Croydon's South End makeover 'will turn it into go-to destination'

South End is renowned for its culinary offering

South End is renowned for its culinary offering

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Work on a makeover to cement South End's reputation as Croydon's restaurant quarter will begin next week.

Outdoor dining space, widened paths and cycle parking are among improvements included in a Croydon Council redesign.

Financed using Croydon's £23m of the Mayor's regeneration fund, the work is intended to boost trade and make South Croydon a go-to destination.

The makeover will create pockets of public space along South End and Selsdon Road, providing restaurants and cafes the opportunity to spill out onto the street, while the road will be narrowed to encourage slower driving.

New pavements will be laid, trees will be planted and new seating areas created.

Kit Malthouse, deputy mayor for business and enterprise said: "We're providing significant investment to improve South End to make it a go-to destination, attracting new visitors to the range of fantastic cafes, restaurants and shops in the area and boosting trade.

"This money will ensure that South End can compete with other recently regenerated areas in the capital."

Coun Jason Perry, cabinet member for planning, regeneration and transport, said: "Croydon is rightly very proud of South End as its hugely successful restaurant quarter.

"These improvements to the streets and public space aim to build on this success, creating a fitting platform for the many exciting and diverse eating and drinking establishments it is home to."

The work, beginning next Monday, is scheduled for completion by Christmas. Details of road closures are not yet available.


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6:32pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Annon43 says...

And meanwhile, London road in West Croydon is still covered in hoarding after peoples livelihoods and homes were burnt to the ground during the riots!!!!! How about some of that money being spent in areas that really need it, regeneration, better lighting would encourage more people and less crime, but yet again this area has to go without. Surprised there's any of that money left after the council dipped their hands in it to regenerate and move offices!!!
And meanwhile, London road in West Croydon is still covered in hoarding after peoples livelihoods and homes were burnt to the ground during the riots!!!!! How about some of that money being spent in areas that really need it, regeneration, better lighting would encourage more people and less crime, but yet again this area has to go without. Surprised there's any of that money left after the council dipped their hands in it to regenerate and move offices!!! Annon43
  • Score: 15

1:49pm Wed 5 Mar 14

ArfurTowcrate says...

Annon43 wrote:
And meanwhile, London road in West Croydon is still covered in hoarding after peoples livelihoods and homes were burnt to the ground during the riots!!!!! How about some of that money being spent in areas that really need it, regeneration, better lighting would encourage more people and less crime, but yet again this area has to go without. Surprised there's any of that money left after the council dipped their hands in it to regenerate and move offices!!!
The thing is, the people in West Croydon are the wrong colour and/or vote the wrong way, as far as Croydon Tories are concerned.

However, the people who visit South End are the right colour and/or vote for the right party, so the money gets spent there.

That same institutionally racist principal is being applied to the flood victims along the Godstone Road, who are getting sorted out very quickly indeed compared to the people affected by the riots in August 2011 - over 2½ years ago.
[quote][p][bold]Annon43[/bold] wrote: And meanwhile, London road in West Croydon is still covered in hoarding after peoples livelihoods and homes were burnt to the ground during the riots!!!!! How about some of that money being spent in areas that really need it, regeneration, better lighting would encourage more people and less crime, but yet again this area has to go without. Surprised there's any of that money left after the council dipped their hands in it to regenerate and move offices!!![/p][/quote]The thing is, the people in West Croydon are the wrong colour and/or vote the wrong way, as far as Croydon Tories are concerned. However, the people who visit South End are the right colour and/or vote for the right party, so the money gets spent there. That same institutionally racist principal is being applied to the flood victims along the Godstone Road, who are getting sorted out very quickly indeed compared to the people affected by the riots in August 2011 - over 2½ years ago. ArfurTowcrate
  • Score: 4

2:15pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Dorothy.C says...

I just assumed it was having funding to help turn it into the actual restaurant quarter it has been earmarked as not just because white people live there...

Also, maybe I am wrong, but I'm sure people living in West Croydon don’t just eat & shop there and the places in South Croydon aren’t just there for local residents use.

When people are constantly focusing on the divides & negatives in Croydon things aren’t going to improve. Just my opinion.
I just assumed it was having funding to help turn it into the actual restaurant quarter it has been earmarked as not just because white people live there... Also, maybe I am wrong, but I'm sure people living in West Croydon don’t just eat & shop there and the places in South Croydon aren’t just there for local residents use. When people are constantly focusing on the divides & negatives in Croydon things aren’t going to improve. Just my opinion. Dorothy.C
  • Score: 1

1:37pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Dorothy.C says...

I really dont understand why the only non racsit post on here has a minus rating... Sad really.
I really dont understand why the only non racsit post on here has a minus rating... Sad really. Dorothy.C
  • Score: 2

1:52pm Fri 7 Mar 14

ANNE GILES says...

I have given it a plus!
I have given it a plus! ANNE GILES
  • Score: 1

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