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Sarah_W

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288 posts

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Okay, I've heard from a few people who thnk it's a dump, but I was tehre in the week and the area around Addiscombe Road seems nice, the trams are great and I was pretty impressed with it, especially the 15 minute train journey from Croydon to Victoria or London Bridge!

We're thinking of getting a BTL flat there and would love to hear what areas are good/what is to be avoided

Thanks :-)

Office_Monkey

1,725 posts

92 months

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You might be better off asking in the London forum. In a word though, st.

Stabbings, muggings, a bunch of people attacking police officers for telling a girl to stop littering.

Dupont666

16,011 posts

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south croydon is ok.... east croydon is a dump, yet if you go 5 mins down the road on the tram you come across Sandilands which if you go up that road has some beautiful places, plus my hockey club is up there.

So not all bad.... every area has its st hole

NiceCupOfTea

22,821 posts

134 months

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Horrible.

I work there but I don't live there, which tells you all you need to know! wink

It's certainly not an area I would want to be wandering around at night, and my occasional forays into shopping there result in me wanting a shower when I get home.

There are nice areas - Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon, Coulsdon, Lloyd Park, Shirley, south Croydon at a pinch, but the nasty areas are definitely more prevalent - avoid at all costs Thornton Heath, New Addington, central Croydon, South Norwood, Addiscombe's not the best...

Tramlink is good though.

Edited for emphasis.

Edited by NiceCupOfTea on Saturday 30th May 10:28

_Deano

6,590 posts

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Office_Monkey said:
You might be better off asking in the London forum. In a word though, st.

Stabbings, muggings, a bunch of people attacking police officers for telling a girl to stop littering.
I would rather headstand in a bucket of vomit and yodel the sweetish national anthem, than live in Croydon. Absolute sthole.
Used to have trouble with Yardies not so long ago; as mentioned above always stabbings, fights oh and you have the immigration centre there too. That's a pile of poo too.
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Arklight

301 posts

72 months

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Real dive, worked there for a few years and wouldn't go back for any wage smile

maybe go a bit further away like some people advised, beckenham has some nice areas near the tramlink still as well.

Gun

13,251 posts

101 months

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Not sure what it's like to live there but I used to go to college in Croydon and on one occasion someone got into the place with a gun, they were walking round the place looking for someone. Also one of my tutors said he'd been mugged five times outside the college and on all five occasions he was threatened with a knife, not somewhere I'd like to live personally.

Blue160

272 posts

86 months

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Hello

I lived opposite Sandilands tram stop for three years and it was great.

One of the good things about Croydon is that it has its own town centre, whereas previous places we'd lived around London were really dead, and you had to go into town if you wanted anything.

Traffic is truly awful though, and the parking is robbery. On our first night there we had to pay £200 to get our car back from the pound because we had been misinformed by our landlord as to which permit worked for which road. They towed the car 10 minutes after ticketing it frown

Henry Hawthorne

5,558 posts

99 months

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_Deano said:
Office_Monkey said:
You might be better off asking in the London forum. In a word though, st.

Stabbings, muggings, a bunch of people attacking police officers for telling a girl to stop littering.
I would rather headstand in a bucket of vomit and yodel the sweetish national anthem, than live in Croydon. Absolute sthole.
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Morningside

18,580 posts

112 months

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Dupont666 said:
south croydon is ok.... east croydon is a dump, yet if you go 5 mins down the road on the tram you come across Sandilands which if you go up that road has some beautiful places, plus my hockey club is up there.

So not all bad.... every area has its st hole
Wow times have changed. I used to find it was West Croydon that was a dump.

Superhoop1904

563 posts

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Been there twice, both times for the day and on both occassions I have been glad to leave and have felt lucky to have got the train without any problems. Lots of groups or "gangs" hanging around looking like they are upto no good. (maybe they arn't but thats the impression I got).

Not a place I would go back to for any reason.

V8mate

36,951 posts

72 months

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A huge amount of investment heading Croydon's way over the next few years though. New main railway station and massive mixed-use development around it.

XJSJohn

13,846 posts

102 months

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_Deano said:
Office_Monkey said:
You might be better off asking in the London forum. In a word though, st.

Stabbings, muggings, a bunch of people attacking police officers for telling a girl to stop littering.
I would rather headstand in a bucket of vomit and yodel the sweetish national anthem, than live in Croydon. Absolute sthole.
Used to have trouble with Yardies not so long ago; as mentioned above always stabbings, fights oh and you have the immigration centre there too. That's a pile of poo too.
Interesting analagy but 100% agree with the sentement. (Having in the past lived in Norbury Junction and Crystal Palace)

May sound like a London snob but ..... "Don't go sarf of the River"

Porkbrain

307 posts

120 months

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Bleedin' awful these days.

