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Residents across Croydon are urged to have their say on the borough’s future as part of The Big Conversation with the current focus turning to all things sustainable.

To ensure a sustainable future for generations to come, The Big Conversation is asking everyone to start thinking about the changes they could make and what the council could do to help them. Feedback will help shape the borough’s priorities and investment over the next decade.

Croydon Council’s leader, Councillor Tony Newman, declared a climate and ecological emergency for the borough in June 2019 in recognition of the unprecedented threat the globe faces.

Since then a citizens’ assembly has been called with dozens of representatives from different communities across Croydon, providing them with a chance to share their opinions on sustainability. Now The Big Conversation is giving everyone in the borough a chance to help shape Croydon’s response to this global challenge.

The council has already boosted the borough’s recycling rate by around 10 per cent, pledged to install 400 electric vehicle charging points and plant 3,500 trees by 2022, and is working to increase access to cycling while calling a citizens’ assembly and a Climate Crisis Commission.

Everything people need to join The Big Conversation is on the website –www.bigconversation.croydon.gov.uk– including information about all the topics; culture at the heart of regeneration, decent homes for all, safe and secure communities, jobs and the economy, caring for each other and creating a sustainable Croydon.

Responders can also pick up and drop off a Big Conversation survey at their local library or have their say in a number of ways. The simplest is to talk with friends, family and colleagues about the topics and then tell the council.

Anyone wishing to respond can download a discussion guide to help them give feedback, or use the survey, an interactive map, a discussion forum and more. Views can also be emailed directly to bigconversation@croydon.gov.uk.

“We want everyone to have their say in helping shape Croydon’s future including how to make it more sustainable. The Big Conversation is handing people the power to make Croydon into the borough they want it to be.

“Your priority could be making the borough more sustainable, tackling unemployment and homelessness or boosting the borough’s cultural offer. There are so many ways to get in touch and tell us what you want Croydon to look like in 2030, so please tell us, we’re listening.”

Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council