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100 jobs will be lost with two-year Fairfield Halls closure

A wasteland of culture?

Inside Croydon

The battle for Croydon’s cultural future took a twist at the Town Hall last night, with local Tories arguing against job cuts and wanting to spend more public money on the borough’s flagship arts facility, as STEVEN DOWNES reports

Croydon’s Labour-run council’s plan to close the Fairfield Halls for two years in a £32-million refurbishment will see more than 100 people lose their jobs, with no redeployment or re-employment planned for them before the arts centre is due to re-open in 2018. If it ever re-opens.

The Fairfield Halls, with College Green top left of picture, is about to be changed forever The Fairfield Halls, with College Green to the left of the picture, is about to be changed forever

Last night’s meeting of the council cabinet saw genuine fears aired that there is a risk that the world-renowned Fairfield Halls may never re-open.

Yet extraordinarily, according to the council officials’ report submitted to cabinet on the “College Green Cultural and Educational Quarter” (Croydon now has…

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