We’re listening – join in the conversation

Councillor Tony Newman

Councillor Tony NewmanThings 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.


Councillor Tony Newman

Councillor Tony Newman

Leader of the Council


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2 thoughts on “We’re listening – join in the conversation

  1. Well spoken Lorraine, I also believe we are at maximum capacity and need to work on what we already have. We need LOWER rates for small shops and businesses and encourage our traditional businesses to return. Not allowing every other shop to become a hairdresser shop.
    We need to think back in time to when everything was bustling and you could buy what ever you needed and take it home in a paper bag. These were good times and better for the environment.
    By thinking about how to make things fit in with modern society is NOT going to work.
    I say this because the digital age will destroy each and every one of us mentally and physically.
    The 5G network that will be accepted by the local council without any professional tests or guarantees of safety to life is not just irresponsible but unthinkable and totally unacceptable..
    To make Croydon a place to go to , we need to do something different from everybody else, bring back local markets, get rid of tacky pound shops that offer nothing but disposable plastic products that don’t last five minutes then poison the earth. We need to produce and buy products built to last our lifetime.
    This is a big big change that needs to be made and thinking digitally is only reversing the progress that we, as humans have already made.
    Every robot that makes something has taken away a job, every self checkout has taken away another job, Every online delivery has polluted the atmosphere more. All of these modern ideas only make the big businesses even richer while destroying the average person’s life and chance for a healthy affordable way of life.
    It would be nice to hear comments to this train of thought.

  2. I do NOT agree with the asumption that Croydon has to grow. I believe if we do not build new homes then people will move on to where there are homes- this has the advantage of reducing the population in Croydon and reducing polution and pressure on services. The borough is becoming overcrowded and more like an inner London Borough every day, with reductions of green space, increase in polution and destruction of our villages and historical buildings. We are building to many undesirable and faddy single person or couple homes – the slums of tomorrow, this attracts people we have no room for to the area. There is precious little capacity in schools, doctors etc. Retail and jobs have declined and we ought to be pulling up the drawbridge and discouraging people moving to London…. they should instead moveout to the North or the country is going to tip towards the South East! I would encourage diversity, community and equality etc…. but this can only be achieved when the resources exsist and individuals are living and spending outside of their working life. No one can afford to do anything except work, commute and sleep in Croydon its now a dormatory town.

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