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Cllr  Vidhi  Mohan
Cllr  Helen  Pollard
Cllr  Sue  Winborn

Increasing cycling in Croydon
02/05/2014 18:56:00......Posted by Helen Pollard

The Council has a long standing programme of working with schools to develop travel plans and then implementing measures proposed via those plans to make safer routes to schools (programme in excess of £200,000 pa).  A bid has been submitted (approaching £0.5million) to TfL to deliver a Cycle to School Partnership project. The results are still awaited.  If funded, a main part of the project would involve working with residents of the streets around the partnership schools to devise and implement means of deterring through traffic, thus helping to create quite zones as well as safer routes to school.

'Quietways' is one of the main initiatives for outer London flowing from the Mayor of London's 'Vision for Cycling'.  As the term suggests, it is envisaged that these will be high-quality guided routes created on low-traffic back streets and other quieter routes but with good quality facilities for cyclists where they cross main roads.   A proposal was submitted to the Cycling Commissioner for London for a network of Quiteways in the Borough estimated to cost £15million.  We are still formally awaiting results but understand/believe that one or two 'Quietways' in the borough will be amongst the first tranche to be delivered.  The recently delivered Connect2 Route is perhaps somewhat of a model for 'Quiteways', keeping to quieter streets etc as it approaches the Metropolitan Centre but then providing high quality crossings over Roman Way and the Park Lane gyratory plus off-carriageway cycling along part of Barclay Road.

The Council and its partners aim to improve access and links to and through green spaces to encourage walking, cycling and horse-riding.  Regarding 20 mph zones, it agreed in January that the 2014/15 ‘Speed Management in the Vicinity of Schools’ funding provided by TfL be employed to introduce a pilot 20mph speed limit to the following roads, where there are schools:

Cherry Orchard Road

Chipstead Valley Road

Pampisford Road

The Glade

Birchanger Road

King Henry’s Drive

Creating ‘Liveable High Streets’ is a main of objective of the £50m Connected Croydon programme aiming to make a more liveable Metropolitan Centre including the high streets leading into it (London Road, South End).

To summarise, the aim is to encourage cycling through improvements in infrastructure in combination with smarter travel initiatives such as promotion, training and behavioural change programmes. We will work with residents and partners such as the police, healthcare providers, schools and workplaces across the borough to ensure a consistent and integrated approach.

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Meeting residents
21/10/2017 17:58:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard


Spent another morning meeting residents in the Chatsworth Road area.  Picked up more issues to be followed up including the overgrown vegitation by some council flats.




Meeting residents
19/10/2017 17:56:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the evening meeting residents in the Chatsworth Road area.  There were various issues that I will be following up e.g. streetlights, registering to vote and planning problems. 



Children's Services Council Meeting
16/10/2017 17:53:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the eveing reviewing the work that is being carried out to ensure Chilren's Services keep Croydon's children safe.  Thie follows on from the Ofsted Inspection that found the service in Croydon to be inadequte.  C



Dance and Plants
14/10/2017 16:25:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard


Went to the Dance Umbrella performance outside the Town Hall.  It was an interesting display in and around a shipping container which was unusual!  Good to see so many people in Queen's Gardens enjoying a bit of culture in the lovely autumn weather.  Saffron Central in Queen's Gardens was rehoming plants so I picked up a few for the garden.  



Meeting residents
14/10/2017 16:23:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the morning meeting residents in the Church Road area.  A number of them asked for help with council-related issues so I will be following these up.



Public Meeting
09/10/2017 16:19:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Sat on the panel at a public meeting in 'Tomorrow' in South Croydon.  The meeting was so popular we ran out of room and unfortunately not everyone could fit in.  We will hold other similar meetings in future so they come along.  

The idea of the meeting was to brief residents on changes that are happening in Croydon e.g. Westfield update, planning, housing, parks, and to listen to their views.  There were some good questions from the floor and it was good to hear about the issues people feel strongly about.  



Parks Meeting
03/10/2017 16:17:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of the Friends of Parks Forum.  It was interesting to hear about the changes being made in the management of parks by the council.  A bit concerned about the impact the changes will have on our parks.  



03/10/2017 16:14:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard


Went to the David Lean cinema with Cllr Winborn to see the newly refubished seats that were paid for by the Fairfield Councillors community budget.  They were very comfortable!

Also had a fascinating look behind the scenes in the projection room.  There are digital projectors and film projectors.



South Croydon
30/09/2017 16:13:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Joined the Croham councillors as they met residents to find out their views on the loss of Green Belt status for Coombe Playing Fields



Indian Dancing
20/09/2017 16:48:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard


Attended the launch event for the Mela which is taking place later this month.  There was some excellent dancing, including dancing from Kerala.



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