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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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Brick by Brick Development on Edridge and Coombe Road
17/02/2018 15:37:00.......Posted by Ben Joce

Today was an absolutely beautiful day down in Croydon town centre! We spent the momrning in the area around Edridge road. Meeting residents and gathering feedback on local issues. A key theme that emerged from the day was the level of anger directed towards the proposed development by the Labour Councils development company Brick by Brick at the corner of Edridge and Coombe Road. The development would be buildt on a very small bit of green space that the residents cherish and would put additonal pressure on parking and services in the immediate area. We have gathered the feedback and will be presenting the case on behalf of the residents to the councils planning committee, lets hope they listen...



Meeting Residents in the South of Fairfield
11/02/2018 21:02:00.......Posted by Ben Joce

Tonight we braved the freezing temperatures to spend the evening meeting residents in the very southern tip of the ward! Re-occuring theme tonight was the state of the streets and concerns from parents on road safety around Howard Road Primary School. Both issues we will be taking forward with council officers to work towards a resolution. 



Parks Consultation
08/02/2018 18:12:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Finally received the final report following the latest consultation about parks.  There are some beautifully presented pdfs with details of ideas for the parks.  Bit disappointed that the reports tell us largely what we knew already.  It is a shame we have had to wait years to get us to the point where we were ages ago.  It has cost £100k and the parks are still in need of investment, but there is no money to invest.  Hope the masterplans don't just gather dust on a shelf somewhere.  



Surgery in Matthews Yard
06/02/2018 18:11:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Councillors Surgery in Matthew's Yard this evening.  No visitors, but I enjoyed a coffee in this relaxing venue!



Cityscape Cladding update
02/02/2018 14:48:00.......Posted by Philip Smith


Following inspection of the current cladding after the dreadful fire at Grenfell, it appears that the cladding used on the Citiscape building is the same as that used on Grenfell Tower and that it must therefore be replaced.

With the issue going to a Property Tribunal next month we are pushing Croydon Council to do its bit to help support the residents. We have written to the Council Chief Executive to raise this really important point and will continue to campaign for residents to get help with any legal assistance. I myself live within Cityscape and will be updating our blog readers on the progress of the action we are taking to support residents. 



Public Meeting
01/02/2018 18:10:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

A public meeting had been arranged in St Michael's Church Hall on Poplar Walk.  I sat on the panel of councillors who took questions about issues of interest to the audience.  There was particular interest in planning and street cleaning.



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.  



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