Election day for the Mayor of London is nearly on us and it is worth reflecting on what Boris has done for Addiscombe and East Croydon since being elected in 2008.
Policing: The number of police and PCSO serving Addiscombe Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) is less today than it was 4 years ago. Then Addiscombe had its own Sergeant, 2 PCs, and 3 PCSOs, who were solely dedicated to the the local area. Today our SNT currently shares its Sergeant with Woodside, it has one PC, and 2 PCSO’s, and in particular it sergeant and police officers are deployed elsewhere. Addiscombe is lucky with the quality of its officers and pcso’s, but recruitment freezes and redeployment means that today less time is spent patrolling our local streets than in the past.
Public Transport costs: Like many Addiscombe residents I commute to London every day, and need a 5-zone travelcard. A 1-5 monthly travelcard now costs £191.30 In 2006 it costs £159.00 per month. So it costs me an extra £32.40 a month, or over £360 per year. Local bus and trams oyster pay as you go fares have gone from 90 pence to £1.35 per journey. More on 2008 fares at TFL2008 and 2012 fares at TFL2012
Planning & Development: Boris Johnson managed to win the “2011 Dodgy Planning Award” for his approval of the Menta’s 55 Storey Skyscraper on Cherry Orchard Road. Local residents overwhelmingly opposed this application, with most of limited support for the scheme coming from residents living outside the Addiscombe/ East Croydon area or even Croydon. In July 2011 only Conservatives members of Croydon Planning Committee voted through this application, and in August 2011 Boris Johnson gave his approval for a scheme that will block out, during the autumn and spring, an hour’s sunlight every day for those residents living within a kilometer of the building.