October news in brief

By - Monday 9th November, 2015

The Citizen team compiles some of the noteworthy events of October into one handy page

Photo by Croydon Saffron Central, used with permission.

‘Jeremy the stag’ successfully rehomed in ‘secret location’

Local celebrity Jeremy, a red deer stag who found himself trapped in Park Hill Park after railway workers shooed him from the line near East Croydon, has been confirmed to be alive and well. The stag’s sudden disappearance last month led to some concerns that he had been shot, or taken away and killed. But soon, news emerged that he had been rehomed to a ‘secret location’ in the Home Counties. Photographs emerged of Jeremy enjoying open fields, and he is also said to be very pleased with the number of does he is now living with. Croydon Council thanked all residents for their understanding during the closure of Park Hill Park, which took place while the stag was inside and may have posed a safety risk had he become aggressive.

Croydon’s saffron harvest began

Readers inspired by last month’s reports on Croydon Saffron Central, the urban saffron farm on the former Taberner House site, may wish to get involved in harvesting the saffron itself now that the crocuses have bloomed. Booking is essential, and dates and details can be found at the project’s Facebook page.

RISE gallery crowned Business of the Year at the Croydon Business Excellence Awards

Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison took home two gongs from the Fairfield Halls event last month, thanks to his gallery winning both Best New Business and Business of the Year. Speaking on the night itself, Zuchowski-Morrison told the crowd it was “a real honour to be recognised for the contribution that we’ve put into Croydon.” The event was compered by former TalkSport presenter James Whale, and raised £3,200 for Croydon Commitment, which links local businesses with charities. The Croydon Citizen had something to celebrate, too: it was a finalist for Best Creative and Media Business, while founder and editor-in-chief James Naylor was commended in the Entrepreneur of the Year category.

Chinese contractor selected for £500m One Lansdowne Road skyscraper

President Xi Jinping’s visit to Britain last month brought with it a flurry of announcements in the property and technology markets, all centred on Anglo-Chinese collaboration. Croydon was not left out, with Guildhouse UK and Rosepride Properties announcing the appointment of the China Building Technique Group Company as a consultant on the design and engineering of a proposed residential skyscraper on Lansdowne Road, Croydon town centre. The design, which has yet to be granted planning permission, would see a dual tower block of 57 and 35 floors, with 900 homes between them. If it goes ahead, the 200m structure would be one of the tallest buildings in the UK.

Cars no longer to be towed as council scraps car pound

On 31st October, vehicle removal by Croydon Council ceased after the borough’s car pound was closed down. Spokespeople for the council said the service had been losing around £150,000 per year for the last six years, and that job losses that resulted would be be managed through “assimilation and redeployment”, according to the Croydon Advertiser. 

Fairfield Hall to be closed for two years during ‘overhaul’ 

Croydon’s biggest performing arts venue is to temporarily close as part of wide-ranging plans to redevelop not only the Halls themselves, but the area around them. A new main entrance will see access made available along College Road, and encourage more direct foot traffic from East Croydon station. The refurbishment will also see a new, larger stage for the concert hall, as well as a modern service entrance that is expected to substantially increase the venue’s appeal to larger, more successful acts that rely on heavy equipment. But the Croydon Advertiser reported “concern” from the chief executive of the Fairfield Halls over closure for twenty-four months while refurbishment takes place. Opposition Conservatives raised this at a council meeting, telling council leader Tony Newman that “any kind of property downturn would result in a closed Fairfield”.

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