The Carers Support Centre located at 24 George Street, Croydon have received notification of a planning application to convert the offices above the Carers Support Centre into flats. This will severely restrict their valuable work and activities as well as other organisations in the building, such as Healthwatch Croydon.
The planning application is:
Alterations to existing shopfronts. Demolition of two parts of second floor to rear of building. Conversion of part of ground floor of 24-26 George Street to provide upper floor access. Erection of single storey rear infill extension to provide cycle storage and first floor rear extension. Formation of rear terraced areas at first and second floor levels. Conversion of upper floors of resulting building to provide 3 x one bedroom, 2 x two bedroom and 3 x three bedroom flats (8 in total) with associated amenity spaces. Installation of roof windows to front and rear elevations (amended description). | 20 – 28 George Street Croydon CR0 1PA”
The proposed changes would mean that the Carers Information Service staff who work on the first floor, including two advice workers, two Carer’s Assessment Workers and four other members of staff, would need to relocate to the existing meeting room space downstairs, where they currently run wellbeing events and workshops. A number of local charities supporting carers and vulnerable people would also need to find new offices elsewhere.
This would lead to less space for their valuable activities in support of carers, as well as less space for hirers to use. The consultation rooms and Café would still be available, but they would lose the upstairs boardroom and the meeting rooms would become office space.
CCC understands that other organisations in the building would also be affected, including Healthwatch Croydon.
You can submit a comment on the application online and select the stance “object”. Find the link here.
You may like to mention in your comment that Croydon would be losing a valuable community facility, benefiting the health and wellbeing of Croydon’s 33,000 carers as well as local services and organisations.
Carers Support Centre
24 George Street
Tel: 020 8649 6288
|The Carers’ Information Service provides information, advice, support and training to anyone looking after someone who needs help due to illness, frailty or disability.
Part of The Whitgift Foundation