Nigel Kennedy Backs Fairfield Halls Campaign Petition

Nigel Kennedy urges everyone to sign the Save our Fairfield Campaign petition which is now also available in print format to enable last minute collection of signatures, especially by those no on the web.It is attached in two formats here:

Word petition

PDF petition

Please ask people to sign especially if you are going to be at Croydon events this weekend, and your neighbours.

If you want to sign the petition on line go to: 

Nigel Kennedy’s Video Appeal 


Protest at Town Hall Monday 18 April

Copies of the petition with signatures should be handed into the organisers outside the Town Hall on Monday 18 April when Andy Hylton presents to petition to the Council meeting, which starts at 6.30pm.

More information on the Facebook event page –

Andy writes:

‘We are encouraging our supporters to attend as a show of support to show the strength of feeling about the current flawed plans amongst the people of Croydon and the south London area.’

‘Once we have a response to the petition we will continue with the campaign to ensure promises are delivered and that the scheme is implemented in the best way possible, including a fully planned interim arts & culture offer to replace lost capacity during the works and also the formulation of a proper reopening strategy for when the refurbishment is complete.’
Campaign Fundraising
The campaign organisers have been asked how people can help us financially, so in order to maintain a continuous campaign, and to gather more support. They have set up a crowdfunding site at:
Council Refuses To Make Full Consultant’s Report Public

In response to campaign organiser Andy Hylton’s Freedom of Information request to read the full  Mott MacDonald consultant’s report into the planned development at Fairfield Halls, the Council refuses on the grounds that a summary is publicly available. The Council states:

‘Section 21 states:

(1) Information which is readily available to the applicant otherwise than under section 1 is exempt information. 

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1)- 

(a) information may be reasonably accessible to the applicant even though it is accessible only on payment, and 

(b) information is to be taken to be reasonably accessible to the applicant if it is information which the public authority or any other person is obliged by or under any enactment to communicate (otherwise than by making the information available for inspection) to members of the public on request, whether free of charge or upon payment. 

(3) For the purposes of subsection (1), information which is held by a public authority and does not fall within subsection (2)(b) is not to be regarded as reasonably accessible to the applicant merely because the information is available from the public authority itself on request, unless the information is made available in accordance with the authority’s publication scheme and any payment required is specified in, or determined in accordance with, the scheme.

This acts as an exemption notice.  Section 21 is an absolute exemption and therefore does not require the public interests balancing test to be applied.  The council can confirm that the requested information on the planned redevelopment has been published on the College Green redevelopment page at:

Media Coverage and Comment

Robert Ward reviews  the public meeting on 6 April:

Andy Hylton’s argues for partial closure:

Satish Desai outlines the civil engineering case for partial closure:

Helen Hampton of PopChoir outlines her concerns about full closure:

Theatre Trust argues against full closure:

The trade union BECTU reports staff worries:




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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1 Response to Nigel Kennedy Backs Fairfield Halls Campaign Petition

  1. Thank you for bringing all this information together Sean. I hope to see you at the Council Meeting on Monday.

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