Green Party Views
Croydon Assembly Manifesto
To what extent do the parties above meet the ideas in the Croydon Assembly Manifesto?
Tom Black interviews Tony Newman and Tim Pollard
This is also in the April print edition.
Tom Black assesses the possible result at
Labour may being doing well in Croydon but over the border in Lambeth there is a different story.
How to vote:
Thursday 19 April. 7-9pm. Local Election Question Time
Organised by the South Croydon Community Association (SCCA).
Opportunity to question the parties’ representatives and decide who you think will best serve Croydon and its citizens over the next four years.
Pre-selected questions will be asked from the floor for debate, both by the panellists and by other members of the audience. ‘If wish to ask a question please send your question to email@example.com by Tuesday 17 April. Please try to make questions “short and sharp”. Only questions from registered participants will be taken and you will need to attend Question Time in person to ask your question.
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Does Croydon do enough for social enterprise?
Charlotte Davies has written on Historic Croydon Facebook:
‘If we are going to strengthen communities throughout London then we need to address how Croydon Council et al works with and supports social enterprises in Croydon. Fit 2 Learn is now over 5 years old the Council has never once sat down and had a proper conversation about how children develop to become efficient learners with calm behaviour. Not once, not the officers, not the Councillors, not the Safeguarding Board, not even the doorman…. Then what about Matthew’s Yard or Tech City and many other grassroots initiatives that are worn down by attrition. There is no strategic planning in Croydon that seeks to think out of the box and identify ways of reducing costs whilst also improving outcomes significantly in public services. The Council have no understanding of long-term investment in social enterprise – there is a feeling that all they want us for is to grab our cash, take the PR photo shots, but not actually think and support the long-term strategy.’
Andrew Kennedy comments:
‘The Council don’t listen, they stumble on just trying to cover their backsides with too few resources at their disposal, squandering of those resources on ill thought out projects, scrambling after one-off grants, cow-towing to central authorities and worst of all maintaining relationships with existing suppliers that lead to unimaginative and expensive outcomes. I refer to the physical and environmental role in Croydon. Case in point – Surrey Street and the High Street.’
Who Controls Croydon? (2)
The compilation of my Croydon Citizen articles on parks & green spaces, planning & development, the local plan & small businesses is available from me at firstname.lastname@example.org. £1.50 plus postage.
Some thoughts from a reader
A reader who attended the discussion between the two leaders at CVA tells me:
- The Tories appear to have done their homework.
- The comments made are obviously ones that will strike a note with voters.
- They appear to be common sense and address some of the issues.
- Their objectives are obviously designed to attract the borough residents but would be used for their own purposes.
- If Labour councillors are not given a voice then Labour will not re-gain the Council.
- Whether Labour or the Tories win there will be more deals with developers and gentrification will continue.