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Cllr  Helen  Pollard
Robert  Ward
 

Polling District Review
31/10/2014 15:35:00......Posted by Sara Bashford

The Council is holding a review of all the boroughs polling districts and stations, including those in Selsdon and Ballards. The link to the review is - www.croydon.gov.uk/polling-review

There is no proposed change for any of our polling stations, so where you have voted in the past will remain unchanged. However, you views are very welcome.

 
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Selsdon Ward Panel meeting 15th February 2018
15/02/2018 23:06:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

This evening I attended the Selsdon & Ballards Local Policing Team Panel meeting at the Selsdon Centre for the Retired. Progress is reported as good on the “Ward promises” which are the three areas agreed to be the focus for our local policing team.

·         The areas of the Addington Road identified as locations for anti-social behaviour are patrolled regularly. A recent arrest has resulted in a case going to court.

·         Burglaries are generally low in Selsdon but are still a risk. People are advised to be vigilant and especially not to leave windows open. Motor vehicles should always be locked when unattended.

·         Speeding is still a problem, especially at certain locations. The police are aware.

On the High Street work has started on the former Barclays Bank site, part of which has permission to become a fast food outlet. The work seems to have stopped for the moment but we can expect this to open before the summer. The changing nature of the High Street with more fast food outlets and some traditional shops closing will require monitoring.

The next ward panel meeting will be in May. Twitter users can follow our local policing team at @MPSSelsdon.

 

 


 

Borough-wide Residents Association meeting
12/02/2018 21:51:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

 
 

It was a full house at the Borough-wide Residents Association meeting this evening where the main subject was planning issues. Councillor Tim Pollard, leader of the Conservative group on Croydon Council and Conservative’s planning lead, Councillor Jason Perry brought us up to speed on where we stand on the planning process and how it has been operating in recent times. A lively discussion followed.

In brief, the Croydon Local Plan, which is the framework document for planning related issues in the Borough, is likely to be approved in the next couple of months, all opportunities for comment and revision having been exhausted. The net result is that Croydon will be expected to deliver a significant volume of additional housing, a number that is only likely to be increased by requirements imposed from above by Labour Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who is updating the London Plan, with which the Croydon plan must comply. This is a significant concern, especially so since the Labour-led Croydon Planning Committee has routinely been approving unsustainable and out of character planning applications against the wishes of local residents.

Councillor Pollard shared some ideas for improving the participation and influence of local residents in the planning process which might be included in the Conservative manifesto for the upcoming Council elections. Make sure you come out and vote on May 3rd to make a difference to the future of your local community.

 


 

John Ruskin College
01/02/2018 18:09:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of the Quality Improvement Board at John Ruskin College.  This sub-committee of the governing body is taking a detailed look at the work that is being done to address the issues raised in the recent Ofsted inspection.

 


 

Scrutiny Meeting about Parks and Fairfield Halls
30/01/2018 18:08:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the meeting of the Scrutiny Committee where the Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport was providing an update.  I asked when the 'Croydon Talks Parks' consultation results would be published as they were due in January.  Apparently, the findings will be available in February.  This is disappointing as many parks groups have sat patiently through two consultation processes and still there is no investment in parks. 

I have been a councillor for Fairfield Ward for nearly four years, and in all that time the toilets in Park Hill Park have been in a poor state of repair and practically unusable.  £100,000 of s106 money from town centre developments has been earmarked for Park Hill Park for more than four years and yet it has still not been spent.   This is hugely frustrating for park users who can't understand why the work keeps being delayed - they don't need the £100k consultation process to tell them the toilets need to be replaced. 

Cllr Mohan asked when Fairfield Halls would be opening and, once again, there was a very vague answer.  It is clear they really don't know when it will be opening, but, from what was said, there probably won't be a full programme at the venue until the Autumn 2019.

 


 

Council Meeting
29/01/2018 18:07:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

In the Town Hall for a meeting of the whole Council.  Made a speech in relation to the library service in Croydon which has seen an increase in visitor numbers since 2014.  

 


 

Light Festival
27/01/2018 18:29:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to the Light Festival which was being held in Trumble Gardens, which is a park in Thornton Heath.  Some spectacular displays of illuminated plants and animals.

 


 

John Ruskin College
23/01/2018 18:28:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of the governors of John Ruskin College.  It is a challenging time for the College, with the changes in funding for apprenticeships. 

 


 

Cabinet Meeting
22/01/2018 18:27:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Croydon's Cabinet in the Town Hall.  Asked the Labour administration about the plans for Fairfield Halls and the Leader stated that the venue opening will be in 2019.  No explanation about why this is later than we had previously been led to believe.  Disappointed that the venue will not be available for residents in 2018 as originally planned.

The outcome of the 'Croydon Talks Parks' consultation is due in January so I asked Cllr Godfrey when this would be available and what resource is in place to implement the new masterplans.  There was no answer to this.  Instead there was an attack on the Conservative government.  Still none the wiser about whether anything will ever be delivered in terms of masterplans and the implementation of these plans.  Park users are sure to feel very let down.

