I would make Croydon better by… September 2016


By - Tuesday 13th September, 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.

Let’s introduce London borough street signage across Croydon

It’s now fifty-one years since Croydon became a London borough, and for all of our postcode confusion and repeated bids for city status in our own right, we’re pretty clearly integrated now. So it’s time to embrace our identity as south Londoners in the most visible way possible: let’s change our street signs to the traditional red and black of London, with our borough’s name and street name stated together. London’s signage is smart and traditional, and this would make a wonderfully confident statement about the city’s most populous borough.

Tom Black

No ifs no butts

Re-educate people that cigarette butts are not legitimate litter. In particular I’m amazed at the number of smokers who still mindlessly discard their butts in new or existing raised beds of greenery. These are there to improve the appearance of office buildings and for people’s enjoyment: they are not ashtrays. Butts are not organic things that rot down: they accumulate and are difficult and time consuming to remove, particularly when tossed into shrubbery. It would be better to dispose of them onto the pavement (if you must): there they can be at least be swept up. Don’t assume that disposal into greenery is somehow going to make the butts disappear.

Teresa Gillouis


Make the strip of ground alongside Wellesley Road tramstop a part of the pavement

The council should compulsorily purchase the small strip of land immediately behind the tram stop on the Wellesley Road and turn it into pavement. Right now it’s just an overgrown bed serving no purpose and pedestrians are forced to walk through the tram stop, making its platform overcrowded and unsafe. With increasing amounts of residential development and a new shopping centre just opposite, the problem will get worse without this change.

James Betterby


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