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Council left without operator for Ashburton Park venue

Inside Croydon

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the strange silence from the council about the faltering fate of one of its flagship projects

The latest embarrassing set-back for Tony Newman and his Labour colleagues’ hopes of retaining control of the council at the local elections next May has come in Ashburton Park.

The refurbished old convent building in Ashburton Park. Croydon Council can’t find anyone to manage it

There, a private education operator who was to take on the running of the Old Ashburton Library building has walked away from its deal with the council just weeks before the venue was due to re-open after a £1million council-funded makeover.

The fate of the park and the refurbishment of the run-down building, recently re-titled Ashburton Hall, was a key local election issue in 2014, when Labour won the then Ashburton ward from the Tories, one of the key gains which handed control…

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