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Cllr  Helen  Pollard
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Last night's fiasco - Part 2
18/12/2014 14:12:00......Posted by Sara Bashford

 

Further to my previously post – Last night’s fiasco - I am pleased to say the decision not to webcast the Scrutiny meeting was changed and it is available on the Council’s website should anyone wish to watch it, be warned it is very long.

In summary Cllr Newman (The Leader of the Council) said again that everything was the fault of national government. He then went on to state that “he wouldn’t bleat on about the Government settlement” which provoked a smirk from those present. Guess what, within 15 minutes he blamed his decisions on the Government settlement. He is also of the opinion that if a Labour Government win the general election in May that somehow more money will wing its way to Croydon. Looking back this is why we are in the financial state we are as the last Labour Government didn’t keep control of the finances.

I am pleased that he confirmed that the Council has no plans to build on school playing fields regardless of whether they are council owned or run by academies. This is a real victory for us and a big thank you to everyone who signed the petition to stop this happening. The voice of the people was definitely heard.

He then went on to say there would be “no discrimination for any part of the borough” but when I asked him why his Cabinet Colleague Cllr Collins was planning to increase rubbish collection in the north of the Borough and not the south, he said that was need and not discrimination. In my view what is good for one area should be good for the other. So we will wait and see what non-discrimination looks like after the budget is passed in February.

He also told us that “policy is about choices” so when he was asked about why he chose not to keep Purley Pool open but refurbish a building in a park in Ashburton and provide a new leisure centre in New Addington, he blamed the previous administration and the Conservative coalition Government, what a surprise. We very much hope this poor decision will be reversed (like building on playing fields) and we still have the use of a swimming pool in the south of the borough.

The other interesting but worrying point he made when questioned about what his Fairness Commission would be doing, he said that they will TELL us what to do. I am not sure exactly what that means, but it does seem like another group to blame his decisions on if they are unpopular. If they are popular I am sure he will claim credit.

 
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Reporting problems to Croydon Council via the MyCroydon App
20/05/2018 20:31:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

I have recently been made aware that the MyCroydon App for reporting problems to Croydon Council is no longer functional.

Councillors have been informed that a new reporting app is being worked on and should be available over the next few weeks.

During the period before the improved app is launched any issues that would have been reported using the current MyCroydon app should be reported to the council via the council website, or for fly-tipping by clicking here.

In addition these issues can be reported via flytip@croydon.gov.uk, by phone on 020 8726 6000, or via the FixMyStreet or Love Clean Streets apps.

I will keep you informed as I receive more information.

 


 

St Francis Church
17/05/2018 20:53:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Had a meeting with the Minister of St Francis Church on Monks Hill.  Discussed his plans for a new church hall and also the need for more noticeboards for community notices.  Look forward to working wtih him to help make these things happen.

 


 

John Ruskin College
15/05/2018 20:52:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of the Governing body of John Ruskin College.  These are difficult times for many sixth form colleges as the introduction of the apprenticeship levy has had the effect of reducing the number of people signing up for apprenticeships.  Some challenging times ahead.

 


 

Selsdon Residents' Association
14/05/2018 20:46:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended Selsdon Residents' Association - my first meeting with them since my election as the a councillor for Selsdon and Addington Village.  Received a warm welcome from the Committee and it was good to learn about the issues that are important to the members of the Association.  Look forward to working with them to support Selsdon high street, protect our parks and keep the area clean and green.

 


 

Robert Ward contact information for Selsdon and Addington Village residents
14/05/2018 16:53:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

I have now been allocated a Council contact email (robert.ward@croydon.gov.uk) and a mobile phone number (07783-152363) through which I can be contacted. You can find this and other related information on the Croydon Council web site here.

 


 

My thanks to the people of Selsdon and Addington Village
09/05/2018 09:06:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters of Selsdon and Addington Village for electing my colleague Helen Pollard and I to represent them on Croydon Council. We look forward to serving all the residents of this new ward and representing your interests in the wider context of our Borough.

We will be continuing the regular surgeries held by our predecessors at the same time and venue as before, 10:00 am to 11:15 am at the Selsdon Centre for the Retired next to Sainsburys. The first will be on Saturday June 2nd. Councillors for the neighbouring ward of Selsdon Vale and Forestdale will be holding their monthly surgeries at the same time and place.

Last but not least I would like to express my personal thanks to former councillor Dudley Mead who represented the old ward of Selsdon and Ballards for so many years with such distinction. His valuable advice means that I start with much greater knowledge than I would otherwise.

 


 

Addington Village
08/05/2018 21:35:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a committee meeting for Addington Village Residents' Association.  It was good to meet the members of the committee and to discuss the issues in the area.  I picked up a  few things which I will follow up.

 


 

John Ruskin College
19/04/2018 21:23:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a Quality Improvement Board meeting at the College to review the steps being taken to improve teaching and learning.  Some good progress is being made and I hope the students get the results they have worked so hard for in the summer.  

 


 

Monks Hill Residents' Meeting
17/04/2018 21:19:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Monks Hill residents.  The meeting had been set up to allow all the candidates for the local election to explain how they would represent residents if elected.  

It was good to return to Monks Hill as I had been the councillor for the area from 2006-2014.  They still need a new hall for St Francis Church and want more for young people to do.  

 


 

Selsdon Rec
09/04/2018 17:26:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with senior Council officers to discuss Croydon's parks and the need to invest and protect these precious green spaces.  One those that is not protected under the Local Plan is Selsdon Recreation Ground and I want to ensure it is protected.

 


 

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