Regeneration


What next for Croydon’s re-elected Labour council?

Posted on May 9th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

With local election turnout at just 38%, Croydon’s politicians need a change of style

Voter turnout in Croydon was only 38%. It will take a lot of analysis to assess what the results in each ward mean.

Although Labour increased its share of seats to forty-one and retained control of the council, it clearly failed in the knock-up on election day to find the nine extra … Read More »



Is Boxpark’s boss right about Croydon town centre? (Part two)

Posted on April 25th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

As Roger Wade calls out complacency amongst the town centre’s managers, is there a growing crisis in Croydon?

In the first part of this article, I questioned Boxpark CEO Roger Wade’s recent statement in the Croydon Advertiser that ‘complacency’ on the part of Croydon Council, the developers active in the area and Croydon’s creatives is holding back the town centre’s development. What else isn’t working in the … Read More »



Is Boxpark’s boss right about Croydon town centre? (Part one)

Posted on April 17th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 8 comments

“If they don’t come to Boxpark, they don’t come to Croydon”, says CEO Roger Wade. But is he right?

In a recent interview with the Croydon Advertiser, Roger Wade, founder and CEO of Boxpark, declares that he is concerned about the town centre and Croydon. He “would like to believe that Boxpark is one of the major things which is helping Croydon to improve” but feels that … Read More »



Requiem and reality check – the end of Croydon Saffron Central

Posted on April 16th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 4 comments

Land in Croydon isn’t only for profit, and our saffron farm proved it

On Saturday 7th April 2018 a team of volunteers stripped out the site of Croydon Saffron Central, as it prepared to close forever.

Croydon’s urban saffron farm was founded by Ally McKinlay in the summer of 2015.  Ally first became fascinated by our town’s history of crocuses while working as a DJ for … Read More »



Can Surrey Street survive the help of the council?

Posted on March 16th, by Michael Swadling in Economics & Business. 3 comments

The market is in trouble, and the free market can save it

Ronald Reagan famously said that “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help’”. Maybe you can, but I don’t recall a situation when I’ve thought “if only the council could get involved, things would be so much better”. I also can’t think of a … Read More »



The way forward

Posted on March 12th, by Barnaby Powell in Politics & Society. 2 comments

We’re often told that we face challenges of a scale unseen since the war, so what can we learn from then and apply to now?

We’re in a bind – the result of much foolish gaming carried out on our behalf up to 2008 and, well before that, the easing of credit granted to those of us who had little notion of the cost of borrowing. The pump … Read More »



Croydon Tech City is dead; long live Croydon, tech city

Posted on March 7th, by Nigel Dias in Croydon: Tech City. 4 comments

The organisation’s founders are calling time, but fruits of their labours will continue to grow

In October 2012, my fellow Croydon Tech City co-founders and I made it our mission to create a sustainable tech ecosystem in Croydon – one that not only brought sector growth to our local economy, but which includes and benefits the local adults, children and SMEs often overlooked in tech sector regeneration … Read More »



How will business take advantage of Croydon’s changes?

Posted on January 15th, by Nigel Davey in Economics & Business. No Comments

The town is in a period of transformation, so its businesses will need to react

Looking out of the iconic 50p building next to East Croydon, I can see the skyline changing quickly.

The renovation of Fairfield Halls is to my left, with Boxpark and Ruskin Square in front of me and the Tower on Saffron Square to my right, a lot has changed in the … Read More »



Groundhog Day for Westfield

Posted on November 22nd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 6 comments

The Westfield shopping centre is definitely definite. Again. Facebook’s response was poetic

Westfield has cleared its final hurdle and is absolutely definitely going to be built!

Last Tuesday’s decision was met with a collective Croydonian eye-roll that almost lifted the roof off the Whitgift Centre. Is it Groundhog Day? Are we meant to get excited every time that this is announced?

Our cynicism might have more to do with … Read More »



Is the Citizen‘s work done?

Posted on November 16th, by James Naylor in Site News. No Comments

On the occasion of its fifth birthday, in a different Croydon to the one in which it started, the Citizen‘s Editor-in-Chief asks what role the publication still has to play

This is a month where we might permit ourselves a little self-satisfaction. 16th November 2017 will mark exactly five years since the Citizen officially launched in the back room of Matthews Yard to an audience of encouraging … Read More »