June 2018 in brief

Posted on July 31st, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of June 2018, summarised by the Citizen team

A fire in Croham Hurst Woods is quickly extinguished

A fire broke out in Croham Hurst Woods on Saturday 30th June. Broken glass was left on dry vegetation, and exposure to the heat of the sun sparked flames. A rapid response from the London Fire Brigade prevented any serious spread.

Croydon’s House of Fraser is spared in … Read More »

We’re all thinking it: will Westfield ever happen?

Posted on April 27th, by James Naylor in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Why Westfield’s delays are both foreseeable and risky despite what its proponents say

In recent months, one subject keeps rising, quite strangely, amongst the most read topics on the Citizen‘s website. It’s not Boxpark, Croydon Tech City or the sadly recently departed Croydon Radio. It has no reason to be there because we haven’t published, nor had call to publish, anything about it for six months. It … Read More »

The future of high street shopping is safe, especially in Croydon

Posted on April 24th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 2 comments

Technological advances are rapidly changing the way that we shop, and Croydon will be at the cutting edge

Back in late 2012, when the union of Westfield and Hammerson was first announced and the Croydon Partnership (CP) subsequently established to take forward the redevelopment of both the Whitgift Centre and Centrale in the heart of Croydon, the key stakeholders in the town’s current regeneration had yet to … 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 »

Don’t take your eyes off the plans for Westfield now that Boxpark is here

Posted on December 1st, by Sean Creighton in Economics & Business. No Comments

The council must make sure that watertight commitments are agreed with the Croydon Partnership prior to ground being broken

The Planning Committee will have a difficult task when it comes to considering the report on the revised application by Hammerson/Westfield’s Croydon Limited Partnership (CLP). The rules governing the role of people who have submitted comments will severely curtail their being able to address the committee … Read More »

Will the council’s town centre gamble pay off?

Posted on July 15th, by Sean Creighton in Economics & Business. 4 comments

Sean Creighton, long opposed to the Westfield development, warns that the council may be putting all of their eggs in one uncertain basket

Whether we like it or not, unless Westfield and Hammerson pull the plug, its redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre is a done deal. We therefore have to concentrate on minimising its negative aspects and maximising any benefits that can be delivered within … Read More »

The challenges of implementing the Croydon Fairness Commission report

Posted on February 22nd, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

Sean Creighton analyses possibilities for change in Croydon’s community and institutions in the wake of January’s report

The Croydon Opportunity & Fairness Commission published its final report on 28th January. There is much to commend in it.

Despite many omissions in its discussion of issues and challenges, the report provides a blueprint for the future, an agenda on which civic activists can work … Read More »

News in brief December 2015 / January 2016

Posted on January 21st, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 2 comments

The big Croydon news stories from the end of 2015 and the start of 2016, summarised for your convenience

TfL plans to widen Fiveways Bridge to increase car capacity

The History & Social Action Blog reported that Transport for London has, after a consultation with Croydon Council and with the public, decided on ‘proposal 2′. This will ‘widen the existing bridge carrying … Read More »

Westfield/Hammerson compulsory purchase order confirmed, Croydon Council welcomes decision

Posted on September 16th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. 1 Comment

A press release from Croydon Council welcomes the confirmation of the compulsory purchase order integral to the Westfield/Hammerson town centre development. Part of the approved plans is the ‘stopping up’ of Dingwall Avenue. The leader of Croydon Council has called today “a day of celebration for Croydon”.

Release begins: The council has hailed the decision to confirm the compulsory purchase order (CPO) to bring together land for the … Read More »

How Croydon works: the pleasures and perils of running a family business

Posted on August 4th, by Gordon Bull in Economics & Business. No Comments

Business adviser Gordon Bull looks at the issues that can arise when relatives share an office

It’s not all about Westfield. Exciting though the coming regeneration of our town centre and the arrival of the £1 billion retail development is, a project this size can tend to grab all the headlines. I know from my work, advising and supporting all kinds of businesses in Croydon, … Read More »