“I would make Croydon better by…”


By - Tuesday 16th September, 2014

How could Croydon be improved? We want your suggestions today! Email us at editors@thecroydoncitizen.com


Last month 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. Now we want to do more and involve readers on a larger scale than ever.

These are three of the ideas you, the readers, came up with last month:

1) Concrete table tennis tables in Exchange Square (by Surrey Street)

My idea to make Croydon, and specifically Old Town Croydon, better would be to make Exchange Square more of a destination by putting in a couple of those concrete table tennis tables that I’ve seen in other London parks available for people to use. Table tennis is a great sport requiring high-speed reflexes, and the great Fred Perry was once world champion in this event before he went on to master the greater sport of lawn tennis so successfully. A great way for people to burn some energy and also to meet up and socialise with others. Kasper Seward

2) Upcycling classes

My idea is to give people classes and workshops in upcycling and making homemade beauty products and household detergents out of natural ingredients. This would make people more aware of the potential of their junk and discourage them from throwing things away, thus reducing waste. It would help people save money, create jobs in teaching the classes and create scope for new small businesses. Elaine Garrod

3) Truth serum*

I would make Croydon better by releasing a de-tribalising truth serum into the drinking water so that the Croydon electorate will forget who they continuously vote for, for no other reason than custom and habit. This will result in voters having to use websites like ‘Political Compass’ to guide them on who they should vote for. The outcome would be real change and real progress because the political parties and politicians elected would actually have a vision for a better Croydon, instead of business as usual. Shasha Khan

Think you can do better?

Tell us your specific, concrete idea in no more than 100 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. And remember: we want you to email them to us, rather than leave a comment.

Whatever your idea, we want to hear it.

Send submissions to editors@thecroydoncitizen.com

*Disclaimer: This could be a very tough one to implement (not to mention the legal and ethical issues of releasing powerful drugs into the water supply) but it spoke too strongly to the Citizen‘s pluralist, party-neutral ethos for it not to be included. Can you come up with something more achievable?

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