Category Archives: CPO

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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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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£90m West Croydon deal promises 55% affordable homes

The developers behind a massive residential scheme in an old entertainment venue on Streatham High Road and the redevelopment into luxury flats of the Star and Garter home on Richmond Hill have spent £90million to move in on West Croydon. … 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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Scaled-down town centre development could take 10 years

MT WALLETTE, our unbuilt shopping malls correspondent, reports on the deep hole that Croydon has got itself into over the aborted Westfield development Croydon Council has allowed itself to be mugged by a couple of multi-national developers, and has handed … 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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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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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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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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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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MP holds urgent Westfield meetings with Chancellor and Mayor

Our retailing correspondent, MT WALLETTE, hears Sarah Jones spouting the developers’ platitudes, while the council leader has so far failed to publish the full contents of a letter of assurance from the Croydon Partners Sarah Jones, the MP for Croydon … Continue reading

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Mothercare quits Whitgift Centre as traders face CPO limbo

Mothercare is the latest large store to quit the Whitgift Centre, as the continuing uncertainty over the shopping mall’s future is making business increasingly tough for the few traders forced to remain. The large mother and baby store closed its … Continue reading

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Ruskin Square and Westfield in battle to secure Home Office

Multi-billion-pound developments in central Croydon could be forced to go head-to-head in a battle to secure the Home Office as tenants for their office buildings. According to a report published this morning by Property Week magazine, the Home Office is … Continue reading

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Barwell, Brexit and Croydon’s troubled Westfield dream

STEVEN DOWNES on how the meddling of Tory politicians and the Croydon Establishment managed to ensure that the redevelopment of Croydon town centre was never going to run smoothly Questions were asked in the House of Commons last night which … Continue reading

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Further Westfield delays put more pressure on CEO Negrini

It is six years to the day since Westfield and Hammerson said that, jointly, they would redevelop central Croydon. KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the increasingly beleaguered mood among senior council figures Croydon Council’s chief executive, Jo Negrini, … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Christmas past come to haunt the Whitgift Centre

Were we just imagining it, or was the crackling muzak in the Whitgift Centre really playing a version of Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’? Perhaps it was someone’s idea of a joke. Meanwhile, KEN TOWL has gone all Bob Cratchit on us … Continue reading

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Newman hails ‘key milestone’ as CPO begins for Westfield

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the council’s latest, detail-lite announcement on the £1.4bn Hammersfield scheme The council has finally started buying up the parcels of land around the Whitgift Centre, to allow work to begin on the £1.4billion Hammersfield redevelopment. It … Continue reading

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Brent Cross takes a £1.4bn hit as Hammerson signals a go-slow

High Street closures and Brexit uncertainties mean that retail landlord Hammerson is getting cold feet over redevelopment schemes for its shopping centres around the capital. WALTER CRONXITE reports Hammerson has shelved its plans for the £1.4billion redevelopment of its Brent … Continue reading

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Director behind Westfield’s £1.4bn Croydon scheme set to leave

John Burton, the Aussie businessman who has driven shopping mall developer Westfield’s schemes at Stratford, Shepherd’s Bush and, more recently and seemingly with the handbrake left on, in Croydon, is to leave the company. Burton’s decision to return to his … Continue reading

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