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New Classrooms for Park Hill Infants School
30/04/2013......Posted by Vidhi Mohan

Park Hill Infants School is one of Croydon’s best performing primary schools, having consistently been rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED. Over the last few years the staff have coped admirably in dealing with a bulge class of 120 children, and with the permanent expansion of the school from 2 to 3 forms of entry. The Council has supported the expansion by proving the infrastructure required to cater to the additional children.

Many years ago (and I forget how many!), 2 temporary hutted rooms were provided to the school, which were used for out of classroom activities like music and computer lessons. With the expansion of the school, these 2 structures were converted to regular classrooms. However, what were installed as temporary structures were being used well beyond their sell-by date, and the facilities in them were not upto acceptable standards. The Council allocated funds for the replacement of these hutted classrooms, and works were expected to be completed in summer 2012. Unfortunately due to issues with the planning process, these works could not be undertaken.

In January this year, parents and carers of the school signed a petition urging the Council to replace these old classrooms as a matter of urgency. The petition was presented by Cllr Sue Winborn, to the Cabinet Member responsible for Schools, Cllr Tim Pollard. A reply to the petition was provided by Cllr Pollard at the last Council meeting on 22nd April.

We were pleased to read that Cllr Pollard agreed that the structures had to be replaced with permanent classrooms, and informed us that a planning application had been submitted, and that the Council was on course to carry out the works during the summer break this year. This point was reiterated in a reply to an oral question from Cllr Winborn. This is excellent news for the children of Park Hill Infants School, who will soon enjoy the use of 2 brand new, modern classrooms.

 
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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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