How Can Croydon’s Street Environment Be Improved?

Solar Tree

Where would a Solar Tree Enhance Croydon?

Could design ideas like the Solar Tree in Clerkenwell be used to enhance Croydon’s street and public space environments?

https://www.facebook.com/LandscapeArchitectsPage/photos/a.414474606982.203397.401951976982/10154188272911983/?type=3&theater

Does Spacehub Understand What To Do?

Spacehub has been appointed by the Croydon Partnership to transform the public realm around the new Whitgift Centre development. ‘The design principles are based on the prioritisation of pedestrians and cyclists and a rationalisation of the existing public realm. Key elements include the humanising of Wellesley Road, a radical transformation of the pedestrianised North End and the sensitive enhancements to Poplar Walk and the historic environment of George Street. .. (Its) work also includes the creation of a large-scale amenity roof garden for the new residential community.’

Andrew Kennedy writes on Historic Croydon Facebook:

‘Spacehub Design have been given the job of re-designing North End and no one thought to announce it. Do they live here? Have they asked us what we want? Time to start a proper consultation and not land us with another pre-decided scheme. It might be right for us, it might not. Who wants to help me with this investigation?’

Spacehub’s website  entry on the project has not been undated to take account of the Partnership’s new plans. It states 600 homes – when permission was for 400-600 and it says start on site 2016 when it is now 2017.

http://spacehubdesign.com/project/westfield-croydon

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's 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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