I would make Croydon better by… March 2016

By - Wednesday 9th March, 2016

How could Croydon be improved? We want your suggestions today! Email us at editors@thecroydoncitizen.com

In 2014 we launched a campaign to get your suggestions to make Croydon a better place, and it’s still going strong. From the beginning, a big part of the Citizen has been about proposing concrete, achievable solutions to the town’s problems and we are delighted that so many have responded so positively. We want to involve readers in thinking about the future and give everyone the chance to think outside the box and put forward new ideas.

Remove signs telling children not to play 

Croydon should remove its numerous ‘no ball games’ signs. The borough of Haringey is now doing this to encourage children to play and reduce childhood obesity: a brilliant, cheap and simple way to help address this serious problem. Signs such as ‘cycling not allowed’ and ‘no climbing on the wall’ give a clear message to children that they are not welcome in their own streets. As an adult I find this depressing and it also sends out the unhelpful message to passers-by that this is a ‘problem area’. Everyone would benefit from encouraging children to be as active as possible.

Maria Nowacka

Provide listings of venues where children can eat free

Why not adopt an initiative promoted on the website Londonist.com and produce listings of venues in Croydon where children can eat free? The borough is promoting its town centre as a family-friendly destination and this would be a simple and practical way to become more welcoming to the parents of young children.

Josi Kiss


Educate the public about litter caused by free daily newspaper distribution

Let’s start a campaign to educate people that discarding free daily newspapers is just another form of littering, then make sure that it’s treated as such. We should also ensure that distributors of these papers dispose of unwanted stocks properly at the end of each day rather than leaving them lying around in the street or piled up outside railway stations.

Steve Thompson

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