Croydon community centre 'under offer' for over £1 million as council tackles finances

Publication Date14 January 2022
Publication titleMyLondon (England)
The Peter Sylvester Centre in South Croydon was a centre for adults with disabilities and one of 15 sites the council opted to sell off in February 2021 in a move to improve its financial state

It closed in March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

The SHW estate agent website reveals the building in Bramley Hill was now ‘under offer’ after being listed for £1.15 million.

It outlines that Croydon Council’s planning department had indicated the site could be suitable for eight flats across two blocks.

The two-storey centre, built in the 1970s, was included in the first set of properties in Croydon Council’s interim asset disposal strategy to be “disposed of as quickly as possible”.

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The report said: “The council has some sites where the previous use has ceased and the buildings vacated and either demolished or boarded up as there are no suitable uses.

“Whilst holding costs in many cases are fairly modest, keeping these sites vacant can offer a security risk or be a source for anti-social behaviour and therefore a reputational issue.

“Disposal and redevelopment would provide a much more positive outcome for the local area and help generate new homes in many cases.”

When the strategy was first developed, Councillor Stuart King, Croydon Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for Croydon renewal, said it would bring in “much-needed income”.

He said...

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