Campaigning to Save Matthews Yard

The campaign to save Matthews Yard from being forced to closed under the Regent proposals for the redevelopment of the building complex, has  gathered almost 2,500 signatures in only two weeks.

‘Please keep sharing our petition far and wide, every signature helps us demonstrate our value to key decision makers. If you represent an organisation that supports or benefits from MY and you have a mailing list, social media reach or other means of raising awareness of our petition, please use them where you can.

Since launching our petition we have had a strong letter of support from Amy Lame, the Mayor of London’s Night Tsar. In her letter, Amy highlights the severe trend of cultural erosion across London in the past 10 years and reiterates how vital Matthews Yard is to Croydon.

If you haven’t left a written comment saying why you support MY or what it means to you and we have had a positive impact on your community, creative or entrepreneurial life then please tell us (and the world) using the comments section on

We are also collecting video testimonials which will be promoted individually and then once collected used to produce a Save MY Campaign Video. Why not upload your own to YouTube and tag us on social media so that we can feature it. Watch contributions we have had so far from Jonny Rose at Croydon Tech City and Anna Arthur at Croydonites Festival on our youtube channel.’

The Threat to Matthews Yard was covered in ITV London News on 7 September and can be seen at

To sign the petition please go to

The Council’s Planning Committee pre-application report in May is here

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Regent’s consultation document is here

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The Regent Land has several developments in Croydon – 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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