I would make Croydon better by… June 2016


By - Monday 27th June, 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.

Make spitting unacceptable in Croydon 

Years ago, on the buses in Southampton where I grew up, there were stern notices reminding passengers that spitting was prohibited and would attract a fine. We need to make this awful, foul, unnecessary and unhygienic habit as socially unacceptable in Croydon as littering. Introducing anti-spitting legislation and fining offenders (as for littering) could play a part, with prominent notices in public places and on transport to reinforce the message. But education is key. I therefore suggest a programme in schools along the lines of the existing anti-littering initiatives and healthy eating messages that children receive.

Gordon Thompson

Keep Croydon’s signage and street furniture clean

I would make Croydon better by ensuring that all the street signs and street furniture were regularly cleaned and kept free of road grime and green algae. Locals tend not to look at the signs because they know where they are going. To visitors they look scruffy and this reflects badly on Croydon, indicating a lack of pride in our town’s appearance.

George Watson

Formalise the collection of reusable dumped items 

There could be an up-side to the fly-tipping problems of areas such as Broad Green. Not everything that’s deposited there is rubbish, and decent, usable furniture and other items are regularly left on the pavement, including pictures, cabinets, vases, shelving units and prams. Meanwhile, organisations seeking to help refugees urgently need supplies: for example, an abandoned pram was recently spruced up and donated to the Refugee Day Centre. A regular sweep of these areas to collect usable goods quickly before they get rained on would help charities, clear the streets and at least allow anti-social behaviour to benefit those in need.

Anne Edwards 

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  • Serena Alam

    (Was having trouble accessing the ‘comments’ feature on this article… and was feeling a bit paranoid about all the silly and ?cheeky things I’ve been posting on social media of late. :-/ :-/ )

    Anyway,… *I* would make Croydon better by getting people that I know (reasonably well) to give me more hugs if I look a bit down. Or at the very least getting them to ask me if I’m ok.

    Thank you for your time, Readers of The Citizen.

  • Croydon Mummy

    I would love to see a weekend foodie/farmers market in Croydon, e.g. something like the monthly FEAST market in West Norwood (http://westnorwoodfeast.com/) would be brilliant.