What are the challenges facing Croydonians?

As the General Eelection getsm under way what are the challenges facing Croydonians regardless of who forms the next Government.

  • Council’s top-down decision making
  • Council’s ‘consultation’ approach
  • Strengthening residents and community organisations
  • Fostering community cohesion
  • The inadequacies of the railway system
  • The effects of the cuts imposed by the Government on the Council
  • The fragmentation of the schools system
  • The influence of private developers
  • Whitgift Centre redevelopment proposals
  • Fiveways traffic proposals
  • The Council’s approach to culture
  • The conversion of offices into flats
  • The conversion of family houses into flats
  • The need to improve the protection for the built heritage
  • The lack of neighbourhood committees to oversee Council ‘regeneration’ spending
  • The need to protect the high streets from supermarket convenience stores, betting and loan shops
  • The work of the Opportunity & Fairness Commission

Anything else?

Many of the above issues are about the relastionship between Central Government, legislation and the Council.

What do you want your next MP to do on these issues?

You can ask at the  hustings meetings with candidates – see blog postings – Croydon Events and News 30 March and 2 April.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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