Named and Shamed

Named and Shamed


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

Thursday, October 28, 2004

How Bad Will Things Get?

Vagrants are now sleeping in Dingwall Road during the day.

Precisely how far must this part of Croydon decline, and how many assaults and murders must take place on this stretch of road, before the Council addresses the decline and squalor of this area with urgency?

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Croydon is Crap

I am very sad to come to this conclusion, but taking into account:

1 The creeping decay of our town centre

2 The bankruptcy of our local finances

3 The inertia of the council, and those "sitting on" derelict buildings and land, in respect of actually redeveloping areas of decay and squalor

4 The use of the town centre as a public lavatory by liquored up youths on Friday and Saturday nights, as personally witnessed by myself on numerous occasions

I can only conclude that Croydon is crap.

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Hope for Dingwall Road?

I am pleased to read that Stanhope and Schroeders have come up with a sensible, and speedy, development plan for Dingwall Road (the cancer in the heart of Croydon).

Should their plans be approved, they claim that the site will be fully redeveloped by 2007.

There is one problem with this plan, it does not contain an arena.

Now, the lack of an arena poses no problem to me; nor indeed, I suspect, to the majority of the residents of Croydon. However, our beloved council (the same people who have brought us to the edge of bankruptcy) have an obsession with building a monument to their criminal waste of resources.

What better way to remind us of their incompetence, than to build a 12,500 seat arena; that will add nothing tangible to the Borough?

The council's preferred developer, Arrowcroft, have tabled plans for an arena. The trouble is, the land which they intend to build this folly on is owned by Stanhope.

This means that, if the council insist on pushing ahead with their wasteful and redundant plan, the development of Dingwall road will be held up for at least a decade; as lawyers for the various parties involved battle it out.

The citizens of Croydon will be emasculated spectators, wringing their hands as they watch the ongoing decay of the town centre.

Now is the time to tell the council to drop their ridiculous plan for an arena.

We want to see Dingwall Road redeveloped now, not in ten or more years time.

A date has been finally set for the public inquiry into Croydon's unitary development plan, the blueprint for the borough's development for the next 10 years. It is time for the people of Croydon to reject the absurd idea for the construction of an arena.

We don't want, or need it.

What we want is a speedy, aesthetically pleasing, redevelopment of the Dingwall road site.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Croydon is Bankrupt

Croydon council has so badly mismanaged the finances of the Borough; that it cannot even afford to pay for this year's Christmas decorations.

The Christmas tree, probably the only decoration in the town centre, will in fact be paid for by MacDonalds.

Despite having driven us to the verge of bankruptcy, the council still feel able to manage the £1.5BN rebuilding programme that they are promoting.

This programme, which of course has yet to be ratified, includes a totally unnecessary sports arena for 12500 people; a white elephant, if ever there was one.

Given the dispute between the owners of the land on Dingwall Road, who have their own development plans, and the Councils' preferred developers; I doubt that we will see a single spade of earth dug in the next decade.

The council, by holding the exhibition showing "Croydon of the future", is deluding itself and the citizens of Croydon.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004


When Smello-Vision is launched, I will not be able to impart to you the truly awful smell that emanates from the bowels of Croydon; as you walk through the pedestrian underpass, from Queens Gardens to the Fairfield Halls.

Until that day, I am afraid that you will just have to go to this crappy little walkway yourself; in order to experience the true aroma of Croydon.