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.

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


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. 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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