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Done deal: Fairfield Halls £30m redevelopment starts in July

The inevitable!

Inside Croydon

The Fairfield Halls will close this summer to undergo a £30 million redevelopment, after the venue’s managment board finally agreed to the investment scheme proposed by the Halls’ owners, Croydon Council.

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

The council’s plans – based on a secret consultants’ report which has not been seen by the public, despite a promise from council leader Tony Newman to release it – will see the half-century-old concert hall, Ashcroft Theatre and Arnhem Gallery closed for two years.

There was opposition to the closure proposals from Kate Vennell, the chair of the Fairfield Halls board, from its £90,000 per year chief executive, Simon Thomsett, and from Croydon’s Tory opposition, who identified a cause with which to try to score some political capital.

They wanted the council to spend millions more of public money on a phased…

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