Get streets clean, not selling T-shirts, would be a good start

peter_staveleyTHE FIRST 100 DAYS: Tomorrow is the landmark date since Labour took over from the Tories at Croydon Town Hall. The Conservatives credited UKIP with influencing the local election, though the “fourth party” failed to gain a single council seat.

Here, PETER STAVELEY, pictured left, the chairman of UKIP in Croydon Central and South, offers his view of the new administration’s first steps

There are some good, bad, and indifferent indications from the first 100 days as to what we can expect from the Labour administration for the next four years.

On the good points, we in UKIP like the excellent degree of openness that has been shown so far. The administration should be congratulated at the speed with which they were able to introduce webcasting of meetings and indeed with simultaneously permitting personal recordings.

It should be remembered that it was the Conservatives who not only stopped webcasting but stopped members of the public from recording meetings. The Conservatives were more interested in saving a relatively small amount of money than being seen to be open. Perhaps in the light of the “#WadGate” revelations, we can now see just what the Conservatives were trying to hide.

The change in openness has also permeated to smaller actions such as the gates in the entrance to the Town Hall being normally open and more time being given for members of the public to ask questions at full council meetings.

The battle for a cleaner Croydon has not yet impressed Peter Staveley

The battle for a cleaner Croydon has not yet impressed Peter Staveley

As for the indifferent aspects of the new council’s performance, while we acknowledge that a start has been made in dealing with fly-tipping, we are concerned that some of it may all be for show rather than any real action. For example, we question whether spending tax-payers’ money on “Don’t Mess With Croydon” T-shirts will solve the problem.

For the bad points observed during these first 100 days, UKIP wants to see a reduction in the levels of pay for senior council staff. Is it right for there to be directors of the council receiving more than the Prime Minister and receiving a pension that is almost impossible to buy in the private sector?

The Labour administration had the opportunity to reduce significantly the salary of Croydon’s chief executive, but chose not to do so. I am surprised that Labour did not reduce the CEO’s pay to help fund a small increase in salaries for council staff at lower levels. Labour are meant to be the party for the working class, not to help create more millionaires using public money.

It also appears that the councillors have followed the Conservatives’ lead and allowed for an increase in their “allowances”. UKIP campaigns for a reduction in councillor allowances, not an increase.

Being a councillor is meant to be an honour, not a job.

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1 Response to Get streets clean, not selling T-shirts, would be a good start

  1. Don’t Mess With Croydon, Take Pride is a campaign to change a culture and the t shirts shirts as well as the advertising are just a tool in that campaign. Before making sweeping statements (pardon the pun) about the campaign not working, think, then check your facts. Look at the picture you show, clearly some local residents aren’t taking pride and have put their landfill on the recycling centre, we have to change that mindset get our message across and won’t rest until we do.
    Did you know the day we sold the t shirts we recruited 60 street champions ? did you know that any money raised goes back into the campaign ?
    Don’t Mess with Croydon is making things better, previously fly tips were expected to be cleared in 72 hours now it’s 48. Now 78 % are cleared in that time, up from 57% in July to 74.5% end of August. Over 1,960 fly tips were cleared in July and that figure fell to 1,348 in August.
    Several stings have been carried out by our enforcement officers, Fixed penalty notices have been issued and a major prosecution carried out, with more on the way..
    A review of all our contracts and the services we provide are currently being carried out and all this within a few months.
    Take Pride in Croydon, support the Council’s aim and also ask those being cynical what are you doing to help Croydon defeat those who don’t seem to care.

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