This photo is of Mint Walk showing the council offices being demolished to make way for the Tories grand plan for a luxury HQ to replace Taberner House. It is 1/3rd smaller than Taberner so you can guess what the plan is for the hard working staff...
It is perhaps fitting that the first piece to be demolished is the bridge that linked the Town Hall with the main Council offices. A majority of the electorate voted for Labour, the Lib Dems and the Greens. None of those political parties backed building a luxury HQ, especially when Croydon is full of empty offices available at super cheap prices.
The majority of people voted for better public services and sensible finances. Is this a strong enough argument for PR? currently I think it is. When consensus about major developments in towns and cities are sought, you must surely get better decisions?
The luxury HQ is just one example. Driven by various motives from leading Conservative councillors and officers, but not loved by most Conservatives that I speak to. I think the HQ is symbolic of the 1960s disease that Croydon councillors fell prey to. That of grand projects that are started with excitement but with little or no thought about where those projects lead. The half finished by pass around Croydon or the rush to build large office blocks as far apart as Whitehorse Road, London Road and Brighton Road.
What has happened to municipal vision? Croydon once had a proud record of introducing gas, clean water, sewerage or in modern times building a civic concert hall (Fairfield).
Why does Croydon attract councillors and council officers only interested in building a luxury Council HQ?