Debate Hots Up on Development of Croydon

View down street at junction with Wellesley Rd

The Council’s Labour leadership has again been courting the developers at their recent very expensive Develop Croydon Conference on 25 November.  Leaving aside the tabloid journalism sarcasm style adopted by its Editor see the report in Inside Croydon at:

http://insidecroydon.com/2014/11/25/newman-goes-big-on-promises-on-jobs-homes-and-investment

Members of the public are increasingly expressing concerns about the implications of the Westfield/Hammerson and other developments at public meetings, even at the 22 November African History+ @Croydon event during its discussion of racism in Croydon.  Concern was also expressed by new attendees at the Croydon Communities Consortium AGM and Open Meeting on 24 November about the nature of Develop Croydon event meaning the views of communities were not being heard, while another expressed concern about the run-down nature of her district centre of South Norwood. The meeting agreed to hold a special meeting on the issues facing the ‘regeneration; of the district centres.

According to Croydon Advertiser Croydon is the 10th top retail destination even without the Westfield/Hammerson development: http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Croydon-named-10-retail-destinations-UK/story-24592421-detail/story.html

Meanwhile the ambitions of the Labour administration have led them to sign an agreement with Gatwick Airport to try and ensure benefits to Croydon from its expansion. See:

http://www.gatwickobviously.com/news/gatwick-and-croydon-council-launch-partnership-help-ensure-residents-see-benefits-airport

One of the growing concerns is about the very expensive apartments being built or planned with little affordable social housing. Croydon is becoming a hothouse in the property world – see:

http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/area-guides/greater-london/spotlight-croydon-property-area-guide    

Croydon Citizen has been devoting more space to contributions to the debate about the Town Centre and the Westfield/Hammerson development such as:

By Dr Peter Latham in No Plan B. should Croydon pin its hopes on Westfield?  in which he argues that the Croydon Trades Union Council’s (CTUC) commentary and recommendations on Croydon Council’s Growth Plan issued in August 2014, have been ignored by the new Labour council which, like its Conservative neo-liberal predecessors, puts a great deal of faith in the potential benefits from the Westfield/Hammerson redevelopment of the Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres.’ http://thecroydoncitizen.com/economics-business/westfield-croydon-future

Less critical is Tom Lickley’s review of retail developments: http://thecroydoncitizen.com/economics-business/retails-changing-westfield-bring-change-croydon

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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