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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 »



Being priced out of the Croydon job market

Posted on June 21st, by Michael Swadling in Economics & Business. No Comments

What’s wrong with paying the living wage in Croydon?

Many of us are used to buying and selling goods on eBbay and similar sites. You will have bid, suggested or offered a price, you will have agreed the price. As the buyer, would you have wanted the council to come in and tell you that price is wrong and you have to pay more? As the seller … 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 »



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 »



Why I’m backing Croydon’s bid to be London’s first Borough of Culture

Posted on December 6th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

All the low-down on the borough’s bid, supported by the Citizen as a proud local media partner

David Bowie famously used the word ‘Croydon’ as an insult. “God, it’s so f**king Croydon”, he would say.

Well, Bowie was no stranger to cultural re-invention and if he were still alive today, it wouldn’t take much to convince him that Croydon is ch-ch-ch-ch-changing. In fact, as … Read More »



The devil is in the detail as we wait for Westfield to arrive

Posted on November 30th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The concluding part of a look at the implications the arrival of Westfield have for Croydon

The first part of this article can be found here.

There is much evidence that the tower blocks planned for the new centre are not suitable for family living. Where they may be suitable, it will be because room sizes are larger than the minimum required under planning rules, and … Read More »



We’ve a long way to go before Westfield arrives

Posted on November 24th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

We’ve been here before – and much still remains undecided

“Serious question. It seems like every two years there’s a ‘Westfield development was approved, yay!’ headline. What does this *actually* mean?” (A comment posted on Sarah Jones MP’s Facebook page recently.)

Should we be excited about the latest version of the proposed new glittering Whitgift Centre – the revised outline planning permission for which unanimous approval … 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 »