Counter-revolution in Croydon

Andrew Kennedy has posted on Croydon Town Transition and Historic Croydon Facebooks the following:

‘Croydon is going through a wholesale transformation. Leon House in the High St (21 floors) to be refitted as 249 flats. Offices at Coombe Cross (2-4 South End) as 91 flats. We have lost the office jobs. Nestle House lying empty waiting to be residential too. Taberner House to be rebuilt as 400 flats. The change of use to these and many other buildings in the centre of Croydon is a wholesale change to the character of Croydon. Are we ready for it? Homes without green or play space and in many cases without parking. A night time economy rather than daytime. Residential rather than commercial. Complete change around Bedford Park and Lansdowne Road too. Fundamental changes. This is a revolution.’

Its not a revolution in the tradition of those revolutions that sought to improve things for the mass of ordinary people against autocratic and corrupt rulers. It’s effectively a finance and property system counter-revolution, showing how brilliant they are exploiting every opportunity to maximise profit regardless of the negative aspects of their developments.

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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