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.
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