Category Archives: Queens Gardens

Chancellor is taking an axe to councils’ magic money tree

Croydon Council has more than £1bn of borrowings – half of which has gone on Brick by Brick and the purchase of some commercial properties. Proposals contained in the Budget this week could put an end to that, as KEN … 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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Extra CCTV camera for Queen’s Gardens over safety concerns

Queen’s Gardens, the much-reduced open space in the town centre, soon to be made into a quasi-private park for the residents of a tower block, is to get an extra security camera to, in the words of the council, “help … Continue reading

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Council contempt for public in Orwellian Town Hall meeting

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE watched the latest travesty of a council meeting, so you wouldn’t have to Will they never learn? Monday night saw the Town Hall chamber holding the last full meeting of the council before the local elections … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Chris Wright, Community associations, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Donald Speakman, Dudley Mead, Housing, Jo Negrini, Paul Scott, Planning, Purley, Queens Gardens, Shirley, South Norwood, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Brick by Brick ignore public again over Coombe Road scheme

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Today is your last chance to lodge comments – supportive or objecting – to the planning application from the council’s Brick by Brick house-builder to squeeze eight one-bed flats and a three-bedroomed house on a corner of open … Continue reading

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Queen’s Gardens workshop and design sessions, Mar 24-Jul 14

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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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Butler in U-turn over parks protection: ‘Nothing to see here’

Alison Butler, the Croydon Council cabinet member responsible for planning, has made a U-turn over the future planning status of the borough’s parks. On Saturday, Inside Croydon reported how the government planning inspector had rejected Croydon Council’s efforts to apply … Continue reading

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Origami to unfold a dance festival in Queen’s Gardens

This Saturday will see two free dance performances in Croydon town centre. Dance Umbrella, the annual London-wide contemporary dance festival, is coming to Queen’s Gardens to present a work called Origami which, according to a council-issued press release, is “a … Continue reading

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Residents have 48 hours to save 70 parks and open spaces

The people of Croydon have 48 hours left to try to save more than 70 of the borough’s parks and open spaces from being put at serious risk of being handed over to developers to be built on. Alison Butler, … Continue reading

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Croydon Health Walks anniversary strolls, Sep 30

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Croydon Pridefest 2017, Queen’s Gardens, Jul 15

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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

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Chinese developers buy Nestlé Tower in £60m property deal

Nestlé Tower, SEGAS House and St George’s Walk in Croydon town centre have been sold to a Chinese development company in a £60million deal. Property Week is reporting that R&F Properties has made the move, its first venture into European … Continue reading

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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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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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£160m schools plan to be badgered over surplus places

In the thrall of property developers as usual, Croydon Council officials want to spend many millions of public money on building schools where there are not enough pupils. Education correspondent GENE BRODIE reports Croydon Council’s school-building strategy will come in … 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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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

Posted in Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Fairfield, Jo Negrini, Planning, Queens Gardens, Taberner House | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Croydon parks, Environment, Jo Negrini, Paul Scott, Planning, Queens Gardens, Taberner House, Tracey Hague, Transition Town | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments