Residents of the Regina Road estate in South Norwood have voted ‘Yes’ in a ballot asking if they supported the proposal to demolish and rebuild their homes.
The turnout of eligible voters from the estate was 81.7%, of which an overwhelming 88.1% voted yes, while only 11.9% voted against regeneration of the estate. The ballot was independently run by Civica Election Services.
The ballot, which closed on 22 May, related to a specified area of Regina Road which includes the three 11-storey tower blocks and a number of low-rise blocks and houses, such as Sunny Bank numbers 1-8B.
The project is part of Executive Mayor Jason Perry’s commitment to invest in and improve standards in council homes and put residents at the heart of decisions about housing services.
The ‘Yes’ outcome will be reported back to the Mayor and Cabinet to inform future decisions about the project. Cabinet will also be asked to consider authorising the council to apply for Greater London Authority (GLA) funding to support delivery of this project.
The Council has been working closely with Regina Road residents to develop the options for the future of their homes, and approved plans for a ballot at Cabinet in March.
This follows extensive engagement throughout last year, when residents were invited to open meetings, drop-ins and a number of community events where they could see and discuss the proposals and have their questions answered.
“I’d like to thank Regina Road residents for getting involved and having their say on the future of the Regina Road estate. The council will continue to work with them and listen to their views as the project progresses. My thanks go out to Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Homes, Cllr Lynne Hale, and our staff who have worked so hard on this issue.
“All council tenants and leaseholders should expect to have warm, safe and dry homes that they are proud to live in and I am committed to delivering this pledge as part of the transformation of Croydon’s housing service.”
Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon
A meeting is being held on Wednesday 31 May at 6pm, at Stanley Arts, in South Norwood, for Regina Road residents to learn more about the results and to have the opportunity to put questions to the council’s project team, independent tenant liaison advisors and architects.
The weekly tenancy drop-ins held on the estate will continue also. For more information about the project and drop-ins, see the Croydon website.