Ronnie Corbett, Samuel Coleridge Taylor and Peggy Ashcroft immortalised on bench in Charles Street, Croydon

Ronnie Corbett, Samuel Coleridge Taylor and Peggy Ashcroft immortalised on Croydon bench

The statues of Ronnie Corbett, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Dame Peggy Ashcroft

The statutes were officially unveiled today

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A portrait bench, featuring three of Croydon's most famous figures as chosen by the public, has been unveiled.

Actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft, musician and composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and comedian Ronnie Corbett are represented by life size portraits on the bench, which has been installed in Charles Street, next to a new walking and cycling route across the borough.

The bench celebrates the construction of a new cycle route from Wandle Park to Lloyd Park via the town centre and this morning, pupils from Kingsley Primary School cycled the route to attend the unveiling which was also attended by Deputy Mayor Councillor Badsha Quadir.

The new cycle route is part of the National Cycle Network and will connect into two existing routes; the Wandle Trail and Waterlink Way.

The project forms part of Connected Croydon, a £48m programme of improvements to the town centre's street scene, public spaces and transport links.

The portrait benches which are cut from Corten steel will rust and weather to become part of the landscape.

Bryn Lockwood from Sustrans, the charity that created the art project said: "The bench will raise awareness of the new route which enables the local community and visitors to make every day journeys by foot and bike."

Councillor Jason Perry, cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: "This is a fun and quirky idea that will get people’s attention and encourage cycling and at the same time celebrate the impressive cultural heritage of Croydon.

"And what’s more, these figures were selected following a public vote, so it’s great to see our residents play a part in bringing this scheme to life."

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3:55pm Tue 18 Jun 13

Tony L Martin says...

What have they got to do with cycling?
What have they got to do with cycling? Tony L Martin
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8:20pm Tue 18 Jun 13

Emily. W says...

Great, another bench and another place for the alcoholics and drug addicts of Croydon to gather. We have already seen a huge increase in the level of antisocial behaviour in this area since benches were put next to the old waterworks building. So much so that notices were recently put on those benches saying the area is under constant surveillance for antisocial behaviour. No doubt people leaving the pubs/clubs who pass through here in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday will also use it as a stopping place and the residents will have to listen to them. As there are no bins we will probably see even more litter too. As for the residents being consulted about this I live in Charles St and knew nothing about any of it until it appeared earlier this week. I've nothing against the statues but PLEASE remove the bench. How on earth is a bench going to raise the awareness of a cycle route? All it will do is encourage more antisocial behaviour.
Great, another bench and another place for the alcoholics and drug addicts of Croydon to gather. We have already seen a huge increase in the level of antisocial behaviour in this area since benches were put next to the old waterworks building. So much so that notices were recently put on those benches saying the area is under constant surveillance for antisocial behaviour. No doubt people leaving the pubs/clubs who pass through here in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday will also use it as a stopping place and the residents will have to listen to them. As there are no bins we will probably see even more litter too. As for the residents being consulted about this I live in Charles St and knew nothing about any of it until it appeared earlier this week. I've nothing against the statues but PLEASE remove the bench. How on earth is a bench going to raise the awareness of a cycle route? All it will do is encourage more antisocial behaviour. Emily. W
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3:26pm Wed 19 Jun 13

ANNE GILES says...

