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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 »



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 »



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 »