The deafening silence IS being questioned .
An open letter has been written demanding action from our elected representatives, PLEASE SIGN as the more people behind it the louder the message becomes until it cannot be silenced.
Whilst I’ve no doubt that meeting swill be called, consultations organised, promises made but within 10 years nothing will have changed apart from the feeling you have been cheated; therefore it is essential that results are the only evidence we accept as commitment to our improving our area. Keep in mind that democracy becomes irrelevant if ‘public meetings’ are used simply as a tool to enhance the illusion that the community were consulted and concurred!
Two quotes from Abraham Lincoln commenting on his own position of power, sprang to mind after reading the letter:
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
South Norwood has a rich wonderful wonderful history, matched only by the diverse character and culture of the community.
..complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
Lets ensure that South Norwood is developed for the benefit of the current community and not to make space for people whose disposable monthly income is higher than the average yearly wage!
The letter reads:
South Norwood is stuck – there is talk of regeneration all while the main high streets are being decimated by ugly conversions of shops to flats. We would like Croydon Council to suspend planning permissions for such conversions on Portland Road for two years and to heavily penalise shop owners who go ahead with these conversions before planning permission has been given.
There appears to be a habit of shop owners seeking unrealistically high rent to prove that they can’t rent the shops. We also ask Croydon Council to engage with the shop owners to keep rent at a realistic level so that the many keen small business in the area can start to revitalise the flagging High Street and Portland Road instead of being priced out of the area or forced to run online only business.
In 2014 Emertons The Ironmonger in Station Road was paying £90 for a street trading licence so they could display stock on the street, but 2015 it was £900 and this year £1500. The rise of the licence to £1,500 is simply too much for a small businesses to afford. We ask that Croydon Council return the licences for Emertons and the Clock Tower Green Grocer and other South Norwood businesses display stock on the street back to the previously affordable 2014 rates.
We would also like to see the same conservation status given to Market Parade extended further down Portland Road to cover the shops down to Dundee Road so a new hub area can generate around the Leisure Centre and Doctors’ Surgeries.
This petition will be delivered to:
- Croydon council
- Gavin Barwell & Steve Reed
- Shadow Minister for Diverse Communities
Sign to show your support to demand change but shaped by people who currently reside here.