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Cllr  Vidhi  Mohan
Cllr  Helen  Pollard
Cllr  Sue  Winborn

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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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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