Not to long ago old town crodon residents were asked to attend a local meeting to discuss the proposed master plan for their area. After being assured that their views would be seriously considered it is with regret that a updated masterplan from spatial planning the company givne the responsibilty of the implementation of the masterplan clearly states that the surrounding residental areas will not be included in the masterplan:
"Part of the Old Town Masterplan project will involve the production of Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans for the 3 Conservation Areas that lie within Old Town area. It is expected that proposals made will be of a small scale and focused around the enhancement of the heritage assets of the area. Large scale redevelopment of existing residential areas will not be considered by the masterplan".
The key objectivs of the croydon old town masterplan were also outlined:
•Identify and set parameters for development of underused sites within
•Provide proposals to improve the public spaces and streets
•Place Old Town's heritage assets and their setting at the heart of
•Make proposals to improve pedestrian, cyclist and other transport
movement around the area
•Provide a plan for delivery in the area for the short, medium and longterm.
It is sad that residents are being asked to attend planning meetings about old town croydon but their voices are not being taken seriously, one major concern bought up during the meeting was the bad street lighting on the residental streets in old town croydon which still have not been improved nor been mentioned in the updated old town masterplan.