Tag Archives: Whitgift Centre

Council having second thoughts over its ‘busybodies’ charter’

WALTER CRONXITE on how attempts to give special powers for the police and private security guards in central Croydon have stalled Five years on from  rioting, arson and looting breaking out in West Croydon, there are signs that the borough’s … Continue reading

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A 6-point plan for Barwell to take as his summer homework

As a survey published yesterday reported plummeting levels of home ownership across the country, the new housing minister, Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell, was wheeled out for broadcast media to re-assert his Tory Government’s determination to transfer more public property … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Brick by Brick, Business, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, London-wide issues, Planning, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Utterly superfluous’ Barwell could face early test as minister

Inside Croydon editor STEVEN DOWNES on the multi-tasking tests, and moral challenges on his home patch, which are facing Croydon’s Government minister for housing, planning and London A bit of polite name-calling is all part of the cut and thrust … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Pelling, Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, Sadiq Khan, Trinity School, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

High-rise flats without space threaten a road to ruin

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In the midst of National Trust tours and an architectural re-appraisal of the development of central Croydon in the 1960s, DAVID WICKENS expresses his fears that 2016’s planners risk not only repeating some of the mistakes of the … Continue reading

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Promotion to housing minister could have Barwell bricking it

WALTER CRONXITE on a belated move up Westminster’s greasy pole for a Croydon career politician In a busy few days for the new Prime Minister, Theresa May obviously found the time to read Inside Croydon. That’s the conclusion after Gavin … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Mayor of London, Planning, Sadiq Khan, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Council £500m Growth Zone plan includes Croydon’s 39 Steps

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the public gallery with a Yorkie bar and a half-completed crossword puzzle in the Metro, reports on Croydon Council’s modernisation scheme and its stern warning to developers Westfield Croydon Council will tonight launch its own … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Growth Zone, Housing, Jo Negrini, Parking, Planning, Property, TfL, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, West Croydon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Official says Underpass could be closed until next week

The Croydon Underpass, surely something worthy of any National Trust tour of the glorious mistakes of the 1960s, remained partially closed for a third day today, causing long delays on Wellesley Road in the town centre, after a five-foot hole … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Environment, Fairfield, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Council backing for tour launch that calls Croydon a ‘crap town’

Croydon Council Tax-payers have spent at least £3 million over the past five years for an official press office which as well as churning out the latest news from the council, also has the responsibility for “moulding” and improving the … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Cinema, Croydon Council, Environment, Evening Boris, History, Planning, Taberner House, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Brexit means ‘business as usual’. Which may be not so good

Could Croydon Council be getting the jitters over the post-referendum prospects for the town centre’s redevelopment? WALTER CRONXITE looks at a cabinet report which tries to look on the bright side, but cannot disguise the uncertainties Croydon faces “significant challenges … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Brick by Brick, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Menta Tower, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Taberner House, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Surrey Street stall-holders banned from Sunday trading plan

Surrey Street’s long-suffering and loyal traders are to be banned by Croydon Council from the opportunity of selling their wares when regular Sunday trading is introduced to the market for the first time in its 750-year history in September. The … Continue reading

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Council’s £180,000 chief executive job goes to insider Negrini

Croydon’s supposedly Labour-controlled council has, for the second time in a couple of years, managed to appoint an insider to its most senior job, as Tony Newman, the council leader, announced tonight that Jo Negrini has landed the £180,000 chief … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Brick by Brick, Business, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Time for us all to act against London’s invisible killer

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Thousands of Londoners die each year because of an environmental issue which our MPs, councillors and London Mayor seem unwilling to do anything about. CONNIE MINTON says it is long overdue that we demanded action over this public … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Health, Mayor of London, Planning, Sadiq Khan, Steve Reed MP, TfL, Transport, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Brexit uncertainties could mean a crisis for Croydon’s face lift

In the aftermath of yesterday’s EU Referendum, WALTER CRONXITE finds some senior figures close to the £1.4bn Whitgift Centre redevelopment feeling very nervous about its prospects “The real fear now must be that Westfield walk away. They’ve done it before, … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2016 EU referendum, Business, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Gavin Barwell MP, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 27 Comments

Westfield and Hammerson: uninformative and unhelpful

CROYDON COMMENTARY: What do you call a public consultation exercise that offers no real, hard information? A Croydon public consultation exercise. ARNO RABINOWITZ went along to the latest box-ticking stunt staged in the town centre by Westfield and Hammerson over … Continue reading

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A backward glance that could inspire view of the future

Westfield and Hammerson are this weekend staging a public consultation for their Mall With No Name – or Mally McMallface, as our loyal reader has recommended, more than once. Before visiting the exhibit in the Whitgift Centre, to peruse the … Continue reading

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Developers don’t know what to call their £1.4bn supermall

They want to spend £1,400,000,000 demolishing and rebuilding much of the town centre, to build 1,000 “luxury apartments”, a car park for eager shoppers with 3,000 bays, and they are still promising 5,000 jobs (though they remain vague about exactly … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Centrale, Paul Scott, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Negrini faces showdown with developers over £1.4bn scheme

WALTER CRONXITE on how council planning officials have reported that the “Croydon Carbuncle” is a serious threat to the town centre’s historic, 400-year-old almshouses and a Grade I-listed church Westfield and Hammerson’s sharp-suited executives will have a lot of explaining … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, Church and religions, CPO, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Planning, Transport, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Planning chair urged to block scheme for ‘Croydon Carbuncle’

The redevelopment scheme proposed for the town centre risks creating a “Croydon Carbuncle”, according to one concerned resident who has issued an open letter to the council’s planning committee, which is due to consider the revised plans for the £1.4billion … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Centrale, CPO, Paul Scott, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Croydon facing traffic gridlock caused by new Westfield plan

The revised plans for a gigantic supermall submitted last week by Westfield and Hammerson threaten to send central Croydon into a state of traffic gridlock for years to come. The shopping centre developers’ scheme could hit hard the plans for … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Centrale, CPO, Fairfield Halls, Jo Negrini, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

£1.4bn supermall may need new CPO and planning permission

Is this where we say ‘we told you so’? The Nirvana of a megamall in central Croydon, first aired in 2012, could be another six years away following this week’s change of plan from ‘Hammersfield’, reports STEVEN DOWNES Croydon faces … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, CPO, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Jo Negrini, John Burton, Planning, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments