Laura Sharman 15 November 2016

Croydon Council to pilot community decision-making scheme

Three local communities in south London are to be given more responsibility for services as part of a six-month pilot scheme launched by Croydon Council.

The council will set up pilots in South Norwood, Purley and New Addington to explore how residents and businesses can help the council identify and resolve key needs and priorities.

A similar scheme in Thornton Heath helped shape a number of local projects including improving signage, cleaning the clock tower and installing new paving along the high street.

The council introduced its community budget programme last year, which allocates £288,000 for communities to spend on their own local projects.

Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council said: ‘This council is committed to entrusting more powers from the town hall to local communities and the pilot scheme will enable residents in South Norwood, Purley and New Addington to be at the heart of decisions made about their local area.

‘Most importantly, it will give those living and working in these areas a strong voice in the delivery of local services and projects planned for their communities.’

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