Developments on Fairfield Halls News Update

Saving Fairfield Halls

Andy Hylton of the Save Our Fairfield Halls campaign writes that the press coverage  and feedback on the protest performance outside Fairfield Halls with Darrell Davison leading the Croydon Philharmonic Orchestra, PopChoir and over 200 supporters and friends, in song, has been amazing. He makes it clear that the campaign is not interested in any political point scoring. It  is purely about keeping the Fairfield Halls open for the benefit of the community and the future of the venue. It has cross party support. You can see highlights at

https://youtu.be/JOe5x0A5FVY

Andy has posted a 1962 photo which shows how past civic masters of Croydon have allowed the College Green area to be a former shadow of itself. The new plans for the area will clearly box it in even more.

Andrew Kennedy comments on Historic Croydon:

‘Fairfield green will get smaller rebuilt college which will occupy this rear part. A new walkway will eventually connect East Croydon to the Green. Apartments will back onto the Green where the present college is. The Fairfield Halls will have a new side entrance and café facing onto the Green. It is not proposed that the space should be used for fairs but it might be used for the occasional outside film or music event, noise permitting because of the surrounding housing of course. That has long term consequences restricting the spaces future use.’

Fairfield Halls Costings – Open Letter to Council Leader

Andrew Kennedy reports on Historic Croydon that ‘Helen Hampton, founder and director of PopChoir with an office in Croydon has written an open letter to Croydon Council requesting the figures used to cost a phased refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls vs a complete shut down. I for one have not seen any costing and financial forecast for one scheme versus the others and the overall cost has to be financed in the long run by sale of the land surrounding or of housing on that land. All regional arts centres needs funding from their local council and this cuts out the revenue subsidy that Croydon has to pay but it is not clear where the finance is coming from for the refurbishment now.’

The letter can be seen at

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5e0wyzo41f9hjli/Open%20letter%20to%20Croydon%20Council%2023.2.16.pdf?dl=0

Climb down by Fairfield (Croydon) Ltd?

According to Croydon Advertiser the charity running Fairfield Halls has decided to agree to close for the Council’s a two-year refurbishment from July 15.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Fairfield-Halls-agree-close-year-refurbishment/story-28786075-detail/story.html#ixzz40yv0f2N2

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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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