Protestors demand Croydon Council stop sale of culturally significant lodge

Croydon Council have been urged by residents to stop the sale of Heath Lodge, located in Grangewood Park.

Protestors gathered at the site said to have been a lifeline during the pandemic as Croydon follows a swathe of boroughs in the region selling off their green spaces and the assets within them.

The community would like to see the lodge renovated into a youth centre, but with local council funding tight, upfront cash has been regarded as the ultimate decision to take.

An October 2021 report from the council read: “Alternative uses have been considered by the council but these have proved not to be financially viable.

“Although local community groups have previously expressed an interest in retaining the asset for community use, these discussions have not progressed and the property has continued to deteriorate and attract antisocial behaviour.”

Reporter Eleanor Smith spoke to Andrea Perry, chair of Friends of Grangewood Park, to find out more about the protest.

You can watch the full video below.

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