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Cllr  Helen  Pollard
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Choices
20/10/2015 07:27:00......Posted by Sara Bashford

Last night at Full Council I spoke in a debate and thought you may like to see what I said.

The debate motion was:-

“This Council calls upon the government to end the practice of "In year cuts" to the council's budget such as the 4 million pounds taken from the unaccompanied asylum seeking children’s’ budget.”

I said:-

It is regrettable that budgets are cut in year as it makes planning ahead difficult and creates uncertainty which is never good for staff, service users and residents as a whole, so I support the sentiment of this motion but it has to be said that those in control of the Council have to make their choices based on what is available and decide how best to use it, so regardless of cuts in funding they have to make choices on what should be funded and what not. This is never done once a year and is an ongoing process so changes need to be considered and then acted on.

 

As I say it is all down to choices and it is interesting to see what choices this administration has made.

 

They have chosen to spend £1.5 Million on changing the speed of the borough to 20MPH even though the police made it clear at the Scrutiny meeting that looked at this, that they couldn’t enforce it.

 

They chose to spend over 22K on the “stones of Croydon Project” placing large boulders in varying location which then had their plaques stolen.

 

They chose to spend £200K on the Fairness commission which the leader has described as interesting.

 

They chose to spend £100k on a festival.

 

They chose to hold a bike race around the town centre, so the Leader could have his moment on National TV, rather than use the money to fund safety cycling projects.

 

They have also chosen to put forward three green belt locations for traveller sites even though this is against national government policy and also encourage back land development.

 

They have chosen to charge for green garden waste collection, which is essentially an increase in Council Tax for many households.

 

They have chosen to close the Fairfield Halls for 2 1/5 years, with the loss of around 115 jobs.

 

They have also chosen to ignore things they said they would do whilst in opposition. You will recall Cllr Godfrey said he would end the library contract and bring it back in house, but hasn’t chosen to do this. Cllr Collins said he would stop the incinerator and has he stopped it no, he says it was too expensive. No more expensive than when he was in opposition so again a another choice.

 

Also they were going to move all staff out of Bernard Weatherill House and have they chosen to, no and interestingly Cllr Hall has said how fantastic the building is.

 

So whilst we will hear labour whinging about cuts in budgets and whilst I have some sympathy for the situation they currently find themselves in,  we must never forget that what they do and don’t do, it their choice and their choices affect our residents. So whilst the current cuts I know makes life difficult,  you are in control of the finances and you have to decide for the residents of the borough how they are spent.

 

It is all about choices.

 

 
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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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