22 November 2011

Croydon deserves a champion like Boris

By Mario Creatura, Croydon resident   

There’s no escaping that Croydon has a much-maligned public image – from mocking quips in shows like Blackadder to the eponymous ‘Croydon Facelift’. It can be difficult to find the good in a town like ours and to find the energy required to tackle our issues. But tackle them Boris has.
Boris is ensuring that Croydon isn’t stuck in the past by spearheading a regeneration revolution. Under the Mayor the town has seen £400,000 worth of funds given to Wandle Park to make it better for residents. He’s also ensured that £516,000 has been given to New Addington to help the high street’s potential for growth and development.
It’s not all about money though, from planting 60 new trees on our streets to creating 24 new plots for green-fingered Croydonians to grow their own food. I know that there are some keen beekeepers in Addiscombe who are particularly happy about that!
The rail network that serves Croydon makes it the natural choice for city professionals to settle in. Just look at the fantastic extension on the London Overground that opened recently. Delivered on time and on budget by Boris, it ensures Croydon is even better connected to the rest of London.
Travel has generally benefited greatly from Boris’ time as Mayor. Take our nationally famous tram system for example, yet another thing that Croydon can be proud of.  As a show of his dedication to improving transport services in the borough the Mayor will deliver 10 extra trams to the town – surely investing £54 million in the service is only a good thing for local businesses?
But I know you don’t care about any of that. Let’s tackle the elephant in the room shall we? It’s fair to say that the riots that happened in Croydon this summer put the borough on the map. The support that Boris and his team at City Hall gave to our town in the aftermath was superb.

But in the long term what has been done to tackle crime in Croydon? Since Boris was elected in 2008, he has put 28 more professional police officers together with 94 more Special Constables onto the streets of Croydon. Together with the introduction of single patrolling, this mean there are 5,391more patrols annually through our borough.
During Boris’s time in office Croydon has seen robberies fall by 10.1% and youth violence fall by 13.4%. As any kid will tell you when they get the bus to school, groups of violent teens causing trouble are a constant worry. The good news is that bus crime has fallen by a whopping 42.6%.
I could go on. But take it from me, a guy born and bred in Croydon, that Boris truly is the Mayor for us. I’m proud to be a Croydonian, and I’m proud to support Boris. But don’t let me convince you, look up his track record and find out more. Croydon deserves a champion like Boris, now more than ever.

To find out more about what how Boris is delivering for Croydon, visit www.backboris2012.com/where-you-live/croydon


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