News about Unhappy Croydon at 27 August

Croydon – An Unhappy Place

The results of a recent survey by Rightmove are a challenge to the Council’s Ambition programme, and to all those who believe that Croydon is a good place to live. It may be for them, but not for lots of other people.

It is one of the most miserable of the 32 London Boroughs at 27th, compared with its neighbours  Bromley and Sutton at 3rd and 4th. It is also a Borough where people do not feel safe: it ranks 189th out of 206 in the whole of the UK.  Its 164th for community spirit, 170th as a place which has a sense of belonging and 185th for whether people are friendly. It ranks as 155th for opportunities to develop skills, 160th for essential local services and 178th for nature and green spaces.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/croydon-ranked-as-one-of-the-unhappiest-places-to-live-in-the-uk/story-29626334-detail/story.html#Q778x5kjYvmQDQWM.99

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/articles/property-news/leigh-on-sea-named-happiest-place-to-live-in-great-britain

The rise in house prices by over 20% in the last year could contribute to making the Borough happier or even unhappier depending on who unhappy homeowners sell to. Will it be to new happy homeowners with enough money to enjoy life in London or outside Croydon? Or will the houses be bought up by buy to let landlords who will pack them with low paid and unhappy tenants?

http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/14697697.House_prices_in_Croydon_rocket_more_than_20_per_cent_in_a_year

Matthews Yard seeks Crowdfunding support – again

For Saif Bonar’s explanation see

http://matthewsyard.com/mynd-the-gap-why-matthews-yard-is-crowdfunding-for-survival-again

To donate go to https://www.gofundme.com/MYmindthegap

Controversial Deliveroo launches restaurant service

http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/14699253.Restaurant_takeaway_service_Deliveroo_launches_in_Croydon

Fairfield Halls car park closes

As part of the work on the two-year theatre refurbishment Fairfield Halls car park has been closed.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/fairfield-halls-car-park-closed-as-work-begins-on-two-year-theatre-refurbishment/story-29624627-detail/story.html#fXvzou0mYatv0SQp.99

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/fairfield-halls-car-park-closed-as-work-begins-on-two-year-theatre-refurbishment/story-29624627-detail/story.html

Taberner House Deal

‘Bridges Ventures is kicking off the investment programme for its new property fund with a deal to back Hub on the redevelopment of Croydon council’s former offices.’ Property Week 19 August.

Hammerson and Westfield News

Hammerson hopes to be listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to access a wider pool of international capital on 1 September.  (Market Watch 19 August). In seeking support from SA investors it has announced that it had a property return of 2.9% in the six months to June, but this is less than the 12.4% for the year to last December. (Investors Monthly). It has delayed the start of work on its Didcot scheme. (Oxford Guardian 25 August).

Due to the 11.4%  fall of the pound sterling since the Brexit vote Westfield reduce its funds forecast. (News.com.au 24 August).

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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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