A People’s Manifesto
for Croydon Council
Policies that will benefit local people submitted by Croydon Assembly for endorsement by candidates and parties
Croydon Assembly has just published its manifesto for what it would like to political parties to promise do in the lead up to the Croydon Council elections on 3 May 2018.
You can download it here:
This has been developed from the programmes of previous Assemblies and working parties, bringing together the experiences and views of trade unionists, political and community activists, about the policies needed to meet the needs of working people and their families within the Borough.
Please circulate this manifesto through email lists and social media, as a contribution to the debate that should surround the local elections.
Printed copies are being prepared for distribution.
The manifesto will be launched as part of the next Assembly event.
Saturday, 24 February. 12.30pm to 4.30pm
SAVE OUR SCHOOLS – STOP EDUCATION CUTS
Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd/corner Park Lane
being held jointly with the National Union of Education (formerly the National Union of Teachers and College Lecturers union, now merged)
Manifesto proposals include:
Making Brick by Brick accountable. The council’s Brick by Brick development company is proposing and the Planning Committee is approving applications for schemes to add more homes on existing council estates against the wishes of the residents. Brick by Brick must be made transparent and democratically accountable to residents.
Listening to estate residents. The lesson of the Grenfell fire is that people are not listened to. Candidates should support compulsory ballots of residents on council and housing association estates subject to regeneration proposals and be bound by the results
Disposing local authority land to community-led housing and social projects like Community Land Trust and co-ops to meet housing and regeneration needs.
Refocusing on funding social rented provision with genuine affordable rents and security of tenure and ending the use of (un)affordable up to 80% of market rent targets.
Regularly consult with local labour movement, community and voluntary organisations to discuss housing needs and priorities.
Establish district committees of councillors and local community representatives to oversee the work of council officers and the budget for each district centre.
Only work with private sector companies which pay at least the Living Wage, recognise trade unions, do not use zero hours contracts and support skills development programmes such as apprenticeships
Use building contractors which recognise trade unions, fully comply with health and safety requirements and have apprenticeship programmes
Establish a Direct Labour Building department to carry out local housing and public service building projects with in-built apprenticeships
Adopt a public plan showing the types of construction job skill sets needed in approved building developments
Encourage job creation in the green industries, including in manufacturing solar panels, waste recycling, including commercial waste.
Advocate ring-fencing for its residents of jobs being created in Croydon
Negotiate additional community benefits from the redevelopment of the Whitgift shopping centre, including:
residential homes on top of the development rather than in tower blocks
more public green space including on the roof of the Centre
all workers regardless of employer to be paid at least the London Living Wage
a veto on the possibility of a hotel in favour of student accommodation.
Tackling health inequalities between geographical areas
Support for independent living by designing homes and communities for age and mobility and investment in “pre-care” measures
A campaign for investment to tackle loneliness and social isolation
Involving older people and younger generations in co-designing future care services
New and emergent technologies for health and care service provision
Training to build the capacity and skills of the “careforce”, both paid and unpaid
Support for carers at home and in community settings.
Legally enforceable protection of all green spaces, natural habitats, open spaces and parks from spending cuts or development proposals of any kind
Genuine community involvement in the development of Croydon and its infrastructure, with a minimum of 20 places allocated to community organisations within the Develop Croydon conference
An increase of all forms of renewable energy in the borough on all types of building, and an increase in the use of sustainable technology incorporated into building plans
A policy that all new and refurbished buildings should use building-integrated renewable energy sources
An increase in Croydon of recycling and re-use. Croydon should become an exemplar, achieving a 75% recycling rate for both business and domestic waste by 2020
Withdrawal from the South London Waste Partnership which approved the Beddington incinerator. More use should be made of anaerobic digestion and similar technologies to produce environmentally-friendly products
Rejection of all licence applications for fracking both now and in the future, including those for exploration
Opposition to further airport expansion, as this will adversely affect the environment
A drastic increase in investment in public transport and a return of public transport to public ownership
Cycling training being made available to all schools and adults and an expansion of road infrastructure for cycling
A substantial increase in air quality monitoring which should include measuring toxicity and other potential health hazards from the incinerator output and increased traffic levels.
Bring libraries back into direct control of the local authority and ensure there are library standards that the council will follow to help preserve the libraries for future generations
(Note: due to the collapse of Carillion, the Council has announced today that it is doing this.)
Increase funding of libraries with no threats of closures and providing new library stock and upgrading and maintaining electronic resources such as WiFi and computers
Increase the use of libraries as a community hub for activities for children, young people, adults and elderly people
Maintain, promote and invest in local museums, theatres and art galleries such as the Museum of Croydon and the Clocktower and other locally-run projects
Encourage local art, media and music organisations through schools, colleges and training organisations to get more children and young people involved in local projects and initiatives
Protect small music venues, live entertainment, culture hubs and local independently-run pubs and bars from extortionate business rates
Ensure the redevelopment of Fairfield Halls is completed to a timely and high standard
Protect and maintain Croydon’s only independent cinema, the David Lean Cinema and keep the Braithwaite Hall as an entertainment venue
NHS, School System and other issues
There are also proposals for the issues on which the Council should be lobbying central Government about especially the NHS and the school system