Community groups and schools among those benefitting from old council furniture

Croydon Guardian: The council moved into Bernard Weatherill House The council moved into Bernard Weatherill House

More than 4,000 pieces of office furniture from the council's former HQ have been donated to schools and community groups.

A total of 889 chairs, 652 pedestals and 533 desks were given to 35 schools and 82 not-for-profit organisations after the council moved from Taberner House to Bernard Weatherill House.

The Stanley People's Initiative benefited the most- receiving 652 pieces, followed by Shirley High School that were given 147 pieces and St Giles School in South Croydon who got 130 items.

Shortly after moving to Bernard Weatherill House in September, the council appealed to charities, schools and not-for-profit organisation to come forward and claim any furniture they may be interest in free of charge. .

About 45 percent of furniture was in a reusable condition, with the remaining pieces being recycled.

The Stanley People's Initiative is set to take over the management of Stanley Halls in South Norwood in the new year.

Chairwoman Carol Clapperton said: "With the exception of audience chairs for the concert hall, there was practically no furniture at all in Stanley Halls. This was a major headache for us.

"Not only did we need to kit out the changing rooms and the public rooms, we also needed equipment for staff and volunteers to help make these halls work as a viable business.

"The furniture has also gone a long way towards the furnishing of an enterprise hub to be situated in long-term unused parts of the halls. This hub will offer new workspaces for businesses, as well as financially supporting the upkeep of these fine Edwardian public halls."

Councillor Sara Bashford, cabinet member for corporate and voluntary services, said: "We were really pleased with the interest in re-using the furniture from Taberner House and are delighted that hundreds of items have gone to good homes.

"We wanted schools and community groups in the borough to benefit and hope they are able to put their new furniture to good use. We are also ensuring that any furniture that cannot be reused, is recycled, with none going to landfill."

 

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10:46am Sat 21 Dec 13

SensibleSid says...

So the new offices were kitted out with new furniture bought by the rate payers, rather than reusing the old furniture.
We then have to cut jobs and services because there is no money!
Absolutely brilliant thinking. Ratepayers have also bought a new building whilst the old Tabener House sits unused.
The council have once again clearly demonstrated the thinking that has allowed Croydon to stagnate for decades.
So the new offices were kitted out with new furniture bought by the rate payers, rather than reusing the old furniture. We then have to cut jobs and services because there is no money! Absolutely brilliant thinking. Ratepayers have also bought a new building whilst the old Tabener House sits unused. The council have once again clearly demonstrated the thinking that has allowed Croydon to stagnate for decades. SensibleSid

6:08pm Sat 21 Dec 13

ANNE GILES says...

SensibleSid wrote:
So the new offices were kitted out with new furniture bought by the rate payers, rather than reusing the old furniture.
We then have to cut jobs and services because there is no money!
Absolutely brilliant thinking. Ratepayers have also bought a new building whilst the old Tabener House sits unused.
The council have once again clearly demonstrated the thinking that has allowed Croydon to stagnate for decades.
You should do your homework before posting this type of comment.
[quote][p][bold]SensibleSid[/bold] wrote: So the new offices were kitted out with new furniture bought by the rate payers, rather than reusing the old furniture. We then have to cut jobs and services because there is no money! Absolutely brilliant thinking. Ratepayers have also bought a new building whilst the old Tabener House sits unused. The council have once again clearly demonstrated the thinking that has allowed Croydon to stagnate for decades.[/p][/quote]You should do your homework before posting this type of comment. ANNE GILES

8:04pm Sat 21 Dec 13

SensibleSid says...

Correct me then Anne
Correct me then Anne SensibleSid

10:54pm Sat 21 Dec 13

stop the rot says...

we paid for the old furniture and we will be paying for the new furniture. In this world, there is no such thing as a free desk!
we paid for the old furniture and we will be paying for the new furniture. In this world, there is no such thing as a free desk! stop the rot

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