Emily. W wrote:
Great, another bench and another place for the alcoholics and drug addicts of Croydon to gather. We have already seen a huge increase in the level of antisocial behaviour in this area since benches were put next to the old waterworks building. So much so that notices were recently put on those benches saying the area is under constant surveillance for antisocial behaviour. No doubt people leaving the pubs/clubs who pass through here in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday will also use it as a stopping place and the residents will have to listen to them. As there are no bins we will probably see even more litter too. As for the residents being consulted about this I live in Charles St and knew nothing about any of it until it appeared earlier this week. I've nothing against the statues but PLEASE remove the bench. How on earth is a bench going to raise the awareness of a cycle route? All it will do is encourage more antisocial behaviour.
Those of us with disabilities can't walk far without needing to sit down. So please go away and don't be so ridiculous.
[quote][p][bold]Emily. W[/bold] wrote: Great, another bench and another place for the alcoholics and drug addicts of Croydon to gather. We have already seen a huge increase in the level of antisocial behaviour in this area since benches were put next to the old waterworks building. So much so that notices were recently put on those benches saying the area is under constant surveillance for antisocial behaviour. No doubt people leaving the pubs/clubs who pass through here in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday will also use it as a stopping place and the residents will have to listen to them. As there are no bins we will probably see even more litter too. As for the residents being consulted about this I live in Charles St and knew nothing about any of it until it appeared earlier this week. I've nothing against the statues but PLEASE remove the bench. How on earth is a bench going to raise the awareness of a cycle route? All it will do is encourage more antisocial behaviour.[/p][/quote]Those of us with disabilities can't walk far without needing to sit down. So please go away and don't be so ridiculous. ANNE GILES
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5:30pm Wed 19 Jun 13

Emily. W says...

ANNE GILES wrote:
Emily. W wrote: Great, another bench and another place for the alcoholics and drug addicts of Croydon to gather. We have already seen a huge increase in the level of antisocial behaviour in this area since benches were put next to the old waterworks building. So much so that notices were recently put on those benches saying the area is under constant surveillance for antisocial behaviour. No doubt people leaving the pubs/clubs who pass through here in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday will also use it as a stopping place and the residents will have to listen to them. As there are no bins we will probably see even more litter too. As for the residents being consulted about this I live in Charles St and knew nothing about any of it until it appeared earlier this week. I've nothing against the statues but PLEASE remove the bench. How on earth is a bench going to raise the awareness of a cycle route? All it will do is encourage more antisocial behaviour.
Those of us with disabilities can't walk far without needing to sit down. So please go away and don't be so ridiculous.
Had the bench been placed in Charles St because it had been identified that one was needed there for disabled people then I would not have a problem with it. However, the article states that the bench is to raise awareness of the new route. Also, if this is your argument for the bench then why do we not have benches on every other residential st in the country? And I do not consider antisocial behaviour to be ridiculous, as I'm sure you wouldn't if it were happening on your door step.
[quote][p][bold]ANNE GILES[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Emily. W[/bold] wrote: Great, another bench and another place for the alcoholics and drug addicts of Croydon to gather. We have already seen a huge increase in the level of antisocial behaviour in this area since benches were put next to the old waterworks building. So much so that notices were recently put on those benches saying the area is under constant surveillance for antisocial behaviour. No doubt people leaving the pubs/clubs who pass through here in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday will also use it as a stopping place and the residents will have to listen to them. As there are no bins we will probably see even more litter too. As for the residents being consulted about this I live in Charles St and knew nothing about any of it until it appeared earlier this week. I've nothing against the statues but PLEASE remove the bench. How on earth is a bench going to raise the awareness of a cycle route? All it will do is encourage more antisocial behaviour.[/p][/quote]Those of us with disabilities can't walk far without needing to sit down. So please go away and don't be so ridiculous.[/p][/quote]Had the bench been placed in Charles St because it had been identified that one was needed there for disabled people then I would not have a problem with it. However, the article states that the bench is to raise awareness of the new route. Also, if this is your argument for the bench then why do we not have benches on every other residential st in the country? And I do not consider antisocial behaviour to be ridiculous, as I'm sure you wouldn't if it were happening on your door step. Emily. W
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11:11pm Wed 19 Jun 13

Lemur says...

I had to look up where was Charles Street - tucked out of the way. Shame the bench won't be in a prominent place, perhaps Town Hall Gardens. Yes, I realise it is to do with a new cycle route.
Is it to be one bench or three? The article mentions "portrait benches" and also "a portrait bench".
I had to look up where was Charles Street - tucked out of the way. Shame the bench won't be in a prominent place, perhaps Town Hall Gardens. Yes, I realise it is to do with a new cycle route. Is it to be one bench or three? The article mentions "portrait benches" and also "a portrait bench". Lemur
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