In mid-2019, when we started this campaign we could scarcely have believed how far we would come and how badly the current council system would fail our borough. Croydon Council with the issuing of the Section 114 notice has declared de facto bankruptcy.
Grant Thornton, Croydon Council’s external auditors summed up the problems with the current system of governance when they said: “There has been collective corporate blindness to both the seriousness of the financial position and the urgency with which actions needed to be taken”
One might say Croydon Council as it stands today has ‘been weighed on the scales and found wanting’. Due to today’s system, it’s inherent lack of accountability and the financial mismanagement that resulted from it, we have in effect lost democratic accountability for the people of Croydon.
This must change. We now need to deliver that change!
Our campaign has met with the new Chief Executive and new Leader of the council to try to secure a date for referendum. We hope they will agree to hold the referendum in May next year on the same day as the elections for London Mayor This would save the council money – which we think is the only sensible thing to do in the current situation. But whenever the referendum comes, as the corona virus restrictions are eased going into the new year, we will be restarting our campaign activity. We hope you will join us in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, see below for details of a video conference where you can get more detail on the latest developments.
On Wednesday 9th December at 6:30pm we are holding an update call for our supporters to update on what’s happening with the campaign. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend and we will send you the invite details.
Thank you again for all your support.
LET’S MAKE THE COUNCIL LISTEN TO RESIDENTS
From: The Campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon