EastLondonLines talked to Louisa Woodley, the Labour Party’s London Assembly candidate in Croydon and Sutton, about her campaign.
In the videos below, Woodley talks about issues in Croydon, including the controversial South London Waste Partnership, claiming that Croydon council has acted without democratic oversight and that there are substantial health risks involved in the project.
• “Investment in the town, get rid of that planned incinerator, and more police on the streets.”
• “I will work with Ken Livingstone to get police numbers back up – to get police, visible police, on the streets – to restore all six sergeants to the Safer Neighbourhood Teams.”
• “The [riot] reports strongly urged that there should be a police station on London road in West Croydon. We’d been calling for this for years, yet we have the South Norwood police station being closed with no definite plans as to what would replace it.
• “Labour is the only party that is serious about making an economic difference to [voters]’ lives in Croydon.”
• “We will be calling on the Tories to build affordable housing in the south of the borough where there’s lots of space and it isn’t completely overcrowded.”
• Restore funding to the threatened Family Justice Centre.
Labour’s mayoral candidate, Ken Livingston, has pledged to oppose the incinerator if elected.
Woodley went on to discuss the issues she feels most affect Croydon.
Woodley, who has lived in Croydon since 1982, has been councillor for Thornton Heath since 2002. She teaches French and Spanish at a school in Lambeth, having previously served as head of modern languages at a school in Thornton Heath.