The Croydon Partnership


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 »



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 »



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 de-gentrification of West Croydon

Posted on October 25th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 8 comments

It can work both ways

Gentrification: good thing or bad thing? You choose.

In the blue corner: isn’t Croydon starting to look nice? Nothing’s unaffordable – it’s just that different people can afford things now. Sure, it’s rough on some, but better than the old days when everywhere looked a bit rough. It’s the price of progress. Anyway, our houses are worth six times what we paid. … 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 »



East Croydon Cool provides a warm welcome to the cool kids

Posted on March 27th, by Maddy Duxbury in Culture. 14 comments

Let’s help new Croydonians to find out where the cool stuff’s going on

With £5 billion (or thereabouts) being invested in the area, a street art scene to rival East London, an entertainment complex underway at Fairfield Halls, a Cultural Partnership Fund to encourage more theatre, music and art, a Westfield retail development on its way, support for tech start-ups and SMEs courtesy of Croydon Tech City, the … 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 »



On the land where Boxpark stands

Posted on November 17th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 13 comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones has a difficult personal relationship with Boxpark

It’s my own fault. ‘Let’s meet for coffee in Boxpark‘, I keep saying. Then comes guilt: I’m taking my coffee spend away from great places and great friends who’ve worked hard both to build up their businesses and to bring a quality product to Croydon. Places like Smoothbean! on Dingwall Road. And this is the reward I give … Read More »



The past was concrete, the future is modular

Posted on October 13th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

Just as it overcame rigid architecture before, Croydon can now reimagine itself and promote new ways of living

If asked, an observer would be likely to sum up Croydon’s post-war regeneration in one word: ‘concrete’.

But despite being often described in negative terms, it wasn’t the grey blocks which stifled growth elsewhere in the latter part of the twentieth century. Successful urban masses such … Read More »



Celebration of regeneration at the Minster’s Season of Creation

Posted on October 11th, by Lee Taylor in Politics & Society. No Comments

Lee Taylor, Associate Vicar of Croydon Minster, ponders some ancient words of advice for Croydon

When conversations begin about building and protecting, it can easily be assumed that urban economic developers and conservationists are inexorable enemies. Yet, these interlocutors have one thing in common: the welfare and flourishing of the place in which they are set. Between them, they have a concern for the built and natural … Read More »