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Why Croydon needs a visitor centre, and how it could pay for itself

Posted on September 10th, by Charles Barber in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

A luxury service our town can’t afford? Not at all, says Charles Barber

If you happened to venture down the covered section of St George’s Walk on Saturday 25th August, you may have noticed a man sitting at a table with another chair opposite him. A sign on his table claimed that it was the Croydon Visitor Centre, and if you were rash enough … Read More »

Croydon High Street: a new hope?

Posted on July 6th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 2 comments

This summer Croydon High Street – yes, really – offers fun and relaxation for all ages

This summer I’ll be watching Croydon town centre with interest.

I usually avoid its grotty warren of cut-price shops and a life-expired shopping mall where, on rainy days, the buckets stand in rows to catch the leaks from the roof. The Westfield debate took place against a plaintive murmur from Whitgift … Read More »

Moving forward: Croydon’s Cultural Vision 2018 reflects on Borough of Culture loss

Posted on March 27th, by Holly Bernstein in Culture. No Comments

“With or without the money, Croydon will move forward”

A panel is setting its sights forward after Croydon lost the bid to become London’s first Borough of Culture in 2019.

The London Borough of Culture award was a new initiative launched by the Mayor Sadiq Khan in June 2017. The award offered more than £1m of funding to two winning boroughs, Waltham Forest for 2019 … Read More »

November 2016 in brief

Posted on December 12th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of last month, summarised by the Citizen team

Tram derailment near Sandilands kills seven

Shortly after 6am on the morning of Wednesday 9th November, tram number 2551 derailed after leaving the Sandilands tunnel. The tram, which was travelling towards central Croydon from New Addington, overturned completely and fell onto its side. Seven people died in the accident, while fifty-eight more suffered injuries, many extremely serious. The … Read More »

News in brief: November

Posted on December 10th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big Croydon stories of November 2015, summarised for your convenience

Thornton Heath ‘stormz’ to victory at 2015 MOBO Awards

Musicians and performers from Thornton Heath dominated the 2015 national MOBO (Music of Black Origin) awards held in Leeds on Thursday 4th November. Krept and Konan, Stormzy, Section Boyz and Faith Child triumphed, with Krept and Konan winning Best Hip Hop Act and Best Album, Stormzy … Read More »

Where is ‘Ambition for Croydon’?

Posted on July 22nd, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

As Croydon’s Ambition Festival opens, Sean Creighton considers a distinct failure to reach for the stars

Flyposters now adorn the boarding in front of the closed Visitor Centre next to East Croydon Station while we wait for the Boxpark retail facility to be built.

The short-termism and lack of strategic thinking involved in the closure of the centre on 1st May by Croydon Business Improvement District … Read More »

Why every town needs its Croydon Visitor Centre

Posted on May 12th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 2 comments

Croydon Tech City leader Jonny Rose delivers a eulogy to the dearly departed visitor centre

Croydon Visitor Centre has closed for business 

Like many people, I was saddened to see Croydon Visitor Centre close at the beginning of the month.

The visitor centre was an ongoing service provided by Croydon’s Business Improvement District which covers the entire town centre and represents approximately 580 levy payers … Read More »

£1 parking in central Croydon over Christmas

Posted on November 6th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

In the run up to Christmas shoppers will be able to park in Croydon for a flat fee of £1 on Thursdays between 13th November and 1st January. The scheme includes Centrale Shopping Centre Car Park, Whitgift Centre Surface Car Park, West Croydon Car Park, Jubilee Bridge Car Park, Spices Yard Car Park and Wandle Road Car Park.

Release begins: Drivers and shoppers are being given an early Christmas bonus this year, courtesy … Read More »

Meeting Mr Sims: interview with the Chief Executive of Croydon Business Improvement District

Posted on October 2nd, by Bernadette Fallon in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

Bernadette Fallon talks skyscrapers, sandwiches and secrets with Matthew Sims, boss of Croydon BID

Banners promoting the activities of Croydon Business Improvement District hang all over the town centre, sending out messages of positive change to a population that still, to judge from responses to surveys in the local press, needs some convincing. Slogans include ‘adding vibrancy to our streets,’ ‘together a safer place’, ‘discover what is … Read More »

Buy now – Croydon will not be this pocket friendly for long

Posted on August 11th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 7 comments

Sean Creighton asks what Croydon’s soaring house prices mean for local people, and finds a predictable answer

“Impressive new housing developments are under construction and we have penthouses selling well in excess of £1m.”

“We have a real issue in the mainstream market, in that 80 per cent of houses in London are only affordable by 20 per cent of the population.”

“The Saffron development’s … Read More »