Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has declared Croydon crucial to the capital’s economic and cultural success.
Delivering the key note speech at the Croydon Economic Summit this morning, the Mayor spoke of his confidence in Croydon’s ability to become a key hub for tech, culture and development and pledged his support to the borough’s bold regeneration plans.
Describing Croydon as a ‘significant cog’ in the success of London, the Mayor said: “There is no question the regeneration of Croydon and the knock on contribution this will make to London’s wider economy will play a significant role in ensuring our city continues to flourish in the years and decades to come.”
Applauding the council’s ambition and vision for the borough, the Mayor also commended culture being at the heart of new developments in Croydon, a sentiment echoed by the capital’s first night czar Amy Lamé.
Speaking publicly for the first time since being appointed to the role, she praised Croydon’s commitment to supporting local culture and arts and spoke of the borough’s significant contribution to the British music scene.
“Croydon is absolutely crucial to the development of skills of London’s future music workforce. I am dedicated to making London’s night scene diverse and dynamic and Croydon can lead the way by telling the world we are open for business,” she said.
The bi-annual conference which took place at Croydon College, focused on regeneration and the borough’s economic growth, with panel sessions held on improving Croydon’s night time and evening economy and how the council and local stakeholders can work together to ensure local people reap the benefits of major businesses moving to Croydon.
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council
“It was fantastic to have the Mayor of London and the new night czar attend Croydon Economic Summit and emphasise the significant contribution regeneration in Croydon will have not only for those who live and work here, but also for London as whole. As a council we will make sure everyone benefits from the investment.”