 


 

Funds available for tree planting.
11/09/2017 10:49:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

We are pleased that we have the money availiabe for planting 15 trees in our ward. They need to be planted in existing tree pits where the current tree has previously been removed or died.

If you know of an empty tree pit and you wouldl like a tree planted please let Cllr Phil Thomas know by email  - jth6767518philip@aol.co.uk

 

 


 

KFC is coming to Selsdon
18/08/2017 08:47:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

Last night a local business owner, our PCSO and I spoke at the planning committee meeting against the opening of a KFC in our district centre. However, regardless of our objections and the written ones from other residents the scheme was approved. We had expected this to be the case and we gave many reasons why it shouldn’t but they were ignored.

If you want to read what I said, my speech is below.

“The main reason for the objection is the over saturation of fast food/ eat in outlets that are diminishing the vibrancy of the district centre. The need to have businesses that attract daytime use of the other shops and services is vital to keep this local high street alive. This fast food outlet won’t do that.

I have no specific objection to KFC, this objection would be for any further change of use and fast food outlet in Selsdon.

In Selsdon we have a large number of fast food outlets, including, a chicken shop, kebab shop, fish and chip shop, a Chinese and two pizza takeaways, plus many restaurants that provide a takeaway service. We don’t need any more in such a small district centre.

I appreciate it would bring an unused site back into use but that isn’t a reason to approve this. We need the right type of business that will be a benefit to the community and other local small businesses.. This KFC will only attract those looking for cheap food and not bring any additional benefit to the area. We know that takeaways create additional rubbish and much of this is left in the local area, being dropped once the cheap meal has been consumed or dropped out of car windows. This will be of detriment to the area and will add to the unkempt look of the road, particularly at the weekend. We have a good street cleaner who tries to keep on top of this but an additional take away appealing to a specific market won’t improve the look of the area. It will attract people late into the evening and as well as creating rubbish will increase the noise to the local population. I have also been asked by the Friends of Littleheath Woods to raise the problem of litter as the wood they look after is very nearby and once a week they have to undertake a litter pick. The majority of what they collect is fast food packaging and they are very concerned this will increase the problem in these fantastic woods.

If permission is given can I please ask that an additional bin and increased frequency of emptying is put in place, so the additional rubbish is not left on the street, detracting from the other businesses.

This premises is in an area that has a lot of families living nearby and there are many families above the shops as well as in surrounding roads. This needs to be taken into account and I would suggest that this alone should be a reason for refusal.

The current request is to allow trading until midnight, this is not appropriate as this is a built-up area with many family homes I would request if permission is given to allow this unwanted take away to open with a closing time of 11pm applied, as it was most recently with Domino’s. If midnight is to be considered it should only be on Friday and Saturday.

Parking is also a problem which will increase as there is only limited on road parking and even now without this additional take away, there is double parking in the evening, as those using these establishments don’t think they will be there long, so it doesn’t matter if they double park and obstruct the traffic. This really is a problem we don’t want getting worse.

Selsdon is a district centre with some chains but many independent shops and restaurants and my concern is those independent shops will be negatively impacted and lead to an exodus of small businesses as this take away will bring nothing positive to the area.

I urge you to reject this negative application. “

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
17/07/2017
Post Office re-location
13/07/2017
Paint Purley Purple Launch
11/07/2017
More Road works on Addington Road
11/07/2017
1 hour free parking
04/07/2017
LGBCE - Recommendations and how they affect Selsdon and Ballards
30/06/2017
Addington Road - works on 5th July
27/06/2017
Councillor's Ward Budget - Funding available.
20/06/2017
MIdsummer Woodland Family Fundraiser
31/05/2017
Car Crime - Be Alert
23/05/2017
Local Plan Hearing - Selsdon Park Hotel
19/05/2017
Old Farleigh Road - Road works Part 2
19/05/2017
Old Farleigh Road - Road Works
24/04/2017
Road repairs
10/04/2017
Waste permits - What a joke.
20/03/2017
Thames Water works in Kersey Drive
16/03/2017
Wet paint - a hazardous material!
15/03/2017
Spring Walk in Selsdon Wood
15/03/2017
More road works...........
01/03/2017
A guided walk of discovery
28/02/2017
Tram works - 8th to 18th April
28/02/2017
Arkwright Road / Church Way urgent road works
28/02/2017
Council Tax up by 4.99%
24/02/2017
New trees - will Selsdon and Ballards get any?
14/02/2017
Yet more disruption - Coombe Lane
08/02/2017
Even more dispution - Addington Road / Ashen Vale
08/02/2017
Urgent works - Old Farleigh Road
06/02/2017
Road works in Addington Road from 23rd February
04/02/2017
Run, Hide, Tell
26/01/2017
A sad day - flats approved on Croham Valley Road.
25/01/2017
Yorkshire Building Society to close in Selsdon.
 
 
 
 
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