RESIDENTS’ PETITION TO BE IGNORED


CROYDON COUNCIL DENIES VOTERS’ RIGHT TO CHOOSE IF THEY WANT AN ELECTED MAYOR

Croydon Council have responded to their voters' legitimate petition containing over 17,000 valid signatures and calling for the people to be given the choice next May, by using Covid to block it.

The Council has the legal power to call a referendum on 6 May, the same day as the London Mayor and Assembly elections. That is the obvious day to have it because the extra cost would be minimal and if decided, a Mayor would be elected in May 2022 when the local Council elections take place.

Under current legislation Croydon Council could and should have done so but the Leadership are too scared to face the decision of the people and prefer to cling onto power. The law gives the people the right to a referendum if 5,% of voters demand one. In Croydon 5% is 13,788 voters. Although over 17,000 voters signed the petition, the Council Leadership refuses to use their legal powers to call the referendum in May. They refuse to let the people decide.

Shame on the Council Leader and shame on those Councillors who support the Leadership in denying the peoples' right.

Croydon needs more accountability and better democracy. The finances are in a dreadful mess and the people feel that they are not being listened to. It’s time for all Councillors to stand up for the people and make sure they are given the choice they demand in May 2021.