Campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon (DEMOC) P O Box 3254, Purley, Croydon, CR8 9ER
2nd January 2020
ADDRESSED TO ALL CROYDON VOTERS
Dear Croydon Voter,
INVITATION TO THE PUBLIC LAUNCH OF THE CAMPAIGN FOR A DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED MAYOR OF CROYDON
On behalf of this residents’ campaign, I am writing to invite you to the Public Launch of our Campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor (Leader) of Croydon. This will take place on Wednesday 5th February at the Christchurch Primary School, Montpelier Road, Purley, CR8 2QE, at 8.15 pm closing at 9.45 pm.
This is a residents’ led and funded campaign supported by many Croydon residents, Residents’ Associations and community groups.
We believe there is a serious and urgent need for a better democracy in the way Croydon Council is run. Residents have had enough of the Council ignoring their concerns in particular as regards planning decisions. The town should be run and decisions should be made with the general consent of the people and of local communities. This is our town, we pay the bills and we should be heard and our views should be properly taken into account.
An elected Mayor would have executive powers, replacing the role of Leader of the Council. An important benefit is that the Councillors can be challenged by the independently elected Mayor to produce good outcomes for residents. This contrasts with the election of the “Leader of the Council” by Councillors of the majority Party under the current system, which can lead to focus on outcomes that benefit Councillors or groups of Councillors rather than residents.
So, whilst the current “Leader” is chosen by a few Councillors”, an Elected Mayor will be chosen by all of the voters of Croydon so an estimated 270,000 Croydon voters would each have an equal say in the choice of an elected Mayor.
An elected Mayor will also provide a chance to lift the image and profile of Croydon. Our town is growing rapidly and deserves the enhanced status an elected Mayor will bring. Bedford, Bristol, Copeland, Doncaster, Leicester, Liverpool, Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Mansfield, Middlesbrough, North Tyneside, Salford and Watford already have elected Mayors.
We need 15,500 voters to sign our petition if we are to force the Council to hold a binding referendum that gives the people of Croydon the choice and the chance to have an Elected Mayor. We already have about 6,000 so we have made a good start in the pre-launch phase.
Above all, an Elected Mayor will be the peoples’ choice and will be far more likely to listen to residents than a Leader chosen by a few Councillors. Under the current system the Council is certainly not listening to local communities about planning decisions and they are approving developments that do not have the consent of local people.
This is a critical moment for Croydon and the people of Croydon. We must not miss this chance for change. Do please let us know if you will come to the launch and support us.
Campaign Chairman DEMOC