SATURDAY 22 AND SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY IN SHIRLEY – CHANGE OF PLAN

A delay to the printing of letters has meant we have to change our plans.

We will now door knock in Shirley on Saturday morning 10.30 start and Sunday morning 10.30 start and also on Sunday afternoon 2,15 start.

Please join us at the meeting point as before, outside Co-Op in Wickham Road, Shirley, CR0 8TG

If we get enough volunteers we can get 1,000 signatures this weekend! PLEASE COME AND HELP

Join us door knocking:

Saturday 22nd 10:30am - 1pm

Sunday 23rd 10:30am - 1pm

Sunday 23rd 2:15 - 4:45pm

More than 200 people at the official launch of our campaign.

We need your help to get the signatures we need to make the Council listen to us!

If you want to get involved in the campaign, or can help gather signatures from friends and family, then come to one of our upcoming stalls or get in touch.

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

Get involved and help us collect the signatures we need to get a Croydon Council that listens. https://www.democ.org.uk/news/where-we-ll-be

Video invite to the Public Launch of our Campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor (Leader) of Croydon on Wednesday 5th February from Gerry Meredith-Smith, Campaign Chairman DEMOC.

Campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon (DEMOC) P O Box 3254, Purley, Croydon, CR8 9ER
www.democ.org.uk / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

There will be seating for only 200 people and places will be reserved on a first come basis. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to PO Box 3254, Purley CR8 9ER as soon as possible.

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.


Yours sincerely

Gerry Meredith-Smith
Campaign Chairman DEMOC