School Council visit Town Hall 22/01/2015 12:25:00......Posted by Margaret Mead
Helped to take infant children, who had been elected to school council by their class friends, to visit the Town Hall via the tram. They were given a very interesting talk about what happens at the Council meetings in the Chamber and where elected members sat. They saw where the Mayor, the public and the press sat. They asked questions about the microphones and were invited to try them out to show how everyone would hear. They also saw the Mayor's Parlour and several gifts, photographs and certificates were pointed out and given an explanation about how they commemorate important events. They behaved perfectly all the time. I hope they will be interested in becoming our future councillors.
Ashen Grove at risk from Labour plans 06/04/2018 12:50:00.......Posted by Andy Stranack
Ashen Grove is an area of woodland that runs between Thorold Close and Kingfisher Gardens, it links the Bird Estate with Selsdon. Under Labour's Local Plan its green space protection has been withdrawn. This means the area could be built on in the future.
The woodland is home to a variety of wildlife including a number of badger sets. It is widely used by local dog walkers and residents who want to enjoy a walk in this area of natural beauty. Stuart and I will work hard to make sure that this local community area is protected for future generations.
Yellow lines to be added in Ravenshead Close 18/01/2018 19:39:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson
Following months of pressure from local residents, double yellow lines will be painted at the junction of Ravenshead Close and Old Farleigh Road at the beginning of February. Parked cars on the junction make it impossible for drivers exiting Ravenshead Close to see, which has led to accidents in the past.
Residents in the close have worked very hard to make the case for the double yellow lines, supported by Conservative Councillors in Selsdon. Andy and I contacted Council officers earlier this month and were told that Ravenshead Close has been added to the workstream. With more than 250 requests on the waiting list, and only 50 projects carried out each year, it is a real testament to the residents that they have been able to get this to the top of the list.
Autumn Walk in Selsdon Woods 13/11/2017 20:28:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson
I was really pleased to join the Friends of Selsdon Woods for their ‘Autumn Leaves’ walk on Saturday. It was one of many organised walks arranged by the Friends each year - a calendar of events can be viewed on the Friends of Selsdon Woods website here: http://www.friendsofselsdonwood.co.uk/events.php
The Friends do a magnificent job maintaining the woods, with clearly marked and named footpaths making it easy to navigate. These are maintained, along with coppicing and other maintenance activities, on the Friends’ Workdays.
Everyone is welcome to join in these activities, helping out for as long as suits, on certain Sunday mornings at 10am - the first and last Sundays of the month during the winter, and the first Sunday of the month only from April to September.
If you haven’t visited the woods, I encourage you to check out one of the best parts of the Selsdon Vale and Forestdale ward.
Council walkabout in Forestdale 05/10/2017 22:46:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson
Councillor Andy Stranack organised a walkabout around Forestdale on Tuesday, attended by members of the Forestdale Forward, as well as Council officers and members of the Safer Streets team. We were able to raise a number of issues directly with Council officers, which they will be addressing in the next few days.
The foliage over the bus stop on Bardolph Avenue, which at present puts people off from using the footpath, is set to be cleared. We also reported littering and poor maintenance of the footpath on Featherbed Lane and access issues for the Brookscroft management committee to trees they have responsibility for maintaining.
One of the biggest issues in the area is access for refuse lorries among tightly parked cars, which has led to collisions between lorries and residents’ cars. We have asked the Council to look into making the Forestdale collections later in the day, when fewer cars are parked, to address this issue.
Spring Park Residents Association AGM 17/05/2016 23:13:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings
Attended the SPRA AGM this evening. Huge turnout again this year and very pleased to see the Association is as strong as ever. Main areas of concern for the local residents were the Local Plan and it's effect on Shirley, potential Traveller sites, accessing recycling centres and having enough volunteers for the excellent monthly magazine (SPAN).
SaveOurFairfield 18/04/2016 16:13:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings
SaveOurFairfield are encouraging concerned residents to attend tonight's full Council Meeting at the Town Hall to hear the latest debate on the future of Fairfield Halls. The meeting starts at 6.30pm but is likely to be very busy so arriving early is advised. There will be a photo at 6pm outside the Clocktower is you would like to come along and add your support to this worthwhile cause.
Burst Water Main on Upper Shirley Road 18/04/2016 16:09:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings
There is a burst water main being worked on now near to the Junction of Upper Shirley Road and Postmill Close. We are aware of the problem and are chasing the relevant authorities to effect an efficient repair. Two way lights are being used and should be manually controlled during peak hours to ensure the best traffic flow possible. Please factor in possible delays to any journeys.
Quest students perform Oliver 03/02/2016 22:30:00.......Posted by Andy Stranack
I had a great evening at the Quest Academy this evening watching students from years 7 to 11 perform in an excellent production of Oliver. There were a number of very gifted students taking part, some may well have a future on the West End stage.
Heathfield Residents support local plan protest 27/01/2016 17:10:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings
It was great to see a number of Heathfield Residents at the Council meeting on the 25th January. Below I have summarised why it is so important for local residents to stand up against the Council's plans to ruin our local green space.
We are particularly concerned about the plans to create traveller sites at the following sites:-
Coombe Lodge Nurseries off Conduit Lane, site 661;
Coombe Farm off Oaks Road, site 502;
Pear Tree Farm and Pear Tree Farm Cottage, Featherbed Lane, site 755;
And the de-designation of:
Forestdale as a location where the Council wants to see “focussed intensification associated with gradual change of area’s local character” (page 129, Croydon Local Plan Detailed Policies & Proposals). It goes on to describe what this means:
“New development located in designated areas would be significantly larger than existing and may be associated with merging smaller properties. The promoted character types are: ‘Medium-rise blocks with associated grounds’, ‘Large buildings with spacing’ and ‘Largebuildings with strong frontages’. Their gradual introduction will alter over time the predominant character of intensified areas” (page 132, Croydon Local Plan Detailed Policies & Proposals).
The idea that the largely terraced housing and small blocks of flats in Forestdale should be replaced by medium-rise blocks is unacceptable - it would completely change the character of the area.
Neighbourhoo Watch 17/03/2015 21:22:00.......Posted by Margaret Mead
Went to the Heathfield and Shirley Neighbourhood Watch meeting which is held six monthly. It was well attended by residents from both wards who asked a range of questions following the Police briefing which included a warning about current scams. These were unsolicited telephone calls which usually asked for confidential information regarding bank account details and pin numbers. These calls are of great concern regarding our vulnerable elderly people. On the tables were lots of useful leaflets about how to protect your property and items of value and the telephone number to call if anyone saw something suspicious. The police would rather follow something up even if it turned out not to be of concern. Picked up some casework about road damage which I will follow up.
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