February’s submissions to “I would make Croydon better by…”


By - Friday 13th February, 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. Now we want to do more and involve readers on a larger scale than ever.

These are three of the ideas that you, the readers, came up with last month:

Using tram signage to promote Croydon’s history and environment

The current notice boards at some tram stops in Croydon could be freshened up and others installed at tram and bus stops to tell locals and visitors more about our town’s history. It could also be used to inform people about nature and local wildlife, thus improving people’s awareness of environmental issues such as the decline of bees.

Elaine Garrod

Discounted fares on contra-flow trains between Croydon and Central London

It’s already been suggested that Croydon’s postal address should be ‘Croydon, London’ and the Zone 4 Croydon campaign (to move East and West Croydon stations into Transport for London Zone 4) has the support of local MPs. But we should go further: if we want Croydon to be a high-tech employment hub, it is essential to draw on the talent pool from the whole of London.

There is an absolutely vast amount of unused capacity on trains leaving central London during the morning peak and returning to central London during the evening peak. So fares for these contra-flow journeys should be exempted from peak-time charges (if not outright subsidised). If Croydon is serious about having a night time economy to rival central London, late-evening services heading in to central London should also be heavily discounted.

Angus Hewlett

Foster friendliness by looking our fellow Croydonians in the eye

I’ve never lived anywhere where so many people walk along looking at the pavement. I’d make Croydon better by encouraging people to risk making eye contact with strangers. In my experience most people appreciate this, and a spontaneous acknowledgement, or even a smile, is usually returned. It’s a simple thing to do which costs nothing, but which helps to foster a sense of shared community and is an easy way to brighten up someone’s day.

John Gass

Think you can do better?

Tell us your specific, concrete idea in no more than 100 words and we’ll aim to feature it in our next print edition. It doesn’t have to be something that you can do – just something specific that’s achievable for someone. Ambition is great, but it must be achievable and well defined.

Whatever your idea, we want to hear it.

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