Tag Archives: idVerde

Council dumps disastrous idVerde outsourced parks contract

This was not what was meant when ‘taking back control’ was coined as a slogan, but this week in Croydon, our council has moved in to relieve a French firm of its responsibilities in our parks, as KEN LEE reports … Continue reading

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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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Calls for council to halt use of weedkiller linked to cancer

Weedkillers including glyphosate, which has been linked to causing cancer in humans, continue to be used by Croydon Council, whose contractors even spray the substance around public parks and children’s playgrounds. Now Friends of the Earth is calling on the … Continue reading

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A six-point plan to enhance our precious, under-threat parks

Conservationist PETER UNDERWOOD says that we need to support a Parks Charter to help guarantee the future of local open spaces I love spending time in nature, and we are blessed with a large number and variety of parks and … Continue reading

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Consultants’ parks plan to ‘manage them at less or no cost’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The borough’s parks will soon only receive funding if they manage to make money, through running private events and clubs. PERCY (not their real name*), someone with close links to the council’s parks department, offers this insider’s point … Continue reading

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Parks contractor accused of paying less than the Living Wage

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a gathering crisis over the maintenance of the borough’s parks Some staff working for one of Croydon’s biggest external contractors are being paid less than the London Living Wage, according to an internal council Labour group … Continue reading

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