I would make Croydon better by… June 2015

By - Monday 1st June, 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 during June 2015:

Transform highrise buildings and go green with vertical gardens

Vertical gardens are a workable, practical idea. Known as ‘green walls’ and invented by Stanley Hart White in 1938, they are walls or fascias partially or completely covered with vegetation which includes a growing medium such as soil. Most also feature an integrated water delivery system and can be indoors or outdoors. They have increased in popularity in recent years as people are becoming more aware of environmental issues.

Green walls create aesthetic improvement, insulate the building and make it more energy efficient, improve air quality, create jobs, develop urban agriculture, increase biodiversity, help with noise reduction, and improve waste water management, and would therefore lead to improvement in health and well-being for all.

Elaine Garrod

Get behind Croydon’s cultural programme

The whole community should work together to transform Croydon into a flourishing hub of sustainable and enriching musical, artistic, creative and cultural activity.

A recent Arts Council study demonstrated that participation in the arts builds a sense of personal well-being, contributing towards a healthy society. Young people engaged in creative pursuits gain important cognitive and social skills which means they are more likely to find employment and volunteer for causes. Arts events build a sense of social cohesion and it is through them that we celebrate and reflect on our shared history.

There are so many opportunities this summer as our borough hosts festivals of music, comedy, history, food, drama and more – let’s take the opportunity to support what’s going on and send a positive message about this community.

Katie Rose

Get Croydon on the underground at last 

As a Croydonian I am delighted to see the gradual progress of Croydon. I now strongly feel that the borough should be properly integrated with central London.This can only be done by connecting the two by means of underground.

London’s Tube network is considered the world’s oldest underground rapid transport system.Real progress comes with fast underground transport connecting Croydon with central London, improving our borough’s connectivity and integrating it more fully into the city to which it belongs. I strongly feel extending the underground system will make Croydon a better place.

Ganga Swaminathan

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  • Pass The Deutschy

    Croydon is on the underground as the East London line was extended to incorporate it, I’m not sure how else we could make that happen if I’m honest, I’m happy the line extends to West Croydon and Croydonians don’t have to pay two fares any more. I hope Mr Barwell manages to make us into a zone four town THAT would be a great boon to the area and all of us who live in it. I’d like to see more big businesses come back to the town centre, not just turning offices into flats, I think that would greatly improve us and the work-life balance.

  • MrsBTejon

    Croydon needs…

    - to be re-designated Zone 4. it’s a rip off and wrong as zone 5.
    - to have a roof put back on the main station. I was a daily visitor and given it took the neighbouring developer only six months to build a 21 story watertight sky scraper perhaps the donkeys at network rail could put the roof back on east croydon so commuters don’t have to stand in puddles when they change trains
    - croydon needs to have a focal point, a place where people can meet, ‘see you in the centre’ can’t be done at the moment. Where is the ‘main square’ or ‘centre’ of croydon? The gardens near the town hall(s) might work? If they had shops and restaurants near by instead of derelict precincts?
    - to have the planners stop approving 40 story executive flats destined for Singaporean millionaire investors and insist that developers build some really actually affordable homes for owner occupiers only. For rent or buy. On sites of vacant office blocks.
    - get rid of underpass and motorway cutting town in two
    - get rid of all the betting shops
    - build a bypass.
    - have more tram lines