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Cllr  Stuart  Millson
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Council Notes
16/04/2013 19:44:00......Posted by Margaret Mead

Council Notes
Overgrown shrubs and bushes
At this time of year with April showers and sunshine some front garden shrubs and shrubbery can become overgrown and spill over onto public paths. To ensure our residents who may have a sight problem do not walk into them it would be appreciated if residents could cut back any growth which may cause a mishap.

Shirley Windmill
Situated in Postmill Close, Shirley, CRO 5DY, off Upper Shirley Road, this historic Windmill owned by Croydon Council, will be open on the following days and times

12 May (subject to restoration work, please check website) 12 – 5pm
7th July, 4 August, 1 September from 1 – 5pm 22 September 12 – 5pm
And the last one is on 6 October 1-5pm

Guided tours last about one hour and cover the history and machinery of the mill. The last tour begins at 4pm. There is a Visitor Centre and Shop with teas, refreshments and souvenirs for sale. http://www.shirleywindmill.org.uk

Green Waste
The green waste collections are commencing again on the dates when your green box is put out. The number of sacks of green waste that can be put out for collection has been increased from 6 to 10. Please do not tie or seal sacks and please put them out by 7am on the due day. Contaminated sacks with other rubbish or too heavy to lift will not be collected. Additional green garden waste can be taken to your local household reuse and recycling centre, Factory lane, Croydon CRO 3RL, Fishers Farm, North Downs Road, New Addington CRO OLB, Purley Oaks, Brighton Road Purley CR8 1DG

Week 1 collections – Starting week commencing Monday 22 April, and will end week commencing Monday 18 November
Week 2 collections – Starting on week commencing Monday 29 April, and will end week commencing Monday 25 November.

Recycling
All residents should have received “Your recycling and landfill bin collections” leaflet April 2013 to March 2014. Please let us know or contact the Council on the first website address below and it will be delivered.
With residents’ help across the borough Croydon’s recycling rates have climbed to over 45% which is fantastic. Recycling boxes and food caddy should be placed at the access point to your property by 7am on the day of collection. You can have up to five recycling boxes of each colour and if you need more please contact www.croydon.gov.uk/recycling, contact.thecouncil@croydon.gov.uk or phone 020 8726 6200 Text 60660.
You do not have to line your kitchen caddy but you can use newspaper or kitchen roll or an approved compostable food waste liners. Visit www.croydon.gov.uk/foodwasteliners or call 020 8726 6200 for information about supermarkets stocking liners. Liners are also stocked at all libraries in the borough.

Public Health
From 1 April this year the Council will take back the running of public health services in Croydon after 40 years with a priority to improve the health and wellbeing of Croydon residents. Key areas which will come under Council control include sexual health, health checks, health protection, obesity, drug and alcohol misuse and smoking cessation. These changes will mean we can bring residents to the fore of decision making and tailor services closer to their needs and councillors will now oversee public health bringing greater accountability as it will have the same level of scrutiny as other council functions.

Surgeries
We hold two surgeries on the first Saturday of each month, except January and August; our next surgeries will be held on 4 May, 1 June, 6 July and 7 September.

11.15 – 12 noon at St Francis Church, Tedder Road, Monks Hill
12.15 – 1pm at Forestdale Community Centre, Bardolph Avenue, Forestdale
No appointment necessary Contact the councillors
Jason Cummings tel 020 8651 2575 email Jason.cummings@croydon.gov.uk
Helen Pollard tel 020 7617 7310 email councillor@helenpollard.co.uk
Margaret Mead tel 020 8405 6746 email Margaret.mead@croydon.gov.uk


 
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Ashen Grove at risk from Labour plans
06/04/2018 12:50:00.......Posted by Andy Stranack

 
 

Ashen Grove is an area of woodland that runs between Thorold Close and Kingfisher Gardens, it links the Bird Estate with Selsdon. Under Labour's Local Plan its green space protection has been withdrawn. This means the area could be built on in the future.

The woodland is home to a variety of wildlife including a number of badger sets. It is widely used by local dog walkers and residents who want to enjoy a walk in this area of natural beauty. Stuart and I will work hard to make sure that this local community area is protected for future generations.

 


 

Yellow lines to be added in Ravenshead Close
18/01/2018 19:39:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson

Following months of pressure from local residents, double yellow lines will be painted at the junction of Ravenshead Close and Old Farleigh Road at the beginning of February. Parked cars on the junction make it impossible for drivers exiting Ravenshead Close to see, which has led to accidents in the past.

Residents in the close have worked very hard to make the case for the double yellow lines, supported by Conservative Councillors in Selsdon. Andy and I contacted Council officers earlier this month and were told that Ravenshead Close has been added to the workstream. With more than 250 requests on the waiting list, and only 50 projects carried out each year, it is a real testament to the residents that they have been able to get this to the top of the list.

 


 

Autumn Walk in Selsdon Woods
13/11/2017 20:28:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson

I was really pleased to join the Friends of Selsdon Woods for their ‘Autumn Leaves’ walk on Saturday. It was one of many organised walks arranged by the Friends each year - a calendar of events can be viewed on the Friends of Selsdon Woods website here: http://www.friendsofselsdonwood.co.uk/events.php

The Friends do a magnificent job maintaining the woods, with clearly marked and named footpaths making it easy to navigate. These are maintained, along with coppicing and other maintenance activities, on the Friends’ Workdays.

Everyone is welcome to join in these activities, helping out for as long as suits, on certain Sunday mornings at 10am - the first and last Sundays of the month during the winter, and the first Sunday of the month only from April to September.

If you haven’t visited the woods, I encourage you to check out one of the best parts of the Selsdon Vale and Forestdale ward.

