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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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Newman discovers climate emergency but offers little to fix it

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, was at the council’s ‘sustainability summit’ – staged in an unsustainable venue where guests were drinking from single-use cardboard cups – and found it to be full of contradictions Tony Newman, the Labour leader of … 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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Sleep Out raises £45,000, but rough sleepers were not welcome

STEVEN DOWNES spent Sunday night speaking to the rough sleepers in the town centre who did not have a roof over the heads It is 10.45pm, and a cold, wintry wind whips along George Street as a handful of people … Continue reading

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The Big Sleep Out, Croydon town centre, Mar 24

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Council pays £53m to buy ‘unloved’ Colonnades centre

The business “brains” at Fisher’s Folly have gone out and splurged £53million of public money to buy the freehold of the “unloved” and rarely visited Colonnades retail and leisure park – just as industry experts are warning that 200 such … 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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HotBox launch party with David Rodigan, Boxpark, Apr 28

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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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More food outlets quit Boxpark as the £33 ticket raves go on

Only in Croydon could there be a council-subsidised venue which tries to charge potential customers an entry fee so that they can get in and buy a £10 burger. Town Hall correspondent KEN LEE reports While other bars, pubs and … 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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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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Another bar closes with a Txt message for Croydon business

Are we witnessing the real impact of Boozepark on the rest of Croydon’s night time economy, with the announcement of the closure of another bar within a mile of the council-subsidised food and drink venue? Bar Txt, on South End, … 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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Surrey Street and the £1m questions Watson refuses to answer

The clique of  Progress councillors that control Croydon’s Labour-run Town Hall have really taken to this “post-truth” thing, to the point of issuing press releases, through the council’s propaganda department, which are fundamentally untrue. The latest instance is over the … 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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Council loaned £3m to company not registered for Living Wage

The Labour group which runs the council, and which two years ago was elected on a promise of making Croydon a London living wage borough, has provided a £3 million loan to a business which is not registered as a … 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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