About

Addiscombe & East Croydon Councillors

Patricia, Mark and Sean were elected as the Labour Party Councillors for Addiscombe Ward in 2010 and again in May 2014.

We are seeking your views on how to make Addiscombe and Croydon better. We have set out below some of things we believe in and what we want to do to make Addiscombe a better place to live.

Patricia

As a Croydon citizen and a mother, I am passionate that we leave a legacy of which future generations may be proud. My partner and I attend Croydon Parish Church and I am on the Parish Church Council. For several years I have been a union member and support the Co-operative movement. I also actively support several local charities.

My vision for Addiscombe is for there to be excellent education, recreation and youth facilities. I want Addiscombe to embrace environmental improvement and sustainability. I want to see the streets safe and clean. I want to protect the community against inappropriate development. Finally, I want to see local businesses flourish, creating new local jobs. Patricia Hay-Justice

As a Croydon citizen and a mother, I am passionate that we leave a legacy of which future generations may be proud. My partner and I attend Croydon Parish Church and I am on the Parish Church Council. For several years I have been a union member and support the Co-operative movement. I also actively support several local charities.

My vision for Addiscombe is for there to be excellent education, recreation and youth facilities. I want Addiscombe to embrace environmental improvement and sustainability. I want to see the streets safe and clean. I want to protect the community against inappropriate development. Finally, I want to see local businesses flourish, creating new local jobs.

Patricia Hay-Justice

Mark

I have lived in Addiscombe for almost 25 years, first in Oval Road and now in Lebanon Road, and was first elected in 2002 as your local councillor. As a founding governor I have helped transform Ark Oval Academy into an excellent local school and as a trustee of the Sir Phillip Game youth centre I have worked for better facilities for our young people.

Additionally I have campaigned on local issues including support for local businesses, reducing traffic on residential roads, cleaner streets and supported residents opposing inappropriate planning applications. I will also support residents who want 20mph zones in their streets.  As the Cabinet Member for Equalities I helped set up of the Family Justice Centre in Croydon, which works to protect families, children and woman from harm.

I am the chief executive at Tourism Concern which campaigns for ethical and fairly traded tourism and previously worked for a local environmental charity. I am also the shadow spokesperson for community safety and want to end the blight of fly tipping, anti-social behaviour, dog mess on our streets and rogue landlords. My vision is of an Addiscombe with a sustainable and thriving local economy; safer and cleaner streets and decent housing.

Mark Watson

Sean

I grew up in Croydon and have represented Addiscombe as a Councillor since 1994 (with a four year gap between 2006 and 2010). As an Addiscombe resident, who lives in Edward Road, I am proud of the improvements the Labour Party have made locally.

The rebuilding of the Sir Phillip Game Centre, the creation of the Addiscombe Railway Park, first green open space in this ward for over 80 years; getting the Labour Government to fund the rebuilding of Coleby Court as a specialist care home for the elderly and rebuilt as Fellowes Court; knocking down 3 run down tower blocks at Gordon Crescent and replacing them with family homes with gardens; and the extra funding for betters schools and the local NHS. In the run-up to the 2010 I kicked-started the campaign against the construction of the Menta 55-storey Skyscraper on Cherry Orchard Roads.

Addiscombe is one of the most densely built-up areas of Croydon. I oppose luxury high-rise housing developments that ruin the character of the local area. I am a strong supporter of providing affordable housing for Addiscombe residents to rent and to buy. I have backed the Council’s introduction of 20mph limits on our residential roads, and I am pressing for more enforcement of this. I want to make Addiscombe a more liveable neighbourhood and have supported actions to improve our Air Quality, make our roads safer, and provide better walking and cycling facilities for all residents.

As the Chair of Scrutiny on Croydon Council since 2014 I have strengthened the accountability of senior officers and front bench councillors. I have introduced Q&A sessions for all Cabinet Members and for the Leader of the Council. Scrutiny Committees have also undertaken a number of reviews, which have been adopted as Council policy, and these can be found in our annual reports at https://www.croydon.gov.uk/democracy/dande/scrutiny/annual-investigations/annualreports.

Sean Fitzsimons

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