CROYDON COUNCIL PROBE FOLLOWING PRIVATE EYE ARTICLE
Croydon council are re-investigating claims made in the latest issue of Private Eye magazine.
A Croydon council spokesperson told News From Crystal Palace: “The council is committed to the highest standards of openness and accountability and takes reports from its staff of malpractice within the workplace extremely seriously.
“We recently conducted an internal investigation under our whistleblowing procedures, and we will be investigating this situation further following receipt of new information.”
TRAM MEMORIAL SERVICE ON ANNIVERSARY OF ACCIDENT
A civic ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Sandilands tram accident will take place at Central Parade, New Addington.
Members of the public are invited to join together at Market Square at 10.30am on Thursday 9 November.
An inscribed plinth has been installed at the square along with seating and planting to provide a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives.
The event will be attended by those directly affected by the derailment, as well as by representatives of all the agencies, charities and volunteers who helped in the aftermath.
Croydon council leader Cllr Tony Newman said: “Although a year has passed since the incident we still mourn those who died on that dreadful day.
“This ceremony gives all those affected a chance to think back, remember the people who were lost, and stand together – both with survivors and with the families of those who lost their lives.”
It is expected the ceremony will last approximately one hour and will conclude with the opportunity for tributes to be laid at the memorial site.
For those unable to attend New Addington there will also be a minute’s silence observed at the flagpole outside the Town Hall in Katharine Street.
St Edward’s church in New Addington will be open from 6am for quiet reflection, and a service will be presided over by the Bishop of Croydon at 5pm. (Source: Croydon council press release)
MEMORIAL SERVICE TO MARK 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HITHER GREEN TRAIN CRASH
A memorial service was held on 5 November to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hither Green train crash which left 49 people dead and 78 people injured.
Two hundred people attended the memorial held at St Mildred’s Church in Lee including relatives of those who died or were injured in the crash, Lewisham East MP Heidi Alexander, local councillors and representatives from the emergency services.
The deputy mayor of Hastings, Nigel Sinden, representing the town where the fateful train journey, began was also in attendance.
The service took place exactly 50 years to the day of the tragedy and was opened by Cllr Obajimi Adefiranye, who chairs the council. He reflected on the lives lost and changed forever following the event and praised the emergency and voluntary services, as well as the local community for their response in the aftermath.
Representatives from several Lewisham churches were part of the service which also included a sermon by the Bishop of Woolwich, Reverend Dr Karowei Dorgu and music accompaniment from the Hither Green community choir.
Forty-nine candles were then lit to remember the 49 who died in the tragedy.
In closing the service, Heidi Alexander MP talked of honouring the memories of those who died by ensuring health and safety remains paramount in railway infrastructure. (Source: Lewisham council press release.)
SOUTHWARK BRINGS IT SERVICE BACK ‘IN HOUSE’ AFTER CAPITA CONTRACT ENDS – new links with Lewisham and Brent
Southwark council have joined Brent and Lewisham councils’ shared IT service, in a break away from years of outsourcing the service to the private sector.
The council finished its contract with Capita over the summer, and this week the new shared service begins. The new Shared ICT service member governance board met to launch the service last Thursday.
Cllr Fiona Colley, cabinet member for finance, modernisation and performance, said: “This is a really exciting move for Southwark and we’re very pleased to be taking back direct control of our IT, and working with two other councils that share our priorities and understand our business.
“Southwark council aims to give its residents high-quality services, but we can only do that if everything is running smoothly behind the scenes. “A modern and evolving IT service is crucial to all that we do, especially as our budgets reduce and we do more and more with less.”
The existing ICT Shared Service between Brent and Lewisham was developed in 2015 and came into effect on 1st April 2016. The Shared Service was established using statutory powers vested in the Local Government Acts 1972 and 2000 with Lewisham delegating its ICT services to Brent under the governance of a joint committee.
Governance arrangements for incorporating Southwark into the Shared Service will be confirmed in due course, but as an interim arrangement, the Shared Service joint partnership board has been established with representatives of the three authorities working on an equal basis. (Source: Southwark council press release)