SATURDAY, 26 NOVEMBER
Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, CRO 1BD
10.30am to 4pm
Wanted: A People’s Plan for Croydon
The Croydon Assembly is being recalled to prepare a People’s Plan for the borough that aims to put communities in charge of making the decisions that affect their lives.
Many people have told us how powerless they feel. Decisions about local jobs, housing, education, nursery provision, care for older people, surgeries, hospitals, transport, local amenities, parks and open spaces are out of our hands.
Our voices and interests are ignored in favour of developers and what the government tells the council to do. Democracy is noticeable by its absence in Croydon just as it is throughout the UK.
There is a growing demand for change. This was seen in both the impressive social movement that supported Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as Leader of the Labour Party and also in the EU referendum result which expressed, among other things, people’s frustrations with the political set-up at local and national level.
On November 26, the day will belong to you. After an introduction by Philipa Harvey, former president of the National Union of Teachers and local activist, we will break into groups to discuss how we plan to put people in control and create a proper democracy in Croydon and beyond.
In the afternoon, groups will focus on key issues like housing, education, social care, transport, local employment and council services to develop proposals to go into the People’s Plan. These will be brought together in a session of the whole Assembly, so preparing a practical programme for campaigning at local level.
The views and experience of you, your family members, friends, neighbours and fellow campaigners are needed in this discussion.
Please go to Eventbrite and register for this important Assembly here