Fairfield Halls closure


Potholes and pointless art

Posted on April 20th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 20 comments

What has Croydon’s Labour council actually achieved?

On Thursday 3rd May, we have local elections in Croydon. No matter what the outcome of these elections, due in part to ward changes, the council will look quite different. So what has four years of the current Labour administration brought us?

Central Croydon has become an in-vogue place. Boxpark, Croydon Pride and Croydon Cycle Fest are among the … Read More »



How Neil Chandler aims to put Fairfield Halls on the map

Posted on January 26th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 6 comments

The new venue director takes time to tell us all about his plans

It closed to howls of protest, substantial job losses and fears that it might never open again. I’ll spare you the ‘phoenix from the ashes’ metaphors, particularly in the week that its reopening was delayed to 2019 – but under the command of its new venue director, local man Neil Chandler, Fairfield Halls looks … Read More »



My Croydon – southern powerhouse

Posted on January 24th, by Barnaby Powell in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Make our borough great again – by making it fit for purpose

When I arrived as an incomer to Croydon twenty-five years ago, the place struck me as eminently fit for human habitation. It offered excellent mobility – both social and physical. You could be in London in the time it took to read a morning paper, or be out in the open countryside even sooner. From … Read More »



Halfway there, or just living on a prayer? The Fairfield Halls building site tour

Posted on October 12th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

What happening behind the Fairfield Halls’ scaffolding?

On Saturday 16th September on Park Lane, central Croydon, I put on a hard hat and hi-vis jacket and went on an emotional journey.

The occasion was the ‘stakeholders’ tour’ of the Fairfield Halls’ ongoing refurbishment. It was hosted by Paula Murray, the council’s Creative Director, Magnus Wills of Rick Mather Architects, and Colin Murphy from Brick by Brick, … Read More »



Running into brick walls around Fairfield Halls

Posted on May 10th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 7 comments

What’s really going on with the refurb?

Contrary to popular opinion, our politicians do rather a lot. They make difficult decisions and are then responsible for implementing those decisions. Difficult decisions always have pros and cons – that’s why they are difficult.

Once the decision is made, implementation can get glossed over, but that is really where the rubber meets the road. That’s where the money … Read More »



A truly frightening budget

Posted on March 6th, by Tim Pollard in Politics & Society. 22 comments

Conservative council group leader Tim Pollard has strong words for Croydon’s Labour council

On Monday 27th February, Croydon Council voted to pass a truly frightening budget. The highest council tax increase in London this year. The highest council tax ever paid in Croydon. The biggest mountain of debt ever seen in Croydon. The worst departmental overspend ever seen in Croydon.

On Monday evening, we heard howls … Read More »



I’m on the side of change

Posted on January 10th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 4 comments

Lauren Furey sees much to be optimistic about this year, but says that we need to keep local voices from being drowned out

If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that an entire year can become a farce. You’ve no doubt seen the countless memes reminding us what a roller-coaster the last twelve months have been:

Me: 2016 is gonna be my year!
Narrator: 2016 … Read More »



Maybe a two year closure is best for the Fairfield Halls

Posted on May 5th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Robert Ward puts on his devil’s advocate hat and rides into the Fairfield debate

In project management there are always choices. Any project manager worthy of the name starts with an open mind looking at a range of options before deciding which to take forward. The range should push the boundaries of the possible; that way you learn most. Sometimes you find that one of … Read More »



Croydon town centre is changing: how will it affect you?

Posted on April 27th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Robert Ward was impressed by the SCCA’s question time event on the upcoming disruption in Croydon

Sitting in the audience at the ‘question time’ meeting organised by South Croydon Community Association (SCCA), I was reminded of the saying ‘everyone wants progress but nobody wants change’. In recent times progress has passed Croydon by, to our cost. Now that change looms ever closer, it is perhaps … Read More »



Print Archive: January-February 2016 print edition – The winner is…

Posted on April 19th, by The Croydon Citizen in Not featured, Site News. No Comments

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