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A Clear Choice on Thursday
20/05/2014......Posted by Vidhi Mohan

All elections are extremely important. But once in a while we are faced with an election where the choice is stark, and the result of the election can radically alter the destiny of our country or community. The 1979 General Election which brought Margaret Thatcher to power changed Britain forever, rejecting the left-wing dogma of nationalised industry and trade union control. Similarly the recently concluded elections in India seems to have signalled that the country is looking to economic deregulation, private enterprise and infrastructure investment, under the leadership of Narendra Modi, to take the country forward.

On Thursday residents of Croydon and Fairfield ward face a similar choice. Go forward to an era of regeneration, jobs, prosperity, and low Council Tax, or go back to the bad old days of bureaucratic control, high Council Tax increases, and stalled regeneration plans.

Over the last few years the Conservative administration in Croydon has made huge strides in wooing investors and developers, willing to invest in property, jobs and the physical infrastructure of our town. The £1 billion Westfield-Hammersons shopping centre has already been granted planning permission and the Council has recently issued Compulsory Purchase Orders to acquire all the land. This scheme will go a long way in improving Croydon’s image as well as attract a high quality of shopper to our town. It will also deliver new homes and commercial space in the town centre, as well as making Croydon the place to invest, do business, and live in.

But it’s not just about plans. Actual schemes have already been delivered in Croydon including the East Croydon Bridge, the Saffron Square residential development on Wellesley Road, the new Council offices at Bernard Weatherill House, and new surface level crossings opposite Fairfield Halls. Works are currently ongoing to improve the infrastructure in South End, the old Taberner House will soon be brought down and replaced be new apartment blocks, the old Nestle building and St Anne’s House will be converted into residential apartments, and works on new apartments will soon begin at the Gateway site next  East Croydon. We are also committed to investing £30 million to upgrade Fairfield Halls into a modern entertainment complex, while retaining its cultural heritage.

But all these schemes are under grave threat from a Labour Council. Their obsession with micro-managing schemes and high levels of Social (Council) Housing will ensure that most of these projects will not be delivered. Labour’s manifesto talks of 30% Social Housing to be imposed on all residential schemes in the town centre, with some schemes forced to accept upto 50%. Such large Social Housing quotas will certainly make these schemes commercially unviable and the developers, including Westfield-Hammersons, will pull out and refuse to invest in Croydon. We take a much more pragmatic approach to these developments, ensuring that each scheme delivers its share of Social Housing, without making it unviable for the developer. For example, the Westfield-Hammersons scheme will deliver 15% Social Housing. Be under no doubt, there is a significant risk that this scheme will not be delivered under Labour. What we want is for schemes to be actually delivered rather than be held back by political dogma. Croydon town centre needs a mix of housing, serving the needs of all our communities – and only the Conservatives will deliver this.

So for residents of Croydon and Fairfield, the choice on Thursday is between a Conservative administration committed to deliver regeneration and jobs in Croydon, or a Labour administration under which we will endure 4 years of broken promises and a lack of any development.

The choice before you is clear.

The Conservative candidates for Fairfield ward are Cllr Vidhi Mohan, Cllr Helen Pollard, and Cllr Sue Winborn

 
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Bins not collected on Woodstock Road
26/04/2018 21:13:00.......Posted by Elizabeth Agyepong

 
 

Many of residents have tried contacting the Council to get this sorted but have hit brick walls time after time.

This is completely unacceptable.

We have raised it as a matter of urgency with those in charge and will continue to fight for the road to be cleared.

 


 

Setting up a Residents' Association for Vita Apartments
25/04/2018 21:10:00.......Posted by Ben Joce

 
 

Last night we spoke to many residents in Vita Apartments and we were told about a number of recurring issues in the building. Most prominent among them the recurring problems with the lifts.

While it may be understandable that they will break from time to time, the frequency and the length of time to organise repairs should not be tolerated.

