‘I would make Croydon better by’: the next stage

By - Thursday 12th January, 2017

It’s time to put your ideas into practice

From the beginning, a big part of the Citizen has been about proposing solutions to the town’s problems. So in 2014 we launched a unique, long-running campaign to publish actionable suggestions for improving the town. All that readers had to do was tell us what one way they would make Croydon better.

Submissions ranged from the complex to the very simple, but all ideas published through the campaign had to meet our crucial definition of being something that someone could actually do rather than broad-brush manifesto promises or a vague commitment to improve the status quo. Not all of them required someone in a senior position in local government or business. Many could be achieved through collaboration between neighbours, communities or friends.

The need for real, achievable change, steered by the community, has never been greater. Big organisations in the public and private sectors are transforming our town centre and the borough at large. As the Citizen‘s latest front cover says, it’s now up to us – as a community – to make ourselves heard. It’s up to us to do what we can to shape the future and make this a great town for everyone.

We will shortly publish a book containing all of the submitted ideas

So this month, we’re bringing the campaign to a conclusion. Next week, we’re forming your ideas into a blueprint for a better town, and presenting it to Croydon’s key decision-makers.

We will shortly publish a book containing all of the submitted ideas along with details of how they could work. Then, on 27th January 2017, we will present copies of the book in person to a group of senior decision-makers in Croydon. Mayor of Croydon Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, Council leader Tony Newman, Croydon Council’s chief executive Jo Negrini and cultural director Paula Murray will be joined by other influential figures from the public, charitable and private sectors. They will receive the book and begin exploring how to put as many ideas into practice as possible. It will also be made available for download as a PDF from this website.

As time goes by we will review and report on what progress has been made, both by these influencers and by the wider community, and chronicle how this blueprint becomes a reality.

Running ‘I would make Croydon by’ has been a constant pleasure for the Citizen team for the last two and a half years. As it enters this next stage, we look forward to keeping you updated on how our readers are making Croydon better.

The published book of ‘I would make Croydon better by’ will launch this month on thecroydoncitizen.com

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The Croydon Citizen is a non-profit community news magazine for London's most populous borough.

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