Croydon is leading from the front in an effort to tackle the impending climate and ecological emergency with plans to set up a citizens’ assembly to help guide environmental work in the borough.
The new assembly will make sure residents have a way to directly shape how the council will tackle critical issues such as the climate and ecological emergency.
It will build on the legacy of the successful Croydon Sustainable Summit giving residents and especially young people the chance to share their concerns and ideas.
Croydon Council is already working to improve sustainability. This includes boosting the borough’s recycling rate by 9%, planting 3,500 trees by 2023, reducing energy use, creating School Streets, installing electric vehicle charging points and making it easier to cycle and make other sustainable journeys across the borough.
Emissions based parking permits are being introduced across Croydon’s controlled parking zones next month. These offer substantial discounts for residents with the least polluting cars to improve air quality. Each year air pollution contributes to 205 deaths in Croydon.
The council has also pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030.
Croydon’s third Local Implementation Plan, which looks to deliver the Mayor of London’s transport priorities, sets out details of how the £2.471m bid is set to transform transport in Croydon.
These plans include helping to deliver 400 public charging points for electric vehicles by 2022, £500,000 for new cycle lanes, works to make buses more accessible and create healthy school neighbourhoods in Broad Green and Upper Norwood are all part of the council’s priorities.
A £250,000 Green Croydon Fund to support project that protect the environment, will help people live greener lives or encourage sustainable lifestyles. The fund opens for applications on Tuesday 1 October. Go online to find out more and apply for funding.
“We are committed to tackling the climate emergency and doing all we can to help our residents and do our bit to tackle this global challenge.
“It’s the next generation who will be most impacted by climate change so I want to make sure their voices are heard in how we look to tackle it.
“We’ve committed to improving air quality and trying to save lives in Croydon while the new Green Croydon Fund will help our communities lead from the front.”
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council
A proposal to launch an independent commission on sustainability is set to be discussed at cabinet later this year.