March’s submissions to ‘I would make Croydon better by…’

By - Wednesday 11th March, 2015

How could Croydon be improved? We want your suggestions today! Email us at

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

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

Make London Road a chefs’ paradise 

Encourage the variety of different ethnic food stores on London Road by publicising on street boards the various products on sale there from cuisines all over the world, encouraging people to try things they’d not previously considered. A lot of the food on sale in the shops on London Road is very good value, so people would save money. The ingredients could also be presented with recipes suggesting how to cook foods that other Croydon residents may not be familiar with.

Andrew Richards

Learn from how other countries’ cycle lanes work to make Croydon greener and safer

Whilst on holiday in Limasol, Cyprus, I noticed that that cycle lanes there were fantastic and safe. We could quite easily adapt the same system here.

We need to dedicate a section of our pavements at a reasonable width from the kerb and put in an inner kerb 4” high x 4” wide, running the length of the pavement. This creates a perfectly safe lane that can be used by cyclists, etc. Vehicles on the road do not mount the kerb, keeping the cyclists safe, and pedestrians could walk freely without fear of being hit by a cyclist.

Ralph Callan

Bring The Real Junk Food Project to the streets of Croydon

Work with The Real Junk Food Project to provide healthy meals for the homeless and use food that would otherwise be thrown away. It’s a pioneering movement with an overarching aim of putting itself out of existence by abolishing avoidable food waste, and has created a rapidly growing organic movement of 100% food surplus Pay As You Feel cafés.

Elaine Garrod

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.

Whatever your idea, we want to hear it.

Send submissions to 

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