Tag Archives: Queens Gardens

Eyewitness: I saw man climbing the crane. I was scared for him

An eyewitness has told Inside Croydon of the terrifying incident when they saw a man climbing a construction crane hundreds of feet above the ground on a building site in the centre of Croydon. The man eventually came down from … Continue reading

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Nightwatch charity appeal for volunteers in covid-19 crisis

Croydon Nightwatch, the borough’s longest-established homelessness charity, has put out an emergency appeal for extra volunteers during the coronavirus crisis, to help maintain their nightly soup kitchen in Queen’s Gardens and other services for the homeless and working poor. In … 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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Queen’s Gardens workshop and design sessions, Mar 24-Jul 14

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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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Need to keep Pride close to the beating heart of the town

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The borough’s Pride festival last weekend found a town centre location that worked well. CATHERINE SHELLEY congratulates the organisers and offers a couple of suggestions The buzz around Queen’s Gardens on Saturday suggested that people enjoyed the second … Continue reading

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Saffron Central wants to go out with one last burst of colour

Croydon’s town centre saffron farm is again appealing for donations and volunteers for one last summer spree of colour before the builders move in on Queen’s Gardens and the site of the former council offices. This year’s theme is to … Continue reading

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Croydon Pridefest 2017, Queen’s Gardens, Jul 15

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Pridefest returns in 2017 to celebrate 50 years of equality

Croydon will be staging its Pride parade and festival on July 15, with live music, dance, food and drink for all to enjoy in Queen’s Gardens. The festival which will also feature stalls and exhibits, will have cabaret and comedy … 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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£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

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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

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Re-flowering of Saffron Farm means volunteers needed again

Another year with the Taberner House site undeveloped for new homes means another autumn harvest at what calls itself “the world’s largest urban pop-up saffron farm”*. Flowers have begun to appear from around 17,000 Crocus Sativus corms potted out on … Continue reading

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Pop-up farm seeks new homes for 20,000 crocus corms

Ally McKinlay has got a few thousand crocus corms on his hands, and he needs your help to distribute them. Saffron Central was the pop-up spice farm set-up on the site of Taberner House, next to Queen’s Gardens in central … Continue reading

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Ambition Festival Family Zone, Queen’s Gardens, July 25-26

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Queen’s Gardens’ new stage becomes a fountain of complaint

Croydon Council has been accused of ham-fisted incompetence over its treatment of the fountain in Queen’s Gardens, which it has in-filled with rubble as it is being “converted” into a stage for performances through the summer, including next month’s “Ambition” … Continue reading

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Revised plan for Taberner site keeps 32-storey yuppie tower

As Inside Croydon first reported in July, Croydon Council has abandoned previous Tory plans to build on public open space in Queen’s Gardens, beside the Town Hall. That is a victory of sorts for those who objected to yet more … Continue reading

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Developers’ bulldozers ordered to get off Queen’s Gardens

Queen’s Gardens, the much-loved open space between the Fairfield Halls and the Town Hall, could yet be saved from going under developers’ bulldozers after John Laing, the council’s “partners” in an “urban regeneration” joint venture, have been ordered back to … Continue reading

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“Croydon’s complete disgrace”: time for clean-up to begin

There can be no misunderstanding of “the challenge” (that’s PRspeak for “work”, or “problem”) facing the incoming Labour council after they have done their funny handshakes and rolled up their trouser legs or whatever it is that they do at … 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

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Council leader lied about homeless ‘socialising’ at soup kitchen

Mike Fisher, the Tory leader of Croydon Council, misled a Town Hall meeting when he claimed to have received complaints from a council-funded service provider over the work of Nightwatch, the charity which provides a nightly soup kitchen for the … Continue reading

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