Tag Archives: Whitgift Centre

The MP, the charity, the £1bn scheme and a three-year closure

The Whitgift Centre is to be closed for three years – and that’s according to the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, so it must be true. There has been confusion this week over the plans for the £1 billion re-development … Continue reading

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£1bn Westfield and Hammerson scheme is Croydon’s last hope

CROYDON COMMENTARY: DAVID CALLAM welcomes the Hammersfield redevelopment of the centre of town. After all, there is no alternative The Whitgift Shopping City proposals are a way for the Whitgift Foundation to secure its financial future for decades to come. … Continue reading

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Planning chief: ‘I don’t know how long Whitgift will be closed’

The lack of clarity over the immediate future of the Whitgift Centre was compounded yesterday when a council director called in certain sections of the local media to provide an on-the-record briefing to contradict the information she had herself provided … Continue reading

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Whitgift Centre to close for three years in Croydon facelift

Whoops. Someone must have forgotten to mention,  amid the local Establishment’s ecstasy over the vast acreage of retail floor space and 5,000 “new” jobs that the £1 billion new Hammersfield shopping mall promises to bring to central Croydon, that to … Continue reading

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Councillors get two months off to work out what they stand for

WALTER CONXITE, our man with a dog-eared copy of the local free paper and a part-eaten Yorkie bar, offers his pre-Grand National pin-stickers’ guide to the likely outcome of May’s local elections Croydon’s councillors, all 70 of them who between … Continue reading

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Youth knife crime: the most vicious of vicious circles

The latest, and probably the most serious, scandal to blight Croydon has been this year’s spate of youth stabbings. SHANIQUA BENJAMIN, pictured, investigates what is driving young people to carry weapons Two teenagers stabbed in the Whitgift Centre.  A 12-year-old … Continue reading

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Lives Not Knives retail event, Centrale, Feb 22

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Steel’s fond of his dirty old town. At least it’s not Swanley

BELLA BARTOCK, our arts correspondent, has been out on the town again, and found herself rolling in the aisles at the Ashcroft Theatre. But she picked herself up and dusted herself off just in time for comedian Mark Steel to … Continue reading

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Perry’s double life as building supplier and planning official

BBC London News featured Croydon on its early evening news on Friday, stating that the building industry in the borough is booming. Oh yeah! This is the same south London borough where the number of affordable homes built in the borough … Continue reading

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Hoardings and mud or affordable homes? It’s your choice

Croydon has more than 9,000 families on the waiting list for a home, yet the current council administration is refusing to insist that property developers - among them Conservative party donors – include the levels of social housing in their plans which even London … Continue reading

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Newman outlines Labour group’s ambitions for Croydon

More co-operation with voluntary groups and residents, cleaner streets, more openness and transparency at the Town Hall. Councillor TONY NEWMAN outlines some of his Labour group’s proposals for 2014 In May, Croydon goes to the polls to elect a council … Continue reading

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Charity reform required to alter Foundation’s influence

CROYDON COMMENTARY: At the weekend, Susan Oliver asked: what is the real role in Croydon of the multi-million pound Whitgift Foundation, the owners of much of the land being redeveloped as part of the £1bn Hammersfield scheme? Here, DAVID CALLAM … Continue reading

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Get ready because here comes the Costa del Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: What can we expect from the outline plans for the £1 billion redevelopment of Croydon town centre submitted by Hammersfield – Westfield and Hammerson – which have won such speedy approval from the Town Hall to Whitehall? DAVID … Continue reading

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£1bn property schemes, landowners and proper role of MPs

Coincidence of interests does not rule out the potential for the appearance of conflicts of interest. STEVEN DOWNES asks why Croydon Central’s MP has refused to resign his positions with landowners the Whitgift Foundation Rejoice! We are a grandmother! Well, … Continue reading

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Minerva threaten legal challenge over Hammersfield scheme

The £1 billion Hammersfield redevelopment of Croydon town centre could yet face a bloody legal battle, a report in the latest edition of Property Week confirms. The problem, as has been so often the case with town centre developments in … Continue reading

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