This week we have seen another young person stabbed to death in Croydon, this follows a night of violence on the 5th February when one person died and several others were stabbed. Each death and stabbing is a tragedy for both family and friends of the victim but also for the wider community in Croydon. Many residents are telling us that, even without lockdown, they no longer feel safe visiting the town centre.
It is truly devastating that Croydon Labour have bankrupt Croydon by wasting money on their ‘pet’ property development company Brick by Brick and by purchasing a hotel that has gone into administration.
The real impact of the financial mess will be seen by residents in the months to come, here are just some of the results the cuts will have on community safety:-
- The graffiti removal team has already been made redundant, this means more unsightly graffiti and broken windows across Croydon.
- Reductions in the monitoring of CCTV footage will mean slower response times when crimes do occur.
- Cuts, to both the anti-social behaviour team and the night time noise reduction unit will lead to more neighbourhood disputes, loud parties, anti-social activity and hate crime.
- Cuts to the Violence Reduction Unit will mean that young people who do get into trouble will have fewer pathways to turn their lives around.
- Charging for bulky waste collections will inevitably lead to more fly tipping.
Do you remember a time when crime was reducing in Croydon? When Westfield were going to invest multi-millions of pounds to develop the Town Centre? And when Council Tax was not increasing? This was all before Labour took control of Croydon Council in 2014. If you want a brighter future for Croydon remember to vote Conservative at the local elections in May 2022.