Category Archives: “Hammersfield”

Business leader issues plea to government for financial help

The government needs to provide greater support for those firms worst-hit by the extension of the covid-19 lockdown or risk losing Croydon’s “beating heart”, according to the head of the largest business group in the borough. Matthew Sims is the … Continue reading

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Lockdown shop closures will extend town centre’s blight

Our retailing correspondent MT WALLETTE reports that covid’s impact on the High Street leave little hope of Westfield’s long-promised redevelopment on North End any time soon One-tenth of shops in London are now vacant, according to the latest figures for … Continue reading

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Centrale flips out with £2m adventure park planned for summer

Around 75 jobs will be created by turning unwanted retail space into a ‘family fun centre’ It might not be the whole solution to the sorry plight of Croydon town centre, where a year-long lockdown has compounded storeowners’ troubles with … Continue reading

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Future of the high street: young filmmakers offer bleak take

A project by Historic England – The Future of the High Street – has released a short film made in Croydon. If anyone needed any further reinforcement of the notion that Croydon town centre had become run-down and neglected after … Continue reading

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MP calls on Chancellor for fairer funding for south London

Sarah Jones, the MP for Croydon Central, used a speech in parliament’s Budget debate yesterday to repeat her call for East Croydon Station to be “re-zoned” in the capital’s public transport fares system to Zone 4 – even though her … Continue reading

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I want people to be envious when I say ‘I live in Croydon’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Regular reader ANDREW MURRAY (no, not that one) provides an example of the anger that is mounting among residents over the council’s failed management Croydon, like so many small towns in the UK, lives in the shadow of … Continue reading

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French boardroom revolution could force Westfield sell-off

By STEVEN DOWNES It is looking increasingly likely that Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield will look to unload any interests they hold in the long-promised £1.4billion redevelopment scheme for Croydon town centre. It is almost two years since URW decided to “review” the already … Continue reading

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Newman bypassed cabinet and colleagues on CEO decisions

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest decision by decree from the council leader, and with a profile of the interim CEO who had a chequered career before joining Croydon Before she was announced yesterday as the interim replacement … Continue reading

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Negrini must not receive any reward for failures, says MP

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on the immediate reactions to the departure of the council’s chief executive Any pay-off to Jo Negrini, Croydon Council’s departing chief executive, would be “morally wrong at this time of financial … Continue reading

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It’s official: finally Newman breaks silence on Negrini’s exit

The battle over a lavish ‘golden handshake’ for the £220,000 per year chief executive appears to have been settled. By STEVEN DOWNES Tony Newman, the leader of the Labour-run council, finally broke his silence this afternoon to confirm that Jo … Continue reading

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Ex-councillor admits he was wrong over Westfield scheme

A former deputy council leader has spoken publicly about their deep regret for their part in bringing developers, such as Westfield, to their town centre, leaving it as “a tragedy of a place now”. “There’s plenty of nostalgia and lots … Continue reading

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Financially challenged Purley Way among John Lewis closures

The John Lewis At Home store on the Purley Way will never reopen its doors. Croydon shoppers who had made the most of the department store’s limited presence since it opened its out-of-town site had their fears confirmed this morning … Continue reading

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Electric House gets makeover for Britain’s 95th-best university

‘It’s a bit like saying Fulham are one of London’s top football teams.’ Our Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest example of the council over-hyping its performance Unable to deliver the £1.4billion shiny new Westfield shopping mall that … Continue reading

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Turn Westfield shambles into opportunity to re-shape our town

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The clear change in approach from senior figures at the Town Hall, previously cheerleaders for Westfield, over the abandoned plans for a £1.4bn redevelopment of the Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres represent a welcome opportunity to remodel the … Continue reading

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Labour councillors signal major Town Hall U-turn over Westfield

Croydon Council is preparing to complete a full 180-degree U-turn over their position on Westfield and the long-promised and undelivered £1.4billion temple to consumerism in the town centre. “It makes sense for radical overhaul of the proposals for Croydon,” was … Continue reading

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Back to the drawing board for new plans for the Whitgift Centre

The council has today issued documents that admit the era of big, shiny shopping centres is over and that the £1.4bn Westfield development is ‘unlikely to be implemented as consented’. Our unbuilt shopping centre correspondent, MT WALLETTE, reports Less than … Continue reading

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£1.4bn scheme loses supporter as Hammerson chief quits

Our closed-down-shops-and-malls correspondent, MT WALLETTE, on another potentially damaging turn of events for those who still hold out hope that the town centre might be ‘regenerated’ with a new shopping centre While council leader Tony Newman was gilding the lily … Continue reading

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Desperate Newman needs Westfield Mk IV to save his skin

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, the France-based international shopping mall owners, have given council leader Tony Newman “a very positive letter” about the company’s commitment to Croydon – despite having left the town centre in a state of development blight for almost a decade. … Continue reading

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Next takes up vacant Debenhams space to enter beauty contest

When we reported the demise of Croydon’s Debenhams store yesterday, the question posed was “who might move into the large store space next?” And the answer soon offered up was: Next. Hammerson was able to play hardball over the second … Continue reading

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Revealed: Council’s plan for town centre is 95th-best university

GENE BRODIE, education correspondent, on the increasingly desperate-looking moves to salvage anything from the town centre regeneration Croydon Council’s “cunning plan” to dig the town centre out of the hole created for it by the Whitgift Foundation and Westfield is … Continue reading

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Centrale’s Debenhams to remain closed after lockdown ends

Our demise-of-high-street-retailing correspondent, MT WALLETTE, says that there’s no coming back from the latest hammer blow to the £1.4bn town centre regeneration scheme Coronavirus claimed another victim last night: Debenhams in Croydon. In truth, the department store, which has been … Continue reading

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Three months late, BID hires headhunters to recruit chair

Croydon BID, the organisation made up of some of the town centre’s biggest businesses, has gone into the covid-19 crisis while looking for someone to chair the organisation. As predicted by Inside Croydon, the departure from the Fairfield Halls of … Continue reading

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Debenhams administration is another blow to Hammerson

The coronavirus lockdown looks about to claim another casualty, as department store Debenhams announced this morning that it is to call in the financial administrators. It will the second time in a year that Debenhams has gone into administration. The … Continue reading

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Chancellor is taking an axe to councils’ magic money tree

Croydon Council has more than £1bn of borrowings – half of which has gone on Brick by Brick and the purchase of some commercial properties. Proposals contained in the Budget this week could put an end to that, as KEN … Continue reading

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Concrete-coated Brexit is a disaster for Croydon’s Westfield

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Britain’s exit from Europe has played a major part in the collapse of the town’s Westfield scheme, says SIMON SPRAGUE During the General Election campaign in December, I made the perhaps unwise decision to join Twitter. I set … Continue reading

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