Category Archives: Wandsworth Council

Creatura needs help from ‘Bust-up Boris’, as LibDems win seat

Two south London council by-elections in the past week suggest the LibDems might have a chance of breaking Croydon’s political duopoly, reports our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE Boris Johnson’s selection by the 0.15per cent of the population which comprises the … Continue reading

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Posted in Boris Johnson, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Mario Creatura, Merton, Old Coulsdon, Sarah Jones MP, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Security warning for demonstrations over European elections

WALTER CRONXITE on how Croydon and other London local authorities have been told to prepare for the worst: European elections in May Jo Negrini, Croydon’s barely competent £200,000 per year council chief executive, confirmed to Monday night’s full council meeting … Continue reading

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Croydon’s well-paid councillors pay their Council Tax on time

WALTER CRONXITE on a new report that shows that in neighbouring boroughs, some councillors have not been punctual in paying their Council Tax bills Yet further evidence has emerged that Croydon Council Tax-payers may be forking out far too much … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Bromley Council, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Lambeth Council, London-wide issues, Outside Croydon, Southwark Council, Surrey, Sutton Council, Tony Newman, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Edward Kieszkiewicz art exhibition: Jan 21-Feb 1

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Sutton Tories look north for infusion of fresh blue blood

The Conservative party in Sutton are clearly unconcerned that they are perceived to be a party of arrogant  posh boys who don’t know the price of a pint of milk (copyright 2012 N Dorries). They have selected the heir presumptive … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Outside Croydon, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Cashflow gets the Wandle rolling on a green way to the Thames

Croydon, Wandsworth, Sutton and Merton are to benefit from another £2 million grant for environmental work to further “de-urbanise” the River Wandle, one of the first industrialised and culverted of London’s Thames tributaries. In Croydon, that will help transform the … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Environment, Outside Croydon, Phil Thomas, Planning, South Croydon, Waddon, Walks, Wandsworth Council, Wildlife | 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

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

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

Tree recycling saves council thousands – but not in Croydon

Residents have saved more than £6,000 by taking part in this year’s Christmas tree recycling programme. Sadly for Croydon, these are Lambeth residents saving their council and their own money. In total, 85 tons of Christmas trees have been collected … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, Gardening, Lambeth Council, Outside Croydon, Sutton Council, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

UKIP joins forces with Labour for library judicial review

Croydon’s Conservative-run council is forcing through policies that are so unpopular that the local Labour group is joining forces with UKIP to oppose them. This unlikely political alliance has come about to seek a judicial review of Croydon Council’s decision … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Education, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Property, URV, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Croydon, Christmas 2012: poverty must be Reed’s priority

CROYDON COMMENTARY: For too many impoverished families, it promises to be a cruel Christmas this year. SEAN CREIGHTON highlights the social challenges that face the borough’s newest MP The statistic that 1 in 4 Croydon children are in the poverty … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Business, Charity, Croydon 8/8, Croydon North, Fieldway, Health, Housing, London-wide issues, New Addington, Norbury, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP, Thornton Heath, Waddon, Wandsworth Council, West Thornton, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 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

Wandsworth sets up private company to run Croydon libraries

Not for the first time, developments over the privatisation of Croydon’s public library service have been reported from Wandsworth Town Hall long before our public servants in Taberner House have got around to imparting any news to the council tax-payers … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Libraries, Outside Croydon, Property, Sara Bashford, Timothy Godfrey, URV, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments