Tag Archives: Hammerson

Survey predicts MP Barwell is facing capital ‘punishment’

Even the Evening Boris is predicting that Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, will lose his parliamentary seat at the General Election in 100 days time. Barwell had London Mayor Boris Johnson attend his glitzy campaign launch last … Continue reading

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Borough Solicitor issues councillors with CPO gagging order

WHO’S REALLY RUNNING CROYDON COUNCIL (Part 94): The borough’s 70 councillors, all democratically elected as recently as last May to represent the interests of the people of Croydon, have been ordered to express no opinion whatsoever about the £1billion Hammersfield … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Jo Negrini, Julie Belvir, Planning, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Segas House school scheme dropped over Minerva sale price

“A victory for commonsense”, to borrow from the UKIP/Freedom Association/Tax-payers Alliance handbook of handy, populist, yet empty statements. But the decision to convert Segas House into a primary school has been binned. The very notion was ludicrous. It was put … Continue reading

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Croydon needs a comedy candidate: Run, Jonny! Run!

Yesterday’s announcement that The Pub Landlord is to stand as a candidate in the General Election in South Thanet, wherever that might be, was satire of the highest calibre, worthy of Beyond the Fringe or Private Eye. But it also … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Business, Chris Philp, Coulsdon, Croydon 8/8, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Jon Bigger, Mario Creatura, Purley, Purley Pool, Richard Ottaway MP, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Croydon streets being paved with gold – or public cash

Next Monday, the council starts work to give the area around East Croydon Station a £5million overhaul. But when all the work is finished, will we be able to say it is money well spent? If the quality of some … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Commuting, CPO, Croham, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Emily Benn, Environment, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Jon Rouse, Kathy Bee, Mayor of London, Menta Tower, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Property, Restaurants, Ruskin Square, Sarah Jones, South Croydon Community Association, Stiles Harold Williams, Tramlink, Transport, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Ten compelling questions on the Whitgift Centre CPO

CROYDON COMMENTARY: A once-in-a-lifetime regeneration, or a sinister land grab? SUSAN OLIVER, pictured, has some nagging doubts about the massive Compulsory Purchase Order on the Whitgift Centre taken out by Croydon Council on behalf of the Hammersfield developers I was … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Planning, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Back to the future to find lessons from Croydon’s past

Architecture author JOHN GRINDROD re-views an old television documentary and sees some interesting warnings for the town’s regeneration Back in 1993, it’s fair to say that I had never given much thought to the architecture of my home town, Croydon. … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Art, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, David Lean Cinema Campaign, Environment, History, Housing, Planning, Property, Taberner House, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Video: Alphaville and Sir Richard Rogers’ massive erection

It is more than 20 years since BBC2’s The Late Show devoted an entire programme to an examination of the merits, or otherwise, of Croydon’s architecture. The programme drew parallels with a French film noir called Alphaville, a dystopian vision. … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Art, Business, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Environment, History, Housing, Jo Negrini, London-wide issues, Planning, Property | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Could Dead Mall Syndrome be coming to a high street here?

“Did you have a good Christmas?” is a question that takes on a different meaning for shop-keepers and retail analysts. STEVEN DOWNES on a shopping trend in America of which Croydon’s Hammersfield developers must be wary Next month will see … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, John Burton, Planning, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Island tries to block out memories of seven-year hitch

It has been such a long time since the IYLO BUILDING last penned a column for this site, that they return now after a makeover and with a new name, though the developers probably don’t want you to regard the … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Environment, Housing, IYLO, Planning, Property, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

That Was The Year That Was: Readers pick their favourites

Our second bite at a review of the year (also know as “driving traffic with links to previous articles”) hands over the editorial choices to our loyal reader from all parts of our borough, and beyond. We approached a random … Continue reading

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MP Barwell’s leaflets try hard to disguise the fact he’s a Tory

Maybe it was the stress of mounting five half-arsed “petitions” since last month that made him forget to mention it. But there’s hardly a word in his latest leaflet to say that Gavin Barwell is a Conservative Party MP. It … Continue reading

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The myth of the economic “recovery” where we’re all worse off

CROYDON COMMENTARY: For ANDREW FISHER, the notion of a national economic recovery based on debt or a borough-wide regeneration based on retailing are equally flawed “We inherited an economy reliant on banking, immigration and debt,” Croydon Conservatives told us at … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Andrew Fisher, Business, Chris Philp, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP, Vidhi Mohan, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Why do all roads lead to Hammersfield but not the costs?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In response to TfL proposals to build a flyover to the Croydon Flyover, DAVID WICKENS asks why the town centre’s £1bn shopping mall developers are not required to contribute more towards improving the borough’s transport network I believe … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Commuting, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, East Croydon, Environment, Jo Negrini, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Purley Way, Tramlink, Transport, Waddon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Road schemes are out-dated and a threat to people’s health

CROYDON COMMENTARY: AUSTEN COOPER provides evidence to show that Transport for London’s £100 million-worth of public money on road schemes will probably make traffic congestion and pollution in the town centre worse Some people think that the Waddon flyover scheme … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Broad Green, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Croydon Cycling Campaign, Croydon Greens, Cycling, Environment, Planning, Transport, Waddon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments