Petition Calls for Community Tickets for Develop Croydon Conference

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A petition has been launched by Susan Oliver calling on Develop Croydon Forum to make cheap tickets available to community and voluntary groups for its Conference on 18 November. Susan was one of the few Croydon residents to give evidence at the Whitgift Centre CPO Inquiry.

Susan writes:

‘Ladies and Gentlemen of Croydon and Beyond

I am writing to ask you to sign a petition I have created in regard to the Develop Croydon Conference occurring on 18th November at Fairfield Halls.   Information about the conference can be accessed here: www.developcroydon.com/Events/Develop-Croydon-Conference

The conference deals with a wide variety of issues focused on Croydon including planning, socio-economic and political concerns.  These are issues that – in 2015 – are understood to be dealt with in the public domain with a spirit of democracy and yet the conference is priced so that only the relatively wealthy can afford to attend.

We cannot accept an event where we, the residents of Croydon, are asked to look away while others get together to talk about the town.

The high-priced tickets also discriminate on the basis on wealth, which I am afraid will add to economic tensions in the town.  This is particularly dangerous in Croydon because I believe economic tensions helped to fuel the 2011 riots.

Basic human equality means mutual respect and a willingness to communicate with each other.  Therefore, the people of Croydon should be encouraged to attend a conference focused on Croydon.  There is no reason why investors and developers need to be separated from us and have their own special gathering.

The obvious resolution to this problem is to open the conference up to the public.  I have proposed that 25 tickets are made available to Croydon residents at £25, which I think is a very reasonable request. Even if you do not agree with this specific proposal I hope that you will still sign the petition as a show of solidarity.

Feel free to circulate both this email and the petition, which can be found here:

https://www.change.org/p/richard-plant-tony-newman-toni-letts-gavin-barwell-develop-croydon-conference-should-issue-affordable-tickets-for-croydon-residents

Forum’s previous rejection of request for community places

As reported  in the posting on this blog  the response of the Forum to someone else’s request for tickets was rejected.

The Forum’s James Clark said: ‘Unfortunately there are no community places available at this conference. This is a nationally run commercial marketed conference aimed at external investors and developers.  However all the information from the conference, debates and results are made publicly available for free post conference on the Develop Croydon website. http://www.developcroydonconference.com.’

You can see what Susan Oliver told the CPO Inquiry at

https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/key-questions-for-the-whitgift-centre-cpo-public-inquiry

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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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