It’s no secret that the pandemic has robbed many people of ample opportunities. Unfortunately for the people of Croydon, the Town Centre will no longer be seeing the Westfield shopping centre as permission has now since expired.
Though it would have been amazing to see the Westfields open up in a local community, the project was deemed to no longer be feasible.
This comes after URW, a European commercial real estate corporation, and Hammerson, a real estate developer, both acknowledged substantial setbacks during the pandemic.
Both parties are looking at alternative options to regenerate the Whitgift centre, according to a Croydon Council report. To guarantee that the initiatives moving forward are successful, Croydon Council, many stakeholders, and most importantly - the community, will work tirelessly.
Cabinet members are in talks of a possible £50,000 being granted towards the remodelling as locals are desperate for some life to be brought back into the centre.
Slow and steady wins the race, and a major redesign may have been too much of a step forward, especially when it comes to an out-of-date model! According to reports, the Whitgift centre and adjacent surrounding areas will be remodelled in stages.
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