Residents Welcome New Retail Development
16/02/2013 15:18:00......Posted by Vidhi Mohan
A few weeks ago we had the fantastic announcement that 2 major retail developers, Westfield and Hammerson, had come together to form a joint venture to take forward a £1 billion redevelopment of our town's Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres. This was achieved due to the hard work and lobbying behind the scenes done by the Council leadership and officers, supported by Mayor Boris Johnson and our MP, Gavin Barwell.
Over the lask few weeks we have been speaking to Fairfield residents on the doorstep and at various events. There is unanimous agreement that this is wonderful news for Croydon, and will result in the long overdue regeneration of our town centre. Residents felt that despite a lot of negative publicity in certian sections of the media, businesses and the private sector have shown confidence in Croydon's potential to once again become one of London's premier shopping destinations.
This development will bring three main benefits to our Borough as a whole. Firstly it will create jobs. Not just in retail, but in the various support activities as well as new businesses who will invest in Croydon on the back of this development. Inward investment is all about commercial confidence, and this development will send a strong signal that Croydon is a place to do business in.
Secondly this development, along with others, will deliver hundreds of new homes in the town centre. This will not only bring in much needed housing, but also ensure that there is a vibrant and thriving community living in the town centre, who take ownership the place and ensure that it becomes a pleasant destination for people and families. Of course, new housing will have to include other support services like new schools, GPs surgeries, and proper traffic management.
Finally this development will do wonders for the image of Croydon, and we will once and we will once again become the preferred place for people to live and do business in.
In the coming months we expect significant developments to take place with regards to the scheme including a new planning application, and we will continue to keep residents of Fairfield informed.