SAINSBURY’S CAR PARKING: SALE RECORDS ‘MISLAID’ SAY CROYDON
Sale records from when Croydon sold off the former public car park behind Sainsbury’s on Westow Street, Upper Norwood cannot be found, say Croydon council.
News of the disappearance of the documents comes in response to a Freedom of Information request made by News From Crystal Palace which asked:
“Please supply all documents, including a copy of the sale agreement, relating to the sale of the former public car park area / outside parking space on the Norwood Heights development off Westow Street Upper Norwood from 1990 to 2016.”
In response, Croydon said:
“It is assumed that the area referred to relates to an area that the council sold off as part of a much larger portfolio sale in 1994. “This has subsequently been developed to provide a small shopping centre including a Sainsbury’s food store and the Phoenix community centre.
“As the sale was over 20 years ago I have been unable to trace records specific to the disposal of this site from within current electronic files.
“The only current correspondence is in connection with the Phoenix centre where we have a long lease and have sublet to a community organisation which would not appear relevant to the enquiry.
“As this is a registerable interest the Land Registry holds title details and these are available to the public for a small fee.”
Editor’s note: When the Norwood Heights development was completed the supermarket area was occupied by Safeway (and later Morrisons). The Safeway supermarket was opened by the then Mayor of Croydon Cllr Maureen Horden, who was Mayor from 1984 to 1985.
News From Crystal Palace made the FOI request given continuing interest in our story “SAINSBURY’S PARKERS FACE £70 FINES” which was posted in July 2014 and still gets regular ‘hits’ on our website.
The loss of the public car parking area for an unlimited time behind Sainsbury’s meant there was no proper long-term public car park in the Triangle area for shoppers / businesses. The other former public car park on St Aubyn’s Road known as the ‘Bomb site car park’ disappeared when the Barratts development was built.
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