 


 

Council walkabout in Forestdale
05/10/2017 22:46:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson

Councillor Andy Stranack organised a walkabout around Forestdale on Tuesday, attended by members of the Forestdale Forward, as well as Council officers and members of the Safer Streets team. We were able to raise a number of issues directly with Council officers, which they will be addressing in the next few days.

The foliage over the bus stop on Bardolph Avenue, which at present puts people off from using the footpath, is set to be cleared. We also reported littering and poor maintenance of the footpath on Featherbed Lane and access issues for the Brookscroft management committee to trees they have responsibility for maintaining.

One of the biggest issues in the area is access for refuse lorries among tightly parked cars, which has led to collisions between lorries and residents’ cars. We have asked the Council to look into making the Forestdale collections later in the day, when fewer cars are parked, to address this issue.

 


 

Spring Park Residents Association AGM
17/05/2016 23:13:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings

Attended the SPRA AGM this evening. Huge turnout again this year and very pleased to see the Association is as strong as ever. Main areas of concern for the local residents were the Local Plan and it's effect on Shirley, potential Traveller sites, accessing recycling centres and having enough volunteers for the excellent monthly magazine (SPAN).

 


 

SaveOurFairfield
18/04/2016 16:13:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings

SaveOurFairfield are encouraging concerned residents to attend tonight's full Council Meeting at the Town Hall to hear the latest debate on the future of Fairfield Halls. The meeting starts at 6.30pm but is likely to be very busy so arriving early is advised. There will be a photo at 6pm outside the Clocktower is you would like to come along and add your support to this worthwhile cause.

 


 

Burst Water Main on Upper Shirley Road
18/04/2016 16:09:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings

There is a burst water main being worked on now near to the Junction of Upper Shirley Road and Postmill Close. We are aware of the problem and are chasing the relevant authorities to effect an efficient repair. Two way lights are being used and should be manually controlled during peak hours to ensure the best traffic flow possible. Please factor in possible delays to any journeys.

 


 

Quest students perform Oliver
03/02/2016 22:30:00.......Posted by Andy Stranack

I had a great evening at the Quest Academy this evening watching students from years 7 to 11 perform in an excellent production of Oliver. There were a number of very gifted students taking part, some may well have a future on the West End stage.

 


 

Heathfield Residents support local plan protest
27/01/2016 17:10:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings

It was great to see a number of Heathfield Residents at the Council meeting on the 25th January. Below I have summarised why it is so important for local residents to stand up against the Council's plans to ruin our local green space.

We are particularly concerned about the plans to create traveller sites at the following sites:-

Coombe Lodge Nurseries off Conduit Lane, site 661;

Coombe Farm off Oaks Road, site 502; 

Pear Tree Farm and Pear Tree Farm Cottage, Featherbed Lane, site 755;

And the de-designation of:

Forestdale as a location where the Council wants to see “focussed intensification associated with gradual change of area’s local character” (page 129, Croydon Local Plan Detailed Policies & Proposals).  It goes on to describe what this means:

New development located in designated areas would be significantly larger than existing and may be associated with merging smaller properties.  The promoted character types are: ‘Medium-rise blocks with associated grounds’, ‘Large buildings with spacing’ and ‘Largebuildings with strong frontages’.  Their gradual introduction will alter over time the predominant character of intensified areas” (page 132, Croydon Local Plan Detailed Policies & Proposals).

The idea that the largely terraced housing and small blocks of flats in Forestdale should be replaced by medium-rise blocks is unacceptable - it would completely change the character of the area.

 


 

Neighbourhoo Watch
17/03/2015 21:22:00.......Posted by Margaret Mead

Went to the Heathfield and Shirley Neighbourhood Watch meeting which is held six monthly.    It was well attended by residents from both wards who asked a range of questions following the Police briefing which included a warning about current scams.   These were unsolicited telephone calls which usually asked for confidential information regarding bank account details and pin numbers.   These calls are of great concern regarding our vulnerable elderly people.       On the tables were lots of useful leaflets about how to protect your property and items of value and the telephone number to call if anyone saw something suspicious.      The police would rather follow something up even if it turned out not to be of concern.     Picked up some casework about road damage which I will follow up.     

 


 

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11/02/2015
Hearing from a Dementia Volunteer
07/02/2015
Councillor Surgery
04/02/2015
Governors' day in Forestdale school
27/01/2015
Scrutiny meeting Belthem Hospital
26/01/2015
Memorial service for Hon Ald Dens Perry
22/01/2015
School Council visit Town Hall
03/07/2014
Travellers Update
01/07/2014
Addington Residents Meeting
01/07/2014
Scrutiny meeting
30/06/2014
Cabinet Meeting
30/06/2014
Meeting Re Kent Gateway Land
26/06/2014
Mayor's Inaugural Dinner
25/06/2014
Safer Neighbourhood Board
23/06/2014
Armed Forces Day
18/06/2014
Licensing Training
17/06/2014
Travellers Evicted - Addington Village
13/06/2014
Matthew Hancock MP opens Learning Resource Centre at John Ruskin
03/06/2014
Annual Council
02/06/2014
Shadow Cabinet Appointments
23/05/2014
Election Results
21/04/2014
Easter sunrise service at Shirley Hills viewpoint
07/04/2014
Double yellow lines, Pixton Way, Forestdale
03/04/2014
New zebra crossing in Courtwood Lane
26/03/2014
John Ruskin College
26/03/2014
Blocked soakaway
14/03/2014
Quest Governors Meeting
10/03/2014
Potholes in Pixton Way
19/02/2014
Healthy Living Hub
13/02/2014
Woodlands Children's Centre Royal visit
12/02/2014
Lighting in Addington Village
 
 
 
 
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