Open to the public, the event will give residents, businesses and local community groups of Bensham Manor and West Thornton the opportunity to meet members of the Croydon Partnership team, find out more about the over £1billion investment into the town centre, and answer any questions about the re-development.
The event is the latest in a series of rolling community drop-in sessions which will take place across Croydon’s 23 wards over the coming months. The first event was hosted for the Fairfield ward at Centrale shopping centre in July 2014, which was followed up with a date at Stanley Halls for the South Norwood and Woodside communities in November last year. Both events were very well attended and proved hugely worthwhile in helping the local communities understand the Partnership’s ambitions for the regeneration of Croydon. Further community roadshow dates will be announced in due course.
The roadshow forms a central part of the “Partners in the Town” component of the Croydon Partnership’s Community Plan, which aims to ensure regular dialogue with residents and local businesses and community groups across Croydon as the scheme progresses.
Joining the Croydon Partnership at the event will be representatives from Croydon Police, who are working closely alongside the Partnership as part of the redevelopment plans to help make the town centre a safer place to work and visit, through the Safer Croydon Partnership.
Steve Yewman, Development Director at Westfield commented: “We are looking forward to meeting as many people as possible across Bensham Manor and West Thornton on 21st March. This community engagement programme is an integral part of ensuring that we have an open dialogue with the residents of Croydon and are able to keep them informed of the progress we are making with our plans to redevelop the town’s retail centre.”
Carolyn Kenney, Project Director Retail Development for Hammerson, added: “We recognise that providing a safe and secure environment is of utmost importance to the people of Croydon so we’re delighted that representatives from the Police will again be joining us to update the local community on the Safer Croydon Partnership’s activities. We want to ensure the whole community benefits from our scheme, which is creating 5,000 jobs and acting as a catalyst for the much-needed wider regeneration of the entire town.”