A park in Croydon town centre is still closed off to the public, two years after work started to revamp it.

The project has been hit by numerous delays after it was first expected to be completed in the autumn of 2021.

Then, after it missed a February 2022 completion date, developer Hub said it would be ready in May to June this year.

There is still no solid date when the gardens will reopen, although it looks like work is complete.

Your Local Guardian: photo: Tara O'Connorphoto: Tara O'Connor

The garden revamp is part of a development from Hub, known as Queen’s Quarter, on the site of the former Croydon Council offices in Park Lane. 

The development is made of up 513 flats across four towers, the tallest of which is 19 storeys.

One of the blocks, Malcolm Wicks House provides 90 council flats.

Part of the original garden was created in the late 1800s. It’s refurbishment includes 37 new trees and a children’s playground with oak equipment.

Now, there are still fences around the garden and sprinklers can be seen getting the grass in shape.

A security firm is guarding the site and building materials are piled up by the Fell Road entrance.

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In 1968, the former council office, Taberner House, was built with a new garden stretching as far as Mint Walk, this was joined together with a garden on the site of the old Croydon Central Station and opened by the Queen on June 21, 1983.

Last month, Croydon Council tweeted pictures of the Queen officially opening the gardens.

But it was met with responses from disgruntled locals with one comparing it to the Teletubbies.

He wrote: “Look what you have done to it. The picturesque Queen’s Garden now turned into a smaller reduced Telly Tubby World for the Platinum Jubilee.”

A description of the project on HUB’s website reads: “With a mix of housing for sale and for rent, 13,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, and regeneration of the park, the scheme will start a new chapter for this neighbourhood.”

When asked for an update on the gardens, the Local Democracy Reporting service was simply told an opening date would be announced “very soon”.