Croydon Council Planning Committee approves Westfield in unanimous vote

Posted on November 17th, by The Croydon Citizen in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

On Tuesday night, the Planning Committee approved a revised plan for the town’s Westfield shopping centre

The Croydon Council Planning Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday night to approve a Westfield shopping centre and surrounding buildings for development in Fairfield.

The new complex, which developers are aiming to open in 2022, will include shops, leisure facilities, and restaurants, among other new locations that supporters … 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 »

A voice from the south

Posted on February 20th, by Peter Davis in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Central Croydon is renewing itself, but please don’t forget the rest of the borough

I have lived in Croydon since 1984. We moved from Streatham to Purley because the state schools would be better for our young children, as would the greener environment. We moved from a flat to a house and had to rapidly learn gardening skills. Purley then had (and still has) excellent north-south transport … Read More »

Office conversions need to stop

Posted on August 12th, by James Naylor in Economics & Business. 12 comments

The extension of Permitted Development Rights (PDR) to offices has transformed Croydon at a speed not seen since the ’60s. But now – as then – it’s getting out of control

In the 2012/2013 financial year, Central Croydon was sporting office vacancy rates worse than central Detroit. A quite astounding 52% of available space was empty; literally millions of square feet of unused space, including thirty-five entirely vacant buildings.

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Sixth Arts and Crafts Fair to be held in Exchange Square

Posted on October 17th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

This Saturday is the monthly Croydon Arts and Crafts Fair held in Exchange Square. The fair will have stalls selling jewellery, artwork, ceramics, cakes and more. The fair has also led to craft workshops being held.

Release begins: Croydon Arts and Crafts Fair now in to its sixth event this year. The fair will be in its established location of Exchange Square in front of the historic pumping station and we … Read More »

Arts for craft’s sake, crafts for art’s sake

Posted on August 14th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. 5 comments

Andy Dickinson envisions what the monthly Arts and Crafts Fair could become, with or without a Westfield

I was concerned a few weeks ago when I heard on the radio that Boris Johnson had agreed to a £1 billion extension to Westfield in Shepherds Bush. I went online to find out more and found that it will be done at the same time as our … Read More »

Pop-up shop in Croydon cons customers

Posted on July 15th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Shoppers are being warned to beware of rogue traders who set up a shop in North End high street and claimed to be selling high end electronic goods. The dealers promised low prices for top brands such as Apple, LG, Sony and Bose. Customers came away with cheap unbranded items, perfume or watches.

Release begins: Shoppers in the town and district centres are being warned by Croydon’s … Read More »

Close The Door Mate, It’s Still Freezing

Posted on January 31st, by Brendan Walsh in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Why Brendan Walsh spent January demanding to see the manager

I couldn’t help myself really. It’s an inbuilt instinctive childhood reaction. Snow starts falling and you rush down to the high street to spot shivering retailers. I barely had time to grow a beard. There was some good news. The number of doors shut was now at 50% (January 19th 2013), up from 29% in early December. A Pyrrhic victory, … Read More »