‘I would make Croydon better by…’ – December 2015′s suggestions

By - Tuesday 22nd December, 2015

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

Last year we launched a campaign to get your suggestions to make Croydon a better place. Why? From the beginning, a big part of the Citizen has been about proposing concrete, achievable solutions to the town’s problems. We want to involve readers on a larger scale than ever and give everyone the chance to think outside the box and put forward new ideas.

These are three of the ideas that you, the readers, have come up with during October:

Remove or change the pedestrian light system at Newgate Roundabout

At present, traffic needing to join Wellesley Road for a few metres in order to continue along the A222 westbound gets a green light despite traffic in Wellesley Road continuing to approach from the left. There have been several very close misses as unsuspecting drivers believe they have right of way, when in fact they need to filter into the oncoming traffic. Drivers understood this before the pedestrian lights were introduced. This area needs attention to reduce the risk of accidents.

Luca Ingignoli

Open an Edwardian tea room 

In Croydon we have all the usual coffee chain shops and nowadays our new crop of independents, but we lack traditional tea shops.

Would it be possible for the town hall to accommodate an Edwardian-style tearoom? Somewhere with elegant surroundings to enjoy fine cakes on three tier cake stands! The new Croydon is supposed to attract wealthy people from afar, so we need to cater for all tastes. An Edwardian tearoom could be very Christmassy as well, and so excellent for attracting seasonal trade. It’s an opportunity for entrepreneurs!

On the same traditional note, might it be possible to preserve and restore some old dwellings to show the way that people lived in 19th century Croydon? The back-to-back dwellings in Birmingham, recently restored by the National Trust, are a great tourist attraction, as is the tenement preserved in Glasgow.

Anne and Peter Davis

Support the campaign for Play Streets in Croydon

The Play Streets campaign has already found support in our borough. It’s a resident-led initiative in which streets are closed by agreement for a few hours once a month or week so that children can play outside safely in their neighbourhoods. The benefits are numerous: parents feel happy to let children out to exercise rather than confining them indoors playing on screens, young people have the opportunity to meet others who live locally rather than being ferried everywhere by car, children without gardens can enjoy space to play, people gain a sense of community and most importantly the domination of public space by traffic is reduced, even if it’s only for a short space of time. I’d like to see it widely adopted across the borough.

To find out out more, Google ‘Play Streets Croydon’.

Michael Jones

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