Tag Archives: John Laing

Croydon council offices cost more to build than The Shard

Fisher’s Folly, the glass palace that is our council’s headquarters which opened just over a year ago and which cost the borough’s Council Tax-payers’ £144 million, was more expensive to build than The Shard. That’s the conclusion reached by a … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Croydon Council, Housing, Jon Rouse, Leisure services, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Property, Taberner House, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Library deal questioned as council blacklists the blacklisters

Croydon Council is set to stop using building contractors that have blacklisted workers for their union affiliations, following Labour winning last week’s local elections, the trade magazine Building is reporting. The policy of the new council could also place Carillion, … Continue reading

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These councillors voted last night to build on a Croydon park: next month they will want you to trust them with your vote

When you last had a chance to vote for the local council four years ago, were you asked for your views on the council building on public open space so that the developers could make more than £100million in profit? … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Business, Chris Wright, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, David Osland, Environment, Fairfield, Heathfield, Helen Pollard, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Lynne Hale, Planning, Property, Richard Chatterjee, Sanderstead, Shirley, Sue Winborn, Taberner House, Tim Pollard, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Carillion cuts jobs just weeks after taking over libraries

Up to eight professionals working across Croydon’s network of 13 branch libraries face redundancy, just a few weeks after a firm of builders which had never pitched for the job took over the running of the borough’s libraries. Four of … Continue reading

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Davis House’s £5m losses and council’s secret £1m loan

Croydon Council last year was forced to make a near-£1 million loan to a private operating company which it owns jointly with John Laing, to avoid an office building used by its own staff being repossessed by the banks. In … Continue reading

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Council forced to report monthly on Laing library performance

It took a special meeting at the Town Hall last week to insist that the management of Croydon’s public libraries should be monitored monthly, rather than the annual reporting period proposed by the Conservative-run council as its privatises the service … Continue reading

Posted in Council Tax, Croydon Council, Education, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Steve O'Connell | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Commissioner criticises Croydon over £450m URV secrecy

Croydon Council has been acting “against the public interest” over the suppression of information on its the £450 million Urban Regeneration Vehicle (URV), according to a ruling handed down by the government-appointed Information Commissioner. The council has denied sight of … Continue reading

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