Category Archives: Boxpark

Armageddon! Boxpark predicts 50% businesses won’t survive

KEN LEE reports on how one heavily subsidised private landlord in the town centre is now lobbying for yet more public funding Half of Croydon’s retail and hospitality businesses won’t survive the coronavirus lockdown, according to Roger Wade, the owner … Continue reading

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Negrini draws ridicule for her £81 On The Buses guided tour

Hold very tight please! Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, is ready to be taken for a ride around Croydon town centre, all in the name of a good cause Croydon’s beleaguered £220,000 per year chief executive has attracted yet more … Continue reading

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Now even MIPIM doesn’t want to hear Negrini on regeneration

Where was the council’s £220,000-plus per year chief executive, Jo Negrini, yesterday? Was she hard at work at her desk in Fisher’s Folly, finding ways to reduce the council’s £879million total borrowing (according to Croydon Council’s own figures) from the … Continue reading

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Interest hike squeezes Brick by Brick’s speculative schemes

The Tory government’s obstinate fixation to drive the country off a Brexit cliff-edge at the end of October is driving down the value of the pound and causing massive problems for industry. Especially in construction – which could mean very … Continue reading

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Unhappy tenants say they’re ready to quit loss-making Boxpark

It’s not been a great week for Boozepark. Then again, nor has it been great for Croydon Council, either, as it was they who provided a £3million loan and more than £400,000 in hand-outs of public money to help get … Continue reading

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Council apprentices to get a pay rise – five years late

The Labour-run council was elected in 2014 on a promise to pay all its staff fairly. Yet some of the council’s least well-paid workers are only catching up now, and as KEN LEE reports, the Town Hall’s job brokerage service … Continue reading

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Sleep Out raises £45,000, but rough sleepers were not welcome

STEVEN DOWNES spent Sunday night speaking to the rough sleepers in the town centre who did not have a roof over the heads It is 10.45pm, and a cold, wintry wind whips along George Street as a handful of people … Continue reading

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The Big Sleep Out, Croydon town centre, Mar 24

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Council pays £53m to buy ‘unloved’ Colonnades centre

The business “brains” at Fisher’s Folly have gone out and splurged £53million of public money to buy the freehold of the “unloved” and rarely visited Colonnades retail and leisure park – just as industry experts are warning that 200 such … Continue reading

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Pollard’s manifesto makes election a question of honesty

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: Four years ago, the Conservatives in Croydon demonstrated their contempt for the electorate by not even bothering with a manifesto. This time round, as political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports, what they have produced is simply not very credible … Continue reading

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What a relief! Boxpark traders get helping hand from council

Boxpark, the booze and food outlet in a collection of old shipping containers next to East Croydon Station, has been given yet more help from the council in an attempt to staunch its exodus of tenants. Boxpark’s dwindling number of … Continue reading

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Prize draw: Win a pair of tickets for HotBox with David Rodigan

INSIDE CROYDON is delighted to be able to offer a pair of tickets to the high-demand HotBox launch party, featuring the legend of the turntables, David Rodigan. Being staged at Boxpark on April 28, the event is billed as the … Continue reading

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HotBox launch party with David Rodigan, Boxpark, Apr 28

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‘Successful investment’ Boxpark reports a £500,000 loss

Boxpark Croydon made a loss of nearly £500,000 last year, according to accounts filed to Companies House. The operation, renting space to independent outlets selling street food and staging music and other events in a collection of disused shipping containers … Continue reading

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Watson ‘backing’ business, after halving his charity’s income

Above is the scene in Surrey Street Market in early afternoon yesterday, Wednesday January 3, 2018. It is about six months since the council, in a plan pushed through by the soon-to-be-ex councillor Mark Watson, spent £1.2million, on “upgrading” the … Continue reading

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More food outlets quit Boxpark as the £33 ticket raves go on

Only in Croydon could there be a council-subsidised venue which tries to charge potential customers an entry fee so that they can get in and buy a £10 burger. Town Hall correspondent KEN LEE reports While other bars, pubs and … Continue reading

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Newman could face legal challenge over councillor sackings

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest twist to the sackings of two Labour councillors over the borough’s licensing policy Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon’s Labour-run council, may face a legal challenge to his decision to strip councillors Callton Young … Continue reading

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Newman sacks two councillors over bashment ban debate

WALTER CRONXITE on the latest power move by Labour’s council leader Tony Newman, the leader of the Labour-held council, with Soprano-esque savagery, has sacked two councillors in the festering dispute over the implementation of a new licensing policy to favour … Continue reading

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Council fails to publish papers for Boxpark licensing meeting

The council’s administration of its public meetings has again fallen short, ahead of a licensing sub-committee due to be held at the Town Hall tomorrow morning. The last licensing committee meeting has become a matter of controversy because neither the … Continue reading

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Owner ‘rises to the challenge’ as businesses quit Boxpark

“Stop sort of complaining about your lot and get on with rising to the challenge, that’s my message to people,” businessman Roger Wade said recently. “You can’t have the council going out trying to protect local businesses.” Wade is the … Continue reading

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Town centre social cleansing is back on council’s agenda

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a Town Hall proposal which few people want, and which would provide ‘powers’ which already exist Another week, another lip-service “consultation” from the council. Only this one’s a bit special, possibly the work of a comedy … Continue reading

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Council to drop licensing restrictions to make way for Westfield

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the latest move by the council to make it easier for Westfield to rent out space in its supermall to boozers, bars and places flogging £10 burgers There’s an estimated 17,000 people moving … Continue reading

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Chicken shops have had their chips if Butler gets her way

Alison Butler, Croydon Council’s deputy leader, has declared war on fast food shops around the borough. In an email sent to her 38 Labour councillor colleagues, seen by Inside Croydon, Butler, the council cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning, … Continue reading

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Boozepark applies to extend bar opening times until 1am

KEN LEE, our Town Hall correspondent, has found some interesting documents on the council’s planning site Within nine months of opening, and Boxpark has been applying to Croydon Council to drop some of the conditions linked to its planning permission … Continue reading

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Milestone for Ruskin Square offices as the Taxman moves in

The Taxman has arrived. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has this week begun moving into its new office building at 1 Ruskin Square, next to East Croydon Station, the first “regional hub” to become operational in “a major restructuring” (that … Continue reading

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