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A little over three months ago, five enthusiastic, dedicated and tireless residents of Addiscombe mulled over whether something could be done to draw out and showcase local artistic talent, wanting to create an event which would effortlessly engage all members of the local community.

Susan and Mike Oliver, Christopher Matthews, James Hogg and Oscar Dahling established the Cherry Orchard Arts Fest, to be staged in business and community venues along the length of Cherry Orchard Road. The concept received immediate support, business owners readily prepared to hand over their premises for the day for artists to exhibit in and for musicians to perform. The ARK Oval Primary Academy was also wholly supportive, giving over indoor exhibition and outdoor performance space and encouraging children from the school to actively participate in the event.

Regeneration specialists Menta generously agreed to sponsor the whole event, confirming their ongoing commitment with the local community in Addiscombe and East Croydon. Menta also agreed for an urban street mural by community group Positive Arts to be created on the hoarding of their development site. Menta also welcomed the installation of the international art project “Before I Die” inspired by the celebrated urban artist, Candy Chang. As in other major cities and towns world-wide, visitors will be encouraged to share their hopes, aspirations and dreams on this living wall.

What else to expect? Big bands, including the Salvation Army Band, Pandemic Steel Orchestra and an open drum session on the Knollys House forecourt; seventeen great local artists, including internationally acclaimed photographer John  Benton-Harris; live poetry recitals from Poets Anonymous, show-stopping numbers from Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Arts group CODA and the charming YouTube sensation, accordionist Alexa Sage. And that’s just for the day! Later, expect an amazing evening performance of live music and improvised comedy at The Glamorgan, headlined by the awesome gypsy jazz band, Ultraswing.

And its all for free. And its all for the community.

Art in Addiscombe? Culture and community on Cherry Orchard Road? Definitely!

Full details of artists, musicians, poets, performers and venue locations are on the printable map below.

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‘Residents For Regeneration’ aims to provide a platform for an impartial view of the proposed redevelopment plans for East Croydon. As residents, we feel it is important to share information in a balanced way so we can all understand the proposed changes that could affect us all.

There are many benefits for local residents and businesses. These include:

Improved public open areas
A new two storey community centre
New entrance to East Croydon mainline railway station
Affordable housing on the derelict Cherry Orchard Gardens site
A pedestrian footbridge connecting Cherry Orchard Road to Central Croydon

Grade A start up offices
Independent small retail outlets
Iconic landmark private residential tower
A four star boutique hotel, with gym & recreational facilities.
Increased employment opportunities

This will be the first major investment East Croydon & Cherry Orchard Road has had in over thirty years.

To register your support to Croydon Council before 21st July 2011 please click here

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Having lived in the area for many years we have always hoped that the area around along Cherry Orchard Road and East Croydon would improve. It sorely needs it, as anyone who makes that journey on foot each day knows too well. It is a bleak, uninteresting and depressing walk at the best of times during the day and, increasingly, feels more unsafe at night. The Cherry Orchard Gardens site has been empty since 2006,  boarded up, squatted and vandalised for the past few years and been an ugly eyesore acting as a bolt-hold for drug users and drug dealers. The small, unkept grassed area with the two tatty benches is littered with beer cans and rubbish, a constant reminder that this area is predominantly used by an increasing number of itinerant drunks.

This is where we all live. This is what we see each day. This is what greets us in the morning and we leave behind at night. It really should not be like this and nobody else has ever tried to change it over the past thirty years. This is why we are bothered.

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East Croydon is one of the busiest train station outside central London. Last year almost 20 million passengers entered or exited it for rail travel. Those who use it frequently will know that it operates reasonably well outside of peak hours, with regular and fast connections to central London. However, most people would agree it struggles at peak times, with too few entrances and exits, too few ticket booths and a mass of people who make the main hall difficult to navigate easily, made worse by the proximity of the busy tram interchange directly outside. It is not a welcoming station, with few and limited facilities; it is difficult to stop and take in information boards, unpleasant to wait for a friend, almost impossible to use with a young family.

New Station Entrance on Cherry Orchard Road

The new proposed new station entrance is long overdue. It is clearly the most sensible option to relieve an already over-congested main entrance, allowing residents of Addiscombe to enter into and exit directly from their own neighbourhood. The glass covered bridge will have its own ticket machines for everyday ticket purchase together with season ticket scanners and Oyster card readers and passengers will be able to descend directly onto the platform. The approach to the bridge will pass newly planted mature trees in Cherry Orchard Road to the grand, broad and spacious  two tier flight of steps, landscaped with planted green borders and furnished with new seating areas.
 

A smarter, sleeker more stylish station entrance

The staircase opens onto a very generous, uninterrupted public space which will be surrounded by new bars, restaurants, cafes and independent shops, together with further recreational facilities in the new four star boutique style hotel. It will provide all the everyday amenities which the current station entrance either lacks or provides inadequately, making the journey to and from work more pleasant, exciting and fulfilling. It also provides a comfortable and stylish place to meet friends, wait for passengers or do a little interesting shopping, making what is currently an unused wasteland a desirable new vibrant urban space and a long-awaited smarter “front door” for the residents of Addiscombe.

 
The bridge will also provide an open access, safe and secure pedestrian link to central Croydon, crossing high over the railway tracks and descending near to the current roundabout on Lansdowne Road, making the journey to the main shopping areas of Croydon easier and quicker for all residents of Addiscombe. Innovatively, and for the first time at East Croydon station, lifts will be installed allowing  wheel-chair users, families with children in push-chairs and the elderly access to the platforms and the direct pedestrian link to central Croydon.

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