Work begins on new home for New Addington community services
10:00am Monday 8th October 2012 in News
Work has begun on a new home for community services in New Addington to bring them under one roof, improving access and preparing the way for regeneration of the area.
Next April, the local housing services and New Addington library will move across the road to the New Addington hub in Central Parade.
Residents will also have their own face-to-face enquiry service, Access Croydon.
The building will continue to house Croydon Adult Learning and Training (CALAT) classes, Little Stars nursery and Jobcentre Plus.
The hub will provide a convenient single place for the council to give help and advice about housing and all council services, as well as providing opportunities for families to take part in activities at the library.
The western side of Central Parade will also be transformed due to the relocation of local housing services and the library.
The council is developing plans for a new leisure centre, upgraded community centre and a new supermarket. Consultation on these will continue with residents and businesses in New Addington.
Councillor Jason Perry, cabinet member for planning, regeneration and transport, said: "Local residents and businesses have told the council what they want to see for the rejuvenation of the area around Central Parade.
"The council services’ new home is at the centre of the community and gives us the opportunity to go ahead with transforming the whole area."
Questionnaires are available online at croydon.gov.uk/nal-relocation and in paper version at the library. Consultation closes on October 21 and results will be published by the end of the year.
Cllr Tim Pollard, deputy leader and cabinet member for children, families and learning said: "The library’s stock will get a boost from new items based on what people tell us during consultation and it’s also an opportunity for people to suggest what events and activities they most want."