Community Groups Priced Out Frozen Of Latest Develop Croydon Conference – Again
If you are an activist in a community group excited by the ‘regeneration’ of Croydon, or concerned about its negative impacts that do not to meet the real needs of local people, can you afford the £395 plus VAT cost of attending Develop Croydon’s latest Conference on 22 November. You are effectively priced out from attending.
The ‘Placemaking Croydon Space Age City Conference’ sees Jules Pipe, London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills as the first keynote speaker. The second is Gavin Barwell, Minister for Housing and London and Croydon Central MP, who narrowly held onto his seat in the General Election because of Labour’s failure to get out another 170 votes.
By allowing his Deputy to attend Sadiq Khan is accepting the pricing out of local people from attending. As a member of Develop Croydon Council under its Labour Leader Tony Newman is also accepting this.
It is now time that Croydon Labour Party members got stuck in on local issues and demand that Tony Newman and Sadiq Khan pull out support for the Conference unless Develop Croydon offers at least 50 free tickets to community groups and adds a speaker to outline the concerns lots of local people have with what the developers and the Council are doing?
If the gossip on the grapevine is true that Labour Party members are uncritical of the Labour Group and are failing to hold Councillors to account, and that the hundreds of new members and supporters are not getting involved, don’t expect anything to happen.
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