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Save Our Fairfield campaign vows to ‘watch over’ progress on Fairfield Halls refurbishment

Save Our Fairfield campaign vows to ‘watch over’ progress on Fairfield Halls refurbishment
Jul 15, 2016 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published on The Croydon Advertiser on 15/07/2016

Save Our Fairfield campaign vows to ‘watch over’ progress on Fairfield Halls refurbishment

Save Our Fairfield have campaigned tirelessly for a phased closure of the halls.

They vowed to fight on for a review of the complete shut down even when Fairfield (Croydon) Ltd agreed to the July 15 closing date, holding a protest outside the theatre.

More than 8,000 have signed a petition calling for a stage-by-stage development.

Andy Hylton, from the campaign, said the mood was “sombre” among the group this week but he is continuing communication with the council regarding its plans.

He said: “For many, this is the end of an era for Croydon, with the closure of the town’s last post-war concert hall and theatre venue. The sad and honest truth is that some of the Croydon residents may never see the Fairfield Halls reopen.

“Our campaign has always been to protect the legacy and to ensure that the arts and culture in Croydon is accessible to everyone within the community.

“Closure does not allow access. We know the building is in need of renovation, but we also know the building could be kept open during a phased development.”

He added: “We will be watching over the progress of the Fairfield Halls and voice our concerns if they arise in the future.”

Read our special report on the closure of Fairfield here. Management are handing over the keys to the council this evening (Friday).

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