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 The Selsdon & Addington Village Blog
 
Cllr  Helen  Pollard
Cllr  Robert  Ward
 

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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Gas main replacement in Farnborough Avenue
10/10/2018 10:50:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Southern gas networks are today, 10th October starting work to replace the gas main in Farnborough Avenue, which will include some works across the mouth of Copse view and Heathfield Vale. The majority of the work will involve open cut trenches in Farnborough Avenue, in the line of where cars would normally park, so existing flows will be maintained.

It will be necessary to close Farnborough Avenue whilst they trench across Heathfield Vale, connecting the new main to the existing one. Two-way lights will be in use on Heathfield Vale through this phase of works. Advanced warning of this closure will go out one week before it is due to happen, with a local diversion signposted.

 


 

Careers Fair - 16th Nov
09/10/2018 17:39:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Croydon Careers Fair is taking place on the 16th November in Croydon Conference Centre on Surrey Street from 10am – 2pm and there will be 30+ local organisations attending.

The event is completely free to attend, and as this is The UK Careers Fair’s first time in Croydon, they are also giving away a £5 Amazon Gift Card to the first 100 attendees!

 


 

Bin issues and delays at Fairfield Halls
08/10/2018 17:38:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

There was a meeting of the full Council and there were many questions about the chaotic roll-out of the new wheeled bins.  I asked about the lack of progress with the refurbishment of Fairfield Halls - there is still no firm date for reopening.

 


 

Dance Umbrella
07/10/2018 17:38:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to see the Dance Umbrella performance in BoxPark and it was great to see the performance by 200 women

 


 

Monks Hill Update
04/10/2018 17:37:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to Monks Hill for their community association meeting.  They were discussing plans for their Christmas Crafts event in December and I am happy to support this using some funds from the Ward budget.  They have set the date for their Fund Day next year - 1st June - look forward to it!

 


 

Consultation on new Planning Guidelines
04/10/2018 17:36:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to the consultation event about the Intensification of the Suburbs proposals that are being put forward by the Council.  There were some good visuals, a video and some models which clearly showed the impact of the additional housing on communities.  I am not convinced this is the best way to tackle the housing shortage. 

 

 


 

Addington Residents' Assoc
02/10/2018 17:35:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Addington Residents' Association where we discussed how to protect the field at Pioneer Place from development.  It is a precious community resource with many rare plants and animals.

 


 

Intensification of the Suburbs
26/09/2018 17:34:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Joined colleagues at a meeting of residents associations to discuss the Councils consultation on the Intensification of the Suburbs planning document.  They have serious concerns about the proposals and the impact they will have on their neighbourhoods.  

 


 

Corporate Plan
24/09/2018 17:33:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Croydon's Cabinet where the Corporate Plan for 2018-2022 was being discussed.

 


 

Fairfield Halls
20/09/2018 17:33:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met the Croydon's Culture Director for an update on culture in the borough.  Asked about the delayed opening of Fairfield Halls - still no firm date for the opening of the venue.  

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
10/09/2018
Christmas Lights
06/09/2018
Fairfield Halls - Under Construction
06/09/2018
Bin Update
04/09/2018
Addington Residents' Assoc
03/09/2018
New bin collection day and what to do if you don't have the new bins
29/08/2018
Maintenance work on the tram network at Gravel Hill, between Shirley Hills and New Addington
23/08/2018
Walkabout
06/08/2018
Director of Place
04/08/2018
Selsdon Shops
01/08/2018
Selsdon Councillors Surgery - August 2018
28/07/2018
A great team out today picking up litter in Monks Hill
26/07/2018
Culture and Selsdon
23/07/2018
St John's Church
20/07/2018
Croydon Council granted injunction to help prevent illegal encampments
17/07/2018
Meeting Selsdon businesses
16/07/2018
Labour's huge budget variances
10/07/2018
Monks Hill Residents' Meeting
09/07/2018
Council Meeting
09/07/2018
July surgery at Selsdon Centre for the Retired (Selsdon Sainsburys)
07/07/2018
Addington Village Party
03/07/2018
Addington Residents' Assoc
30/06/2018
Changes to recycling arrangements
28/06/2018
John Ruskin College
25/06/2018
Events in Croydon
24/06/2018
South End Food Festival
23/06/2018
Peace Festival
20/06/2018
First seven weeks as Councillor for Selsdon and addington Village
20/06/2018
Supporting Selsdon
18/06/2018
Planning Training
12/06/2018
New recycling arrangements to start in September but please start to think about it now
 
 
 
 
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