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

Full Council speech -
08/12/2015 07:52:00......Posted by Sara Bashford

On Monday 7th December Labour called a debate on the budget settlement and I took part. If you want to know what I said, here it is:-

I don’t know about the rest of you but I am fed up with hearing Labour blame everything on the “unexpected” Government budget reductions. Unexpected? No, or only if they have had their heads in the sand for the last few years.

In 2014 the people of Croydon voted for a Labour Council based on a number of promises. At that time we and officers were well aware of the reductions that would be happening to the budget over the next 4 years, so I really don’t understand why they are so surprised, it wasn’t as though we hid it or they won’t able to access the same information. We even knew that whoever won the general election in 2015 the issue would be the same. So let’s be frank what this Labour Administration does with its budget is their choice.

We all have household budget and when income goes down we have to make adjustments and WE decide what we do without.  Some people will decide to cut out the Sky TV subscription, others will stop buying take-away’s others will stop using their car and some may have to turn their heating off earlier. We all have to make difficult decisions and that is exactly the same for the Council, so let’s be clear every decision is made by Labour and it is their choice.

Let’s look at their choices and promises.

They promised not to close Libraries and now Cllr Godfrey is saying is will happen, Cllr Collins said he would stop the incinerator and did he No, he said it was too expensive – no more expensive than when he said he would stop it.  He also said the borough would be clean and green, but now we know this is not the case the south as without consultation, without a paper to cabinet he has slashed the cleaning of the streets in the South and moved resources to the north, not very fair, open or transparent. Cllr Butler wanted to increase council housing and has she no. Did they say they wouldn’t build on greenbelt, yes and are they proposing it ?– yes in many places.

So let’s look at what they have done they have paid £200k for a Fairness commission, committed  £1.5m to make the borough a 20 MPH zone, spent £110K on a bike race and £100k on a festival to name but a few unnecessary choices.

Since they have taken over the decision making in the council, Westfield has been delayed, and they are going to close the Fairfield Halls because they can’t afford the on-going revenue commitment and in the process are putting millions of Council Tax payers money at risk.

So come on Labour take responsibility for your actions. The budget was always going to be difficult no one is denying that, but be honest with residents, don’t whinge and moan make you decision and take responsibility.

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Health advice for the New Year - start as you mean to go on
07/01/2019 15:04:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Croydon Council has some good advice for residents who want to start the New Year by making plans for a healthier and happier life.

The JustBe Croydon website at has tips and advice to support you to achieve those common resolutions like quitting smoking, losing weight and being more active. Visit the website and set yourself some realistic, personal goals to boost your overall health and wellbeing.

The website has a Health MOT tool, which only takes five minutes to complete. It gives you a personalised report to consider how best to meet your health goals in the coming year.

You can also visit a Croydon Live Well advisor at their nearest health hub and speak to them about getting fitter and improving your mind and body. There is no need to make an appointment to see an advisor. The health hub locations can be found on the JustBe Croydon website.

A few simple changes like reducing the salt and sugar in your food and drink and just a few minutes of exercise daily, can make a big difference to your future health and happiness. My own experience is that slowly reducing salt and sugar works. Think also about getting your cholesterol tested.

It's not easy to change but taking it slowly and with determination can make a real difference to you. Go for it.



Recycling and collection of Christmas trees
05/01/2019 23:46:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Following on from the success of last year’s Christmas tree collections, Croydon Council will be collecting trees from kerbside properties again this year.

Once the festivities are over you can place your tree out for collection on your refuse collection day between Monday 14 January and Friday 25 January.  Before you put your tree out for collection, please make sure you have removed all decorations, stands and pots.  If these have not been removed, your tree may not be collected. For more details look here.

If you don’t live in a kerbside property, you can still recycle your Christmas tree for free by taking it to a Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.



Changes to Croydon's bus routes - Please check this out if you use busses in Selsdon and Addington
04/01/2019 08:39:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Transport for London ('TfL') are consulting on changes to the bus network in Croydon. Eleven routes are set to change.

According to TfL these changes will make the network more efficient and also respond to the ongoing changes in Croydon Town Centre. It does mean that routes will terminate at Katharine Street rather than West Croydon bus station and passengers who might previously have taken a single bus now forced to transfer to another route to complete the same journey as previously.

If you are a bus user I recommend you take a look at the the consultation website soon and make your comments. The email address for comments is - 

The closing date for comments is Sunday 13 January 2019.



Disruption to traffic on roads near Selsdon Sainsburys
02/01/2019 22:56:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

We have just been informed at very short notice that as part of works to connect power to the new development opposite the Selsdon Park Hotel on Addington Road, a utility need to connect their new supply to an existing one near old Farleigh Road. The work will be done in phases.

