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 The Selsdon & Addington Village Blog
Cllr  Helen  Pollard
Cllr  Robert  Ward

Primary school selection
30/06/2015 14:19:00......Posted by Sara Bashford

During a recent Scrutiny meeting it became apparent that families in Selsdon and Ballards ward had the lowest number of preference offers for primary school places in Sept 2015. I asked the Council to explain why this was the case. They have told me that it is mainly because the 6 choices parents can make were not attainable. In some cases only one school was selected which then means that the Council can offer the next nearest school with a spare place after all other offers have been made, which presents a problem.

Parents need to be realistic about their selections to avoid being offered places in New Addington or having a long journey outside of the area.

Whilst most parents know what school they want their child to go to, that won’t always be possible. Many parents select Greenvale as their first choice but unless you live very close by, it is highly unlikely you will be offered a place. I am aware of parents in Selsdon Vale not being close enough to get an offer. Parents also select very popular schools in Sanderstead such as Attwood and Ridgeway and again it is very unlikely you will be successful as so many more local parents will also select those schools.

Whilst it is not for Councillors to tell parents what schools to select, I feel it is our responsibility to highlight the problem others have faced. When viewing time comes around I would urge parents to look at as many schools as possible to see what options are open.  I am aware that in the past Selsdon Primary has not been included in parents 6 choices but I am pleased to report that following a recent OFSTED inspection Selsdon Primary has been rated as ‘Good’

I hope this helps.

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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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Fairfield Halls
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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
Selsdon Shops
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
Council Meeting
July surgery at Selsdon Centre for the Retired (Selsdon Sainsburys)
Addington Village Party
Addington Residents' Assoc
Changes to recycling arrangements
John Ruskin College
Events in Croydon
South End Food Festival
Peace Festival
First seven weeks as Councillor for Selsdon and addington Village
Supporting Selsdon
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