Our borough, Croydon is my home, our family’s home and our community. We’ve all seen huge changes in our town in recent years, a thriving suburb has been on the verge of becoming a big city. This comes with the diversity, opportunities and challenges of any city. From the peak of Sydenham Hill at Crystal Palace, via the Saffron Valley of Croydon Town centre to the North Downs in Coulsdon, our borough has a highly diverse people and living areas. We have a multitude of town centres, an amazing history as a market town, military town, factory town, as well as home to London’s first Airport and one that played a crucial role in freedoms victory in the second world war. Also a modern office and shopping centre.

Sadly something has gone very badly wrong. The system of local government simply has not kept pace with the changes in our town and it is not working. Our town council faces financial disaster with bankruptcy, essential services cut, jobs lost, and tax and cost increases for us all as a consequence. We have no Westfield shopping centre as we were promised. The Fairfield Halls was shut for far too long and friends all over the borough complain about Brick by Brick. We shouldn’t have a system that allows the people's views to be ignored and where there is a lack of accountability and scrutiny of decisions.

I believe a directly elected mayor would mean people are listened to again and will make those in charge more responsive. We would all get an equal vote in who runs our town! A mayor will be someone we know, someone we can hold to account, and someone to stand up for Croydon.

Croydon is changing. For all our families' futures, lets change to a council that listens and meets all our needs in an open and fair way, valuing everyone in our community

A proud Croydonian