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Cllr  Helen  Pollard
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Shambles of a Cabinet Meeting
22/06/2015 22:36:00......Posted by Sara Bashford

Tonight I spent 3 hours in a meeting that should have enabled me and other councillors to question Croydon Council’s Cabinet on their decisions, but instead I listened to answers that dismissed concerns and blamed Central Government for everything. There was no responsibility taken by the Leader or Cabinet Members for their decisions or acceptance that what they chose to do with the budget is down to them. I do not deny that budgets are decreasing and it is hard to decide what is best, but at least my colleagues and I always accepted the decisions we made were ours.

It is very disappointing that there is a total lack of openness and transparency.

On the last agenda item I wanted to ask a question that I know is important to many residents in Selsdon and Ballards about the move/closure of Fishers Farm Recycling Centre. However, I was prevented from doing so as Cllr Newman (Leader of the Council) decided to call time. I have therefore sent a written request for answers and will publish them on this blog when I get the response.

 
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First seven weeks as Councillor for Selsdon and addington Village
20/06/2018 22:53:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Tomorrow will be seven weeks since the Council elections at which I had the honour to be elected to represent Seldon and Addington Village on Croydon Council. It has been a busy seven weeks.

The main formal occasion was the first meeting of the new Council. This was mainly concerned with electing the new Croydon Mayor, Leader of the Council and appointments to various committees. I was very pleased to be elected Vice Chair of the Scrutiny and Overview Committee and Chair of the Scrutiny Children & Young People Sub-Committee.

Council Officers had organised training for new Councillors and refreshers for re-elected councillors. I have endeavoured to attend all of them. As well as a Corporate Induction Day I have attended sessions on Licensing, Planning, Planning Referrals, Pensions, and, today, the Council’s Emergency Planning arrangements. I also chaired a training session of the Children & Young People Scrutiny Sub-Committee There are still more training sessions to come.

Taking up the role of ward councillor, I have also enjoyed attending Residents Association Meetings, talking to residents on a variety of issues and holding my first surgery. Evenings are busy.

In between times I have met with Council Officers and fellow committee members (both Labour and Conservative). These meetings have been cordial, informative and interesting. There is much to do, we are a large and busy borough with some challenges and much to look forward to. I look forward to playing my part in making sure Selsdon and Addington Village contributes to, and reaps its share of the benefits of Croydon’s great future.

If you would like to get in touch please email me at robert.ward@croydon.gov.uk

 


 

New recycling arrangements to start in September but please start to think about it now
12/06/2018 22:43:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Croydon Council is making significant changes to waste collection service that will affect most Croydon households. These changes aim to boost recycling in Croydon from just under 38% to over 50%. The changes are also targeted to save £5m a year.

The new system will take effect from September 2018 but please start to think about how this will affect you now. Waste and Recycling Roadshows start soon so that is something to consider. For Selsdon residents there will be one on July 14th at the Selsdon Sainsburys but there are others if that is more convenient for you.

As with any change there are likely to be issues during the switch over, specifically some people may have longer than two weeks between collections during the changeover. There will also be a greater need to sort your recycling and more bins, which will take more space.

More information can be found on the Croydon Council website

 


 

Painted potholes
04/06/2018 22:02:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Following a question raised at a resident meeting, I asked if the Council would be liable for damage to a vehicle due to a pothole, if the pothole was marked with spray paint.  Here is the reply:

"I refer to your enquiry below and can confirm that the Council would not normally be liable for an incident after the defect has been marked. The highways inspector, using a risk based approach would assess the defect and taking into account the location and the size of defect and raise and issue the appropriate category task order to repair. This could  be a 2 hour call out , 24hrs, 7 days or 28 days.

If an incident occurs within the task order time period the Council, although aware of the defect would defend the claim as we had noted and taken the necessary action to repair.

If the incident occurrs beyond the task order completion date then liability would transfer to the contractor."

So there is every reason to be careful when driving on a road with potholes, especially if the pothole has been marked.  We need to ensure this Council invests in our highways to keep them safe and free of potholes.

 


 

YOU London event Sunday 3rd June
04/06/2018 10:42:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

An enjoyable day yesterday in the sunshine at The Royal Russell School with YOU London. Great to see so many young people learning new skills, gaining confidence, meeting others, working as a team and having fun all at the same time.

YOU London is a partnership of ten experienced uniformed youth organisations in London. The volunteers who run these organisations deserve special thanks for both their work on the day and week in, week out in their individual organisation. The Royal Russell school too, that hosted the event at which so many children had so much enjoyment, made a great contribution to the day’s success.

If you are interested to know more, and especially if you think you might be able to help in this valuable work, please take a look at the YOU London web site.

 


 

If you are notified that your road will be resurfaced, please read on
03/06/2018 22:33:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

 
 

Most of Heathfield Vale was recently resurfaced by Croydon Council. The work was done on Saturday 2nd June and the road has now reopened. This is good news, because the road was in poor condition and the work needed doing. There was some useful learning for future resurfacing work so if your road is about to be resurfaced please read on.

