Fairfield Halls: Croydon lambasted again in another damning public interest report

Certain individuals "could, and in our view should, also have used whistleblowing if they did not feel management or portfolio holders were acting appropriately" - auditors **************************** Croydon council have been lambasted again in another damning public interest report - this time on the refurbishment of Fairfield Halls. A licence granted by the council to … Continue reading Fairfield Halls: Croydon lambasted again in another damning public interest report

Fairfield Halls: Croydon accepts report in the public interest

“I know that people across Croydon will be rightly angry to hear their money wasn’t safeguarded as it should have been and I want to apologise for that on behalf of the council" - council leader ************************** Croydon council have issued the following statement following publication of the report by external auditors Grant Thornton on … Continue reading Fairfield Halls: Croydon accepts report in the public interest

Fairfield Halls: special council meeting next week – and how the costs grew

Croydon will hold a special meeting of the council next week to consider its external auditor’s Report in the Public Interest about the council’s arrangements for the refurbishment of Fairfield Halls between June 2016 and September 2019. From Croydon council: The report highlights the historic failings in the council’s financial, governance and legal arrangements for the … Continue reading Fairfield Halls: special council meeting next week – and how the costs grew

Covid 19: Need to approach today’s changes with caution – just as we have done throughout pandemic says public health director

Lewisham's Director of Public Health, Dr Catherine Mbema, gives an update on key steps to help protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community: latest changes to the Government’s guidance; free transport to vaccination centres; vaccination for children aged 12 to 15; and tools and inspiration to help support our wellbeing. Today has brought new … Continue reading Covid 19: Need to approach today’s changes with caution – just as we have done throughout pandemic says public health director

Waking the Sydenham Dragon – and Romancing the Lobster (Day One of Lewisham borough of culture)

Uncovering a centuries old local myth, and reinventing it for the future. As part of Day One of Lewisham Borough of Culture, this Friday, Sydenham Arts are inviting you to become a part of uncovering the local myth surrounding the Sydenham Dragon, and take part in an interactive Street Art Project to 'wake the dragon'. … Continue reading Waking the Sydenham Dragon – and Romancing the Lobster (Day One of Lewisham borough of culture)

Crystal Palace food market

Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm, Haynes Lane off Westow Street SE19. Details for tomorrow awaited. We are proud to be part of Crystal Palace Transition Town.  Wondering who we are, what we do, or how you could get involved? Our blog section is a great place to start or this talk given by Joe Duggan, one of the co-chairs.

Arts: Sunday afternoon concert with violin virtuoso at St John’s

Two chances to see Leia Zhu in action! We are performing twice this weekend with our brilliant Artist in Residence, 15-year-old violin virtuoso Leia Zhu, with concerts in Hastings on Saturday evening, and at St John’s Upper Norwood on Sunday afternoon. Our Sunday concert is our annual community concert, where we invite members of the … Continue reading Arts: Sunday afternoon concert with violin virtuoso at St John’s

Railton Road fire: Police launch murder investigation

Detectives have begun a murder investigation after a woman was found dead following a house fire in Lambeth. Police were called at 04:08hrs on Monday, 24 January to reports of a fire at a residential property on Railton Road. Officers attended along with the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service. A 46-year-old woman was … Continue reading Railton Road fire: Police launch murder investigation

Nurseries struggling to stay open because of “exceptionally high levels” of sickness absence says MP

"Many who work in early years settings are exhausted and burnt out - and are quite simply bewildered the Government have not had their back"   ************************** Many nurseries are struggling to stay open because of exceptionally high levels of sickness absence, as Omicron has "whipped through" early years settings, MP Helen Hayes has told a … Continue reading Nurseries struggling to stay open because of “exceptionally high levels” of sickness absence says MP

Blocked-off roads: Cycling Campaign’s main reason for keeping LTNs even where the majority of people don’t want them – and the local council scrap them as a result? “Decision appears to be based on a vote / referendum”

You couldn't make it up. Brent Cycling Campaign have reacted angrily to Brent council's plans to scrap four of the five Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in the borough. They say all the LTNs should stay. Here's part of the group's 'reasoning': "The decision to remove the scheme appears to be based upon a vote / referendum … Continue reading Blocked-off roads: Cycling Campaign’s main reason for keeping LTNs even where the majority of people don’t want them – and the local council scrap them as a result? “Decision appears to be based on a vote / referendum”