The 11th meeting of Croydon Congress held on 23 November 2016 was about Regeneration and Growth in Croydon. A report is being presented to the Cabinet on Monday 20 February.
‘The aim was to consider how local strategic partners can work together to ensure that local residents and businesses derive benefit from regeneration and growth in Croydon and to consider practical approaches that can be adopted to support the development of a more vibrant and diverse evening and night time economy in Croydon’s metropolitan and district centres.’ (para. 2.1)
Over 200 delegates attended representing organisations from the public, private, voluntary and community sectors, including a wide range of local businesses and business organisations.
There were two themed panel sessions exploring:
- Night time and evening economy in Croydon – How the borough can develop and maintain a vibrant and diverse evening and night time economy that reflects the needs of residents, businesses and visitors alike and also deliver wider social and economic benefits.
- Reaping the benefits for local people – How we are working in partnership and the practical steps we can/are taking to deliver the necessary support and infrastructure to meet the needs of local residents, businesses and communities to help them achieve their full potential. (para. 3.7)
Night time and evening economy in Croydon
Issues highlighted for attention included:
- Potential use of licensing powers to achieve a more diverse family friendly night time offer
- Improving the physical design and environment of the metropolitan and district centres
- Introduction of more art installations on the public realm
- Developing stronger partnership with local residents and business establishments to combat crime and anti-social behaviour
- Provide greater support to help smaller independent establishments thrive. (para. 3.9)
Reaping the benefits for local people
Ideas generated through the panel discussion included;
- Working with local agencies to support local people into work, including ensuring they have the necessary skills to compete for local jobs;
- Working with local businesses to help them take advantage of supply chain opportunities;
- Local businesses engaging with and supporting local communities
Through volunteering and charitable work;
- Support for the principles of Croydon’s Good Employer Charter. (para. 3.10)
The Good Employer Charter
The Charter was formally launched along with a website on 31 January. The Council ‘aims to have 100 organisations become accredited members of Croydon’s Good Employer network by January 2018. To date 24 companies have pledged commitment to work towards achieving this status.’ (para. 3.14)
Congress and Youth
The next Congress will be held in the summer and focus on youth.
The full report can be seen here: