Tag Archives: Mary Portas

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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Croydon’s secret tax on car parking that divides the borough

CROYDON COMMENTARY: For a town that has built itself around the demands of the motor car, parking the vehicles is an ever-growing problem, and Croydon Council has yet to find the right, or fair, way of dealing with it, CHARLOTTE … Continue reading

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Portas Pilot one year on: more shops have closed in Croydon

The state of Surrey Street and Church Street markets in Croydon are worse now than 12 months ago, when the area was awarded a £100,000 grant by the local government department as part of the Portas Pilot scheme, according to … Continue reading

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Let them bake cake: Croydon Portas team’s £16,000 spend

Croydon’s Portas Pilot scheme, which saw the historic Surrey Street Market granted £100,000 of government money a year ago, is spending nearly £16,000 of that cash to stage a handful of baking competitions and to “improve” Exchange Square. Inside Croydon … 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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Mary Portas’s TV company listed Croydon to get grant

Croydon received a £100,000 government grant last year after programme makers involved with tonight’s new Mary Portas Channel 4 series had named Surrey Street on a list of markets that they wanted included in the scheme. Mary Queen of the … Continue reading

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Ferrari to host Westfield’s “Telephone Town Hall”

While the politicians of various parties and (questionable) abilities continue to indulge themselves in half-truths, misinformation and petty spats, elsewhere in London, in the plush offices of West End PR agencies and high-powered law firms, the real battle for Croydon’s … Continue reading

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£10,000 tunnel artwork paid for out of riot recovery fund

In the matter of one of Croydon’s concrete underpasses, it seems that the council’s press office has forgotten the old adage about what to stop doing when you’re in a hole… Confusion reigns between Taberner House and the Croydon Conference … Continue reading

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Portas fund pays £10,000 for Waddon underpass mural

Phil Thomas, the Croydon cabinet member in charge of the borough’s highways system, has broken a promise to meet with residents in Waddon to discuss progress on the area’s pedestrian underpasses – which were often ill-lit, covered in animal excrement, … Continue reading

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“Wastefield” finally plugs the £200m Hole in Bradford

Another straw in the wind for Croydon Council’s dependency on high street retail this morning, as the Telegraph and Argus is reporting that Westfield has cashed its chips on the controversial land holding in Bradford, where a vast, water-filled crater … 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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Council staff’s special offer: a course on going self-employed

Despite the exciting prospect of nearly £1 million-worth of new furniture in the shiny new glass palace of council HQ that is leaning over the flyover, those members of council staff who have survived the cuts so far are finding … Continue reading

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Save Our Shops: Buy from an Allders concession this week

From the Editor Allders, Croydon’s landmark department store for 150 years, stands on the brink of closure. The administrators were called in last Friday, the Closing Down signs went up at the weekend, the website’s offline. Things are grim. In … Continue reading

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Tesco Town: South End community to meet this Friday

The first meeting of the South End Community Forum takes place this Friday, May 25, when sure to be close to the top of the agenda is the dire threat to local businesses of the decision of the Whitgift Foundation, … Continue reading

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