A Strong Voice for Croydon Central - Gavin Barwell MP
Help me
Contact me

Regenerating Central Parade
03/02/2012 19:58:00

It was interesting to see the different views expressed about the future of Central Parade in the letters page of this week's Advertiser. My view is that New Adddington needs investment. The pool, the library and the community centre are all showing their age. And the Parade and the people of New Addington would benefit from a major supermarket – at the moment, many people go elsewhere to do their weekly shop; if Central Parade had a major supermarket, it would be much more convenient for them to shop there and they might then use some of the other shops.

Many people opposed the scheme proposed by the previous Labour Council because its size was completely out of character with the rest of Central Parade. But a development of that size was only necessary because Labour weren’t prepared to put any Council money in – there had to be enough new housing and a big enough supermarket to pay for a new library, pool and community centre.

With a Conservative administration in place at the Town Hall things are different. New Addington is no longer being overlooked. Cllr Tony Pearson and I have successfully lobbied for funding for a new pool to be included in the Council’s capital programme so any new development won’t have to be so big and can respect the village green character of the Parade. It’s a chance for New Addington to finally have the facilities it deserves without changing its character. We should take it with both hands.

Comment on this issue

Your Name   Your email address
Your comments    



Commenting on my blog

I welcome readers' comments on my blog. Unfortunately, sometimes people go too far and use blog sites to post comments which are abusive or defamatory to third parties. For this reason, your comments, posted using the form on this page, don't appear until they have been moderated, to make sure that they don't cross that line.

My policy is that I will always let comments appear from people who disagree with me, in a spirit of promoting reasoned debate. However, I will not allow comments to be posted which are defamatory to someone else, or which are racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise likely to fail a 'public decency' test.

Consequently, there may be some hours delay after you post your comment until it appears on the public pages.

Gavin Barwell, 133 Wickham Road, CR0 8TE, Tel  020 8663 8741      © Gavin Barwell  2019       Promoted by Ian Parker on behalf of Gavin Barwell, both at 36 Brighton Road, Purley, CR8 2LG