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Council leader demands start to new shopping centre


Council leader Tony Newman has told the Croydon Partnership to ‘get a move on’ with building its new shopping centre according to reports in the Croydon Advertiser.

Westfield and Hammerson came together under a blaze of publicity in January 2013 to announce a joint venture to rebuild the dilapidated Whitgift Shopping Centre.

The landmark scheme is seen as pivotal to the regeneration of Croydon with hopes that it will have the same kind of effect on the neighbourhood as the Westfields in Shepherds Bush and Stratford.

Councillor Newman told the Advertiser: “Croydon is not prepared to wait for five more years. I have concerns over the delays. Everybody is saying the right things behind the scenes but they need to get on with it.”

Planning permission was given for the first version of the scheme in 2014 but a revised version accommodating a flagship store for Marks and Spencers and additional new homes is still to go before planners.

For the full story from the Croydon Advertiser click here