Open Public Meeting
held on 27th October 2015 at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church. The FOAP Committee brought together Croydon Council officers and local councillors to discuss the development of Ashburton Park. The officers presented details on current status of the development of the library building. This was followed by a question answer session between the audience and the officers & the councillors.
The Big Dance
Big Dance was a biennial festival of people dancing led by the Mayor of London in partnership with People Dancing and the Big Dance Hubs, a network of leading dance organisations across the UK. In 2016, Big Dance kicked off on Friday 20 May with the Big Dance Pledge, an original choreography by Akram Khan, then performed worldwide on the day day. The second Big Dance Bus and pledge was at Ashburton Park on 2nd July 2016.
Extended version of the pledge – simply called Big Dance Trafalgar Square 2016 was performed on the 2nd July, 2016 at Trafalgar Square. Croydon had the biggest single group from a region at the Big Dance performance.
The library building was known as the Stroud Green House. It was purchased by Father Tooth to set up a convent. After purchase by the Council, the old convent became the local Ashburton Library. The reading room was in the cloister. It was later demolished in 1975 after repeated vandalism. Croydon Council Website for more information.
The Park Grounds
The grounds have undergone numerous changes over the centuries. It has had vineyards, stables, an Italian garden, croquet lawn, fine timber and ornamental lake. Today it has a running and walking track that needs to be repaired. There are tennis courts, children’s playground and a bowling green.
Renovate the Pavillion
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The Pavilion is in a sorry state after years of neglect by Croydon Council. The original red tiled roof was replaced with felt tiles, a poor substitute. The café closed a few years ago and since then the structure has been locked up. The roof has succumbed to the elements and a number of the timbers are rotten. Hoarding now surrounds the structure. We are working with partner organisations who have volunteered their expertise in the structural and asbestos surveys. This is needed before any repair work can be carried out.
The walking and jogging track
Works to repair some of the paths across the park, including repairs to the car park were set to start in September 2015. More details on what exactly is going to be completed and the timeline for these works will be posted as we get them from the council.
The Sports Facilities
The FOAP is following up with the council to fix the tennis courts and other play areas used by the community.