I would make Croydon better by… May 2016

By - Monday 9th May, 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.

A Croydon Airport-themed café when Fairfield Halls re-opens

The Fairfield Halls bistro needed a facelift and now that the entire building is to get one, I suggest theming a future café around Croydon Airport, and in particular the exploits of record-breaking pilot Amy Johnson, when it re-opens. It would be eye-catching and help to raise the profile of this exciting part of Croydon’s history.

Dennis Goswell 

Litter awareness classes in schools

Building on proposals last month for increased penalties for fly-tipping, I suggest that we start a prevention campaign young, with litter awareness classes in schools. Like anti-smoking and healthy eating campaigns, this subject could be made accessible to young children and help to raise a future generation of Croydonians for whom zero tolerance of littering is the norm.

Liz Betro

Improve trade waste collections

A fair proportion of the litter that’s strewn around London Road in particular is clearly trade waste. It creates a very unpleasant environment, but I do not see where local traders are supposed to put it. Many shops in the area open long hours and staff are hard-working, so blaming traders for not caring seems unfair. There are no collection points at the rear of the shops and nowhere out at the front either. Pavement bins are inadequate and trade rubbish therefore gets left on the pavement. I suggest more frequent collections and/or installing receptacles to dispose of it in between pick-ups.

Graham Shaw

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