Archive for April, 2012

Residents for Regeneration were delighted Croydon Council agreed with the informed decision of local planning officers in finally granting planning permission for the application on 21st July 2011. Many local residents saw this as being the single most important decision for the regeneration and improvement of Addiscombe and East Croydon.

After the withdrawn application of 2009 and throughout the subsequent public consultations, key priorities were highlighted by residents who saw the application as a positive opportunity for change. Many residents wanted public realm improvements in the vicinity of the development, especially in and around the proposed new entrance to East Croydon station, as well as wanting to see the existing station entrance upgraded.

Seeking the views od local residents

Menta Consultation

Others residents identified the opportunity for the provision of a Car Club and improved public transport connections and taxi drivers working at East Croydon station sought reassurance the taxi ranking would be safeguarded and improved. Residents closest to the site who were concerned about the impact on parking demanded that new residents of the proposed tower would not be granted parking permits.

The consultations also highlighted an aspiration for the provision of a new community centre, at the heart of East Croydon, to serve the local community and many residents demonstrated a desire for a  new open green space with play facilities for children and families. Across the board, people insisted on quality both in the design and the execution of the buildings, especially with regard to the quality of the residential tower and the affordable housing.

As part of the planning permission, Croydon Council have secured a substantial financial pledge from the developers, Menta, in the form of a Section 106 agreement. The Section 106 agreement recognises the most important and commonly shared needs of local residents which were identified throughout the consultations and highlighted above. The Section 106 agreement guarantees a financial committment to improved public realm and public transport, a better station,  safeguarding existing residents parking and taxi provision, provision of a Car Club, new play space and ensures that world-class architects Make remain the architects of the scheme, ensuring the highest quality in the build.

It is throughout the consultations that residents have the opportunity to identify local needs and desires, to get the most for the local community from the proposed development and it is when the basis of any Section 106 agreement is formed. This is the key opportunity for local elected ward representatives to help establish these needs and to fight to secure future provision for these needs. Those who have always recognised the enormous benefits of the application believe key opportunities may have been missed by our elected ward representatives, who appeared to devote more time in opposing the application than seeking to work to ensure it delivered the best deal for the whole of Addiscombe and East Croydon.

Residents for Regeneration are pleased that local residents’ associations are now showing a willingness to work together with us,  to ensure the delivery of the many benefits and safeguards secured by the Section 106 agreement and to reap the benefits of the enormous local regeneration.  To this end, community group RECC (Revitalising East Croydon Communities) are hosting a drop-in session for local residents who share the common goal of wanting to ensure the Menta development delivers the best for our collective communities in Addiscombe and East Croydon.

Saturday 21st April
St. Mary Magdalene Hall
Canning Road
2:00 -5:30pm


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The Brothers of MotherShovelFollowing the massive success of last year’s benefit gig held at The Glamorgan pub and the Carols By Candlelight community event, we continue to work to further the sense of community in and around East Croydon.

The two previous events were a massive success. The first finally raised over £2000 for the local TV shop wrecked by the riots last summer, whilst the free Christmas event drew residents to pack their local pub to unite in the true spirit of Christmas.

The Glamorgan, Cherry Orchard Road

The Glamorgan, Cherry Orchard Road

On the evening of Saturday 14th April, Residents for Regeneration will be hosting a free gig at the ever popular Glamorgan Pub, Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon. Popular local band Brothers Of Mothershovel will once again perform their unique anarchic music.

We aim to support and raise awareness of the   Sir Philip Game Centre, Morland Avenue, Addiscombe, which works with young people aged between 11 and 19 in the local area.  We hope this will provide another opportunity for people to come together and celebrate community spirit.

The Sir Philip Game Centre

The Sir Philip Game Centre

              Brothers of Mothershovel                   
               from 7pm
               The Glamorgan
               81 Cherry Orchard Road
               East Croydon
               CR0 6BE

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