October’s suggestions for ‘I would make Croydon better by…’


By - Tuesday 7th October, 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 that you, the readers, came up with last month:
Left luggage at East Croydon

Having a left luggage facility at East Croydon station would make it easier and more enticing for people passing through Croydon to stop off and visit the shops, restaurants, theatres and other attractions. Even if they wanted to take in a visit to London or Brighton from a Croydon base, they might still pay to use the left luggage facility. It would create jobs and bring more tourist revenue to the town. Elaine Garrod

Council-sponsored ‘empty shop’

Ideally a council-sponsored empty shop might be adapted so that tea, coffee, and chairs could be organised by a committee of local people willing to take responsibility for setting it up, opening it on a regular weekly/monthly basis, providing a noticeboard and enabling local people to share ideas and problems – or simply to have somewhere to meet/plan street parties – or litter drives! It could also provide a place for councillors to be invited to pop in, and for advice/welcome to be available for new arrivals in the area. Ann Clark

Culture department

Bringing back the culture or arts department which was so cruelly closed a few years ago. It is shocking for a London borough – especially one the size of ours – to have so little public culture. We used to have substantial knowledge and infrastructure around arts and social cohesion which supported many of the areas around the borough. We also need a series of public art commissions to inspire and beautify the streets and parks and to help us become a destination town. Many volunteers have kept the knowledge alive, but dormant. It’s not too late to save this and make a difference! Catherine Pestano

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 editors@thecroydoncitizen.com

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