Tag Archives: Boozepark

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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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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£30,000 raised for homelessness ahead of Croydon Sleep Out

Croydon’s Labour MPs will be roughing it on Sunday night, as Steve Reed OBE and Sarah Jones take part in Croydon’s first Sleep Out. They will be joined by councillor Alison Butler, as they give up their beds for the … Continue reading

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Body blow for council as Body Shop looks to move offices

The Body Shop could be about to pack-up and quit Croydon, according to reports tonight. The ethically based cosmetics retailer, founded in Brighton 40 years ago by Anita Roddick, moved hundreds of staff to the refurbished “state of the art” … 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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‘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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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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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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#BoxparkBallsFund: Legal appeal hits its target in just 26 hours

There’s people on the pitch. They think it’s all over. It is now! OK, it may not be quite the same as winning the World Cup, but the generosity and encouragement offered by Inside Croydon’s readers over the past day … Continue reading

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May Day: Please help our appeal against Boxpark legal threat

Inside Croydon has been around for nearly seven years, and never before have we asked for any financial help from our loyal reader. Until now. The website has incurred legal bills in defending – successfully, we’re happy to say – … Continue reading

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Croydon ‘Works’ – at a cost of £1,230 for every job placement

WALTER CRONXITE reports that a council job brokerage scheme has spent just £1,000 in the past year on training for unemployed local residents, but paid more than £100,000 on staff to manage the project Croydon Council last month issued a … Continue reading

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Boxpark switches job ad to get round Living Wage rules

Boxpark, the council-subsidised food and booze venue, has dropped its low-pay internship advertisement, after Inside Croydon highlighted how it was offering to pay a miserly £6.50 per hour, well below the London Living Wage. Now, Boozepark has re-jigged the ad, … Continue reading

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Scandal of council-funded Boxpark paying £6.50 per hour

Boxpark, the food and booze outlet set up next to East Croydon Station thanks to £3.5million of loans and grants from Croydon Council, is now recruiting for an events and digital marketing “intern” and offering less than two-thirds of the … Continue reading

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Council gives one week’s notice of its latest Surrey St meeting

Sshhh! Don’t tell everyone, but Croydon Council is staging a meeting next week to explain how it is going to spend £1million of your money on one of the most historically important areas of the borough. The “informal” meeting, about … Continue reading

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Council refuses to say whether it will prosecute fly-posters

Good as its word, Croydon Council has acted to remove the posters for Boxpark which had been fly-posted around the borough last week. And true to Croydon form, it’s been a bit of a botch job. As Inside Croydon reported, … Continue reading

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Boxpark posters draw complaints to council’s clean-up team

Well. This will be embarrassing for Croydon Council leader Tony Newman just as he packs his bucket and spade for a weekend jolly by the seaside on a Labour group “awayday” to Eastbourne. Boxpark, which has been in receipt of … Continue reading

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Unit rents in Boxpark set to triple following its glitzy opening

Rents for units in Boxpark could be set to triple after initial lease periods, Inside Croydon has been informed. The new soaring rents are understood to be behind the reluctance of some Croydon-based restauranteurs and cafe operators to take space … Continue reading

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Newman breaks manifesto promise over Boxpark festival

Tony Newman’s Labour council has broken one of its 2014 manifesto commitments, after diverting £160,000 of public money from its intended free annual music festival to pay towards private business Boozepark’s opening shindig next month. The council-run Ambition Festival was … Continue reading

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Boxpark opening airbrushes all mention of Ambition Festival

Boxpark Croydon has finally announced its opening dates. Boozepark, which was lured to the site alongside East Croydon Station with a £3 million loan from the Labour-run council, is to stage a two-day “Opening Festival” on October 29 and 30 … Continue reading

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Open House weekend: see where your money’s spent

Croydon’s somewhat curmudgeonly attitude towards Open House London, the annual opportunity to sneak a peek behind normally firmly closed doors, appears to have been shaken off, finally. But not as far as the not-so-dynamic team in the council’s press office … Continue reading

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Boxpark delays could see Ambition Festival staged in October

Our arts correspondent BELLA BARTOCK reports on how a council-backed arts fest can’t fix a date in the diary It’s just a few weeks since Croydon Council made the announcement that it would use £160,000 of Council Tax-payers’ money to … Continue reading

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After £3m loan, now council lays on festival for Boxpark

Croydon Council today went some way to confirming – inadvertently, of course – that Boxpark, the publicly subsidised retail outlet alongside East Croydon Station, won’t be ready to open as planned this summer. Inside Croydon was first to report the … Continue reading

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