Whilst many in the block may be contacting the management company individually, nothing helps speed up resolution better than a residents’ association. We therefore suggested that they consider setting up a residents’ group so that they can more easily organise to liaise with the management company over issues affecting all residents.

We have a great deal of experience in this area, and so we’ve invited residents to a meeting with local councillors to discuss what the benefits are of setting one up and how they might go about doing it.

If you would like to attend, come along to the foyer of Vita Apartments at 7pm on Monday 30th April.

 


 

Ruskin Square
24/04/2018 21:34:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the evening meeting residents living in the apartment blocks around Ruskin Square.  Many people are new to the area and it was good to get a fresh perspective from them about their views on living in Croydon.  Picked up a few issues which I will follow up.

 


 

Flytipping
21/04/2018 21:32:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Out meeting residents in Old Town and I was surprised at how much flytipping there was in the area.  The various piles of rubbish were reported to the Council to clear. 

 


 

Victory for Citiscape residents
20/04/2018 16:48:00.......Posted by Philip Smith

 
 

As a resident of the Citiscape building, it is very welcome news that Barratt Developments have been persuaded to pay for the fire safety related costs thus relieving Citiscape's leaseholders of the burden of paying and, most importantly, ensuring their homes will be made safe.

This would not have happened without the huge collective efforts of everyone in the building, those leading the Residents’ Group and local representatives. I would personally like to thank them for their tireless campaigning and dedication.

The other local Council candidates and I have been raising the issues of Citiscape safety with the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff and the Secretary of State as we sought to achieve the right result for all concerned.

We have been clear from the beginning that building owners in the private sector should not pass on the costs of essential cladding replacement to leaseholders. Labour representatives have called on the Government to fund the works using taxpayer money, ultimately still our money - we have always disagreed with this approach.

As someone who lives in the building, I am well aware of the stress that this ordeal has caused. If elected to represent Fairfiedl on May 3rd I will continue to champion matters impacting the building namely intercom issues and lift work that continues to have an effect on residents.

Thank you again for all those who worked to raise the profile on this issue, particularly to the Residents Association – it really wouldn’t have happened without them.

BARRATT DEVELOPMENTS AGREE TO PAY FIRE SAFETY COSTS

Housing Secretary, Sajid Javid, today (Thursday 19 April) welcomed the decision from property developers Barratt Developments to pay for fire safety related costs in a building they developed, relieving the building’s leaseholders of this burden and ensuring that the building will be made safe.

Leaseholders living in the Citiscape development in Croydon were told at a residents’ meeting tonight (Thursday 19 April) of Barratt Developments’ decision. The company have said they will cover future and backdated costs relating to employing a fire warden and the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding from this building.

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Government acted swiftly to establish a comprehensive Building Safety Programme. This included identifying buildings with unsafe cladding and providing guidance to building owners. 

From the outset Sajid Javid has been clear that building owners in the private sector should follow the lead of the social housing sector and not pass on the costs of essential cladding replacement to leaseholders. 

Government has been in discussions with private sector landlords and developers directly, including Barratt Developments, regarding this matter.

Sajid Javid, said:

“I applaud Barratt Developments’ decision to cover the costs of fire safety works. They have listened to the concerns of Citiscape residents, engaged with Government and have done the right thing.

“Other building owners and developers in the private sector should follow the example set by Barratt Developments to protect leaseholders from costs and begin essential fire safety works. I want to see all leaseholders in this position get the peace of mind they deserve and I am keeping this under review.”

 


 

Chatsworth Road
18/04/2018 21:27:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the AGM of the Chatsworth Road Residents' Association.  It was good to meet them and to hear about the issues in the area.  Will follow up a few isses that were raised in the meeting.  

It has been great working with Erbil and the other residents and I will miss working them when my term as Fairfield Councillor ends in May.  Nevertheless, it is good to see that the Residents' Association is working so hard to preserve the character of the area and to keep the community spirit going.  

 


 

Chatsworth Road
10/04/2018 17:34:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent a pleasant evening meeting the residents of the Chatsworth Road area.  They have concerns about council tax, insensitive building and the lack of progress with the redevelopment of our town centre.

