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Cllr  Helen  Pollard
Cllr  Robert  Ward

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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Warning from local Police on distraction theft
11/11/2018 17:41:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

A recent incident took place in Sanderstead which the police have asked that people be made aware of:-

An older lady knocked on the door of a house and said she needed help picking up an item, on this occasion a scarf. An equally elderly resident goes to help, leaving the front door wide open BUT on this occasion, her husband was inside and noticed a male on a bike, who appeared ready to come in through the open door. 

This technique has also been employed in a similar vein in Surrey where whilst putting their bags in their car in a shopping centre car park people are being told that they’ve dropped something under the car.

Please be aware of this type of distraction theft and remember to report any suspicious activity to Police.



Flu vaccination for young children - please get your child vaccinated
19/10/2018 21:47:00.......Posted by Robert Ward


Flu can be very serious for some young children. If your child is aged 2 or 3, they can get the free flu nasal spray vaccination. It’s quick and easy with not a needle in sight.

Only about 33% of 2-3 year olds in Croydon had their flu vaccine last year. Protecting little ones from the flu is easy with a free nasal spray. Please get your child protected. Ask your GP now or search NHS flu vaccine.



Gas main replacement in Farnborough Avenue
10/10/2018 10:50:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Southern gas networks are today, 10th October starting work to replace the gas main in Farnborough Avenue, which will include some works across the mouth of Copse view and Heathfield Vale. The majority of the work will involve open cut trenches in Farnborough Avenue, in the line of where cars would normally park, so existing flows will be maintained.

It will be necessary to close Farnborough Avenue whilst they trench across Heathfield Vale, connecting the new main to the existing one. Two-way lights will be in use on Heathfield Vale through this phase of works. Advanced warning of this closure will go out one week before it is due to happen, with a local diversion signposted.

NOTE: I have now been informed that Copse view will be closed from 25th October to enable the works passed the junction. Advanced warnings and a local diversion will be signed.



Careers Fair - 16th Nov
09/10/2018 17:39:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Croydon Careers Fair is taking place on the 16th November in Croydon Conference Centre on Surrey Street from 10am – 2pm and there will be 30+ local organisations attending.

The event is completely free to attend, and as this is The UK Careers Fair’s first time in Croydon, they are also giving away a £5 Amazon Gift Card to the first 100 attendees!



Bin issues and delays at Fairfield Halls
08/10/2018 17:38:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

There was a meeting of the full Council and there were many questions about the chaotic roll-out of the new wheeled bins.  I asked about the lack of progress with the refurbishment of Fairfield Halls - there is still no firm date for reopening.



Dance Umbrella
07/10/2018 17:38:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to see the Dance Umbrella performance in BoxPark and it was great to see the performance by 200 women



Monks Hill Update
04/10/2018 17:37:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to Monks Hill for their community association meeting.  They were discussing plans for their Christmas Crafts event in December and I am happy to support this using some funds from the Ward budget.  They have set the date for their Fund Day next year - 1st June - look forward to it!



Consultation on new Planning Guidelines
04/10/2018 17:36:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to the consultation event about the Intensification of the Suburbs proposals that are being put forward by the Council.  There were some good visuals, a video and some models which clearly showed the impact of the additional housing on communities.  I am not convinced this is the best way to tackle the housing shortage. 




Addington Residents' Assoc
02/10/2018 17:35:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Addington Residents' Association where we discussed how to protect the field at Pioneer Place from development.  It is a precious community resource with many rare plants and animals.



Intensification of the Suburbs
26/09/2018 17:34:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Joined colleagues at a meeting of residents associations to discuss the Councils consultation on the Intensification of the Suburbs planning document.  They have serious concerns about the proposals and the impact they will have on their neighbourhoods.  



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Christmas Lights
Fairfield Halls - Under Construction
Bin Update
Addington Residents' Assoc
New bin collection day and what to do if you don't have the new bins
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Director of Place
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Selsdon Councillors Surgery - August 2018
A great team out today picking up litter in Monks Hill
Culture and Selsdon
St John's Church
Croydon Council granted injunction to help prevent illegal encampments
Meeting Selsdon businesses
Labour's huge budget variances
Monks Hill Residents' Meeting
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July surgery at Selsdon Centre for the Retired (Selsdon Sainsburys)
Addington Village Party
Addington Residents' Assoc
Changes to recycling arrangements
John Ruskin College
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First seven weeks as Councillor for Selsdon and addington Village
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