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Print archive: December 2016-January 2017 – It’s up to us now

Posted on May 19th, by The Croydon Citizen in Not featured, Politics & Society. No Comments

As a new year dawns, Croydon’s community steps up as we bring ‘I would make Croydon better by…’ to its next stage

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Undercover at Develop Croydon

Posted on November 28th, by Robert Ward in Economics & Business. 2 comments

An afternoon session at last week’s property conference featured optimism, constructive criticism, and lots of people from Croydon

I’m not a fan of overstated promotion and management-speak. ‘Placemaking Croydon, Space Age City’ would normally see me walking quickly by on the other side of the street, staring intently at my shoes. But if you believe some people, this year’s Develop Croydon conference was a chance to meet … Read More »



Not for profit: Develop Croydon has community at its core

Posted on November 25th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

Tom Lickley addresses the criticism levelled at the Develop Croydon Conference

The Develop Croydon Conference took place on 22nd November, drawing together council members, developers, architects, investors, occupiers and community interest groups to discuss the town’s regeneration and offer the opportunity for delegates to learn about the finer detail behind the exciting plans for the town’s future.

As is often the case for these type … Read More »



Develop Croydon ostracises the very community that makes Croydon worth developing

Posted on November 21st, by Devin Stephenson in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Local businessman Devin Stephenson isn’t impressed with what Develop Croydon represents

Every November, hundreds of speculative property developers and investors descend on Croydon for the Develop Croydon conference.

Many delegates are looking to buy properties and land, and use them to build luxury apartments that local people can’t afford. With tickets to the event costing £395, it’s clear that the Croydon general … Read More »



I invite all Croydonians to have a say in shaping our future

Posted on November 18th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

How about a citizens’ alternative to the Develop Croydon private property club?

Annoyed by the £430 cost of attending the Develop Croydon Forum Conference for developers and investors on Tuesday 22nd November (a price which will ensure that only corporate delegates attend), local environmental activist Charles Barber has proposed the setting up of a Sustainable Croydon Forum. Here we could put forward our own ideas of how … Read More »



October 2016 in brief

Posted on November 8th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

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

Food and drink hub Boxpark opens

The shipping container-based development finally opened its doors at the end of October. Featuring more than thirty bars, coffee shops, restaurants and other assorted eateries, the large development next to East Croydon station began with a two-day launch party, the thumping bass of which could be felt on East Croydon’s … Read More »



Event report: the South Croydon Community Association’s Q&A on Croydon’s changing town centre

Posted on May 25th, by Charlotte Davies in Politics & Society. No Comments

Will Croydon’s future be decided by a roll of the dice? Sometimes it feels that way, says Charlotte Davies

South Croydon Community Association organised its second Question Time event at Croydon College on the evening of Thursday 14th April 2016 under the title of ‘Croydon Town Centre Is Changing: How Will It Affect You?’.

The event was sold to us as follows: ‘Croydon … Read More »



A lean, efficient Croydon in an increasingly bloated London

Posted on January 6th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 16 comments

In a special report as 2016 begins, Tom Lickley explains how a cosmopolitan, diverse Croydon town centre can fit into the world’s most expensive city

Not many Londoners will have failed to notice the transformation in the Big Smoke over the previous two decades. Out of a tired, soot-ridden and yet uniquely atmospheric capital of a faded empire, has risen a shimmering hub of global … Read More »



Whose voice will be heard at the Develop Croydon forum?

Posted on November 16th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

With November’s Develop Croydon Forum Conference taking place on Wednesday, Sean Creighton asks what’s really developing

“Democracy is expensive and a privilege; a fair fee will remind the poor of that. Anyway, am I not worth the price?” So wrote solicitor Robert Hardy-McBride on his Twitter parody of Gavin Barwell (@Gav_Barwell). He was referring to the £350 + VAT ticket cost of attending the Develop … Read More »



Develop Croydon summit set to bring forward plans for Croydon’s devolution

Posted on August 31st, by CronxWire in CronxWire. 2 comments

Keynote speakers at this year’s Develop Croydon event will advocate giving greater powers to local authorities. Tickets to the event, to be held on Wednesday 18th November at Fairfield Halls, will be available at an early bird rate of £320 from 25th September. 

Release begins: Securing devolutionary powers to help fund Europe’s largest regeneration project is set to be a major theme at this year’s Develop Croydon Conference.

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