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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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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.



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.  



Corporate Plan
24/09/2018 17:33:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Croydon's Cabinet where the Corporate Plan for 2018-2022 was being discussed.



Fairfield Halls
20/09/2018 17:33:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met the Croydon's Culture Director for an update on culture in the borough.  Asked about the delayed opening of Fairfield Halls - still no firm date for the opening of the venue.  



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Fairfield Halls - Under Construction
Bin Update
Addington Residents' Assoc
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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
Planning Training
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