Get your hard hat on: central Croydon is about to be closed

It’s a ghost town already in some parts

Inside Croydon

Road closedCentral Croydon looks like it is going to be a ghost town for a couple of years, as its two flagship attractions, the Whitgift Centre and Fairfield Halls, are both closed for redevelopment at the same time.

The temporary closure of the Fairfield Halls was announced late last night by Croydon’s Labour-run Council, as it revealed its “ambitious” (yawn) plans for College Green and the surrounding area.

Tellingly, the council omitted to provide any timescales for the redevelopment process or the price tag. The Tory opposition on the council was quick to suggest that this will be a cut-price scheme, with much less than the £34 million earmarked last year for the long-delayed and much-overdue Fairfield Halls redevelopment to be spent.

In the absence of any firm detail, the council leader, Tony Newman, resorted to his usual hackneyed cliche: “These visionary plans will put the borough well and truly on…

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