Addiscombe Councillors have asked that the new road on the site of old Roman House, Grant Road, be named after Paul Nihill, who won a silver medal at 1964 Tokyo Olympics. We have got agreement in principle from the Council and Bellways, the developers, and we are hopeful that the new road will be called Nihill Place.
Croydon has a proud history of producing world-beating athletes, and has honoured them by naming roads after them. Indeed, Croydon has a named a number of roads after Olympic champions even though some of these had no connections to the borough. Paul Nihill is different, he grew up in Addiscombe and attended Davidson School, and also the Sir Philip Game Centre in Morland Avenue. Paul competed at four Olympics from 1964 to 1976, at both the 50k and 20k Walk. He only retired in 2013 after taking part in sporting events for over 60 years. Paul doesn’t live in Croydon now but he has always insisted that he considers himself a Croydonian.
Local residents were concerned that Croydon has not honoured our local hero, especially when others with less connections had. It therefore seems fitting that this new road, which is just around the corner from where he lived in Addiscombe as a boy, should be named after him.
As local Councillors we are keen to celebrate Addiscombe’s successes and we are pleased that we have been able to Paul the recognition he deserves.