Fairfield Halls charity caves in on closure

Fairfield Halls

Fairfield (Croydon) Ltd and the Council have agreed to work together on a managed programme that would see the venue close on 15 July 2016 in preparation for a £30m transformation.

Kate Vennell, chair of the charity’s board, says: “The charity has always welcomed the significant investment in the Fairfield from the council. The council has been clear that it wants a rapid project and although we preferred phasing to allow continuing programme and community access, we appreciate its support for a managed closure.

“The council has reassured us it will start work immediately, deliver a high-quality project and engage the Fairfield charity in the future operations.”

“Over the next two years we will expand our work supporting young people to take part in cultural activities and providing compelling productions for them such as the Terriers drama.  We will be announcing more on this future Fairfield programme over the next few months.”

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/a-new-fairfield-takes-a-step-closer

Gareth Davies of Croydon Advertiser has written an excellent assessment of why the Labour administration would not back down and agree to as a partial open refurbishment scheme at

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/COMMENT-Croydon-Council-got-way-Fairfield-Halls/story-28815531-detail/story.html

The Labour administration will need to get the Halls opened before the May 2018 local elections if it is not to be one of the issues that loses them control of the Council.

Who will manage the refurbished Halls?

An unresolved issue seems to remain.

  • Who will manage the Halls when they re-open?
  • When will they be appointed?
  • How much revenue funding will they need in the 18 months they will need to plan and book acts for the re-opening date?
  • If not the charity which commercial entertainment management company?

Off-site programme

The charity is promising a continued off-site programme. Details are awaited. Appropriate venues will be needed.

  • Could the closed Tiger Tiger club premises quickly be turned into performance spaces?

College Green Proposals

The Council has submitted an outline and full planning applications for the demolition and redevelopment of the College Green site. 16/00944/P.

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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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