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Meeting to safeguard Upper Norwood Library, Oct 13

With local authorities, including Lambeth and Croydon councils, having to make further cuts in public spending – by as much as 25 per cent – here ROBERT GIBSON calls for more public help to keep Upper Norwood Library operating We … Continue reading

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Upper Norwood book club sets off down the Red Dust Road

The Upper Norwood Library has chosen Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay for its Book Club tomorrow, September 27. The library’s book club meets for an hour from 2.30pm one Saturday a month to dissect and debate a book over … Continue reading

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Cry God for Harry, England and the Upper Norwood Library

The Upper Norwood Library Campaign chose St George’s Day to rally all its supporters to start to lobby candidates of all the parties in next month’s local elections to fight for increased funding for the library. “The Library is at … Continue reading

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Developer’s donation welcomed by Upper Norwood Library

The Upper Norwood Library Trust has received £1,000 from Neville De Souza, the director of Crystal Palace-based developer Lightbox. The money was donated from the commission on art works sold at Lightbox’s elegant redevelopment of the Thicket pub on Anerley … Continue reading

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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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Public rejects any moves to undermine Upper Norwood library

89% That is the massive majority surveyed who object to any suggestion that Croydon Council could abandon the 112-year-old joint agreement for funding and management of the Upper Norwood Joint Library. Even with a council consultation which was accused of … Continue reading

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American firm limps away from race to run Croydon’s libraries

LSSI, the American library services company which seemed set to get a juicy public money contract to run the libraries in Croydon and Wandsworth, has pulled out of the procurement process, Inside Croydon can reveal. LSSI is the second specialist … Continue reading

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Civica pulls out of libraries bid because of risk to its “brand”

And then there were four. Civica, one of the five companies bidding for the Croydon and Wandsworth privatised libraries contract, has pulled out of the process citing “potential risk to the Civica brand of taking on a contract which is … Continue reading

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Croydon’s under-threat libraries: a timeline of council deceit?

An interesting development was finally spotted on Friday on Croydon Council’s “revamped” website. It is almost a month since Sara “Book Token” Bashford, the destroyer of anything cultural in Croydon, announced to a council meeting that rather than demonstrate “openness … Continue reading

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Secret meetings and council silence on library sell-off

Bookish GENE BRODIE looks at recent developments over Croydon’s library service, and finds that some things said by Mike Fisher and Sara Bashford just don’t stack up Today is June 26. Croydon Council has yet to announce formally any details … Continue reading

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Croydon hires supersnoops in Council Tax clampdown

Croydon Council is moving to boost its Council Tax take by clamping down on the number of people who receive the single person discount, or SPD. Council Tax assumes that there are at least two people living in any property. … Continue reading

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How Croydon Council tries to hide a consultation (Part 94)

Today is D-Day as far as the future of Croydon’s libraries is concerned, with a public meeting at the Town Hall from 6.30pm. It represents the latest example of how a “consultation” works in dystopian Croydon in 2011.

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