Just over three years since, in August 8th 201, Riots destroyed the London Road Royal Mansions Parade, Croydon, a locally listed row of shops and houses of historical significance locally, consisting of 9 shops and nearly 30 flats.
The struggle for compensation has been hard and frustrating at times, but now I’m pleased to say that through West Croydon Voice and the pressure we kept on the various departments, the long awaited Riot Compensation has finally been settled.
This will enable us to move on and start rebuilding our lives, and now with the help of Nick Watson, regeneration manager for London Road, who has been instrumental in moving forward all aspects of our Riot struggle, from compensation to rebuilding, we are looking at solutions to move forward as soon as possible.
Those of you who have followed Charlene Munro’s story may like to know that Labour Leader, Tony Newman, has kept his promise to help her and her son.
The Croydon Labour Party have been there for all the Riot Victims, stepping in to help Marlene Rozario and her family with funeral costs when her husband Ron passed, especially Toni Letts, Council member for Regeneration, who has been a source of practical and emotional support for many of those riot victims affected on London Road.
Malcolm Wicks, before he passed, raised the Riots issue in Parliament, and with the Croydon Labour Party, held a meeting in Oshwal house, London Road after the Riots.
Steve Reed promised his support before the elections and, true to his word, raised the issues of Riot Compensation in his maiden speech, keeping the victims to the forefront by arranging a Channel 4 interview, The Political Slot, and arranging a meeting with Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition.
The Conservative Council should have and could have helped whilst they were in Office, it remains a great shame to me that Mike Fisher reneged on his promises to help us all last year, that kind of behaviour destroys trust in our politicians. Another disappointment was that Gavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central, did little to help or support those victims affected.
At a recent meeting held by Steve Reed and West Croydon Voice to mark the third Anniversary of the Riots, Trevor Reeves was one of many who expressed frustration at why so little had been done by the last Conservative Council, especially on the matter of the Mayors Riot Regeneration funding, of the £23,000,000 barely £4,000,000 had been spent and was in danger of being taken back. London Road, worst affected area, has nothing to show any improvement since the Riots. Of the 24 Riot Review Recommendations not one has been fully implemented.
West Croydon Voice has become a Voice for the Riot Victims and also the area, we are proud of standing up for those who couldn’t speak for themselves. We will carry on being a Voice for West Croydon and will be starting a new venture, West Croydon Initiative, which hopes to build a coalition of shops, housing associations, residents and other organisations, to have a say in the regeneration of the London Road.
As West Croydon Voice, we will now be pushing for the riot review recommendation that there be a police presence in London Road, that London Road, as part of the public realm works, becomes Broad Green Village, and that there be a Community Hub in West Croydon.