Saturday, 6 August 2011

Shadowcast images overlayed on Google Maps Satellite Images

RECC have objectively overlayed the shadowcast images from Menta's shadowing studies upon Google Maps satellite images of the affected neighbourhood.

The image below shows the affect of the 880 meter shadow anticipated for 21st March at 5:00pm - different days of the year and times of the day vary from this. Without doubt the homes nearest the development will be overshadowed due to the cumulative affect of the proposed and existing buildings during afternoon periods year-round.

Want to see if you'll be affected?

There are many Internet sites that will tell you the distance between two Post Codes. Here's one we've tried...

Enter the Post Code of CR0 6BU as the marker for the Menta development site (this was the Post Code for Amy Johnson House before it was demolished ahead of the Council consultation for the planning application). Enter your Post Code as the second entry.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Introduction to Revitalising East Croydon Communities (RECC)

East Croydon is a bustling location in which to live and work, well served by independent businesses, with unrivalled transport links. Sadly long disused land either side of the train station is limiting the potential of the area and failing local residents’ aspirations. The majority of people, fed up with redevelopment projects stalling, want to see East Croydon become a vibrant, prosperous place.

Revitalising East Croydon Communities is a new resident led action group formed of such people, to give a voice to needs and concerns about forthcoming redevelopment and influence the future of the place where we live.

RECC was formed early in June 2011 within 24 hours of a public meeting in opposition to the Menta planning application 11/00981/P to build on Cherry Orchard Road. The meeting united Conservative MP Gavin Barwell, Labour councillors, Liberal Democrat and Green Party representatives with 100 residents, all speaking for redevelopment and the majority (80%) speaking out against Menta’s plans.

The planning application proposes to build a 55 storey (565 ft) skyscraper (‘gated community of 424 apartments’) adjacent to a neighbourhood of two storey homes. The proposed skyscraper is out of character, would dominate and overshadow family homes, worse yet, cause loss of privacy and daylight. The skyscraper would penalise the same people who actively support bringing the area back to life.

RECC encourage all residents, small businesses, and the town’s major employers to join together to bring about revitalization of our area and our people through acceptable levels of development.

RECC is for everyone who lives, trades, works, commutes, and wants to enjoy the area and is focused on improving it for the short and longer term.

To be heard, to give your support or to find out more please contact us at