Tag Archives: Croydon Council

Fairfield Halls director quits less than six months after opening

EXCLUSIVE: A £42.6m white elephant without its mahout? Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, reports on the most dramatic of exits from the Fairfield Halls Neil Chandler has left the building. The Fairfield Halls’ venue and artistic director has left his … Continue reading

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‘Lack of trust’ sees arts venue selling just 26% of tickets

With the Fairfield Halls refurbishment costs now confirmed as £42.6m, and still rising, the venue is struggling to win back its audiences, as KEN LEE reports The costs of refurbishing the Fairfield Halls rose by another £1.6million in just five … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Jo Negrini, Neil Chandler, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

MP Jones calls for end to ‘permitted development’ conversions

Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones has called on the government to scrap “permitted development” rules which allow developers to convert offices into the “slums of the future” without the consent of local councils. Even though Croydon’s Labour-run council blocked further … Continue reading

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Hundreds turn out to join campaign for directly elected mayor

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the mounting numbers behind a campaign seeking to change the way the council is run The patronage that keeps Croydon’s Town Hall troika of Tony Newman, Alison Butler and Paul Scott in power is looking … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Chris Philp MP, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Paul Scott, Planning, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

New Addington, Purley, George St: protests mount against BxB

The spin is in. Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on how the council is responding to gathering disquiet by spending thousands on a London PR firm They were there again yesterday, despite the stormy February weather. They’ve been turning up … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Community associations, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Paul Scott, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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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If you had the choice, would you want a flat or a house?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: As the Labour-run council and its planning department continues its unrelenting drive for overdevelopment, one resident from the south of the borough, LUCIA BRIAULT, asks whether what is being built is what the public actually wants Let me … Continue reading

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