Tag Archives: Whitgift Centre

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

Flip! Flop! The Sequel: Playing fields shambles rolls on

It’s beginning to look as if Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon’s Labour Party, could do with a new pair of flip flops for Christmas. Because he must be wearing out the pair he’s got now, as the “shambles” (© … Continue reading

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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

Bishop needs to end Foundation links to build real trust

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Following this week’s appointment of a Whitgift Foundation board-member to chair the Fairness Commission, local activist CHARLOTTE DAVIES says it is long overdue for Croydon to cut some of the public school ties that bind After the Croydon … Continue reading

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Newman goes big on promises on jobs, homes and investment

Is it mandatory to take large quantities of hallucinogenic drugs on assuming a senior position at Croydon Council or taking political office at the Town Hall? We only ask because it seems Tony Newman, the council leader, has been on … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, John Burton, Nathan Elvery, RIF, Tony Newman, URV, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

MP Barwell ducks TV appearance as pressure begins to mount

REVERSE FERRET ALERT! Gavin Barwell, the Tory MP for the Whitgift Foundation, has pulled out of an appearance on this week’s BBC Sunday Politics programme. Barwell has never knowingly declined an invitation to attend even the opening of a fridge … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Allders, Business, Centrale, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Crystal Palace Park, Gavin Barwell MP, John Burton, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Our time is now’? Newman is having a bit of a Mayor

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the Town Hall reception flicking through the visitors’ book, says that the council leader’s “strategy” for funding cannot be delivered unless he agrees to abandoning the patronage on which he depends for his political power … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Centrale, City status, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Mayor of London, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Risks ahead if only thing cool in Croydon is property market

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Delays in Westfield’s delivery dates, “speculative” office builds and dire economic warnings make an unhappy mix for those with a stake in our borough. STEVEN DOWNES asks: where’s the Plan B? As an observer of modern trends, Simon … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Addiscombe, Allders, Business, Centrale, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, London-wide issues, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Tram loop to cost £25m as Boris ‘panders to developers’

The Tramlink loop proposed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, for the benefit of Westfield and Hammerson’s supermall in central Croydon, will cost an eye-watering £25 million. At least £15 million of that will be paid by London’s tax-payers. As Inside … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Commuting, Croydon Greens, East Croydon, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Parking, Planning, Property, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Town centre is a monument to municipal mismanagement

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The honeymoon is over for Tony Newman’s Labour council which was elected in May, says DAVID CALLAM Labour has settled back into power in Croydon Town Hall and many of the same old problems are as intractable as … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Council Tax, Croydon Council, David Callam, Housing, Jo Negrini, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Planning, RIF, Tony Newman, URV, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Crisis for Labour as Hammersfield admits delays until 2019

Croydon’s new council’s hopes of the £1 billion Hammersfield shopping mall development being built and on-stream speedily took another blow last night when an invited audience of local businesses was told that the scheme would not start construction until 2016 … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Parking, Planning, Property, Robert Canning, Toni Letts, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Labour is getting all spaced out over Croydon’s old offices

Proposals to preserve Croydon’s over-supply of old and unwanted office space go before Croydon Council’s cabinet meeting tonight, and risk jeopardising the town’s tentative recovery, writes WALTER CRONXITE Criticisms of Croydon Council’s commitment to preserving heritage are misplaced. A report … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Business, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Award-winning’ planning chief says house building is easy

Famously, Tom Lehrer said that satire died the day that Henry Kissinger was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. What Lehrer might have made of Croydon being presented with an award for being Britain’s best local planning authority probably … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Planning, RIF, Steve Reed MP, Taberner House, URV, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Five-try Whitgift blitz John Fisher in local schools’ derby

RUGBY ROUND-UP: After scoring 24 points in a first-half blitz, Whitgift School’s first XV took the local bragging rights (again), as they beat John Fisher 38-10 last Saturday. They are probably entitled to expect such a performance, given the financial … Continue reading

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