A Strong Voice for Croydon Central - Gavin Barwell
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My Five Point Plan for Croydon

 

Boxpark and major employers like HMRC and Superdrug relocating here are signs Croydon is changing for the better. The catalyst for these changes was Westfield and Hammerson’s announcement that they will redevelop the Whitgift Centre, but our Labour Council keeps putting back final approval of the scheme. I’ll press for it to get underway as soon as possible - and for the Council to use its compulsory purchase powers to redevelop St George’s Walk.

We need to boost our district centres too, improving traffic flow on Wickham Road, re-opening Blackhorse Lane bridge quickly and regenerating Portland Road and Central Parade.

 

Too many people can’t afford a decent home. As Housing Minister, I’ve given the Mayor of London record funding for affordable housing and will be banning letting agents from charging fees to tenants. I’ll campaign for a Croydon Community Land Trust to build homes for people to buy at an affordable price - which they would have to sell at an affordable price when they move, ensuring the homes remain affordable forever.

 

There’s been a worrying increase in knife crime in the borough recently. Many of the victims are young people and we need to do more to keep them safe. I’ll work with the Mayor and the Government to provide greater support for our local police to tackle this problem. We also need better preventative work in schools to educate young people about the risks of carrying knives.

 

More funding for our local hospital and schools

The NHS saved my life when I had cancer as a child and I was lucky enough to go to Trinity on a full scholarship so I know the value of a great education. I secured funding for a new, state-of-the-art A&E Department and a fairer share of the national budget for our local hospital and schools. I’ll ensure these vital services are
properly funded.

The rail service we deserve

The biggest frustration of the last two years has been the appalling state of our local rail service. I’ve helped secure billions of pounds to upgrade the Thameslink route to London Bridge and £300 million to modernise the track and signalling on the Brighton main line. Things are a little better, but nowhere near good enough. We need an end to the industrial action, a better operator and an upgrade of the Brighton main line with more platforms at East Croydon and more frequent trains.

 

People in low-paid jobs should be better off than their neighbours who choose not to work. I’m proud to have supported the introduction of the National Living Wage - more generous than Labour’s minimum wage - as well as tax cuts for those on low-pay and a cap on out-of-work benefits.

I’ll campaign for annual increases - people deserve a fair reward for a hard day’s work.

     
Gavin Barwell, 133 Wickham Road, CR0 8TE, Tel  020 8663 8741      © Gavin Barwell  2017       Promoted by Ian Parker on behalf of Gavin Barwell, both at 36 Brighton Road, Purley, CR8 2LG