Published: 22nd Nov 2017

As a huge Westfield shopping centre in Croydon gets approval, the London Assembly this week discussed the benefits and drawbacks of mega malls, as Jamie Hailstone reports. The changing face of Britain’s high streets could be a ‘good mechanism’ to get more people involved in their area, according to one council chief executive. Speaking yesterday in front of the London Assembly’s regeneration committee, the chief executive of Croydon council, Jo Negrini, said that the nature of town centre high streets is changing, with food and drink ‘pushing the economies in those smaller town centres’. ‘You can see it happening all over London,’ she told the committee. ‘There are no banks on town high streets anymore. Most of them are being turned into places where people eat and drink.’ Ms Negrini added councils need to be ‘pragmatic’ about what is happening in town centres to ensure smaller high streets keep going. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)