CROYDON COMMENTARY: The unravelling of inter-connected land deals following the collapse of Brick by Brick’s failed house-building business, as exclusively revealed by Inside Croydon, could have long-term damaging consequences for Coulsdon, says local resident LEWIS WHITE (right)
I was unaware of this appalling proposed sale by the council of the CALAT Centre at Coulsdon to the NHS for a dialysis centre.
The action, if it goes ahead, is a disgraceful negation of a long-held commitment. Coulsdon needs a new community centre.
It is also appallingly wasteful in terms of finding the best use for a focal, town centre site.
In pure financial terms alone, the £1million valuation seems to be far too low for such a development site in such a prime location.
The plan was to redevelop the existing community centre at Barrie Close as housing and provide the community with a new building on part of the site of the disused CALAT centre – what had long ago been the old Smitham Primary school.
The plan for the CALAT centre building and site made good sense in terms of heritage: it is a very attractive, multi-gabled building with a distinctive cupola with weather vane. A local landmark. It was all re-roofed around 18 years ago, and is a solid, brick-built building, in basically good repair.
However, the site is surrounded by ugly tarmac playground areas, and has been languishing, waiting for renewal and a fitting new use. This is exactly what the Brick by Brick proposal was. Continue reading