Croydon – The Time Has Come

Croydon has very ambitious and exciting plans for the future and Council leader Tony Newman outlined this vision in the opening speech of this year’s Develop Croydon Conference.

Labour was elected in May on a manifesto called ‘Ambitions for Croydon’ and part of that vision was that Croydon should be a modern European city, not a dormitory suburb.

With this in mind, Croydon has recently announced its intention to seek devolved tax powers allowing it to reinvest funds raised through various taxations in the borough back into Croydon’s regeneration.

Mr Newman said: “We have got to make it (Croydon) a place where people want to work, live and spend their leisure time. Croydon is changing but huge challenges lie ahead – that is why we are asking the treasury to really back the infrastructure funding to contribute to the transformation of the place.

Croydon is working with the GLA, the current government and a potential change of government, as well as taking part in a series of events to enthuse people to work together to achieve its goals. Mr Newman says: “this is a once in a generation opportunity to change Croydon and one that should be taken.”

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