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Cllr  Helen  Pollard
Cllr  Robert  Ward
 

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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Director of Place
06/08/2018 19:35:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Cllr Ward and I met with the Director of Place, and Head of Regeneration at the Council today.  We wanted to discuss what the Council can do to support Selsdon shopping parade.  We will be holding another meeting for businesses soon and there will be a representative from the Council there to advise how the Council can help.

 


 

Selsdon Shops
04/08/2018 19:34:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Following the meeting with local businesses in July, I met with representatives from Selsdon Residents' Association to discuss ideas for supporting our local businesses.

 


 

Selsdon Councillors Surgery - August 2018
01/08/2018 10:35:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

This Saturday, as on the first Saturday of every month, the councillors for both Selsdon Wards will be holding a surgery at the Selsdon Centre For The Retired (Sainsburys). The surgery runs from 10.00 am to 11:15 am. On this occasion we will be joined by the Local Policing Teams from the two wards.

Please come along if you have any issues that you think we can help with, or to have a chat about the issues affecting Selsdon, Forestdale and Addington. 

 


 

A great team out today picking up litter in Monks Hill
28/07/2018 21:40:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

 
 

Organising and taking part in litter picking events is a great way to show pride in your community and do something to make our environment just a little bit better. Croydon Council provide the equipment and instructions on how to do this safely. The council will also pick up the bags when the job is done. So a big thank you to the organisers and everyone who took part today.

If you want to organise something similar in your area there is more information here. You don't have to become a Green Champion, you can also contact Tracey Bellamy by emailing her at Tracey.Bellamy@croydon.gov.uk

 


 

Culture and Selsdon
26/07/2018 19:30:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met the Culture Director of the Council for my regular monthly meeting.  Got an update on how the Mela and Pride went, and heard about planned future events.  

I asked what she thinks she can do for Selsdon district centre and we will be looking at ideas for bringing more events to Selsdon in future.

 


 

St John's Church
23/07/2018 21:34:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Had tea (and cake!) with the Rector of St John's Church, Selsdon today. Good to hear about the Church's work in the community and plans to build a garden room.

 


 

Croydon Council granted injunction to help prevent illegal encampments
20/07/2018 17:09:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Croydon Council was granted an interim protective injunction at the High Court on Wednesday 18 July banning the setting up of unauthorised encampments and fly-tipping. The injunction covers more than 200 of the borough's parks, open spaces and council lands, and 11 highways.

There have been more than the usual number of illegal encampments this year, totalling 16 on highways and in parks and open spaces in the last three months alone.

The ban, against persons unknown occupying land and/ or depositing waste, seeks to stop people entering, or occupying any part of the land for residential purposes, including caravans, mobile homes and vehicles.

It also means the council does not have to attend court to obtain removal orders, which can take days to obtain, and that High Court enforcement officers can be called to future sites to assist with moving people on if they take no notice of the interim injunction order. Failure to do so can result in imprisonment, fines or seizure of assets.

More information, including how to report any activity covered by the injunction can be found here.

 


 

Meeting Selsdon businesses
17/07/2018 12:17:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

The four Selsdon Councillors met with Selsdon businesses to discuss how we can support the shopping parade.  A very useful meeting and lots of ideas about how we can support businesses and encourage new businesses to move here.  We wnat to keep this district centre at the heart of Selsdon for the benefit of residents.  

 


 

Labour's huge budget variances
16/07/2018 12:16:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the meeting of Croydon's Cabinet in the Town Hall. Asked about the huge £63.6m variance on the capital budget last year. Apparently is is due to lank of expected progress from Brick by Brick

 


 

Monks Hill Residents' Meeting
10/07/2018 12:11:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Monks Hill Residents' Association.  They are actively helping people who live 'on the hill' and have arranged a trip to the seaside in August.  It is good to meet people with such strong community spirit.  We agreed a few things that the Council could help with and these will be picked up on the walkabout in a few days time.

 


 

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