I would make Croydon better by… October 2015


By - Wednesday 7th October, 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, have come up with during September:

Introduce community-curated spaces

A council-sponsored empty shop might be adapted for use in an area so that, tea, coffee and chairs could be organised there by a committee of local people willing to take responsibility for setting it up. The organisers could then open it on a regular weekly or monthly basis, provide a information noticeboard and enable local people to visit and share ideas and problems or simply to have somewhere to meet to plan street parties – or litter drives! It could also provide a place for councillors to be invited to pop in, and where advice, guidance and welcome could be made be available for new arrivals in the area.

Ann Clark 

Poetry on the walls 

Someone recently suggested inviting local artists to put their work on the fronts of building sites under construction. Why not do the same with poetry? It’s happened in other parts of the country, such as Manchester and central London, and it’s a great way to bring a different kind of art into public space as well as make the experience of walking around Croydon more interesting and thought-provoking.

Daniel Jones

Move the advertising board in George Street 

The problem I identify here is that the position of the advertising board on George Street (outside the Shakespeare funeral directors’ building) means that the space on the pavement for people to pass is greatly restricted. This is a problem in itself on busy shopping days as people are forced to step off onto the tram track to get past, but to make it worse, those who are begging use the narrowing point and squeeze the passage even tighter to ensure everyone sees them. Quite often they sit with their feet extended out across the pavement.

My suggestion is that the hoarding is removed, or, if it must stay, that is is turned so that it is in line with the passage of pedestrians and no longer restricts the space. Police moving the beggars on is not an answer to this problem; they are busy enough already.

Max Kenna

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