This article was originally published by The Croydon Citizen on 04/04/2016
I would make Croydon better by… April 2016
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.
Make East Croydon station safer by design
Re-engineer East Croydon station’s ramps for safety, for example by installing barriers so that people can no longer run for trains. The ramps are slippery when wet (as signage often warns us) but people still hurtle down them, endangering themselves and others.
Kit out the new Fairfield Halls for the hard of hearing
I suggest installing proper high quality hearing loops for the hard of hearing like me at the Fairfield Halls when it re-opens (and potentially at other performance venues also). I have had to leave two Fairfield concerts recently because of very poor sound quality.
Zero tolerance for littering
I am aware that a number of approaches have been tried to solve Croydon’s persistent litter problem but feel that this one would have the highest likelihood of succeeding. I suggest that the numbers of cameras be greatly increased and £3,000 fines introduced for pre-meditated fly-tipping (for example, dumping furniture and other large items during the night), with a one-year driving ban if a vehicle was used for this purpose. For litter-droppers, we should issue heavy on-the-spot fines and require compulsory attendance on a litter-awareness course. Finally, there should be public identification of those who litter (not just on the council website) by sending them out on clean-ups as part of their litter awareness training.