Tag Archives: Whitgift Centre

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

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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

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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

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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

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£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

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Car park gallery will force drivers to use Hammersfield spaces

Bit by bit, the Whitgift and Westfield takeover of the town centre continues, aided and abetted as usual by our pliant councillors. It has been announced – via a news report in Architects’ Journal – that part of the Fairfield … Continue reading

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Newman’s time for change as he faces threat of ‘dead sheep’

WALTER CRONXITE on the ins and outs of the latest council “non-reshuffles”, and how the the spectre of #WadGate and others’ past crimes still stalk the Town Hall’s corridors of (not much) power “They used to say that being attacked … Continue reading

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Philp’s Easter Sunday photocall could prompt an unholy row

After a week in which he had already been accused of being a Tory “toady”, an “exemplary arse-kisser” and of “brown-nosing”, Chris Philp, the relative new-comer as the Conservative MP for Croydon South, has now opened himself up to being … Continue reading

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Taberner House homes scheme is hit by further delays

Building work on the council’s prestigious development of hundreds of new homes on the site of its former headquarters office block, Taberner House, will not now start until autumn this year at the earliest, nearly two years later than originally … Continue reading

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Council erases role of Borough Solicitor as Belvir leaves

Julie Belvir, the Borough Solicitor, is to leave her job and the post of most senior legal adviser to the council is to be abolished in a cost-cutting measure. Because it’s not like Croydon Council doesn’t need all the legal … Continue reading

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Architect offers fresh perspective on our ‘mini-Manhattan’

‘Imagine a world full of towns like Croydon – uniformed commercial utility. Croydon was built by capitalism to reiterate capitalism. It makes people servile. Croydon is deathtown’* The Architecture Foundation know how to sell a thing, don’t they?

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Hammerson admit £1bn Croydon supermall delayed till 2021

Finally, Hammersfield have admitted publicly that work on their £1billion supermall, a deal which Tory MP Gavin Barwell and London Mayor Boris Johnson boasted would secure Croydon’s future, now won’t start until 2017. Adding the words “at the earliest” would … Continue reading

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Tory MP Philp gets ‘monstered’ live on TV over land use

One thing which the past week confirmed: all three of Croydon’s MPs are gaffe-prone. Following in Gavin Barwell’s footsteps, the borough’s two newest MPs managed to put their Size 9s in it big time, one undermining an important speech in … Continue reading

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Boris’s last stand: Mayor’s Question Time comes to Croydon

Who said there would be no pantomime at the Fairfield Halls in 2016? Boris Johnson is staging one of his Mayor’s Question Times at the Croydon venue on March 3. That’s probably as close to the election purdah period as … Continue reading

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Fairness Commission report recommends Council Tax rise

Croydon’s Labour-run council should take full advantage of Tory Chancellor Gideon Osborne’s recent decision to allow a 2 per cent increase on Council Tax towards paying for adult social care. That’s a key recommendation in the final report of the … Continue reading

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John Lewis keeps Croydon waiting over Westfield store

Westfield have yet to secure a deal with John Lewis to take a flagship department store in the £1 billion supermall that they want to build in the town centre. Getting John Lewis into the centre of Croydon has been … Continue reading

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Cycle event organisers snub Croydon after £148,000 race

JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, with another exclusive which exposes poor planning and management from our council Croydon’s Council Tax-payers have been taken for another ride, this time on the back of a racing bicycle. The “international” cycle race staged … Continue reading

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Shoppers angry as Valley Park car park is gridlocked for hours

Residents and shoppers are angry, and some are considerably out-of-pocket, after some endured a wait of three hours just to get out of the car park at Valley Park’s shopping and leisure centre yesterday. It was the first post-Christmas holiday … Continue reading

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