I've worked in Croydon since 85 and made the mistake of buying a flat in south Croydon, had to keep the window shut at the weekends to minimise the racket from police sirens from Friday to Sunday night.

Now live in a nice 'green' part of Kenley which is really peaceful but still work just off Wellesley road.
From our office we face the local YHA which always keeps us amused by our daily 'Scum Watch', there is never a single day when a horde of Plod fail to rock up and search the crowd of yoofs milling around outside gobbing incessantly on the pavements.

Our car park is about 200 yards away from the office with the so-called Job Centre in between, on the walk to the office I'm always harassed by scum begging for cigarettes or 84p for the 'train fare home' innit.

Oh well, looking on the bright side we are all cordially invited to our 'which of you are about to be made redundant' sessions next week.
If it happens then I'm relocating to the green stuff somewhere, just need to pop back to the 'where is the grimmest place you've been' thread to make sure I don't pick the wrong place biggrin

LovelyTia

483 posts

63 months

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Lived in croydon all my life. Avoid timebridge/man on the moon area of Addington, oh and also the parade, actually just avoid Addington as a whole. Norbury is a nice area but 5 minutes either way and it gets rough (Thorton Heath one way Streatham the other)
East croydon is a bit rough, Central Croydon is alright. Just be on the look out for the gangs as they do carry knifes and will confront you (as both my brothers have had happen to them)
There is a nice part that my great nan used to live, as you go from the flyover towards valley park (where those huge gas containers are)
Used to have a flat round addiscombe and I found it to be quite pleasent there tbh. Lived there for 2/3 years and no trouble. I lived about 5 minutes from the co-op and tram stop.
Brother lives in selsdon and there are some very nice areas round there.

Edited by LovelyTia on Saturday 30th May 17:46

Sarah_W

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LovelyTia said:
Lived in croydon all my life. Avoid timebridge/man on the moon area of Addington, oh and also the parade, actually just avoid Addington as a whole. Norbury is a nice area but 5 minutes either way and it gets rough (Thorton Heath one way Streatham the other)
East croydon is a bit rough, Central Croydon is alright. Just be on the look out for the gangs as they do carry knifes and will confront you (as both my brothers have had happen to them)
There is a nice part that my great nan used to live, as you go from the flyover towards valley park (where those huge gas containers are)
Used to have a flat round addiscombe and I found it to be quite pleasent there tbh. Lived there for 2/3 years and no trouble. I lived about 5 minutes from the co-op and tram stop.
Brother lives in selsdon and there are some very nice areas round there.

Edited by LovelyTia on Saturday 30th May 17:46
Presumably thought the gangs are just out late at night? Sounds lovely - gangs with knives!

LovelyTia

483 posts

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Anytime after school and especially on the holidays (you get the big gangs) . They mainly hang around west croydon train station because of the KFC there. They also walk around by the car park attached to Centrale.
This happened on 3 occasions last year. Both times they got asked the question
"who you with?" referring to gangs I suppose. They seem to target teens so older people are ok, unless they are drunk then I think anyone is game.

Edited by LovelyTia on Saturday 30th May 20:43

Sarah_W

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LovelyTia said:
Anytime after school and especially on the holidays (you get the big gangs) . They mainly hang around west croydon train station because of the KFC there. They also walk around by the car park attached to Centrale.
This happened on 3 occasions last year. Both times they got asked the question
"who you with?" referring to gangs I suppose. They seem to target teens so older people are ok, unless they are drunk then I think anyone is game.

Edited by LovelyTia on Saturday 30th May 20:43
Gangs of kids on school hols don't sound too bad

I've lived near WOking beore which is pretty sh£*e!!!!! When you gys say bad, do you mena it's worse than WOking?

LovelyTia

483 posts

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never been to woking, I've lived here all my life never been mugged/threatened/stabbed etc so its not all bad. My brothers are a different story... Croydon is not the place to go if your under 30 and male (unless your very tall or very large, they don't like threatening figures rolleyes)
But the gangs in croydon are anywhere from 25 to school kids. They get larger on the school holidays as there are more of them with the freetime.

okgo

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81 months

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Sarah_W said:
LovelyTia said:
Anytime after school and especially on the holidays (you get the big gangs) . They mainly hang around west croydon train station because of the KFC there. They also walk around by the car park attached to Centrale.
This happened on 3 occasions last year. Both times they got asked the question
"who you with?" referring to gangs I suppose. They seem to target teens so older people are ok, unless they are drunk then I think anyone is game.

Edited by LovelyTia on Saturday 30th May 20:43
Gangs of kids on school hols don't sound too bad

I've lived near WOking beore which is pretty sh£*e!!!!! When you gys say bad, do you mena it's worse than WOking?
Woking is very very tame in comparison with rough parts of Croydon. In fact Woking really isn't that bad at all.
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