Month

April 2017

Croydon Food and Music Festival returns for a sixth year

The sixth annual Croydon Food & Music Festival – the borough’s biggest event for foodies – is back this June with a hot new flavour for 2017. More than 12,000 people attended last year’s festival in the famous Croydon Restaurant Quarter in the town’s South End. And organisers, the South Croydon Business Association, have ambitious plans...
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Work begins on Thornton Heath improvements

Major improvement works that will boost the street scene in Thornton Heath get under way this week. The work programme will focus firstly on the section of Brigstock Road between Chipstead Avenue and Quadrant Road outside of the library and Trumble Gardens. This work will then followed by Whitehorse Road Roundabout and the Parchmore Road...
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Croydon’s cultural appeal hitting new heights

Croydon is gearing up for an exciting summer with a string of major events and cultural activities having been confirmed in recent weeks. Here is a calendar of confirmed events across the borough over the next few months. MAY Rooftop cinema: The Lost Format Society, Croydon’s award-winning rooftop cinema and bar, returns for 2017 on Thursday,...
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Surrey Street Market on target for June reopening

Good progress is being made on the improvement works to Surrey Street and the project remains on schedule to finish in early June. Having been on site since March 27, Croydon Council contractors have undertaken a range of works as part of the £1.1m renovation of the 700-year-old market. These include new levelled pavements, improved...
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First businesses win Good Employer Croydon accreditation

Nine employers have been accredited under the new Good Employer Croydon scheme, with a further 37 having pledged their commitment to the innovative programme. The award-winning companies and organisations are Brick by Brick, The Campaign Company, Classique Care Services, Croydon Council, Dotmailer, Ikea, Mind in Croydon, Sussex Innovation Croydon and White Label Creative. Meanwhile a...
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Brick by Brick gets permission for 84 homes on eight sites

Affordable homes are to be built in Croydon after Brick by Brick – the council’s housebuilding company – was granted planning permission for its first batch of developments. Set up to ensure Croydon residents had access to high quality, affordable housing, Brick by Brick aims to deliver around 1,000 new homes on a range of...
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Government calls in Purley skyscraper plans

The government is set to review plans to build a 17-storey building on the site of Purley Baptist Church after opposition from thousands of residents. Croydon Council approved the proposals for 114 flats last December, with a further 106 flats proposed for blocks between three and eight storeys tall on the other side of Banstead...
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New Fairfield operators target mass participation

The company set to run the refurbished Fairfield Halls has pledged to breathe new life into the historic venue and encourage mass participation. Croydon Council has named BH Live, a leading leisure and event operator and social enterprise on the south coast, as preferred bidder to operate Fairfield when it opens in 2018. The report,...
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Croydon to lead the way for shopping centre living

Shopping centres are being seem as desirable places to live once again according to a report in this week’s Estates Gazette. It outlines how a third of all shopping centres in London, including Croydon’s Whitgift Centre, have plans for redevelopment with each planning a residential element. Westfield and Hammerson, who are jointly bringing forward the...
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Croydon at risk of becoming an industrial desert

Croydon is in severe need of industrial land to be released to avoid companies being forced out of the area. Alex Gale, regional head of business space for property consultants Stiles Harold Williams says a lack of vacant space and rising rents are turning the area into an ‘industrial desert’. A number of sites have...
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