Tag Archives: Timothy Godfrey

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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Now Fairfield operators want to re-name the Ashcroft Theatre

Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, on the latest piece of meddling going on around the much-delayed arts venue’s refurbishment Neil Chandler, the former cruise ship entertainments officer who has been placed in charge of the Fairfield Halls’ artistic programme has … Continue reading

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Long-delayed masterplans for borough’s parks get parked

KEN LEE, our green spaces correspondent, on an expensive waste of time After a consultation process that has taken almost two years and cost Council Tax-payers approaching £100,000 in fees to consultants to produce hundreds of pages of (virtual) glossy … Continue reading

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Carillion collapse has libraries and hospitals counting the cost

Croydon’s libraries have survived their brush with Carillion, although they had to endure a couple of days of IT outages and other issues as council staff worked and negotiated behind the scenes to replace services which had gone unpaid by … Continue reading

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Council takes back public libraries as Carillion collapses

GENE BRODIE, our bookish gyms correspondent, on Croydon’s prompt response to the collapse of outsourcing giant Carillion Croydon Council moved quickly this morning to take back control of the borough’s libraries from contractor Carillion. Carillion went into liquidation this morning, … Continue reading

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Parks football teams in line for £5m Premier League boost

Billionaire clubs like Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal could soon be contributing towards improved facilities for park football in Croydon. Croydon has made a successful preliminary bid to Sport England and the Football Association for schemes at Ashburton Park and … Continue reading

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Thornton Heath gets switched on to festival of light

Thornton Heath will stage part of the London-wide Lumiere Festival next month. Trumble Gardens on Brigstock Road will be transformed into an illuminated wonderland on Saturday January 27, with pieces on display that will previously have been a part of … Continue reading

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Future of South Norwood Library site ‘not yet decided’

Council plans to re-site the public library in South Norwood, announced on Thursday, have already been generally well-received by residents on social media. Not that the public has yet been told all the plans, though, because the council hasn’t quite … Continue reading

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Now Carillion remove home library service from the disabled

GENE BRODIE, our libraries correspondent, on the latest shocker from a construction company which is running down our public libraries Carillion, the building company which runs Croydon’s public libraries, has been accused of “blatant discrimination” against the disabled over plans … Continue reading

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Cash-strapped Carillion can’t pay their library paper bills

Carillion, the building company which somehow landed the contract to run Croydon’s public libraries, is so strapped for cash that they have unpaid bills from their suppliers for use of photo-copiers and paper. The value of the company’s shares plunged … Continue reading

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Councillor keen to kick Carillion out of borough’s libraries

Timothy Godfrey may have announced that he is to stand down as a councillor next May, but Labour’s cabinet member for arts and culture continues to rail against the frequent poor service provided by contractors responsible for the borough’s parks, … Continue reading

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Godfrey becomes third senior Labour councillor to quit

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest senior council figure to announce that they won’t be seeking selection for May’s local elections Timothy Godfrey last night became the third Croydon Council cabinet member or deputy to announce that they are to … Continue reading

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Public start the fightback over standards at Fusion centres

The cup of cheer is hardly overflowing for leisure centre users around the borough. Indeed, many don’t have even a paper cup, as KEN LEE reports The borough’s swimming pools and leisure centres are coming in for ever closer scrutiny … Continue reading

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Chandler lands ‘best job in town’ as Fairfield Halls director

Neil Chandler, a former operations manager at Fairfield Halls, has been appointed venue director for the borough’s cultural hub, which is due to re-open in 12 months’ time following a council-funded £30million refurbishment. The appointment was announced this week by … Continue reading

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Council on standby to take back control of public libraries

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on how a corporate crisis at construction company Carillion could provide the chance to end a long-loathed outsourcing deal Croydon Council is readying itself to take back the running of the borough’s public libraries, … Continue reading

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Council kills off Percy the park keeper and abandons 120 parks

CHRIS PECKHAM, our environment correspondent, on the latest shocking admission of failure at Croydon Town Hall Croydon Council is about to shut-up the park keeper’s hut in more than 120 of the borough’s open spaces, as it seems primed to … Continue reading

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Norbury BMX track survives bumpy ride to cross finish line

Croydon’s BMX track is to open this weekend. The ribbon-cutting hoopla will take place in Norbury Park from 10am on Saturday, offering what the council calls “an all-abilities, all-ages ‘rock-up-and-ride’ session”. There will be equipment available to borrow, and coaches … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Love Norbury, Norbury, Norbury Avenue and Thornton Heath Residents' Association, Norbury Green Residents' Association, Norbury Village Residents' Association, Timothy Godfrey | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Read all about it: animals at centre of summer library challenge

Croydon libraries’ summer reading challenge starts tomorrow. Running until September 16, the scheme challenges children aged from four to 11 to finish six books in a little more than two months. Children can sign up at their local library and … Continue reading

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Council is splashing the cash for another swimming summer

Croydon’s Labour council has splashed the cash again, to give the borough’s under-16-year-olds free swimming sessions over the summer holidays. The free offer runs from Monday July 26 to Tuesday September 4. “This is the fourth summer in a row … Continue reading

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Upper Norwood Library re-opens with funding unannounced

GENE BRODIE, our libraries correspondent, reports on the delayed re-opening of the Uppper Norwood Library, as doubts remain on the 116-year-old community asset’s funding arrangements from Lambeth and Croydon councils Upper Norwood Library – or the “Hub on the Hill” … Continue reading

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‘Residents will be thrilled’ after Fairfield Halls’ £30m refit

A year since its closure, and there’s no perceptible signs outside the Fairfield Halls of much in the way of progress in its £30million redevelopment project. But Timothy Godfrey, the council’s cabinet member for arts and culture, says that, with … Continue reading

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Council offers £4,000 grants to ‘liven up’ Croydon’s parks

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£180m Fairfield operator contract is called-in for scrutiny

Fifteen Conservative councillors signed official forms to call-in the decision to award the operator contract for the Fairfield Halls, a move which some fear might delay the appointment process, and others have described as petty political point-scoring. The matter will … Continue reading

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Croydon Tories are playing with Fairfield Halls’ future

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Although they already know the identity of the winning bidder to run the Fairfield Halls following a council-run competitive tendering process, Croydon Conservatives yesterday moved to call-in the decision to the scrutiny committee, potentially delaying the appointment. TIMOTHY … Continue reading

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Old Ashburton library to be handed over to private companies

That “ambition” thing we were told so much about in 2013 and 2014, before the last Town Hall elections? It seems that if you want to turn it into the “delivery” thing, it can take a long time and a … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Ashburton, Community associations, Croydon parks, Education, Friends of Ashburton Park, Timothy Godfrey | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments