Croydon news at 20 July

Croydon Arts Bonanza

This week sees a bonanza of arts events with Thornton Heath Arts Festival running to 25 July, the Ambition Festival in the Town Centre from 23 to 26 July, and the International Playwriting Festival. Full details are:

http://thorntonheathartsweek.co.uk/schedule

http://ambitionfest.com

http://ambitionfest.com/other-croydon-festivals/international-playwriting-festival

Norbury residents express frustration over Co-op owned empty shops

Norbury residents are objecting to the continued dereliction of the empty shops on London Rd owned by the Co-op, whose retail store in round the corner

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/op-accused-delays-high-street-renovation/story-26913486-detail/story.html

TURF Projects raise money for gallery

TURF Projects has raised the money it needs to have a gallery in the Town Centre from crowdfunding and grants.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/croydon-spacehive-project-hits-crowdfunding-target

High Court Criticises Croydon Council

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/High-Court-judge-admonishes-Croydon-Council/story-26920352-detail/story.html

Wishful thinking over Westfield continues

Croydon Advertiser reports that the Croydon restaurant quarter is expanding in anticipation of the Whitgift development.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Restaurant-quarter-set-expanded/story-26913372-detail/story.html

The belief that the Westfield shopping centre will go ahead is at present wishful thinking. Paul Griffiths  the Inspector has not yet   submitted his CPO Inquiry report to the Secretary of State. The delay is believed to be because he has had to get involved with another inquiry.

The Inspector can recommend acceptance, modifications or rejection. You can see the list of modifications I suggested to him in my evidence at the Inquiry at

https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/inquiry-inspector-given-reasons-to-reject-the-whitgift-cpo-scheme

Meanwhile Westfield’s London wide expansion grows:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/property/westfield-planning-expansion-of-stratford-city-centre-in-london/story-fn9656lz-1227443297519

More inadequate flats for Town Centre?

Yet more inadequate flats may be provided in the Town Centre if developer Anwar Ansari gets his way to convert Apollo and Lunar Houses. Conversion of empty office blocks to flats is allowed under the Government’s relaxed permitted development rules.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Developer-wants-covert-95-million-Home-Office/story-26920259-detail/story.html

Croydon Council is in the process of setting up an Article 4 Direction to stop such conversions in the Town Centre, but that will not come into effect until 10 September. Ansari, whose company is converting Delta House into flats, has opposed the Article 4, and is also involved in opposition to the landlord licensing scheme. The Council justifies its Direction because the flats created in such conversions are substandard. Ansari does not own Apollo and Lunar Houses which are currently leased to the Home Office.

For previous information on Ansari’s developments see

https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/more-croydon-offices-to-become-flats and

https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/croydon-news-at-11-may

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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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