Thank You

On behalf of the DEMOC campaign team, I am writing to thank you for your help and support over the 27 months of our campaign to get a Democratically Elected Mayor running Croydon Council, also to thank you for your vote.

Your assistance and that of others, has made it possible for the people of Croydon to have better accountability from those running our town who in future will need to listen to and care more about the views of residents.
The consent and support of the people will be crucial to the new Mayor as she or he takes the necessary steps to bring about the recovery of our town to one we can all be proud of again.

We were delighted that 4 out of every 5 residents who voted in the referendum, chose to have an Elected Mayor and also, that the people of every single one of the 28 electoral wards (areas) of Croydon voted to have a Mayor.

The campaign brought people from all over Croydon together, working to improve our town for everyone. At six public meetings we had senior representatives of both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party together on the same platform, supporting the common cause of improving democracy and accountability here in Croydon.

From next May, a newly Elected Mayor can surely build on this, and woe betide a Mayoral candidate who does not understand the need for this coming together of people. The recovery of Croydon is more important than party politics and as one resident rightly said - money is short but improving Croydon is more about changing attitudes than anything else. The right leadership can make all the difference.

Thank you for helping Croydon take this first important step to recovery.

Yours Sincerely
Gerry Meredith-Smith
Chairman - for the Campaign Team

This weekend, postal ballots and polling cards have been hitting doormats across Croydon. This means that the historic referendum to change Croydon's leadership is almost upon us.

For many in the borough, though, the referendum is a bit of a mystery, so here are five things to help shed some light on why it's so important to use your vote.

  1. This vote has the potential to change the way Croydon is run - and puts voters in charge. That's because YOU get to choose who runs Croydon, rather than councillors from the party that wins the most seats.
  2. A mayor would have to get support from across Croydon, which makes them more accountable to all of us and means they'll have to work for the WHOLE borough.
  3. Croydon needs strong, competent leadership so that we can finally fulfil our potential. A mayor will be more visible and subject to greater scrutiny.
  4. Having a mayor costs no more than the current system. The salary will be the same as the leader of the Council, and the mayor's office would be staffed in the same way as the leader's office is now.
  5. Croydon desperately needs leadership. This is a great town, but because of the political ping pong, one end of the borough is always neglected in favour of the other. Because a mayor needs the support of the WHOLE of Croydon, that will stop.

So, whether you've got a postal vote, or whether you'll be heading to the polling station on Thursday 7 October, the future of Croydon is in your hands.