Things will look very different in ten years’ time – globally, nationally and right here in Croydon. Of course, change brings both exciting opportunities and new challenges for all of us and we want your views to shape our future.
Our pledge to put culture at the heart of regeneration takes a huge leap forward with the reopening of the refurbished Fairfield Halls. We welcome and are excited about the investment happening in our borough and we want to make sure that everyone, wherever they live, can benefit from this growth.
However, like many other places, Croydon has just declared a climate emergency to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. That means we need to make sure that the decisions we make and what we do now to meet our needs doesn’t jeopardise the ability of future generations to thrive. So we must start thinking and behaving differently in all that we do.
Whatever happens, we want people to love where they live – the communities they are part of and the places that make Croydon special. We all need to step up if we are to make Croydon the very best it can be. At the council, we know we need to increase our efforts. We want the community to help too. So, we will support, reward and applaud those who do their bit, and we will also stand up to those who bring our town down by not respecting people or the place.
Looking ahead to 2030, we don’t want to see people sleeping on the streets; we don’t want to see young lives lost through knife crime; we don’t want to see empty shops on our high streets. But we will continue to face some tough challenges – the impact of Brexit, London’s housing crisis, and continued financial pressure on public services. Between 2010 and 2018, Croydon Council saw a 70% reduction in funding so, like all councils, we’ll have to continue to do more with less.
We’ve started to address these challenges. We’re building affordable homes for local people, investing in all our libraries, creating opportunities for young people, and helping people live healthier lives.
But we can’t meet these challenges alone – it’s only by working together that we can make Croydon 2030 a place where everyone has a chance to succeed, where nobody gets left behind and where everybody has a voice.
So, let’s start talking now about how we get there. Get involved in the Croydon 2030
Big Conversation now and help us make Croydon a place we can all be proud of.