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Cllr  Helen  Pollard
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Council Tax up by 4.99%
28/02/2017 09:59:00......Posted by Sara Bashford

Last night the Labour Council agreed a 4.99% increase to your Council Tax and then went to the pub to celebrate. 

I sat through a meeting where the Leader of the Council, his Cabinet and backbenchers all spoke in favour of the rise and blamed it on the Government, the previous Conservative administration and any other individual or organisation they could. What they didn’t do was take any responsibility for their decisions or choices. Whilst I accept that outside factors do impact on the Council’s budget the fact they have a £11M overspend in one department and it is getting worse shows how they can’t manage the boroughs finances. What they can do is give Boxpark a £3M loan, spend over £1M refurbishing an old library which will be handed over to another organisation to run, when three years ago it would have cost the tax payer nothing. They have put money into a festival and a bike race and then moan they are hard done by. It is all about priorities, choices and responsibility. I will leave you to make you own minds up about what this Labour administration’s are.

 
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Croydon Council granted injunction to help prevent illegal encampments
20/07/2018 17:09:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Croydon Council was granted an interim protective injunction at the High Court on Wednesday 18 July banning the setting up of unauthorised encampments and fly-tipping. The injunction covers more than 200 of the borough's parks, open spaces and council lands, and 11 highways.

There have been more than the usual number of illegal encampments this year, totalling 16 on highways and in parks and open spaces in the last three months alone.

The ban, against persons unknown occupying land and/ or depositing waste, seeks to stop people entering, or occupying any part of the land for residential purposes, including caravans, mobile homes and vehicles.

It also means the council does not have to attend court to obtain removal orders, which can take days to obtain, and that High Court enforcement officers can be called to future sites to assist with moving people on if they take no notice of the interim injunction order. Failure to do so can result in imprisonment, fines or seizure of assets.

More information, including how to report any activity covered by the injunction can be found here.

 


 

Meeting Selsdon businesses
17/07/2018 12:17:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

The four Selsdon Councillors met with Selsdon businesses to discuss how we can support the shopping parade.  A very useful meeting and lots of ideas about how we can support businesses and encourage new businesses to move here.  We wnat to keep this district centre at the heart of Selsdon for the benefit of residents.  

 


 

Labour's huge budget variances
16/07/2018 12:16:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the meeting of Croydon's Cabinet in the Town Hall. Asked about the huge £63.6m variance on the capital budget last year. Apparently is is due to lank of expected progress from Brick by Brick

 


 

Monks Hill Residents' Meeting
10/07/2018 12:11:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Monks Hill Residents' Association.  They are actively helping people who live 'on the hill' and have arranged a trip to the seaside in August.  It is good to meet people with such strong community spirit.  We agreed a few things that the Council could help with and these will be picked up on the walkabout in a few days time.

 


 

Council Meeting
09/07/2018 12:08:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of the full Council of Croydon.  Not impressed that one of the Labour Council's first actions following their election is to award themselves a big pay rise.  Had a briefing about social care in Croydon.  Still concerned about the state of Children's Services since the failed Ofsted inspection.

 


 

July surgery at Selsdon Centre for the Retired (Selsdon Sainsburys)
09/07/2018 09:55:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

A busy July surgery at which Stuart Millson, Councillor for Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, and I spoke to a number of residents from both wards. We will be there again as usual in August on the first Saturday of the month at 10 am. We are expecting representatives from the local policing teams to be there on this occasion. Do join us.

An interesting point from one resident was on what to do with the recycling boxes which will become redundant under the new recycling system, especially if you do not have a car to drop them off at the recycling stations. Why not see if your neighbours have any use for them? If any charities or others have a idea for re-use please let me know.

I have also contacted the Council to see if there might be an option to pick up redundant boxes at some point, either as part of the normal recycling collection or perhaps if they were brought to a local collection point. I will keep residents informed. Do please also come to Sainsburys this coming Saturday 14th July when the Council road show will be there to explain the new system and answer questions.

 


 

Addington Village Party
07/07/2018 12:06:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

I was delighted to be invited to join Addington Village Residents' Association at their annual party.  The sun shone for the garden party that was held at the home of one of the committee members.  It was good to catch up informally with everyone.

 


 

Addington Residents' Assoc
03/07/2018 12:03:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Addington RA and heard about the issues affectng their area at the moment.  Picked up some more casework!

 


 

Changes to recycling arrangements
30/06/2018 10:08:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

 
 

The delivery of new recycling bins begins this coming Monday. This is part of a plan by which the Council aspires to increase recycling rates in the borough from the current low figure of 38% to 50%.

Most residents will receive a new 240-litre paper recycling bin and a 180-litre general waste bin. Existing 240-litre landfill bins will become a bin for glass, plastic packaging, cans and cartons. There remains the food recycling bin which does not change. The blue and green recycling boxes will become redundant. That’s a lot of bins, even for those who do not use the garden waste service.

If, like me, you have made special shelves to store the boxes this is all something of a disappointment.  Even more so since I rarely filled the paper recycling box, yet will now have a 240 litre monster bin to find space for somewhere.

For those in flats there are other arrangements, as, it is claimed, there will be for others who do not have the space to accommodate the new bins. A survey has been done to assign these alternatives to individual properties. My suspicion is that the council default will be the multi-bin option.

The new service does not start until September, when bin collection days will change for most people. I strongly suggest that residents attend the Council Roadshow on Saturday 14th July at the Selsdon Sainsburys to find out more, especially how they might secure one of the alternatives if those better meet their needs. There is more information on the new arrangements here.

 


 

John Ruskin College
28/06/2018 12:02:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of the Quality Improvement Board at John Ruskin College

 


 

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My thanks to the people of Selsdon and Addington Village
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Selsdon Rec
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