Many thanks to those of you who helped with the Sophie’s A-level Geography project. 59 people filled in her survey, just over 60% of them living in CR0 neigbourhoods. Of these 66% thought the reputation of East Croydon has improved since regeneration started and 34% believed it hasn’t.
In general, the respondents felt that regeneration has improved the safety of the area. However
- 52% felt there are not enough police on the streets
- 17% had been a victim of crime in the East Croydon area in the last 5 years.
51% had no concerns about regeneration. Those that did were worried about
- increased population putting additional pressures on public services such as GP surgeries and schools
- lack of green space
- loss of a community feeling
- insufficient, affordable housing
- increased traffic
- too many high rise buildings
- lack of additional parking for residents
- lack of capacity on public transport
The majority of the descriptions of East Croydon were positive, including
- Up and coming
- New, young, trying, rogue, character
- A friendly, mixed neighbourhood.
- Inner city, good public transport
- Diverse, vibrant, busy
- Improving, connected, edgy
- Home, future, life, family, community.
- Good location, multicultural, good range of restaurants.
- Interesting, funky, tasty, well-connected
- Reasonable place to raise family
- Potential, urban, opportunity, exciting, needed
- Multi-cultural, buzzing, safer, hippy
Others were more mixed and some were wholly negative
- Urban, diverse, deprived, immigration, busy
- Modern, multi-cultural, over-crowded, smart
- Dirty, messy, hectic
- Unsightly buildings, congested traffic, impersonal.
- Tired, scruffy, dull, run down.
- Ugly, impersonal, buildings taking over
- The centre of lost opportunities