Phase One will start on the 3rd/4th January and requires a lane closure on the south west bound nearside lane outside Sainsbury’s. The bus stop will remain open and the lane closure will be in force between 0900 – 1630. The late notice is very poor, please do your best to avoid the area if you can.



Shurgard Self Storage fire update, 11:30 am 1st January 2019
01/01/2019 13:28:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

We have been advised this morning that Purley Way remains closed in both directions at the scene of last night's (31.12.18) fire at the Shurgard Self Storage facility. As a consequence there are no trams between Church Street and Mitcham Junction.

The emergency services and in particular the Fire Brigade have been working all night. Our thanks to them for their work. Unfortunately despite their best efforts the building itself has been completely destroyed by the fire.

I have tried to contact Shurgard but there is nothing on their website and their phone line is closed. If you had items stored at the facility it looks like enquiries will have to wait until tomorrow although I understand from social media that the company may have contacted their customers by email.


There will be continuing travel disruption into Wednesday 2nd January. The A23, Purley Way remains closed in both directions between Lombard Roundabout (A236) and Beddington Farm Road.

The tram network remains suspended between Church Street & Mitcham Junction, with replacement buses operating between Mitcham Junction and Reeves Corner.

Please check the Transport for London website for travel updates.



Fairfield Halls progress update
24/12/2018 22:00:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

One my jobs as a councillor is to serve as vice-chair of the Scrutiny Committee. This committee reviews the activities of the council, partner agencies and other related bodies providing services to the public. As such we question Cabinet members on their portfolio and look at projects where the council is involved.

At our last meeting on December 11th 2018 we looked at, amongst other things, progress on the Fairfield Halls. My view, and it is a cross-party one, is that the Fairfield Halls are a crucial part of Croydon's future success so this was an important and interesting meeting. As well as Cabinet members we were able to question the operator, BHLive, on their plans.

Immediately prior to the meeting we were shown around the site. We saw that although the interior still has a lot to be done it appeared to me that the elements that could cause difficulty are largely past. I would be positive about the likelihood of opening on the current timeline which I believe is a handover to the operator BHlive on 1st September 2019 with opening of the entire facility a couple of weeks later.

Big acts book some considerable time in advance. Consequently you will already see that, for example, Jimmy Carr is showing a Fairfield Hall date on November 26th for which you can book tickets already.

BHLive announced at our meeting that their website will launch on January 16th with regular updates as the year progresses. I recommend you look out for that and see what takes your fancy. I for one will be keen to see the venue and enjoy great performances as soon as possible.‏ As Croydonians we should support it, especially in these early days after a major refurbishment.

BHLive did ask politicians and others to be mindful of the potential for negative comments to damage ticket sales. To repeat, all Croydon's politicians are behind the Fairfield Halls as a key part of Croydon's future but part of our job is to ensure public money is wisely spent.

Those questions will be asked because the project is much delayed from its original schedule and costs are likely to have increased. That said, we are now on the home straight of the refurbishment. I for one have already booked my first tickets and am looking forward to the show.



Changes to key bus routes
02/12/2018 13:32:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

The Council is seeking views on proposed changes to bus routes 50, 75, 109, 154, 197, 250, 264, 403, 405, 412 & 433 serving Croydon town centre.

The Council are proposing these bus routes terminate on the side of the town centre from which they approach, so they would no longer cross the town centre.

These proposed changes would help maintain reliability of services in Croydon by making the bus network simpler and more efficient, and would ensure our resources are invested in the right locations. They would also ensure the impact on bus operations, potentially arising from the construction works in the town centre, is minimised. Customers who would need to interchange to reach their destination could do so within one hour without additional charge using the Hopper fare.

They are keen to hear your views on how these proposed changes could impact on you, and if you have any specific comments or suggestions.

For full details and to share your views, please visit:

Plus there is a drop-in session on11 Dec between 2pm and 4pm at the Croydon Central Library.

This consultation will run until Sunday 13 January 2019.



Councillor surgery
01/12/2018 13:31:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Very quiet surgery this morning.  The pouring rain might have stopped people coming out. 



30/11/2018 13:30:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Joined the Mayor and guests in the Town Hall to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali.



Update on Parks
27/11/2018 13:29:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met a director of the Council, Steve Iles, for an update on various issues related to parks including the parks maintenance contract which is moving inhouse in February



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Father Christmas arrives in Selsdon
Selsdon Christmas Lights
Cabinet Meeting
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Warning from local Police on distraction theft
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John Ruskin College
Addington Residents' Association
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Gas main replacement in Farnborough Avenue
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Bin issues and delays at Fairfield Halls
Dance Umbrella
Monks Hill Update
Consultation on new Planning Guidelines
Addington Residents' Assoc
Intensification of the Suburbs
Corporate Plan
Fairfield Halls
Recycling of the old blue and green recycling boxes
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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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