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Croydon doesn’t count when it comes to its rubbish reports

We here at Inside Croydon Towers have become great fans of nearby neighbours Wandsworth’s “open council” webpage, which records the Conservative-run borough’s performance with comparative data on a range of indicators from other councils across London. In the past, data … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Croydon Council, Environment, Fly tipping, Nathan Elvery, Refuse collection, Steve O'Connell, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Laing exit library business after taking over in Croydon

So, this is how Conservative-run Croydon Council does “business”… The council consults residents about library services. After receiving an overwhelming response that the people of Croydon want all their public libraries maintained and to continue to be run by the … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Carillion, Croydon Council, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Celebrate the re-opening of Wandle Park in colourful waters

It’s the official re-opening of Wandle Park today, with six hours of activities from noon. All free, according to the organisers, which considering it is being staged in a public park is no more than ought to be expected. The … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, Clare Hilley, CODA, Community associations, Croydon Ramblers, Dance, Friends of Wandle Park, Music, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Channel 5 looking to pull fast one on Croydon’s petty thieves

How others see us… Earlier this week, there was a visit to Inside Croydon Towers by a television producer who had dared venture forth from his trendy offices in one of those fashionable “quarters” of east London in order to … Continue reading

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Questions Pollard must answer over libraries shambles

Tim “Yes but No but Yes” Pollard ought to come under intense pressure at an emergency meeting at Croydon Town Hall tonight over his handling of the tendering process for the outsourcing of the management of the borough’s libraries if … Continue reading

Posted in Greenwich Leisure, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Sara Bashford, Tim Pollard, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Emergency meeting called on sell-off of public libraries

There will be an emergency meeting of Croydon Council on Monday evening, when Tim Pollard will be called to account for the shambolic handling of the Conservative-led administration’s attempts to sell-off the borough’s libraries. The opposition Labour group has called … Continue reading

Posted in Greenwich Leisure, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Property, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, URV, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Why did Croydon CEO Jon Rouse take a £100k pay cut?

Amid all the hoopla of the £1 billion “Hammerfield” announcement this morning at Fairfield Halls, with the usual dollop of Boris buffoonery as the London Mayor proclaimed the marriage of the two property developers, there stood a figure who went … Continue reading

Posted in Council Tax, Croydon Council, Hayley Lewis, Jon Rouse | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The vandals are inside the gates in Wandle Park

Disturbing news from Inside Croydon reader Anna Arthur after she took a walk in the park – Wandle Park – yesterday. “I live next to Wandle Park and was very excited to visit for the first time since it has … Continue reading

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Bashford admits Laings not best value in £30m library deal

This is one for filing under the heading “This could only happen in Croydon”. Last night in the public question time element of the council meeting at the Town Hall, we had the Alice in Wonderland situation where a question … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Sara Bashford | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Secrets and libraries: Croydon adds to shabby reputation

And so a decision to spend £30 million of public money was taken at Croydon Town Hall last night by the Conservatives who control the council. But because of council leader Mike Fisher’s group’s aversion to openness and transparency, the … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Greenwich Leisure, John Laing Integrated Services, Jon Rouse, Libraries, Mike Fisher, Property, Tim Pollard, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Croydon awards £30m library deal to most expensive bidder

Croydon’s Conservative-run council will announce next week that it has decided to award an eight year contract, estimated to be worth £30 million, to run the borough’s libraries to the company which finished bottom in a competitive tendering process. It … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Education, Greenwich Leisure, John Laing Integrated Services, Jon Rouse, Libraries, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Labour will cancel library privatisation contract, Godfrey says

Whichever organisation is recommended for a public-funded eight-year contract to run the Croydon’s public libraries – an announcement is expected soon – will also have to consider the possibility that they will have the deal cancelled after barely a year. … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Education, Greenwich Leisure, Libraries, Property, Sara Bashford, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, URV, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Flip flop? Croydon’s library privatisation flipped into a flop

Did we say flip flop? The news of the awarding of the library management contract to swimming pool managers GLL which we related earlier this week has taken a further twist today, with the 14-month-long procurement process which has cost … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Education, Greenwich Leisure, Libraries, Sara Bashford, Tim Pollard, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wandsworth sets up private company to run Croydon libraries

Not for the first time, developments over the privatisation of Croydon’s public library service have been reported from Wandsworth Town Hall long before our public servants in Taberner House have got around to imparting any news to the council tax-payers … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Libraries, Outside Croydon, Property, Sara Bashford, Timothy Godfrey, URV, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council plans to privatise libraries are rejected as “lazy”

The opposition group on Croydon Council has threatened to torpedo the on-going privatisation of the borough’s library service by refusing to commit to continue working with any outside organisations which may win the year-long bidding process to take on the … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Libraries, New Addington, Sara Bashford, Timothy Godfrey | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

No favourites on Croydon’s short-list for library sell-off. Oh no

There’s absolutely no suggestion whatsoever that Croydon’s expensive process (£250,000) to privatise the borough’s libraries is in some way offering a commercial advantage by favouring potential contractors who already have existing relationships with Croydon. Oh no, not at all. Inside … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Education, Jon Rouse, Libraries, Sara Bashford | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Libraries scheme “undemocratic, unwanted and unplanned”

With the leadership of the council working against open debate and discussion, even within the chambers of the Town Hall as was witnessed on Monday night, and other elements of the self-serving Croydon Establishment apparently determined to limit freedom of … Continue reading

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