EXPANSION plans at a hotel whose patrons have been accused of urinating in residents' gardens are causing anger within the community. The historic Queens Hotel in Church Road, Upper Norwood, wants to create a four-storey front and side extension to provide an extra 25 bedrooms. But objectors claim the extension means coaches would not be able to turn inside, leading to the vehicles being parked in residential roads. Croydon Council has revealed 'more detailed transport analysis' is being carried out, while the applicant has also been asked for more in-depth drawings of parts of the scheme. Amanda Sciberras, chair of the Gipsy Hill Residents' Association, said there was a worry regarding traffic and parking issues. She explained: "The surrounding residential roads are subject to selfish parking by patrons of the hotel. "Private driveways have been obstructed on occasions, patrons have parked in private drives and on residents' front gardens. "The Queens Hotel hosts regular large events and residents of Fitzroy Gardens have also experienced their road and gardens being used as an overflow toilet by attendees. "The idea that this company wishes to increase the services it runs from Church Road is a cause of huge concern for people the residents and traders in the area." A spokesman for the Queens Hotel said: "The planning application before Croydon Council is for the reinstatement of a part of the hotel destroyed by fire. "Whilst the area of the extension has in recent years been used for coach parking, the site is extensive and there remains ample space for coach parking elsewhere, either in front of the hotel or in the large car park to the rear. "There is no need for guests to park off-site but the information submitted with the planning application demonstrates that there is ample available off-street parking if they do. "Coaches will continue to park on-site." The management says it has 'no records' of any neighbours complaining that guests park on their front gardens, on their private drives or urinate in their gardens, adding the hotel is well provided with toilets.
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