Is Croydon Council To Blame For Out-of-pocket Fairfield Creditors?

A meeting for the creditors of the insolvent former Fairfield (Croydon) charity which ran Fairfield Halls before the Council closed it in July is being held on Monday 19 September.

The 20 creditors are:

Employees (owed back to GPRS) £282,988.00

HMRC £69,509.00

LBC Pensions A C 1 (for retirement pensions) £56,470.03

British Gas £39,975.58

PRS for Music £21,599.84

No Third Entertainments LLP £20,828.70

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra £19,359.79

Ecosan Services Ltd £17,551.94

The Real Coffee Company Ltd £16,143.56

KM Media £14,928.00

Southern Electric £12,279.33

Sutton Music Service £11,897.49

The Brit School £11,124.05

Moore Stephens (disputed) £8,070.00

ADT Fire and Security PLC £6,988.98

London Mozart Players £6,956.47

CMA Oasis Academy £6,577.33

GLF Schools t/a Whyteleafe Primary School £6,141.84

Taurus Clearer Communication Ltd £5,733.03

Avalon £5,375.00

A detailed examination of the road to insolvency is discussed by the Croydon Advertiser.

Comment: Given the closure shot gun the Council gave Fairfield (Croydon) and its refusal to agree to a phased redevelopment which would have allowed  the charity to continue to run events in part of the Halls complex, the fault for what has happened appears to lie entirely with the Council. Should the leading creditors explore taking legal action against the Council? Should the Scrutiny Committee hold a public examination of what happened – without the usual commercial confidentiality issue keeping information out of the public view. There are lessons to be learnt for the future especially as the Council moves towards finding an operator for the Halls when they are re-opened. The closure of Sutton Theatres shows that even commercial operators can experience problems. See: 


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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One Response to Is Croydon Council To Blame For Out-of-pocket Fairfield Creditors?

  1. The 20 names you’ve listed are the 20 creditors owed the most. The full list has about 50 names on totalling about £750,000 as I remember. Croydon Schools’ Dance Association is sadly amongst this number – we’re owed almost £4500.

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