation” of some residents in Croydon to discover how well the company is performing. Since they are carrying out the consultation themselves, no one expects the resultant report to be anything but glowing … Continue reading

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Let Skanska know if you take a dim view of their street lighting

With the nights closing in, the council’s lighting contractors Skanska are seeking the feedback of residents. Maybe the people paying for the street lamps can cast some light on why it all seems to be taking so long. Skanska probably … Continue reading

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More questions over £500,000 bid to gentrify Surrey Street

Some traders and residents based in or around Surrey Street are beginning to question whether Croydon Council is steamrollering them into a future for the 700-year-old market which few, if any, of them want or are happy with. Mark Watson, … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Business, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Fly tipping, Mark Watson, Music, Refuse collection, Street lighting, Surrey Street | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Report prompts Skanska to promise to shift Purley lamp post

Where Croydon Council, and its councillors, fail to get results, it seems Inside Croydon helps to deliver required outcomes for residents. The latest example is with the lamp post on Brancaster Lane in Purley, which contractors Skanska managed to plonk … Continue reading

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Skanska’s ‘lightbulb moment’ over Purley street lights

There have been plentiful and regular complaints about the quality of workmanship and service from some of the council’s out-sourced contractors, whether it be the shabby My Croydon App mishap, the trail of rubbish left after the bin men have … Continue reading

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Labour council spends £148,000 for one night of cycle racing

Austerity? Government grant cuts? Front-line council jobs under threat? On yer bike! Here in Croydon, under our flip-flopping Labour-lite council, we are spending nearly £150,000 of public cash for a couple of hours of sport next month. Croydon town centre … Continue reading

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Residents’ associations mobilise to get better say with council

The peasants are revolting. They may not just yet quite be at the point of storming Fisher’s Folly with lighted torches and armed with pitchforks, but dissatisfaction with the way Croydon Council is run and the manner in which public … Continue reading

Posted in Addington Residents' Association, Addiscombe Residents Association, Addiscombe West, Community associations, Connected Croydon, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Coulsdon West Residents' Association, Croydon Council, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, ECCO, Fairness Commission, Lansdowne Road RA, Lebanon Road Residents' Association, Nathan Elvery, Norbury Green Residents' Association, Norbury Village Residents' Association, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association, Parking, Planning, Pollards Hill Residents' Association, Refuse collection, Scots Estate Residents' Association, South Croydon Community Association, Spring Park Residents' Association, Street lighting | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

In £100m black hole, Labour’s opted not to dig their way out

WALTER CRONXITE reports on Croydon Labour’s first council Budget for eight years, and finds them deferring much of the pain of dealing with the Town Hall’s “financial black hole” Croydon’s Labour council yesterday revealed its 2015-2016 Budget, which falls well … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Council Tax, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell, Leisure services, Libraries, Nathan Elvery, Refuse collection, Sarah Jones MP, Simon Hall, Street lighting, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Parade-ground generals fail to lead on council’s Front Line

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The lack of true, front-line service experience among some of our council’s executive officials creates fundamental problems in the management culture at the Town Hall, writes ROD DAVIES  If we are to change the nature of the council, then … Continue reading

Posted in Capita, Community associations, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Nathan Elvery, Refuse collection, Street lighting | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Shedding light on council multi-million contracts overdue

This website has, more than once, made the point that public services when outsourced to private companies rarely deliver equivalent service for the public, but they almost always ensure rich pickings for private profit. The shambolic hand-over of Croydon Council’s … Continue reading

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Budget-busting 25 quid bribe ignores Croydon’s £1bn debt

Have you received your Council Tax bill this week? Wonder how Croydon Council can afford to pay out £25 to residents? With the Town Hall having accumulated £1 billion debt in the last eight years, SIMON HALL, pictured, says that, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Fieldway, Fly tipping, Housing, Mike Fisher, Refuse collection, Simon Hall, Steve O'Connell, Street lighting, URV, Youth Services | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Tories snub report on Croydon’s rubbish reputation

Croydon Council should dump its £10 charge to residents for removing bulky items of waste; there’s a need to return to weekly bin collections; it should ensure regular jet-washing of the streets; and more enforcement action against fly tippers is … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Environment, Fly tipping, Mike Fisher, Phil Thomas, Refuse collection, Steve Reed MP, Street lighting | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Lights go out again in Addiscombe but Skanska are in no rush

Residents in and around Addiscombe have been left in the dark again this week, less than two months after filing formal complaints to Croydon Council over the service – or lack of it – from contractors Skanska when several roads … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe Residents Association, Addiscombe West, Bensham Manor, Croydon Council, Environment, Fairfield, Lebanon Road Residents' Association, Phil Thomas, Selhurst, Skanska, Street lighting, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments