Named and Shamed

Named and Shamed


Squalid roads, buildings and locations in Croydon named and shamed.

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Rats Leaving the Sinking Ship

Those of you familiar with “Named and Shamed” will know that I have already “waxed lyrical” about the joys of walking down Dingwall Road Croydon; in my article “Post Nuclear Croydon”.

However, another feature of this most shoddy and decrepit thoroughfare struck me yesterday; as I endured another five minutes experiencing “Post Nuclear” living.

Namely, the number of offices with letting signs; these have increased noticeably in the last few weeks.

I decided to count them, there are now 7 offices openly available for let; offering a grand total of over 270,000 square feet of office space. Note there are other offices, which are clearly unoccupied, which do not have any letting signs up; it is reasonable to assume that the square footage available exceeds the figure I have quoted.

So why are all these offices suddenly becoming available?

Could it be that the occupants feel that their brand image is being damaged by being associated with such a derelict and decrepit area?

Maybe they know something about the future of Dingwall Road that Croydon Council haven’t yet told the residents of Croydon?

If anyone has any ideas as to why there is now a mass exodus from the remaining offices in Dingwall Road, please let me know. I am happy to publish all theories, one of them must be right.

Note to Croydon Council (I know you visit this site):

  • The more offices that are deserted, the more run down Dingwall Road will become; I realise that it is difficult to imagine!

  • The fewer companies locating in Croydon, the lower the tax take and the lower the quality of Council services.

  • The fewer companies locating in Croydon, the fewer the number of people working here; the lower the revenue stream to surrounding shops and support businesses.

  • This is a vicious circle, it requires a proactive response from Croydon Council; get off your backsides and deal with it!

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