Croydon Town Centre News at 31 October

Croydon ‘the coolest Borough’

Welcoming the opening of Boxpark Council Leader Tony Newman muses that Croydon is ‘the coolest borough’. Tell that to those who are struggling to pay rising rents, who cannot afford to buy a home, who use foodbanks, who are in low paid jobs, who are unemployed, who are finding the stresses of the Borough’s growth intolerable (etc, etc).

Not Everyone Convinced Of the Value of Boxpark

41 Croydonians now have jobs in Boxpark in kitchen waiting and  customer roles. Traditionally these are all low paid jobs. Lets hope as the Council helped recruit them that they are all on at least London Living Wage and that their employees will not object if they join a trade union.

 Develop Croydon Forum Wants Workers Views on the Town Centre

Develop Croydon Forum, the alliance between the Council and the developers driving the over-development of the Town Centre, has launched a survey to gauge what workers like and dislike about the Town. The results will be fed into its  Conference on 22 November – that jamboree which is so expensive that no community group or activist can afford to attend.

More transport chaos looms in Town Centre

Westfield Promises No Crexit

Although the start on site is now 2018, Westfield promises it will not pull the plug on the shopping centre scheme as a result of BREXIT.,3KS3Y,N6TW35,CXMFE,1

Its share value has dropped 20% since BREXIT.

It claims Croydon lacks competent workers for the jobs that will be created.

Then we look forward to it increasing its spending on training.

Taberner House Plans

Photos from the presentation of the Taberner House plans at the Planning Committee can be seen on Historic Croydon Facebook

Architectural Foundation Croydon Video

Night Time Economy Inquiry

Local residents, businesses, performing artists and any other interested parties who live in, work in or visit the borough are being invited to submit their views by 21 November to a Council committee reviewing the licensing and policing of Croydon’s evening and night time economies. There is also an on-line survey. Two public meetings will be held on 21 November. Its findings and conclusions will be submitted to the Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee in March 2017.

Written submissions to referencing ‘ENTE Review’ by 21 November

Public meetings morning and afternoon Monday 21 November at the Town Hall. If you are interested in attending the meeting please email

Online survey:

Is Brick by Brick Accountable?

Robert Ward discusses this important question about the Council’s development company which will be building new homes and is running the Fairfield refurbishment programme.

 The Significance Of The Former Market House

Andrew Kennedy discusses the significance of the former  Croydon Town Market House and what it means for today’s future development.

‘This building would have been the centre of Croydon’s market activity and if it had been maintained to this present day would probably mark the centre of town, like market halls and market crosses do in many other historic towns. Instead we have nothing. Recently we have come to think of the intersection of George Street, Crown Hill and North End as the centre but there is no real centre now and there is nothing substantial proposed. Some people think it will become the shopping centre, Westfield but will they have a sculpture or cross or fountain of sufficient stature to mark this? I think that the new proposed Civic Space outside the present Town Hall has the opportunity but the developer’s plans are a little underwhelming at the moment and anyway the land is private and we will be totally in the hands of the developer and how generous and visionary they might be. One answer is for the Council to buy back just sufficient land for a decent town square and just as important make sure that the buildings surrounding it are visionary, epic and iconic. Else it will all be bland and mediocre.’

For a picture of the Market House and some details of its history 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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