Croydon’s Night-time economy debate hots up over £4m to Boxpark

Croydon’s night-time venue operators say they are not being listened to.

http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/14280802.Venue_owners__not_listened_to__for_council_report_into_state_of_Croydon_s_nightlife

Several contributed to the discussion at the 16 February Scrutiny Committee debate which can be seen as a podcast at:

http://www.croydon.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/210555

A very full report has been published by Croydon Advertiser. In it includes remarks by Saif Bonar of Matthews Yard. He ‘said the town’s night life, including district centres like Thornton Heath and Purley, needed to be “bigger and better” but that policies, including licensing, were not being applied “evenly or fairly” to create a level playing field for independent venues.

“[The council] should consider the effect of giving quite substantial subsidies to certain entities and how that will impact on small grassroots businesses in Croydon,” he said.

“It’s all well and good focusing on growth and getting people in but you need the people that are here to survive”.’

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Croydon-inspiration-Lyon-bid-light-fading/story-28757060-detail/story.html

If you watch the podcast you will see that Saif also suggested that if all licensees were forced to comply with their licences then the problems that occur would not happen.

Saif’s concern about the effect of Boxpark is quoted in the Croydon Guardian report that Council leader Tony Newman is defending 4m cash to Boxpark.

http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/14286039.Council_leader_defends___4m_cash_for_Boxpark_Croydon_as_businesses_warn_of_impact_on_trade

Further discussion on the subsidies to Boxpark can be seen at

https://insidecroydon.com/2016/02/14/boxparks-3m-loan-under-threat-if-summer-opening-is-delayed

I was unable to attend the Scrutiny Committee meeting but did draw the Councillor members attention to my discussion piece on Croydon Citizen

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/worry-croydon-town-centres-night-time-economy

Advertisements

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.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s