STAY WITH CROYDON
Last but not least we have the mighty Councillor JANE AVIS – explaining why it’s important we remain with Croydon Council
I have lived in Croydon for 27 years 20 of which have been in South Norwood. I have represented South Norwood as a Labour Councillor for the past 16 years.I left merchant banking in 1990 to study politics after which I committed my life to three of my many passions, local issues, politics and brick laying.I am well placed to debate on this issue especially as my understanding and knowledge of Scotland has been moulded by my integration into that society – I attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival EVERY year and I am now proud to say that I am a ‘Friend of the Festival’ … total absorption.In addition to my cultural CV and my devotion to South Norwood my Mother, older brother and two sisters were born in Scotland. My father, who was a coal miner, was a ‘northern mongrel’ who fought in a Scottish regiment in WWII. I am married to a Scot and my three step-children are Scottish. With this pedigree and the fact that I have attended more stand-up comedy than you could shake a stick at makes me well informed and sufficiently integrated into both the South Norwood and Caledonian cultures to be able to debate AGAINST the campaign for Scottish and South Norwood independence.Now we have a Labour Administration in Croydon I know that South Norwood’s fortunes will be changed for the better. Only by staying together will we be able to reverse the inequities inflicted upon us by past governments and administrations. BETTER TOGETHER for South Norwood and Scotland is the only way forward. And only by remaining together will we be in a position to campaign for my long held ambition for South Norwood to have its own Military Tattoo and a South Norwood tartan.