Category Archives: Surrey Street

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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Local businesses get on their trikes to help Mayday workers

As the pandemic crisis heads into its second month in London, even under the toughest economic conditions for generations small businesses rooted in their communities are going out of their way to help, with special offers for NHS staff. Jose … Continue reading

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Banksy warns: do not trade with this Croydon art dealer

When Bansky’s largest ever art installation was unveiled on Church Street earlier this month, one of the first to appear on the scene to try to claim some undeserved credit for the street artist’s appearance in Croydon was the council … Continue reading

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Banksy takes on big business through his Croydon store

A statement issued by street artist Banksy this afternoon confirmed that his Gross Domestic Product store in a disused carpet shop on Church Street in the town centre is indeed his work, and that it is in effect a showroom … Continue reading

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Banksy sets up shop in Surrey Street with Stormzy stab vest

Banksy, probably the world’s best-known living artist, notorious for his thought-provoking and often temporary art installations, has set up shop in Surrey Street. The artist has taken over a previously empty retail premises at the Church Street end of the … Continue reading

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Street market licences fall by 87% after council ‘improvements’

The number of casual licences issued to stall-holders to trade on Surrey Street Market has fallen by 87 per cent since one of council leader Tony Newman’s closest colleagues at the Town Hall shut down the ancient market to squander … Continue reading

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Hipsterdom is alive and thriving at £8 per pint in Surrey Street

Go on a pub crawl, said the editor. Find the dark heart of hipster wankerdom in Croydon, where beer is overpriced and the sandwiches chewy and taste odd, he said. Play ping pong, or shuffleboard, came the brief. As you … Continue reading

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Internet can’t replace real life shopping in Surrey Street

CROYDON COMMENTARY: With Debenhams the latest Centrale department store battling for survival, reader LEWIS WHITE offers his views on the blight that is the modern, online retail experience Hindsight says that it’s a pity that Centrale was ever built. Whitgift … Continue reading

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Developers get green light for 60 flats on Matthew’s Yard

Developers have been give the green light to demolish Matthew’s Yard off Surrey Street, and to develop a multi-use building including 60 flats – 18 of which will be “affordable” – and a purpose-built arts and music venue. A unanimous … Continue reading

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Street art on Surrey Street can’t fill the gap in the market

Armed with his re-usable canvas bag, KEN TOWL strolled down Croydon’s ancient street market to pick up a bargain and find out how the traders are getting along, more than a year after its £1.1million makeover It is a truth … Continue reading

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Addiscombe couple’s ethical pet food is set to launch

A pet-loving couple from Addiscombe this month launch a range of dog food and cat food. Their products are being rolled out to stores across Croydon, and have been taken on by Dabner’s, Surrey Street’s long-standing pet shop. Jack Walker … Continue reading

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Council’s figures show traders in exodus from Surrey Street

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE has been doing some digging into how a £1.2m ‘improvement’ scheme has driven away businesses from the town’s historic street market The legacy of Mark Watson’s £1.2million, council-funded artwashing and gentrification of Surrey Street is … Continue reading

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Developers scale down towering ambition for Surrey Street

Developers who want to demolish an old shop and warehouse building on Surrey Street and replace it with a modern block of flats have scaled down their plans, following meetings with the council’s planning committee and a public consultation last … 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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Back2Bars Open Mic Nights, Project B, off Surrey Street

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Labour councillor Watson opts to jump before de-selection

STEVEN DOWNES reports on the latest shift of power at the Town Hall Addiscombe councillor Mark Watson, an influential member of the council cabinet, last night stunned Labour Party members in his ward by announcing his withdrawal from the selection … Continue reading

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£300,000 refurb will provide a new stage in the Dragon’s Den

One of the town centre’s best-used pubs is undergoing a £300,000 Croydon face-lift which will see it offer punters a real “Dragon’s Den” once it re-opens next week. And at least regulars at the Green Dragon on Croydon High Street … Continue reading

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Diwali Mela, Surrey Street Market, Oct 22

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Developers appoint Hoodoos to run rebuilt Matthew’s Yard

Regent Land and Developments, a company which specialises in developing brownfield sites, has announced that a building on Surrey Street, including the premises known as Matthew’s Yard, is to be re-built to include a purpose-built café and arts performance space. … Continue reading

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Dog and Bull prize pub quiz, Surrey Street, Oct 26

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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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Open Mic Nights in aid of Nightwatch, Project B, start Oct 13

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Night clubbers’ cars stop Surrey Street traders from working

It is only now, three months after the re-opening of Surrey Street Market, beginning to emerge why it was necessary to spend £1.2million on resurfacing a stretch of the road as part of Councillor Mark Watson’s attempt to drive stall-holders … 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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‘Pound a croissant!’ Council continues to artwash Surrey Street

Croydon’s Labour-run council is not even trying to hide its gentrification agenda for Surrey Street any longer. Having ripped the guts out of the traditional street market through neglect of its traders and an enforced two-month closure, all done at … Continue reading

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