Category Archives: “Hammersfield”

Westfield scale down plans, leaving Croydon a ‘dead duckling’

A day early, Croydon has suffered a Valentine’s Day massacre, as the French owners of Westfield announced a multi-billion reshaping of their investment plans – with their Croydon project described as a “£1.5billion dead duckling”. And it seems Croydon Council … Continue reading

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Westfield now holding Croydon to ransom over business rates

Just how big a bribe, a “bung” if you prefer, of public cash is it going to take to get Westfield and their supermall partners to finally get to work on their Barwell-inspired, Tory-backed shopping centre scheme in Croydon Town … Continue reading

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Westfield ‘review’ drags on as retail has worst year since 1995

Our retailing correspondent MT WALETTE can find no good news for the nation’s high streets – which is very bad news for Croydon’s retail-led town centre ‘regeneration’ Last year was the worst on record for retailing in this country, with … Continue reading

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Westfield letter that Tony Newman didn’t want you to see

Croydon Council tried to cover-up a letter from the CEO of Westfield to the council leader that warned of “the deep structural changes currently facing retailers… illustrated by the growing number of bankruptcies, CVAs and retailers announcing declining financial results”. … Continue reading

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What the election means for Croydon, Westfield and St Helier

After a long and sleepless night, our political editor WALTER CONXITE sifts through the wreckage of the General Election, and what it might mean for Croydon, and Sutton The fourth General Election since 2010 is significant because it is the … Continue reading

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Another body-blow as Hammerson lists malls for sale

The latest body-blow to the prospects of the £1.4billion redevelopment of Croydon town centre came last night, with all the force of an Anthony Joshua uppercut: Hammerson is exiting the retail shopping park business, and doing so as fast as … Continue reading

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£2.5bn fund closure is bad news for Croydon’s Westfield hopes

The doubts about whether the Westfield redevelopment of Croydon’s Whitgift Centre will ever begin grew even greater this week, as one of the country’s biggest property funds began blocking investors from making withdrawals, blaming both Brexit and the retail downturn … 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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Adonis joins Croydon MP’s 5-year-old campaign for Zone 4

Former Labour transport minister Andrew Adonis has backed calls from a Croydon MP and local businesses to re-zone East Croydon and West Croydon Stations, to make it cheaper to travel between the city centre and the south London borough. Lord … Continue reading

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Centrale offers £5 to first shoppers who ‘declutter to refresh’

Croydon shoppers are being encouraged to recycle before they refresh their wardrobes, as the Centrale shopping mall in the town centre announces it will host an autumn fashion and beauty event with a difference. “Declutter to Refresh” on October 4-5 … Continue reading

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How wait for Westfield is turning North End into Hooky Street

Serious doubts exist over Westfield’s plans to redevelop in the town centre. Yet while the council does its best to close down legitimate high street businesses, or mismanages one of the country’s oldest traditional street markets and drives away stall-holders, … Continue reading

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A month after seizing Allders, council moves just six traders

The council’s propaganda department has finally, a month after Town Hall heavies staged a dawn raid on the former Allders building, broken its silence over the forced closure of the Croydon Outlet Village. On July 16, around two dozen small … Continue reading

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Westfield is ‘too little, too late’ to save Croydon town centre

With more than 1,200 empty units in the borough already, traders say that the development blight caused by lengthy delays by supermall operators has turned Croydon into ‘a retail graveyard’. MT WALLETTE reports A shiny new Westfield shopping centre, promised … Continue reading

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Council’s land grab has ‘destroyed our lives’ says trader

The council’s handling of the Compulsory Purchase Order for the former Allders building is driving dozens of businesses to the brink of collapse and even putting traders’ homes at risk, according to one who has been locked out of their … Continue reading

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79% object to bus route changes – but TfL go ahead with cuts

Building works around the Whitgift Centre will see eight bus routes shortened to avoid  driving through Croydon town centre Transport for London last night confirmed that they are to press ahead with cuts to most of the bus routes serving … Continue reading

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Newman ducks questions to show he’s all words, not deeds

TOWN HALL SKETCH: Who are we to believe? The last full council meeting until October descended into accusations from politicians of lying (ahh, the sweet irony), while the public’s petitions were re-written for them by council officials, until debate was … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Westfield woe as high street sales fall ‘worst since the crash’

The prospects of Westfield ever making good on their promise to redevelop the town centre appear to be receding by the week, while Croydon’s Labour-run council cravenly gives in to the developers by withholding vital information about the long-delayed project. … Continue reading

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Workers fear House of Fraser store’s lease won’t be renewed

Our retailing correspondent MT WALLETTE reports on suggestions that House of Fraser is considering the status of its Centrale lease There’s growing concern among staff and workers at one of Croydon’s last remaining department stores about the future for their … Continue reading

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Westfield moves HQ to shopping centre, but not in Croydon

Westfield delivered the latest slap in the face to Croydon this morning, when it announced that it is to move its corporate headquarters to Shepherd’s Bush. True, Westfield London does have an advantage over Westfield Croydon, in that it has … Continue reading

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Council breaks the law to keep Newman’s Westfield letter secret

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on how the increasingly secretive Labour council appears to have something to hide over the future of the town centre’s long-delayed redevelopment Croydon Council is trying to keep secret the contents of a letter sent … Continue reading

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Centrale’s Debenhams is given a reprieve – but for how long?

Our retailing crisis correspondent, MT WALLETTE, on worrying times for employees in one of the town centre’s last remaining department stores Staff working in Debenhams in Croydon’s Centrale shopping centre were given a reprieve this morning when their store was … Continue reading

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Newman: New Westfield should have a much smaller car park

Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon’s Labour-controlled council, wants the new Westfield supermall in the town centre – if it is ever built – to have “considerably less” than the 3,000 car parking spaces for which his own council has … Continue reading

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Council CEO spends £20,000 on annual trip to South of France

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, unravels the latest extravagance with public money by the Labour-run council’s chief executive Jo Negrini, Croydon Council’s £212,000 per year chief executive, last month spent nearly £20,000 of public money so that she and three … Continue reading

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