Dis-Connected Croydon and the mystery of missing contacts

Businesses and residents on Southbridge Road in South Croydon are having to deal with the disruption and inconvenience of having their road closed off at one end, for at least three weeks.

Dis-Connected Croydon has been able to publish photographs of the roadworks on South End, but has overlooked posting contact details

Dis-Connected Croydon has been able to publish photographs of the road works on South End, but has overlooked posting contact details

The road works are part of the multi-million-pound “improvements” going on along South End, and are being managed by a council-run body that has been titled “Connected Croydon”.

Despite being months in the planning, news of the closure of the road – which is an important through-route for ambulances and fire engines on emergency calls and runs alongside the High Street to the Croydon Flyover – was communicated to locals in a leaflet distributed by “Connected Croydon” on the Friday afternoon before the diggers moved in. The “Connected Croydon” leaflet suggests that road users needing to access Southbridge Road from the High Street should take a diversion of more than a mile.

“Connected Croydon” is the same body which, as part of the project, is responsible for selecting the kindergarten-style bike racks that have been put up in South End, to widespread contempt and derision among cyclists and pedestrians.

Inside Croydon wanted to talk to someone at “Connected Croydon” about the bike racks, the road closures and the “improvements”. So we went to their publicly funded website.

This is what we found on their “Contact” page:

Unconnected Croydon

A bit of a dis-connect?

The road works are due to be completed by July 11. We shall see.


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4 Responses to Dis-Connected Croydon and the mystery of missing contacts

  1. davidcallam says:

    These people are spending public money. Their names should be publicly known in order that they are publicly accountable. A list on the council website would be fine, providing it is finally working properly.

  2. I would add that having driven down South End many times during these works I have been staggered as to how often there has been no one working.
    And all for what….a slightly wider path. Utterly pointless.

  3. It’s similar to the (slow) replacement of the streetlights: put up barriers, dig up the road and then do nothing.

  4. m1ndy9876 says:

    3 things
    1 i didnt even know what the works were until i was in afters and saw a flyer , something about a big sign that says ” southend” and outdoor eating
    2 its nice to see that at the coombe cross roads they dug up tarmaced and then dug up again
    3 so many tiles are already splitting or just uneven not a few but most from aberdeen road are somewhat unfinished, some by zizi are even cracking .

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