Residents in the area were notified in a letter from Croydon Council, which I received by email on Friday 18th May. The work was scheduled to run from Friday 1st June to Sunday 3rd June between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm. Residents were informed that on-street parking would be suspended during these hours. They were also requested to reduce vehicle access in adjacent roads to a minimum. Pedestrian access would not be affected.

The extent of the roadworks was unclear in the letter. A road was mentioned (‘Farnborough Road’) which does not exist, and the extent as defined would have severely restricted access to the Monks Hill estate. However, the traffic management plan, which I received but which was not sent to residents, showed a more limited area would be affected. The Council clarified the matter to me so that I was able to reassure residents when I visited the road in advance of the work.

No contractors appeared on site on Friday 1st June and I was unable, and indeed have so far still been unable, to find out why. Contractors did appear on Saturday 2nd June. The work was complete, and the road re-opened at 3:45 pm the same day.

My recommendations if you receive notification of impending road resurfacing are:-

  • Please read the letter and think about how it might affect you. Although Heathfield Vale residents had received the letter, not all had read it or understood the implications.
  • If anything is unclear and it would impact you or your neighbours, seek clarification.
  • If the closure would cause you difficulties, for example you have a school bus picking up your child, especially if the child is disabled, then put some thought into how that might be managed. There may be some flexibility in allowing access for special cases, especially if notified in advance.
  • The specified dates and affected area aren’t exact. Work will happen within the time window and area defined, but it may start late and/or finish early or affect a smaller area.

If you need help my contact details are on the Croydon Council website

 


 

Drain cover - Gravel Hill
31/05/2018 21:49:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

I have reported a noisy/loose drain cover on Gravel Hill to the Council.  The noise from traffic going over it has been keeping local residents awake so I have asked for it to be fixed soon.

 


 

Culture Director
31/05/2018 21:03:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with the Culture Director and heard about the latest plans for culture in Croydon.  Also got an update on Fairfield Halls which is due to open next year.

 


 

Addington Residents' Assoc
29/05/2018 21:00:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the AGM for Addington Residents's Association.  A great group of people who are determined to protect the green spaces around their area. Other things discussed were parking, 20mph zones and potholes.  I look forward to working with them in the coming years.

 


 

Road resurfacing work in Heathfield Vale
24/05/2018 16:55:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

 
 

As has been notified by Croydon Council in a letter to local residents, contractors will shortly be commencing road resurfacing of much of Heathfield Vale. The work is planned to take place between 8 am and 6 pm between Friday June 1st and Sunday June 3rd.

On-street parking will be suspended during these working hours with no parking allowed for residents on the highway in the areas covered by the enforcement signs. Penalty charge notices (PCN’s) will be applied to vehicles parked within the suspended areas during the works hours and/or vehicles relocated.

Residents are urged to ensure their vehicles are moved from the suspended areas to avoid any delays to the works as well as incurring any charges. It is also requested that vehicular access to and from properties adjacent to the road is reduced to a minimum during these times. Pedestrian access is unaffected.

Some disruption is inevitable during this work so it is recommended that where possible you use alternative routes or allow extra time to complete your journey.

Unforeseen circumstances may necessitate changes to the schedule and information on road signs will be changed accordingly. Please check the road signs regularly for any updates.

 

 


 

Littleheath Woods
22/05/2018 22:00:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the AGM for The Friends of Selsdon Woods.  Amazing that volunteers have worked for 2000 hours in the last year.  Really appreciate the work they do to care for this beautiful green space. 

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
17/05/2018
St Francis Church
15/05/2018
John Ruskin College
14/05/2018
Selsdon Residents' Association
14/05/2018
Robert Ward contact information for Selsdon and Addington Village residents
09/05/2018
My thanks to the people of Selsdon and Addington Village
08/05/2018
Addington Village
19/04/2018
John Ruskin College
17/04/2018
Monks Hill Residents' Meeting
09/04/2018
Selsdon Rec
07/04/2018
Dudley Mead's last ward surgery
31/03/2018
Meeting the people of Selsdon
31/03/2018
Pothole Kingsway Ave
26/03/2018
Model United Nations
20/03/2018
Culture in Croydon
04/03/2018
Holi
26/02/2018
Combating anti-social behaviour and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
18/02/2018
Lovely day for a walk in Littleheath woods
15/02/2018
Selsdon Ward Panel meeting 15th February 2018
13/02/2018
Culture in Croydon
12/02/2018
Borough-wide Residents Association meeting
12/02/2018
Meeting with Residents' Associations
01/02/2018
John Ruskin College
30/01/2018
Scrutiny Meeting about Parks and Fairfield Halls
29/01/2018
Council Meeting
27/01/2018
Light Festival
23/01/2018
John Ruskin College
22/01/2018
Cabinet Meeting
11/09/2017
Funds available for tree planting.
18/08/2017
KFC is coming to Selsdon
15/08/2017
Do we really need a KFC in Selsdon?
 
 
 
 
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