East Croydon Community Representation
The East Croydon area is part of the Addiscombe ward, for electoral purposes, and the Addiscombe Place. Addiscombe as a place has been identified by the council as one of twelve “places” in Croydon for planning purposes. Addiscombe place consists of the Addiscombe and Ashburton wards, and centres on the Addiscombe retail centre, which is in Ashburton ward. East Croydon is that area adjacent to the East Croydon railway station at the western extremity of Addiscombe place.
In the developing planning guidance for the next decades, almost 100% of new development and especially high density development will occur in the East Croydon area. Most of this development will be along the Cherry Orchard & Morland Roads. Planning restrictions to the rest of Addiscombe place is limited to 3 floors, which no such restriction exists in East Croydon.
East Croydon has suffered from a lack of an effective voice to argue its case, whereas other areas across the Addiscombe place have established residents associations. A significant part of this is due to the high level of rented properties that has led to high turnover of population. Another factor is the political instability that has resulted in Addiscombe ward being quite marginal for both the Croydon Conservative and Labour parties.
The absence of a residents association or other coherent community representative body is that the council can largely ignore our concerns. It is very noticeable for instance that Addiscombe retail centre has received considerable amounts of public money to improve the street scene. Cherry Orchard Road has been abandoned, and seems to be left to decay.
The proposed developments along Cherry Orchard and Morland Roads will bring in large numbers of new people and create a significant increase in demand for public services, such as health centres and schools. In addition the very large numbers of new residential properties proposed or under construction in the centre of Croydon will have an impact upon the East Croydon area.
We are all aware that we all work longer and longer hours and it leaves little time to get engaged with the community to voice our concerns and support each other. It is for that reason that this website has been launched.
While we all may be frustrated that the council does not appear to take our interests into consideration, if we do not put forward our views and provide a means to engage with us then the council officers cannot help us. I hope we can all make this website a valuable forum for the East Croydon Community.