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Surrey Street
07/09/2016 21:57:00......Posted by Helen Pollard

Here is the text of a letter I sent to the press and was published in the Croydon Guardian on 7th September.  I will continue to help residents in the Surrey Street area have their voices heard.

Dear Sir,

It is good to know that the Council is looking at ways of developing Surrey Street Market.  Unfortunately the introduction of the Sunday Market has been badly managed and residents in the area have been totally excluded.  The first residents (and indeed local elected representatives) heard about it was when it appeared in the Croydon Advertiser in July as a done deal.  To add insult to injury, the Council even declared that it had consulted residents. 

This Labour-run council has repeatedly ignored residents around Surrey Street.  This was the case when they decided the Pride event would take place in Surrey Street.  It was the case when they announced the redevelopment project and when they opened the Surrey Streatery.  It is now the case for the Sunday Market. 

Residents, and indeed, local councillors are very happy that these projects and events are being considered.  However, there is clearly going to be an impact on residents, so why on earth were they not consulted?  One of the biggest concerns is how residents will be able to receive deliveries or get tradesmen in, when the only day of the week they could do so (i.e. Sunday) will soon not be available to them.  No one has discussed with residents what measures will be put in place to get round this issue. 

It has also been pointed out that these events would benefit from the involvement and custom of residents, but this can only happen if they know what's planned. 

It is not good enough that residents first hear about these events in the press or when the see advertising.  It is time this Labour-run council listened to residents. 

Cllr Helen Pollard - Fairfield Ward Councillor

 
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Norbury flytips
18/11/2017 22:33:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the morning meeting residents in the north of the borough today.  I was surprised at how much flytipping there is in the area, and wondered what the local Labour councillors are doing about it.  Such a shame that, despite the fanfare and Labour rhetoric about tidying up our borough, they have made no impact on how clean our streets are.  

 


 

Meeting with Culture Director
15/11/2017 22:31:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with Paula Murray who is Croydon's 'Culture tsar' do dicuss future plans for cultural events in Croydon.  

 


 

Westfield planning application
14/11/2017 22:26:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

 
 

Attended the meeting of the Planning Committee where they were making a decision about the planning application for the huge Westfield/Hammerson development which will replace the Whitgift Centre.  There were many details that were absent from the plans (e.g. will there be 4 tower blocks or 5?) but the Committee agreed planning permission for the development.  Not a surprise as there is cross-party support for this scheme which will breathe new life into our town.   

 


 

Parks meeting
13/11/2017 22:15:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

 
 

This evening I held a meeting for people who are in 'friends of parks' groups.  The objective was to find out how they think things are going in terms of the council services for parks.  I also wanted to find out what they think needs to be done to improve parks and what their vision is for the future of the green spaces in Croydon.  

It was a very good meeting and refreshing to hear from such committed people who work so hard to make out parks a great place to visit.   

 


 

Remembrance Sunday
12/11/2017 22:12:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the service in the Minster to remember those who gave their lives for our country.  Following the service there was a parade in front of the Town Hall and I was impressed with how well our young people conducted themselves on this very cold day.  

 


 

Palmer House
11/11/2017 22:11:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

 
 

Talked to the manager of Palmer House today about the steps being taken to address issues of antisocial behaviour in the area around the hostel.  Council candidates Elizabeth Agyepong an Ben Joce were also keen to discuss this with the manager.  

 


 

Lambert's Place
11/11/2017 22:04:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

 
 

Met residents in the north of Fairfield ward today.  There a number of issues that were raised including the rubbish that builds up 'under the arches' and in the fenced off area near Lambert's place.  I will raise this with the council to see if it can be cleared up.  

 


 

Whitgift Estate Residents' Association AGM
09/11/2017 22:01:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

 
 

Attended the AGM of Whitgift Redisents' Association.  Good meet so many familiar faces - people I have worked with over the last year in connection with council issues, including planning.  

 


 

Councillor surgery
07/11/2017 21:59:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

No visitors to the surgery at Matthews Yard today

 


 

College governor
07/11/2017 21:59:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of the governing body of John Ruskin College.  Some serious dicsussions about how to move forward following the recent Ofsted inspection.  I will be a member of the Quality Improvement Board for the College.

 


 

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