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:

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

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.

High Court Criticises Croydon Council

Wishful thinking over Westfield continues

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

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

Meanwhile Westfield’s London wide expansion grows:

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.

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 and

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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