Where You Live: Croydon

Where You Live >> Croydon

London is more than just the City and its famous landmarks. More than its museums, theatres, palaces, taxis and red buses. It is home to some 8 million people. You live, work and socialise across London’s 32 boroughs – you make them tick. You give Croydon’s neighbourhoods, from Norwood to Coulsdon, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris is working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a nine point plan to secure Greater London’s future. He is paying for this plan by cutting waste at City Hall to free up £3.5 billion for services.

In Croydon the plan means:

  • Freezing City Hall’s share of council tax for three successive years and cutting it this year, benefitting 146,812 Croydon households and putting an extra £445 back into pockets (GLA Website, ‘Budget archive’, link, GLA, Press Release 1 February, link, DLG Website, Calculation of Council Tax Base for Formula, Grant Purposes, October 2011, link).
  • Growing the local economy with a £516,000 economic boost for New Addington, sponsored by the Mayor’s £50 million Outer London Fund, and £23,692,342 in funding from the Mayor’s £70 million Regeneration Fund (GLA, Outer London Fund – Round 1 Grant Funding, 8 December 2011, link ) (GLA, Outer London Fund –Round Two Grant Funding, Summary of Winners, 12 January 2012, link ).
  • Investing in transport with two London Overground stations at West Croydon and Norwood Junction, transforming Coulsdon Town Centre and Purley Town Centre, investing £16.3 million to add six new trams on Tramlink, spending £1.4 million to improve local roads (TfL, Press Release, November 2008, link TfL, Press Release, December 2009; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link; Croydon Borough Website, Accounts 2010-11, 31 March 2011, link).

  • Boris is also supporting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour Government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom Pass until 65 (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 17 December 2008, link).
  • He is the only candidate in this election who can secure a better deal for London from No 10.

Freezing council tax

  • Boris Johnson has frozen council tax for three years and is cutting it this year. Boris Johnson has frozen his share council tax for three years and is cutting it this year (GLA, Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2012-13, link). This has helped keep cost of living low for 105,364 households in Croydon, (DCLG, Council Tax Base, October 2011) putting an extra £445 back in the pocket of the average household.

Restoring green space

  • 60 street trees. 60 street trees have been planted in Croydon under Boris Johnson. (GLA, Mayor’s questions, 25 January 2012, link).
  • 27 green spaces. 27 green spaces have been created for Croydon residents to grow their own food. (Capital Growth Website, link).
  • Wandle Park. Wandle Park in Croydon has received £400,000 as part of the Mayor’s £6million fund to improve the quality and safety of London’s parks (GLA, ‘Help a London Park’, link).
  • Ending garden grabbing. Boris Johnson has introduced new protections for gardens from development. His revised London Plan enables boroughs to: ‘introduce a presumption against development on back gardens or other private residential gardens where this can be locally justified’ (GLA, The London Plan 2011, July 2011, p. 86-87, link). Draft guidance also urges councils to prevent garden grabbing: ‘Such a presumption reflects Government’s recognition in PPS3 of the need to provide support for justified, local measures to prevent “garden grabbing”’ (GLA, Draft supplementary planning guidance, December 2011, link).

Investing to transform local high streets

  • Regeneration Fund. Croydon has received £23,692,342 in funding from the Mayor’s £70 million Regeneration Fund, set up to repair damage caused to high streets and town centres during last summer’s riots. (GLA, Press Release, 8 December 2011, link).
  •  New Addington. £516,000 economic boost for New Addington sponsored by the Mayor’s £50m Outer London Fund to support the Capital’s High Streets (GLA, Outer London Fund – Round 1 Grant Funding, 8 December 2011, link).

Making your streets and homes safer

  • 1,000 more police across London by May and £132 million more investment under Boris. The number of Special Constables has more than doubled from 2,500 to well over 5,000. (GLA, The Mayor’s Consultation Budget, 22 December 2011, link; MPA Website, Police numbers, link; GLA, Mayor’s Final Budget 2011-12, link; Evening Standard, 30 January 2012, link).
  • 1,119 more patrols a month. In Jan 2012 there were 1119 more monthly police patrols in Croydon compared to May 2008 (GLA, Mayor’s questions, 25 February 2012, link).
  • Total crime and robberies in Croydon have reduced. Since May 2008, Croydon has seen a 5.7% reduction in the number of robberies. Youth violence is down by 11.8% and bus crime has fallen by 43% (MOPC, Monthly Report: Police and Crime Committee, 8 March 2012, May 08 – Jan 12 compared to Aug 04-April 08; MPS Statistics).

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded seven sport participation programmes in Croydon so far. They are (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • 14 organisations in Croydon are receiving Sports Legacy Programme grants. 14 organisations in Croydon are receiving Sports Legacy Programme Grants to offer free sports coaching to London. (Freesport Programme Website, link).

 Investing in Transport

  • £20.1 million of funding for local transport in Croydon. Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has invested over £20.1million to boost local transport in Croydon including £300,000 for new routes to improve the attractiveness and accessibility of walking/cycling routes in the borough (TfL, Press Release, November 2008, link TfL, Press Release, December 2009; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link; Croydon Borough Website, Accounts 2010-11, 31 March 2011, link).

Rail

  • London Overground. London’s first orbital railway- London Overground -has 2 stations in Croydon: Croydon and Norwood Junction (TfL Website, ‘London Overground’, link)
  • Oyster Cards rolled out on national rail. After years of talk under Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson secured the roll-out of Oyster cards onto national rail in 2010. Croydon is the 13th busiest borough by Oyster card usage, while East Croydon station is the 13th busiest station by Oyster card usage. (TfL, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link).

Roads and congestion

  • Introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme. Boris Johnson introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme in 2010, resulting in an average 17% cut in the number of road works. In Croydon 9.5% of applications by utility companies have been refused since the introduction of the permit scheme. (TfL Website, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link).
  • Pedestrian improvements. £1.9 million improvement to Coulsdon Town Centre with better parking layout and improved footways and road-crossings (TfL, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link) and £2.25 million in improvements to Purley Town Centre (TfL, Press Release, 11 December 2009, link).

Buses

  • Bus route improvements. 22 bus routes in Croydon have been expanded and or improved under Boris Johnson (TFL, Bus service changes May 2008-January 2012, link).
  • Bendy Buses replaced. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the Bendy buses. This will save more than £7 million a year (TFL, Press Release, 5 October 2011, link).

Cycling

  • Cycle Funding. £25,000 worth of funding has been made available to Croydon’s cycling projects (Going Going Biking Website, ‘Funding made available for London biking boroughs’, 18 February 2011, link).

Housing

  • 2,390 affordable housing units completed in Croydon. 1,380 social rented and 1,010 intermediate – were completed in Croydon between 2008/09 and 2010/11 (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006, 1007, 1008, link).

Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has made more visits to Croydon in first term than Ken Livingstone made in his first term. Boris Johnson has visited Croydon ten times since March 2010. Ken Livingstone visited Croydon just four times in his first term as Mayor (GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2000 – April 2008; GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2008 – March 2012).

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