Campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon (DEMOC) PO Box 3254, Purley, Croydon, CR8 9ER

ADDRESSED TO ALL CROYDON VOTERS

24th January 2020

Dear Croydon Voter,

INVITATION TO FURTHER, PUBLIC, LAUNCH EVENTS - CAMPAIGN FOR A DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED MAYOR OF CROYDON

Following demand to attend the Public Launch of our Campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon, and as part of the launch programme, we are now announcing a series of further events for those who cannot make it to the Launch on 5th February. These will take place in Sanderstead, Coulsdon and Kenley. For full details see below.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible stating which event you wish to attend. You may just turn up on the night but will not have reserved seating.

This is a residents led and funded campaign supported by thousands of Croydon residents, 7 Residents’ Associations as well as other community groups. We are also supported by Chris Philp MP, the Conservative Party and the Croydon South Labour Party.

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. 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 will 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.

The estimated 270,000 Croydon voters will 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’ signatures on 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 over 7,000 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. The success of a Mayor for Manchester is an example.

This is a critical moment for Croydon and the people of Croydon. We must not miss this chance. Do please let me know if you will come to one of the launch meetings and support us.

Gerry Meredith-Smith

Campaign Chairman DEMOC

VENUE DETAILS

SANDERSTEAD Wednesday 12 February 8.15pm - 9.30pm
All Saints Hall, Onslow Gardens, Sanderstead CR2 9AB

COULSDON Thursday 13 February 8.15pm – 9.30pm
Old Coulsdon Congregational Church, 336 Coulsdon Road, Old Coulsdon CR5 1EH

KENLEY Thursday 27 February 8.15pm – 9.30pm
Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church, Reedham Park Avenue, Purley CR8 4BQ