Retail is changing: Westfield will bring that change to Croydon

Posted on November 24th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. No Comments

The future is here, and it will change the way we shop forever. Tom Lickley explores what shopping in the new Westfield/Hammerson development could look like and its impact on Croydon

What’s the common perception of shops on the high street? Decline, empty units and a general degradation in the quality of stores available; previous favourites and town centre stalwarts such as Woolworths and Phones4U replaced by … Read More »



Towering ambition: how tech could rejuvenate Croydon’s office market

Posted on November 19th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 2 comments

The technology sector is starting to rival finance as the industry powering London’s growth. But how much of that can we expect to filter down to Croydon?

As the cranes begin to cast shadows over East Croydon station, and shimmering glass and steel rises to replace the dirt that has lain adjacent to the tracks for many years, one may expect Croydon’s office market to be … Read More »



Croydon house prices continue sharp increase – but remain affordable by London terms

Posted on November 10th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

The Citizen’s house price report for the third quarter of 2014 shows continued increases in Croydon residential prices

Croydon’s house prices have continued to rise in the third quarter of 2014, according to the latest figures published by the Nationwide. Growth in the year Q3 2013 to Q3 2014 has been 24%. Whilst seemingly a large rise (and certainly well above … Read More »



Affordable housing is needed, but is it deliverable?

Posted on July 15th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 3 comments

Labour swept into power in Croydon in May, and one of their stated priorities was to increase the provision of affordable housing. Tom Lickley examines whether this is possible

As the dust settled on the Labour Party’s victory in Croydon in late May, questions turned to whether they could deliver on their ‘Ambitious for Croydon’ campaign. One of the key aims, if not the key aim, … Read More »



The economics and business of Croydon

Posted on June 20th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. No Comments

The Citizen’s new Economics and Business Editor Tom Lickley wants your thoughts on money in Croydon: from local business to property investment, from economics to #Croydon #TechCity

Croydon’s economy. Back offices for top insurers. Headquarters for confectionary giants, or electrical heavyweights. Or a hub for future technology companies, a rival to Silicon Roundabout.

We know all about the past of Croydon’s economy, and we have … Read More »



Our modern heritage: why Croydon’s concrete architecture should be admired

Posted on June 11th, by Tom Lickley in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

As Croydon’s Heritage Festival approaches, Tom Lickley looks at a different kind of historic building – those made from concrete. How can our soaring modernist towers contribute to the town’s future?

“To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.”

“Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless.”

“When we build, let us think … Read More »



Come fly with Croydon: How the expansion of Gatwick Airport may affect Croydon’s future

Posted on May 16th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 8 comments

The potential addition of a second runway to Gatwick Airport, less than twenty miles from the centre of Croydon, could have far reaching economic effects

Next year, a decision will be made which could have considerable effects for the London Borough of Croydon and its town centre. Yes, the battle between Dave and co. will demand our undivided attention for the first few months of … Read More »



It’s time to move on, but thank you, Julian Speroni

Posted on May 14th, by Tom Lickley in Sport. No Comments

Tom Lickley suggests it may be time for Crystal Palace fans to let go of the club legend. Read Matt Woosnam’s riposte here

Travel back in time, if you will, to a sunny Saturday afternoon in August 2004. Having surged towards the playoffs and clinched promotion in stunning fashion the previous season, Crystal Palace fans had settled into their seats for the first home game … Read More »



Address the housing shortage or improve the public realm? Does Croydon even have a choice?

Posted on May 9th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 12 comments

Tom Lickley asks whether Croydon can ever address its housing shortage whilst maintaining a pleasant environment for residents

Study the above image. Just a small snapshot of a residential district that goes on for miles and miles. Then imagine that this is just one of many residential zones which sprawl across the largest city proper in the world, and a city which is still expanding.

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Restaurant review: Sangri

Posted on March 13th, by Tom Lickley in Culture. No Comments

Tom Lickley and Cormac Mannion’s restaurant tour trilogy concludes at Sangri, a surprisingly distinct Indian restaurant in the south of the High Street

Sangri Indian Restaurant, 265 High Street, Croydon CR0 1QH.
Time from East Croydon:  15 minutes 

Ahh, curry. It’s not exactly hard to find an Indian restaurant in Croydon, and find a good quality one at that. If there’s one thing that unites … Read More »