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Foundation CEO joins a Croydon delegation to lobby the government at the Houses of Parliament.

The Whitgift Foundation’s CEO, Martin Corney, was part of a Croydon delegation that travelled to the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 26th November to successfully lobby for the government’s support of Croydon’s redevelopment and regeneration.

Croydon Council released the following:

“The council is delighted that the Chancellor has given the green light for Croydon to become a “growth zone”, recognising the borough’s importance to London and the south east.

In his Autumn Statement, George Osborne announced the government would begin discussions on launching this in Croydon, to ensure that residents benefit from the borough’s growth.

In the lead-up to Mr Osborne’s statement, the council has been lobbying hard for the devolution of powers to control local tax revenues which would accelerate major regeneration projects in the borough.

“Our Time Is Now” proposes the creation of a “growth zone” which would see locally generated taxes rapidly bring forward the delivery of a £5.25bn regeneration programme, including 23,500 new jobs and 8,000 homes in the town centre by 2031.

It promises a development the size of Ebbsfleet but achievable in half the time.”

Martin Corney, Chief Executive, The Whitgift Foundation, said: “We are delighted that the government is committed to supporting Croydon’s future growth.  For a number of years the Foundation has been working with Westfield and latterly the Croydon Partnership to redevelop the Whitgift Centre and bring a transformational change to Croydon’s town centre. We are proud to have been part of Croydon’s community for the past 400 years and we look forward to exciting times ahead for the borough.”

The Whitgift Foundation is the freehold owner of the Whitgift Shopping Centre. The funds required to support our charitable activities around Croydon, for the benefit of the local community, would not be sufficient without the income from its Croydon investment properties, including the Whitgift Centre.

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