 


 

Park Hill Park and Lloyd Park
09/04/2018 17:30:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with senior council officers and representatives from the Friends of Park Hill Park to discuss how the masterplan for the park will be implemented.  I have been asking the council to refurbish the toilets in the park for four years, and they still have not done anything about it.  I hope they are now on track to make this happen.  We also dicsussed the maintenance of the pavillion and other park improvements.

The Council officers will also meet with the Friends of Lloyd Park to discuss how they will implement the Lloyd Park masterplan.  

 


 

Labour's lost parks
01/04/2018 09:01:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

 
 

One of the parks that Labour has failed to protect in the Local Plan is St James Memorial Garden on Sydenham Road.  It is a shame that our precious green spaces are now vulnerable to development.  Even in the overcast weather yesterday, it is still an oasis of calm in our busy town.

 


 

Resident victory over club in Q-Park basement
29/03/2018 20:44:00.......Posted by Ben Joce

 
 

As you may be aware the Croydon Council recently received a licensing application to open a pop-up bar and live music venue under residential block, Bridge House, in the basement area of the Q-Park, off Charles Street. Many of you wrote to the Council expressing your opposition to this application which would have meant the venue opening at 9pm and will closing at 11pm on most weekdays and 4am on weekends.

I would firstly like to say thank you to the over 100 local residents who signed the petition. Many residents were rightly concerned about the impact this would have on their lives and were thankful for the support that was received.

The application was recently heard by the Councils licensing committee, which many of you attended and spoke at. Cllr Vidhi Mohan and I were also at the meeting to oppose the application on behalf of residents. Though the applicant was granted a licence, we are pleased to announce that the plans have been significantly modified to reduce the adverse impact on local residents. These include:

  • No DJ-led events or live music performances will take place at the venue.
  • The venue will close at 11pm on all nights, with no extended opening times on weekends.

The operators articulated the function of the venue based on the changes that they have submitted to the licencing application. We welcomed the changes that they put forward and whole-heartedly encourage the use of venue community and cultural initiatives which they outlined. Croydon town centre needs such venues that enhance the local community but take into account any impact on local residents.  

Once the venue opens, we will monitor the situation to ensure it has no adverse impacts and they adhere to the restrictions as set out in the granted licence. Local residents should please feel free to contact us if they want to discuss any concerns they may still have with this or any other issues in the local area.

 


 

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26/03/2018
Edridge Road Building Proposal
24/03/2018
New Signs for Chatsworth Road
21/03/2018
Helping anti-social behaviour on Lansdowne Road
16/03/2018
Help save Matthews Yard from destruction
11/03/2018
Unfair parking notices
10/03/2018
Councillor Surgery
04/03/2018
Parking enforcement on Howley Road
04/03/2018
Community Budget
02/03/2018
Inadequate street cleaning and fly-tipping on Clarenden and Pitlake Roads
02/03/2018
Cleaning Up the Tamworth Road Estate
01/03/2018
Fly Tipping and Street Cleaning on Clarendon & Pitlake Roads
26/02/2018
Litter on West Street
22/02/2018
Friends of Park Hill
19/02/2018
Night Club in Surrey Street
17/02/2018
Brick by Brick Development on Edridge and Coombe Road
17/02/2018
Building on green space on Edridge Road
11/02/2018
Meeting Residents in the South of Fairfield
08/02/2018
Parks Consultation
06/02/2018
Surgery in Matthews Yard
02/02/2018
Cityscape Cladding update
01/02/2018
Public Meeting
16/01/2018
Two car parks closed for works
13/01/2018
Wandle Road
11/01/2018
Sports facilities
06/01/2018
Surrey Street
16/12/2017
New Addington
12/12/2017
John Ruskin College
10/12/2017
Civic Carol Service
06/12/2017
Children's Services Briefing
04/12/2017
Council Meeting
 
 
 
 
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