Croydon’s night-time venue operators say they are not being listened to.
Several contributed to the discussion at the 16 February Scrutiny Committee debate which can be seen as a podcast at:
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”.’
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.
Further discussion on the subsidies to Boxpark can be seen at
I was unable to attend the Scrutiny Committee meeting but did draw the Councillor members attention to my discussion piece on Croydon Citizen