Have your say on Davidson Centre becoming Croydon’s 2nd largest Primary School

Croydon Council wants to turn the Davidson Centre in Davidson Road into Croydon’s second largest primary school with over 800 pupils within a few years, with the first intake of 120 pupils this September. Croydon Council has submitted a planning application and as local councillors, we want to hear your views about the Council’s proposals. By 2014 there may be over 1200 pupils at both the new Centre and Davidson Primary schools. This is a lot of activity for a small area.
With a growing population Croydon needs more primary school places, but as local councillors and residents we want to make sure that local residents voices are heard. It will take a couple of years before the works to the school are fully finished and all 800 pupils are on site, but we will see the first pupils starting at the new school in September.
Davidson Centre is an old building and they can be difficult to adapt, but some of the ideas are interesting and we are keen t hear what you think of them. Croydon Council also has to deal with the Norbury Brook, which runs along under Northway Road, and under part of the school in a culvert, it then carries on underground unto Heavers Farm. This river eventually joins the River Wandle.

We have concerns that issues such as road safety, public transport and the impact of large influx cars and pupils on local residents living nearby, and we our not convinced these have been taken into fully into account by the Council, and so we are asking residents to let the council know their concerns or comments about the proposals. You can email us at Addiscombe@croydonlabour.org.uk .
One of our major concern is about road safety, especially as Davidson Road already has a problem with speeding cars.  We are calling for a 20 mph zone for the length of Davidson Road, Brampton Rd, Dartnell Road and other surrounding roads, as there is clear evidence to show that cars, which collide with children, travelling above 30mph can kill a child. “If you are hit by a car at 35 mph your chance of survival is 50%. If you are hit by a car at 20 mph your chance of survival leaps to 97%.” With hundreds of children coming and going from this area this every day we want to make sure that local roads are as safe as possible.
We are especially keen to hear whether you support a 20 mph zone for the area area around this new school.
We are also concerned about the issue of parking, especially when the school opens and closes. As well as parents driving their children to the new school on Davidson Road, there will also be a large number of cars going to the Davidson Primary School on Dartnell Road, and it will exacebate the problems we currently have with the Davidson Road/Brampton Road junction, Northway Road/Davidson Rd junction, and the Morland Road/Dartnell Road junction, these problems may impact on other local roads such as Northway Road, Edward Road, and Morland Road as well.
We are also looking for a better bus service for Davidson Road as the 410 is already heaving in the rush hour and is difficult to get on it from Davidson Road into Croydon. We are also keen to see addional cleaning of the streets around the school because of extra litter that will be dropped.

If you want to find more about the proposals you can look at the Council’s planning pages on Croydon’s website. The planning application number is 12/00788/P , and you should quote this on all correspondence. Planning and Access statement is here.

You have until 10th May 2012 to make a comment, or lodge an objection or support for this proposal. You can also email planning.control@croydon.gov.uk  . Please copy us in so we are kept informed of your concerns/obections.
The address to write to is:
Development Management
Planning and Building Control
Planning and environment
Croydon Council
Taberner House
Park Lane

About Sean

Councillor for Addiscombe Ward, 1994-2006, re-elected in May 2010 along with Mark Watson and Patricia Hay-Justice. Since May 2014 Chair of Scrutiny. Lives locally in Addiscombe.
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