I recently submitted one of my images to the local newspaper, the Croydon Advertiser as part of their #visionsofcroydon theme. The image as you can see was of a beautiful summer sunset looking across Farthing Downs towards what was Cane Hill Hospital just south of Coulsdon town centre, it is a really stunning area. I feel lucky to live here being able to enjoy the countryside and be within a stone’s throw of London – the best of both worlds.
Yesterday I found said image taking a prime double page spread. Fantastic, but it was a favourable comment from a local conservative council candidate that got me thinking.
“Looks Amazing” he said, “it is I thought”. However the very same conservative council that run Croydon are, it would seem hell bent on taking away such views for future generations. You see the Cane Hill hospital site is due to be redeveloped for housing after many years of laying derelict and unloved. Now I am the first person to recognise the acute housing shortages that have been building up in London over the last 30 years and agree there is need to build more homes and quickly, but what is being proposed for Coulsdon’s Cane Hill site represents over development and these views are very likely to be consigned to history.
So please enjoy a few of my favourite images of Cane Hill and Farthing Downs, lets hope the views aren’t damaged too much.