Over the last few years, a number of attempts have been made by various residents and traders’ groups to put some local street art in Coulsdon town centre to make the town centre more interesting and attractive to local residents and visitors alike. Unfortunately, most of the initiatives were unsuccessful due to a multitude of reasons.
Last year, Charles King, the Chair of East Coulsdon Residents’ Association (ECRA) with the help of Lewis White, a local landscape architect, put together a project to place small finials (that satisfied Croydon Council’s requirements) on top of the existing nine finger posts in Coulsdon.
These finials commemorate the history of Coulsdon and Smitham Bottom and were selected from a list of suggestions that were put together from a public consultation by Pauline Payne when she was secretary of ECRA.
The first three chosen were: