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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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Two car parks closed for works
16/01/2018 18:25:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Two car parks will be temporarily closed to allow some works to take place:

Lloyd Park car park - will be closing on Wednesday 17th of January 2018 for 1 day. There are planned works to re-line markings (weather permitting). The new parking charges/times for the car park will be effective from Monday 22 January 2018.

Spice's Yard car park, South End will be closed on Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th January 2018 for 2 days. There are planned works to re- line the whole car park and to carry out some tree works.




Wandle Road
13/01/2018 19:13:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the morning talking to residents in the area around Wandle Road.  They are concerned about the lack of parking, anti social behaviour and litter.



Sports facilities
11/01/2018 19:11:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the evening discussing plans to improve Croydon's sports facilities.  Local sports clubs are keen to develop the facilities that are available for current and future residents.



Surrey Street
06/01/2018 19:05:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the morning meeting residents in the area around Surrey Street.  They are very concerned about the proposal to put a nightclub in the basement of the Q Car Park which is just off Surrey Street.  The market stall holders are also concerned as they store their goods, vans and stalls in the basement.  



New Addington
16/12/2017 14:52:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the morning meeting residents in New Addington.  They want to see more things for young people to do, and are concerned about the way community groups are being supported.  



John Ruskin College
12/12/2017 14:48:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a governing body meeting at John Ruskin College.  Discussed various things including meeting demand for apprenticeships.



Civic Carol Service
10/12/2017 14:44:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the candle-lit Christmas Carol service in Croyon Minster.  A lovely festive event.



Children's Services Briefing
06/12/2017 14:35:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a briefing about the MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) team in Croydon Council's Children's Services.  All councillors are 'corporate parents' so it's important to get a better understanding of all aspects of Children's Services.



Council Meeting
04/12/2017 14:31:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended Council Meeting in the Town Hall.  Asked the Cllr Butler about what protection will be provided for our green spaces under the local plan.  Not very reassured by her answer as there are likely to be some green spaces with no protection at all.



Lloyd Park litter
02/12/2017 10:29:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

In Lloyd Park today and was disappointed to see two bins overflowing with rubbish. This seems to be happening more regularly in the last year or so.  I have reported this to the council and will put pressure on the current administration to ensure the parks cleaning contractor does its job properly.  



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