Tag Archives: Whitgift Foundation

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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Rigourous? Gaffe-in Barwell gets in a spell of trouble

Oh dear. Michael Gove, the education secretary, will be displeased. Standards must be maintained, after all. Will he order gaffe-prone Gavin to stay behind for detention, or tell him to write  200 lines (“I must not make myself look like … Continue reading

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The day Boris and Croydon Tories found homelessness funny

Sometimes, we miss something. So it was, nearly a year ago when the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, came to Croydon to announce the shot-gun marriage of Westfield and Hammerson over the £1 billion redevelopment of property at the centre … 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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Town centre plans based on a substantial Foundation

With an annual income of more than £47 million, the Whitgift Foundation is a significant presence in Croydon. Yet we have heard very little about its role in the redevelopment of the town centre, says SUSAN OLIVER One interesting aspect … Continue reading

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Noted: How our local MPs voted to oppose food bank motion

On Wednesday, in the House of Commons, the Labour party put forward a motion that called for the government to look into the use of food banks in Britain. The number of people – many of them hard-working families – … 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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Lanfranc is latest Croydon school in fear of academisation

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, wades through the morass of educational half-truths to investigate why private education is quite so popular in Croydon This week’s latest Ofsted tables of school performance by borough showed that Greater London performed especially well. … Continue reading

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Barwell’s continuing appeal for candidates is cutting it fine

Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, continues his one-man campaign to try to recruit people as Conservative party candidates in the local elections, now by trawling the good people of Shirley ward, where the Council Leader Mike Fisher … Continue reading

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Your chance to meet Chris Philp for a chat and a cuppa

Chris Philp, the Conservative party donor who has been parachuted in as their next candidate in the ultra-safe parliamentary seat of Croydon South, is inviting you round for a chat and a cuppa next Saturday. Philp has written an email … Continue reading

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Soup kitchen PR disaster forces council U-turn – for now

Croydon Council has been shamed into backing down from “utilising all available bye [sic] laws” to stop a local charity handing out food to the homeless and poor in Queen’s Gardens, as was revealed by Inside Croydon this week. The sudden … Continue reading

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