Regeneration


The Croydon Forum’s back, so why not get involved in shaping our town’s future?

Posted on August 20th, by Charles Barber in Politics & Society. 10 comments

Be part of Croydon’s continuous transformation – please come along and join this positive-minded and informal organisation

The Croydon Forum was launched in January 2018. Progress since then hasn’t been everything that its founder hoped for. Enthusiasm alone doesn’t carve out time in the busy schedules of the people who came along to Matthews Yard that day to share their ideas about how to make … Read More »



Croydon Council green lights Compulsory Purchase Order on remaining land for Westfield retail centre

Posted on June 12th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Croydon Council’s cabinet has approved a report paving the way for the Croydon Partnership to acquire the remaining land it needs.

Release begins: Croydon’s £1.4bn retail development moved another step closer last night as a council decision gave the green light for Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) to acquire the remaining land for the development.

Cabinet members approved a report which paves the way for the developers, a joint … Read More »



Let’s keep talking, Croydon

Posted on May 30th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

It’s vital to ask the right questions. I hope that you’ll take the chance to give your answers

Here in Croydon, as elsewhere, we tend to look at local issues separately. We do not always see the interconnections and what the cumulative effects are.

What are the important challenges facing us? I believe that the list includes:

the council’s top-down decision-making
the council’s ‘consultation’ approach
the need to strengthen … Read More »



Join a panel discussion on well-being in Croydon’s built environment: beyond sustainability

Posted on May 29th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

On Wednesday 20th June from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, you are invited to attend a panel discussion run by Croydon’s Constructing Excellence Club on well-being in Croydon’s built environment. 

Release begins: Croydon is currently experiencing the beginnings of an intense phase of development which will have great impact on both the public realm and the lives of those living and working there.

Join Croydon Constructing Excellence Club for presentations and … Read More »



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 »