Council’s CPO move on Allders building faces court challenge

Croydon Council was being taken to court this afternoon by lawyers acting for the lease-holder of Croydon Outlet Village – based in the building better remembered as Allders – in what has become an increasingly acrimonious dispute over the ownership and management of the site.

The former Allders building has had some tough times of late, but the council shutting it down this week rates as the nadir

Bailiffs acting on behalf of the council moved in before dawn yesterday to change the locks and take possession of the building, which a council spokesperson said was being done to allow for survey work to be conducted, as part of the Compulsory Purchase Order which Croydon has conducted ahead of the long-promised Westfield redevelopment.

But between 60 and 100 employees, who work across 40 businesses and concessions in the old department store building, have been locked out of their premises for two working days now, unable to access their stock, their cash in their safes and any personal effects.

Whether Optima Media International, the company which operated the Croydon Outlet Village, or the council win out in their court tussle, it seems unlikely that the building will be open for business again before Friday, causing a potential loss of business for the traders of more than £100,000. Continue reading

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Mayor of London pledges Park Hill garden £17,500 cash boost

The walled garden in Park Hill Park has been given a cash boost by the Mayor of London

A project to redesign Park Hill Park’s Victorian walled garden has had £17,500 pledged by the Mayor of London in a round of crowdfunding for community projects.

Through Crowdfund London, Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged more than £600,000 to support 23 neighbourhood projects around the capital. Continue reading

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Southwark councillor joins Labour selection battle for City Hall

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE suggests that only three entries for the race to be a candidate in Croydon and Sutton at next year’s London elections is being seen as a sign that few reckon there’s much of a chance of success

Dora Dixon-Fyle is a former Mayor of Southwark. Now she wants to represent Croydon and Sutton

Only three women have put themselves forward for the chance of being the Labour candidate in the Croydon and Sutton super-constituency at next May’s London Assembly elections.

Dora Dixon-Fyle, a councillor for Camberwell Green ward in Southwark, former aide to MP Harriet Harman, and sometime bit-part actor on EastEnders, has joined Patsy Cummings and Rowenna Davis in what the party machine decided should be a woman-only contest.

Croydon and Sutton is therefore the (joint) smallest field of the eight constituency selections which Labour is allowing to be contested (sitting Assembly Members in six other seats have been re-selected). Even neighbouring Bexley and Bromley has attracted more Labour members seeking to be their party’s candidate in the Tory stronghold. Continue reading

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Mitre Players take a grown-up look at classic Bugsy Malone

The Mitre Players’ Bugsy Malone cast make a bit of a song and a dance of it…

You might need a trip overseas (well, to Newport on the Isle of Wight) if you want to see the latest musical show from the Mitre Players. Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, caught it closer to home

As I shuffled into the Trinity school old boys’ club house, I feared the worst.

The village hall-style room had its seating laid out cabaret-style, which can often be most agreeable. But for the seats at the back of the room, there was less leg room than on an overbooked Ryanair flight. Or so I was led to believe. I would never dream of stooping so low as to board an aircraft without the sure and certain knowledge that my required seat had been properly reserved for me.

And while it is mid-July, I was grateful for having the presence of mind to have brought my vintage white fox stoll with me: the air conditioning had been turned up to 11, giving the hall the chill air of winter. Continue reading

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Join Friends of Grangewood Park for a butterfly hunt, Jul 21

Join the Friends of Grangewood Park this Sunday evening, July 21, to try and catch a glimpse of the purple hairstreak butterfly so that it can be confirmed that it’s still thriving in the park.

The purple hairstreak is an elusive butterfly that flies in the canopy of oak trees on summer evenings, with the walk organised with the London Wildlife Trust as part of National Parks Week.

This event is free and open to all. There’s no need to book. Continue reading

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Holiday Club, Christ Church Addiscombe, Jul 22-26

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Community safety meeting, South Norwood, Jul 19

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