Named and Shamed

Named and Shamed


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

Monday, October 30, 2006

Croydon Council Is Confused II

Around six weeks ago, I wrote and article about the problems that one of my readers was having with fly tipping at the bottom of her garden. I noted that she was having trouble convincing Croydon Council to take responsibility for this matter.

I am pleased to say that the matter has now finally been resolved, and I received this email from her today:

"At last the rubbish has been cleared by Croydon Council Parks Department

It has been a long battle but not as long as it could have been!

Don't know if your Website helped but thank you very much for featuring my story
and for your interest in this matter

Pity it took so long though!

Monday, October 23, 2006

The Battle For Hearts and Minds

The battle between Stanhope Schroders and Arrowocroft for the hearts and minds of the citizens of Croydon over their rival proposals for the development of the scrofulous tumour on the backside of Croydon, otherwise know as Dingwall Road, continues.

Today I received from Arrowcroft a glossy mailshot that attempted to persuade the recipients of the advantages of building an arena, which Croydon does not need, and inviting me to attend the Arrowcroft exhibition in the Whitgift Centre.

The only problem with the invitation is that the exhibition was held 19th to 21st of October, today is the 23rd of October.

Aside from that, the mailshot notes that the council has set in motion the process of acquiring the site, currently owned by the rival developer Stanhope Schroders. Arrowcroft states that they are "close to commencing development of the Gateway site.."


As I have already stated on this site, this process will take an inordinate amount of time. It should be noted that Arrowcroft first achived planning approval for this scheme over 3 years ago in 2006. Yet Dingwall Road continues to decay.

Stanhope Schroders, who own the site, will fight them every step of the way.

Dingwall Road has been in a state of ever worsening decay for years. The battle between the two developers will merely ensure that the citizens of Croydon will have to endure the blight on their urban landscape for a good many more years.

So much for trying to improve our lives!

The site needs to be redeveloped now!

Feel free to take a walk along Croydon's post nuclear road of shame via this link Dingwall Road.

Monday, October 02, 2006

As Others See Us

I have been giving advice to someone in New York, who is due to visit Croydon soon, as to where the best places are to go in Croydon.

Here is what she said about Croydon's image on the web:

"Croydon has a lousy website and is of no use to tourists."

I thought that Croydon had a professional group of people who are paid to market Croydon to the rest of the world.

It seems that they are failing.

It is hardly surprising that Croydon is not the destination of choice of either tourist or shopper. The woefully underoccupied Centrale bears testimony to the failings of Croydon to market itself as a popular and vibrant shopping venue.

It is ironic that the lady from New York decided to ask me for advice.