Croydon Town Centre News at 28 August


Bus passengers to be discriminated against in favour of night-time revellers

Cabinet member Mark Watson has announced that the High St will be pedestrianised to boost the Town Centre’s night-time economy.

Town Centre to get street directional halos

A new form of signage will be installed in Croydon Town Centre to help people find their way round. After a competition the Council has agreed to install some halo devices. The best of the unsuccessful bids are featured in Architects Journal. It is not clear whether they will require planning permission.

The New Whitgift: To Be Or Not To Be?

Cabinet member Alison Butler hopes that the apparent decision of John Lewis not to have a store in the new Whitgift shopping centre will not capsize the scheme.

Meanwhile Westfield is doing well.

Are Matthews Yard Days Numbered?

As a result of a developer’s proposals for the complex of buildings that includes the Conference Centre and Matthews Yard, there is a danger that the Yard business/community hub will be closed. The owner Saif Bonar has been running a campaign to save it which included a petition signed by just under 3,000 people.

Interchange has new owner

Tristan Capital Partners has purchased the 180,000-square foot Interchange Building on behalf of its CCP 5 fund, for £71.5m. (Real Estate Investment Times. 22 August)

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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