Tag Archives: Hammerson

£1bn and at least three years’ disruption. And all for what?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: There’s a procession through the centre of town, with the Emperor at its head. Everyone is cheering and clapping. And then a little boy, ANTHONY MILLER, points and says, “What’s the point of the Hammersfield development?” Several years … Continue reading

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Wandle Park gets £58,000; Waddon park bulldozed with £87m

There’s something bittersweet about the announcement this week that Croydon Council has been awarded £58,800 from City Hall towards the cost of improving pedestrian and cycling access to Wandle Park. Sweet, because it is a cause that Inside Croydon’s loyal … Continue reading

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£50m deal clears away last objectors to Westfield supermall

Hammersfield – the “Croydon Partnership” formed between shopping mall developers Hammerson and Westfield – will pay out around £50 million to buy-out the irritatingly persistent minority owners of the freehold and managers of the Whitgift Centre, whose legal challenges and … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Alison Butler, Business, CPO, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Jo Negrini, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Developers’ PR company announces the #CroydonTakeover

The Croydon Flyover. The Croydon Facelift. Now we have the Croydon Takeover. Or #CroydonTakeover, as the council’s favouritest PR bunglers, Grey Label, managed to hashtag it when they were off on the jolly to the South of France for the … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Planning, Stiles Harold Williams, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Gove joins Barwell’s ‘Don’t mention the Tories’ campaign

At least Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, is consistent in one respect. Barwell has just endured what he described as “a difficult week”, following his starring role on the front page of the Evening Boris for asking … Continue reading

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Boris Flyover to cost more than Mayor’s annual bike spend

Mayor of London Boris Johnson wants to spend more on building a four-/five-/six-lane flyover through a Waddon park than his entire annual spend on cycling in the city for 2014-2015. That’s the conclusion of Darren Johnson, the Green Party Assembly … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Commuting, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Croydon South, Darren Johnson, Environment, Health, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Parking, Transport, Waddon, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

This takes this biscuit: cuts start to hit Town Hall tea breaks

The Osborne-Balls austerity consensus is biting, and biting hard where it really matters: councillors’ hob nobs. Angry tweets have been sent from the Town Hall to complain about the lack of sandwiches at recent council meetings. Some outraged councillors cannot … Continue reading

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Latest Ashcroft poll puts Labour’s Jones 4% ahead of Barwell

Gaffe-prone Gav, the Tory MP for Croydon Central, has closed the gap since his former employer last polled his battleground seat. But not by enough for the career politician to save his skin, as WALTER CRONXITE reports A new poll … Continue reading

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Gaffe-prone Gav finally makes front page news in the Standard

After five years in parliament, Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, has finally made it on to the front page of the Evening Boris. But not in a good way… “London Tory MP: Don’t Mention Cameron”, the commuters’ … Continue reading

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Boris Flyover could see Waddon pollution levels match Eton

Out to the west of London, the Highways Agency reckons that expanding the M4 to a four-lane motorway will see European rules on exhaust pollution levels broken, harming the future potential of boys at Prime Minister David Cameron’s old school, … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Pelling, Broad Green, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Education, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Health, Joy Prince, Parish Church schools, Robert Canning, Schools, St Andrew's, Waddon, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This is what £8,000 of public money buys at MIPIM (Part 3)

It’s been busy, busy, busy for the Croydon delegation at MIPIM, the property developers’ “junket” (© council leader Tony Newman) held in Cannes in the south of France this week. Croydon Council has spent £8,000 of Council Tax-payers’ money in … Continue reading

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This is what £8,000 of public money buys at MIPIM (Part 2)

Two affluent-looking suits, over their Cannes croissants and cafes au lait pose with the Med in the background for local quango Develop Croydon’s photographer, pretending to read Croydon News, the execrable propaganda freesheet. This touching scene from around the fringes … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, CPO, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Planning, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Work underway to get Boxpark to pop-up in summer 2016

Boxpark, the pop-up retail centre built from disused shipping containers, will open alongside East Croydon Station with up to 80 shops, fashionable boutiques and cafes next summer, it was confirmed this morning. Work is to begin immediately, and around 200 … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boxpark, Business, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Tramlink, Transport, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

This is what £8,000 of public money buys Croydon at MIPIM

When the Conservatives were in power in Croydon, the spending on sending a delegation to Cannes for the annual developers’ champagne “junket” (© Tony Newman) was at least announced at a council meeting in the Town Hall. This year, under … Continue reading

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Barwell starts to close the gap on Jones in Croydon Central

Parliament will be dissolved in three weeks’ time, with the polls suggesting the borough’s one battleground seat, Croydon Central, will be a tighter contest than was previously predicted, reports WALTER CRONXITE The result of the Selhurst ward by-election last week … Continue reading

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Waddon councillors silenced over Boris flyover proposals

Croydon Labour is supporting a multi-million-pound road-building scheme which will destroy homes and part of a public park while benefiting developers who are Conservative Party donors. And the councillors for the ward most affected have been worryingly quiet. By STEVEN … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Business, Commuting, CPO, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Hamida Ali, John Burton, Joy Prince, Kathy Bee, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Parking, Paul Scott, Peter Underwood, Planning, Property, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Tony Newman, Transport, Waddon, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Negrini signs off on £8,000 MIPIM junket to south of France

WHO REALLY IS RUNNING CROYDON (Part 94): Croydon Council is spending nearly £8,000 to send three senior members of staff to the South of France next week on a sales trip – to flog flats and property on behalf of … Continue reading

Posted in Property, Business, Croydon Council, Whitgift Centre, Tony Newman, Planning, Council Tax, Menta Tower, "Hammersfield", Jo Negrini | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

By Jupiter! Is Whitehall considering a move to Fisher’s Folly?

A government department is looking to move into a 250,000 square foot office building in East Croydon, according to reports in the commercial property trade press this week. And the only relatively new office block in the vicinity offering that … Continue reading

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Barwell aide: ‘Gavin has no idea. He trusts me to do whatever’

Further proof, as if any were needed, that Mario Creatura has been hired at considerable public expense by local Tory MP Gavin Barwell to spend much of his time managing his boss’s political career prospects, rather than actually doing any … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Opportunity fails to knock for Commission volunteers

It’s beginning to appear as if the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission is not being regarded as much of an opportunity at all. An email has flooded into Inside Croydon’s inbox this afternoon. Its subject? “One Week to make a … Continue reading

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