I would make Croydon better by… April 2015

By - Thursday 2nd April, 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, came up with last month:


Introduce cargo trikes for hire

These gentle giants can carry two small children and a week’s worth of shopping –or indeed, two adults (one rider, one passenger). Being three-wheelers, they’re stable and almost impossible to fall off; they’re clean, green and most importantly fun! They’re also much more eye-catching than a Boris Bike – the big front box provides a huge amount of real estate for sponsors to get their advertising message across. Regular bikes are great for getting to or from work, but if you’ve got kids with you or are going to the shops, these are far more suitable.

Angus Hewlett

Bacterial handwash 

I would like to see antibacterial handwash facilities installed in all restaurants in Croydon. When people are meeting up with friends for lunch or a sandwich and have arrived by public transport feeling a little grimy,  it would be pleasant to be able to clean one’s hands before eating.

Josephine Ambrose

Uplift Croydon’s street design spec 

Uplift the design spec for streets in the main retail zone of Croydon to a much higher level. By a ‘design spec’, I mean a vision that brings out the original features of the buildings as their original architects intended and one that compliments the new design style which is emerging for the Westfield development. I believe we need a really strong inspired spec for the retail heart of Croydon and the street scene of North End, George Street, Church Street and the two parts of London Road and the High Street closest to North End.

A strong design statement would bring together street furniture, street lamps and tram cable posts. (We were promised better posts when these were first proposed). The new spec would include the elimination of protruding signs from shop fronts apart from those that match the era of the building, such as cast iron clocks and lanterns, and would include slimmer shop fascias and the restoration of original features and pilasters to the building facades, brilliant illumination and safe pavements to walk.

Andrew Kennedy

Think you can do better?

Tell us your specific, concrete idea in no more than 200 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.

Send submissions to 

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  • Anne Giles

    I like the cargo trike, although only to be used in good weather, of course.