Open Letter from Croydon Politicians


This letter is intended to demonstrate cross-party support from elected officials and political representatives in Croydon to Save Matthews Yard and ensure it remains in its current location in the basement of 5-9 Surrey Street.

The premises was recognised as an Asset of Community Value by Croydon Council on 7th March and developers submitted proposals to demolish the building on the 8th March. Almost 6,000 Croydon residents have signed a petition in support of Matthews Yard and a number of business, community and cultural leaders are in the process of putting their names to letters similar to this one.

We understand that the whip system may have prevented some of you from speaking out in the past, however, as planning applications are not subject to the involvement of the party whip, we wanted to seize this opportunity to seek your support for Matthews Yard, by way of a public objection to the application to demolish the building at 5-9 Surrey Street.



To: Croydon Council Planning Committee
CC: Jo Negrini, CEO Croydon Council

Dear Colleagues,

We, the undersigned elected representatives and electoral candidates are writing to object to proposals to demolish the building at 5-9 Surrey Street.

Matthews Yard is based in the basement of this building and for almost 6 years has operated as a grassroots arts, cultural and community hub. This success was recognised earlier this month when the premises was recognised by Croydon Council as an Asset of Community Value.

The developers have had no dialogue with the Save Matthews Yard campaign and their proposals, if approved would result in the loss of this protected asset for at least two years while demolition and rebuilding takes place. I find this unacceptable and urge you to reject the plans.

Yours Faithfully

Signatories Name & Title will appear here.


Excellent Venue
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Excellent Venue, a friendly and relaxed place, where you are never rushed or hurried to finish up
Hotbed of talent
Hotbed of talent
John Wilkie
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A lovely place – a hotbed of talent. A lot of exciting things happening here – great to see wonderful theatre at a reasonable price, also great for food and to hang out.
Rachael Power
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Loved our experience here. Place is friendly and welcoming with amazing staff.
Off the chain
Prabhath P
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The staff are delightful, the service is exceptional and the cakes are off the chain
I love Matthews Yard
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I love Matthews Yard. I have spent many a long day here writing up my PhD thesis.
Great Value
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really nice relaxed atmosphere. amazing value and the staff are super nice!
Absolute Gem
Glass Moon Theatre Company
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This is an absolute gem of a space not just to perform in but also hang around in
Every town should have one
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I absolutely love it and all the charm it exudes. The food is great, the ambience relaxing, the staff are lovely and the events it holds are amazing. I truly wish every town and village had its own Matthews Yard. Go. You won’t be disappointed.
Trendy. Tasty. Good Looking.
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Love it. Trendy. Tasty. Good looking.
Best place to hang out
Deloris Daniels
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Such a great place to hang out, and the food is amazing
New York, Greenwich Village
Nick R
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Think, New York, Greenwich Village 1974. Very relaxed and friendly.
The most interesting venue
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The most interesting venue Croydon currently has to offer
The Croydon Citizen
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The precedent Matthews Yard has set for rejuvenating disused spaces within Croydon is unparalleled
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