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Cllr  Vidhi  Mohan
Cllr  Helen  Pollard
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Surrey Street - Notes
10/01/2017 22:31:00......Posted by Helen Pollard

Here are my notes from the Scrutiny Meeting 10th January 2017 where Surrey Street market public realm improvements were discussed.

My questions

·        How much money has been set aside for the public realm improvements?  Where is this from and is it likely to increase?  

I didn’t ask this question because Cllr Watson covered it in his commentary - £500k capital and half s106 match funding

·        Market benchmarking. London Street Trading Benchmarking Group.  The Council has not been engaging much with this group and I believe there is a lot to be gained from learning about other markets in London.  I asked that the Council becomes more involved.

No answer to this

·        Who was invited to the public meeting about Surrey Street on 12th January?  I wasn't and I have not found anyone who was? 

This was answered in Cllr Watson’s commentary.  It was clear that the meeting on 12th Jan is aimed at stall holders and local businesses.  They conceded that residents can come if they like but it will be a bit boring as it is about the nuts and bolts of the public realm improvements. 

·        Access for residents?  When can they have deliveries?

Apparently they have talked to residents about this but I’m not aware of how or when. 

·        Residents have put a lot of work into this but their views seem to have been ignored.  What about the signage over the entrance to the market? 

Cllr Watson pointed out that there are practical considerations that limit what we can deliver in terms of signage.  He claims that residents have been consulted.  They certainly have not been consulted about the designs for Surrey Street because the first visuals were only available today.  They want to start work in February.

Comments on plans from Cllr Watson.  Notes about the planned changes for Surrey Street:

·       Improve lighting – lighting under the bridge

·       More space between stalls

·       Public art

·       Issues of how emergency services will access street

·       More wayfinding signs

·       Want new Sunday market and evening markets

·       Free wifi in the market

·       Level carriageway New trader power facilities

·       Colour on air conditioning units

·       Lighting for building facades - need to get permission from property owners

·       More uniform stalls that look better overall

·       Offer businesses the opportunity to try out the market e.g. from £15/stall on Sundays.

·       More bars being planned for Surrey Street

Public realm works will start by end of Feb.  Couldn't give completion dates.  Aim to complete in 6-8 weeks.

Cllr Bonner concerned as likely to be delays in the project.

Cllr Watson talks about how to attract more people to the market - but doesn't involve residents!

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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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