Fairfield closure

The council appears to be listening on technical concerns about refurbishment of Fairfield Halls

Posted on November 23rd, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

A phased closure didn’t happen, but other issues are being addressed

Although it rejected the campaign demand for a staged refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls, it looks as if the council has been listening to detailed concerns particularly about technical issues.

As promised a year ago, the council’s scrutiny committee considered a report on the progress being made with the refurbishment at its meeting on 1st … Read More »

As we say au revoir to Fairfield Halls, theatre and dance will live on in Croydon

Posted on June 24th, by Jamal Chong in Culture. No Comments

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone, says Theatre Utopia’s founder, Jamal Chong

Hello. You probably don’t know me and I probably don’t know you, so let me introduce myself. My name is Jamal Chong and I, along with a couple lifelong friends, run Theatre Utopia, or as you may know it, “that black room inside Matthews Yard”.

You may have heard … Read More »

The future of Fairfield Halls and College Green

Posted on June 14th, by Ian Marvin in Economics & Business. 5 comments

Ian Marvin wonders if all eyes are on Fairfield when they should be on the wider implications of the development

14th April presented something of a dilemma for anyone with an interest in the development of Croydon as a residential, commercial and cultural centre. Not only was there the ‘Changing the Face’ event organised under the auspices of the RSA (in full, the … Read More »

I was saved by Fairfield

Posted on May 16th, by Amie Salmon in Culture. 1 Comment

Amie Salmon reminds us that there are human stories like hers behind the headlines surrounding the Fairfield closure, and appeals for care to be taken in whatever decisions are made

My story is unique. Not uncommon, but unique. It’s uniquely mine.

In September 2013, Fairfield (Croydon) Ltd offered me an apprenticeship in ‘Technical Theatre’. I thought: ‘finally’. I saw it as my last chance … Read More »

Protestors launch campaign to ‘save Shirley’s green spaces’

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

Green space is under threat, say campaigners in Shirley. Sean Creighton reports

On the evening of Monday 25th January, a group of Croydon residents opposing the local council’s plans to remove Metropolitan Open Land protection for Shirley came to the town hall to raise its concerns. In particular, the group fears that this would result in ‘intensification’ of development, loss of the area’s character and … Read More »