Boris Backs Croydon Regeneration

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 120 months ago
Boris Backs Croydon Regeneration
Croydon-based tram

So the local football team failed to clamber up the rope ladder to the departing helicopter of the Premier League, and in truth it's nothing more than an ancient dump where the council will spy on you without reason. Yet Croydon's future looks rosy: Mayor Boris has lavished praise on plans for an exhaustive regeneration of the borough.

Croydon Gateway, as this swanky, Flash-heavy website ably demonstrates, is a scheme that aims to "shape a renewed sense of place" in central Croydon, with new residential & office space combining with the area's transport links to offer a new landmark for the borough. Boris has described this, among other new developments, as positive "adornments". In something of a Tory love-in, the London Assembly member for Croydon, Steve O'Connell, described the "support and encouragement" from his Conservative chum at City Hall, a man not previously known for his love of large-scale high rise projects and whose commitment to green spaces is perhaps at odds with his redevelopment jonesing. As one commenter on the Croydon Guardian site notes: "[Boris] thought Croydon had no views to protect. That sounds a little too much like a developers charter to me."

We were somewhat unimpressed back in 2005 when a hack at the local paper decided that Croydon was a mere ten years away from being the new New York. But perhaps our mirth was premature? Flash forward a few years, we could be forgoing a Covent Garden cappuccino and catching the tram Croydon way for a mocha, mini Manhattan style.

Image of Croydon-bound tram courtesy of Kake Pugh's Flickrstream

Last Updated 22 May 2008


I do like Londonist ladling out a lot of aliteration.

Boris said he wouldn't just be a Zone 1 mayor and he seems to be proving that to the good citizens of Croydon by er, approving these appalling adornments. Jolly good.

As an independent I was a bit wary of how Mr Johnson would perform if he won, but I have to say I've been rather astonished at the verve and professionalism he's brought to the job. In fact I'd go so far as to say that for the first time in my adult life I'm proud to be a Londoner.


Boris did indeed vow to not be a Zone 1 Mayor - mainly because few in Zone 1 voted for him, his support coming mainly from the suburbs. He's busy rewarding his "doughnut" by making cheap promises about issues that aren't really important, like this silly bus/tube booze ban.

As an independent, it's striking that your handle is similar to one of the venerable Mr. Johnson's many names. Pure coincidence, I suppose, but you really should've considered volunteering for his campaign - particularly as you're a Londoner, born and bred I trust; there was a vicious rumour that on the election trail His Blondeness had to rely on a bunch of misguided Scots to run his errands!