Tag Archives: High Street

Not everything’s going to plan after High Street roadworks

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, finds the council facing another possible U-turn on one of its street schemes There’s a degree of chaos and confusion in the streets around the Town Hall, even more so than usual, after more … Continue reading

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Police drugs raid closes High Street and roads in town centre

Dozens of police, some believed to be from specialist drugs units, descended on Katharine Street this morning in a raid on dealers suspected of operating in the town centre. Some residents were evacuated from flats overlooking the High Street as … Continue reading

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Reggae beats help Valentines go smoothly on One Love night

Turtle Bay, the Caribbean restaurant on Croydon High Street, are injecting a big helping of light-hearted fun into Valentine’s Day this year, as they invite everyone to celebrate “One Love” on February 14. Customers can expect a laid-back Caribbean dinner served … Continue reading

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William Hill looking to close one-third of their betting shops

Could Croydon’s high streets become even emptier of active shops than some already are? Our retailing and betting correspondent, M.T. WALLETTE, with a hot tip for the 5.15 at Aintree on Saturday*, reports on how even the borough’s turf accountants … Continue reading

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After 97 years, Millets on the High Street is to shut up shop

Croydon’s anticipation for Westfield has already lasted longer than Beckett ever intended anyone to wait for Godot. And meanwhile, in the absence of the £1.4billion retailing Nirvana promised by council CEO Jo Negrini and the suits at Hammerson and Westfield, … Continue reading

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Portas Pilot has been a flop, admits scheme’s ex-chair

The Portas Pilot project, intended to revive business in Croydon’s ancient Surrey Street Market, has been a failure. That’s effectively the admission of Mary Portas, Prime Minister David Cameron’s “retail guru” and self-proclaimed “Queen of the High Street”. It is … Continue reading

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Portas starts to opens doors – for £1bn “Hammersfield”

LAST NIGHT’S TELLY: DAVID CALLAM, the former local newspaper business editor, reviews the opening episode of Mary Queen of the High Street, the Channel 4 series that spawned £2.7 million-worth of public grants, and poses an important question about her … Continue reading

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Green Dragon offers real ale, good food and all that jazz

Good beer and free music performances continue to make the Green Dragon, on the High Street, probably the best pub in the centre of Croydon. With jazz groups performing at the Green Dragon every Sunday, the pub also has some … Continue reading

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Sign of the times tells of councils, morons and traffic wardens

Our loyal reader has been in touch again, this time after thumbing through the pages of a trade magazine. Oh yes. Things are rarely more exciting. But after pointing out the story (see below), our loyal reader makes a very … Continue reading

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Croydon gets ready for a royal visit from the Queen of Shops

Croydon is readying itself for a royal visit today: Mary Queen of Shops may be heading into town. This is not to be confused with Kate Middleton’s in-laws pressing the flesh along London Road, back 13 months after last year’s … Continue reading

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One-third of Portas Fund being used to pay for a committee

Nearly one-third of the £100,000 “Portas Fund” promised to try to revive Croydon’s ailing Old Town shops and stalls is to be diverted to pay for the running of a council-run committee, Inside Croydon has discovered. Much was made earlier … Continue reading

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London Road traders going bust over riot insurance delays

Business owners from London Road – probably the area worst affected by the riots in Croydon last August – took to the streets on Thursday with their brooms and spray guns. More than 50 local traders were joined by residents, … Continue reading

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South End Community Forum meeting, Fri June 8

South End Community Forum is staging its latest meeting tomorrow evening, Friday June 8, from 7pm in Church House, off Heathfield Road, by St Peter’s Church. The meeting is again open to all residents, local traders or people who work … Continue reading

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Green Dragon breathes some life into local cultural scene

Last weekend it was free beer (yes, in a pub!), as they helped to launch the New Addington-based Cronx Brewery to the world, plus free entry to a Rhythm ‘n Blues and Soul Club. This Sunday, the impressive Green Dragon … Continue reading

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