This post was first published by My London on 09/05/2019.
‘Croydon really needs a water feature to cheer us all up’
But where should it go?
Is a water feature the key to mental and physical wellbeing in Croydon?
Members of the council cabinet believe so – and they’re looking to do something about it.
The Conservative spokesperson for culture, leisure and sport said that being by water is good for wellbeing and was something the borough should address.
Speaking at a meeting on Tuesday, Councillor Helen Pollard added: “Apparently being near water beats the blues and I notice there’s nothing watery in the centre of Croydon.
“I think it would be quite nice to have some sort of water feature or fountain.”
In response, council leader Tony Newman said that hopefully Cllr Pollard’s wish will become a reality in the public space next to the revamped Fairfield Halls.
The space previously known as College Green is set to be called Fair Field. The tender process is currently underway and six architectural teams have made it to the second stage.
“I share your view of the joy water features can bring. I am aware it is in the brief in what’s alongside the Fairfield Halls. So we are all hoping to see something there,” added Cllr Newman.
It is also hoped that water will feature in the new Queen’s Gardens, which is being redesigned as part of the Taberner House redevelopment.
When initial plans went in front of the council’s planning committee last year, councillors were adamant they wanted to see a water feature as part of the plans.