A senior Croydon councillor has undertaken to ensure that the 150-year-old Water Tower will be maintained and says that the council is working “to secure the long-term future” of the Grade II-listed building.
A local parks group last week reported that a recent engineers’ visit to the Water Tower, which stands alongside Park Hill recreation ground, had found cracks and evidence of dereliction in the 100-foot-high building, which has been unused for the borough’s water supply for 70 years.
Thames Water and Croydon Council have both confirmed that the building, built in 1867, is owned and maintained by the local authority.
Timothy Godfrey, the council cabinet member for arts, sport and culture, reassured that there is no immediate threat to the building’s structural integrity.
In the past, the building has had a public viewing deck, offering spectacular views across south London and the Surrey Hills.
Godfrey told Inside Croydon, “I can confirm that the building is regularly checked by the council and the tower remains safe and sound.
“We remain keen to secure the building’s long-term future and maintenance, and we are in early talks with organisations who could potentially make use of it.
“Anyone who has a positive proposal for the tower should get in touch with the council.”
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