This week we held another Mayor’s Question Time in the Phoenix Community Centre, where I answered questions from residents who live in Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood. Mayor’s Question Time ensures I can deliver on my promise to listen to the people of Croydon. In this session, there were a wide range of questions which addressed both borough-wide and local issues such as regeneration, parks, and local business challenges.
We have successfully secured over £407k in government funding to support our local swimming pools in New Addington, South Norwood, and Thornton Heath. This funding from Sport England is important as I am determined to do everything I can to make Croydon a healthier borough.
Having listened to parents and council partners, we are working hard to find a financially viable solution for our five council Maintained Nursery Schools. Doing nothing isn’t an option, and my administration is exploring some suggested models whilst continuing to ensure that residents’ views are taken into consideration. Find out more
This week, we also celebrated the launch of the Corporate Parenting and Care Leavers Strategy for 2023-2025. I had the pleasure of welcoming the new strategy, a collaborative effort developed hand-in-hand with care-experienced young people. This initiative underscores our commitment to providing support and opportunities for our community’s young members.
On Thursday, I was at Croydon Boxpark to speak at the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Day. This was followed by a visit to Monty Bojangles – a fantastic Croydon based business who have just won the first King’s Award for Enterprise. Local charities, Advice Support Knowledge Information (ASKI) and Croydon Vision also received King’s Awards for Voluntary Service.
This weekend the flag for the International Day of Disabled Persons will fly over the Town Hall. It’s important that we continue to highlight the challenges faced by those living with disabilities and to learn how we can help remove barriers to accessibility. We all need to work together to help tackle these problems and make Croydon a more accessible and inclusive place for everyone.
Executive Mayor of Croydon