Mayor of Croydon

Croydon’s first Young Mayor election is underway after campaign launch

Posted on February 26th, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. No Comments

A total of 28 candidates aged 14-17 are running for the title

Young Mayor candidates in Croydon, London’s largest youth borough, are now officially campaigning after they unveiled their manifestos at a campaign launch.

The Young Mayor is elected for one year, and they will represent over 37,000 young people. In order to stand, candidates have to live in or go to school, college or … Read More »

Twice Madam Mayor: an interview with Toni Letts

Posted on December 22nd, by Katie Rose in Politics & Society. 2 comments

“I have been fortunate – and I want that for everyone”

Twice Mayor of Croydon, a domestic violence survivor with an OBE for her services to housing and community, Toni Letts has many stories to tell. Funny, poignant and heart warming, her anecdotes are underwritten with her commitment to make a daily difference to the lives of Croydon folk. Describing herself as a “servant of the people”, Toni … Read More »

Empowering the youth in Croydon with a ‘young mayor’

Posted on November 9th, by Yohannes Lowe in Politics & Society. No Comments

Represent young people directly if you want them to engage with politics

In an outwardly apathetic climate of political disillusionment, the recent news of the young people of Croydon being able to elect their first ‘young mayor’ comes as a welcomed relief. Those citizens who reside in the borough and are between the ages of 11 and 18 will be eligible to vote in the election next … Read More »

Croydon’s Air Quality Action Plan: answers are blowing in the wind

Posted on July 4th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

All talk and not much action: will this Air Quality Action Plan affect Croydon’s pollution levels?

Consultation on Croydon’s Air Quality Action Plan was recently kicked off at a ‘summit’ attended by councillors, council employees and members of the public. The consultation runs until Monday 21st August – so if you care about your air, take a look at the draft plan and make your thoughts known.

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Sarah Jones has gained Croydon Central for Labour

Posted on June 9th, by Zach Baker in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Croydon Central result changes Croydon’s political map for first time since 2005

After a long night of counting and deliberation, the results came in for Croydon’s three constituencies. Croydon North and Croydon South have been traditionally safe seats for the Labour and Conservative parties respectively. This year’s results kept those seats in the red and blue columns. However Croydon Central swung left and was gained by the … Read More »

Launching ‘I would make Croydon better by: The Collected Ideas’

Posted on February 13th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

More than 50 ideas, 30 guests – and one pocket-sized book about making Croydon a better place

The next stage of ‘I would make Croydon better by’ was unveiled in December last year. The submitted ideas were to be collated, published in book form, and then presented to various influential individuals and organisations in Croydon. We are very pleased to announce that on 26th January 2017, in … Read More »

‘I would make Croydon better by’: the next stage

Posted on January 12th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

It’s time to put your ideas into practice

From the beginning, a big part of the Citizen has been about proposing solutions to the town’s problems. So in 2014 we launched a unique, long-running campaign to publish actionable suggestions for improving the town. All that readers had to do was tell us what one way they would make Croydon better.

Submissions ranged from the … Read More »

Celebration of regeneration at the Minster’s Season of Creation

Posted on October 11th, by Lee Taylor in Politics & Society. No Comments

Lee Taylor, Associate Vicar of Croydon Minster, ponders some ancient words of advice for Croydon

When conversations begin about building and protecting, it can easily be assumed that urban economic developers and conservationists are inexorable enemies. Yet, these interlocutors have one thing in common: the welfare and flourishing of the place in which they are set. Between them, they have a concern for the built and natural … Read More »

Another referendum: an executive mayor for Croydon?

Posted on June 30th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

The EU referendum is barely behind us, but another vote may soon be afoot in Croydon. Robert Ward assesses the options

You don’t have one for years and then two come along one after the other. Not a prospect that fills many of us with joy perhaps, but a group including Croydon’s two Conservative MPs is proposing a referendum on the idea of an elected executive mayor … Read More »

What’s happening to our democracy? Croydon deserves better

Posted on April 25th, by James Thompson in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Conservative councillor James Thompson objects to the conduct of Croydon Council meetings, and has some suggested improvements

I’m approaching two years as a councillor and it’s been an enlightening period to say the least. From the outset it’s been clear to me that change is needed. When Council Leader Tony Newman stands up and ums and errs for five minutes, failing to answer a simple … Read More »