Manifesto


This manifesto reflects our ten priorities for the people of Croydon. We've listened to you and believe that these policies address the real concerns of Croydon. 

 

1) Referendum on the incinerator

We oppose the toxic incinerator and will hold a referendum to let residents decide whether to go ahead with the incinerator. Our alternative is to increase recycling
by offering incentives to residents, and making it easier and cheaper for businesses, charities, schools and places of worship to recycle.

2) Save green spaces – No to fracking

Croydon's parks and woods are for relaxation. Only the Green Party will oppose all exploration for gas and oil in our green spaces and under our homes. Hydraulic fracturing will contaminate ground water, increase the risk of earth tremors and industrialise our green spaces.

3) Dealing with knife crime

Croydon Council, police, residents, and community groups such as charities and places of worship need to work together to combat knife crime. Young people need alternatives to gang culture: youth clubs, martial arts, music, sport offer positive activities for self-development and enhancing job prospects.

4) Building homes

Croydon needs more affordable social housing whilst protecting green spaces. Developments should prioritise local residents, not speculative investment, and
include a suitable mix of reasonably priced accommodation. Tenants in privately rented housing should be protected from excessive rent levels.

5) Safer streets

We will consult with local residents on a 20mph limit for all residential roads in Croydon. This lower speed limit reduces the casualties from road accidents by
40%.We will also retain lollipop persons at strategic crossings in order to encourage walking to school.

6) Bike lanes

Croydon has a poor record of investment in cycling, and a low level of cycling. The Croydon Green Party would encourage cycling by creating a network of
safe cycle lanes, cycle friendly streets and routes through parks to help to reduce pollution, improve health and provide a faster way to travel.

7) Fly tipping

This must be tackled robustly by better co-ordination of council staff and police, publicising a free phone hotline to report fly-tipping, swift removal of rubbish,
scrapping the collection charge for heavy items including mattresses, and the prosecution of offenders.

8) Fair pay Croydon

We support the London Living Wage campaign and call on local employers including Croydon Council and their contractors to implement the London Living Wage for all employees. In addition, Croydon Council should establish a 10:1 maximum pay ratio for council employees.

9) Preventing flooding

Better planning is needed to avoid flooding and deal with it if necessary. The Council must ensure developers prioritise flood resilience and prevention in new buildings, and include Climate Change adaptations in existing buildings. Local planning rules need strengthening to raise energy efficiency.

10) Public services

We support high-quality public services run for people not profit. We will maintain the Council Tax in line with inflation to protect services such as libraries and social care, and encourage arts events. We will also involve residents in decision making e.g. through public meetings and social media.

 

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2014 Manifesto