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Cllr  Sara  Bashford
Cllr  Dudley  Mead
Cllr  Phil  Thomas

Waste permits - What a joke.
10/04/2017 14:02:00......Posted by Sara Bashford


Today I went to Fishers Farm to dispose of green waste from my weekend of gardening and took with me my passport and Council Tax bill so I could get a permit and instructed by the Council. Below is a letter I sent to the Director of Streets and the Cabinet Member when I got home. I thought you might like to see it and let me know if you have had any problems getting your permit or indeed if you have just used the service having not been offered a permit.

“I thought the point of the permits was to ensure only Croydon residents could use the recycling centres, clearly no one bothered to tell Fishers Farm this.

I went this morning and sat in a queue and in the front of the queue a member staff stood mainly doing nothing, although later he claimed he was busy doing traffic management (this was while chatting to a driver picking stuff up in a van, from one of the containers, I will come back to that). I wasn't asked for ID or where I lived and nor was anyone else who drove in. Whilst he stood in front of my car he could easily have checked documents and given out the permits he had on a roll in his hand. There was also no one in the main part of the centre checking for permits or explaining to people they had to have one. What is the point of a permit if it isn't being handed out. Please don't try and tell me it was busy so they weren't handing them out , because there were at least 5 empty spaces that cars could have parked in left vacant in the centre (even though there were queues outside)

On finishing disposing of my waste I went up to the man who had been on the gate when I arrived and asked why I wasn't offered a permit. He asked me why I hadn't asked for one. I said that was because he was supposed to check that everyone entering was a resident he said they all were and had permits, this was a blatant lie. His attitude and that of the pick up driver who he was chatting to him was very demeaning. The pick up driver (who this had nothing to do with) interjected and said as it was a sunny day,I should forget it. I asked again why he wasn't doing his job and he told me he was too busy - yes too busy chatting and standing round doing nothing to implement policy.

The arrogance and lack of adherence to policy does need to be dealt with. Please let me know what action will be taken. If you want to hear the conversation with the operative just let me know as I recorded it. 

On leaving the centre there was chaos outside as the person on duty clearly had no idea how to resolve a problem of a car blocking the road. If he had looked behind and asked those cars in the drive into the centre to all move forward a foot, which they could do, the problem would have been solved. There are clearly issue there with the staff as no one seems bothered or in control.

On the basis another resident couldn't get a permit because he drove a 4x4 I believe this policy is hit and miss and needs to be completely rethought. It didn't work for the same reason of noncompliance by staff the last time it was tried.

In addition on my way home a Veolia open back vehicle DF65 Y?Y was parked in the bus stop at Pixton Way which meant the bus could not pull in to pick up passengers. Why do Veolia drivers believe they have the right to block a bus stop which is specifically designed so a disabled person in a wheelchair or a parent with a buggy can get on and off the bus properly.

Both of your views are expected in reply.”

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Road repairs
24/04/2017 11:54:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

I am pleased that after some pressure on the Council they have agreed that the following roads will receive attention from the 17/18 budget.

Foxearth Road – The centre strip of the carriageway will be repaired

Old Farleigh Road – Will be resurfaced between the gates of the nature reserve and Sandpiper Road.

Birdwood Close – Will be resurfaced in patches, where the current surface is at its worse.

We hope they will be completed as quickly as possible



Thames Water works in Kersey Drive
20/03/2017 16:38:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

Thames Water will be renewing a ‘pressure release valve’ in Kersey Drive at its junction with Kingwood Way. Works will take place from 27/03/17 to 05/04/17. To facilitate these works multi-way signals will be used. Pedestrians will be maintained on existing footway.

Hopefully they will be finished on time and cause the minimum of disruption. 




Wet paint - a hazardous material!
16/03/2017 15:57:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford


Empty paint tins or those containing dried paint can be taken to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centres. However I was surprised to learn that wet paint is now classed as hazardous waste and the recycling site licenses in Croydon do not currently permit this.  Residents can book a free paint collection from their home via the City of London, details of which can be found here:

If you use this service I would be interested to know how efficient it was.



Spring Walk in Selsdon Wood
15/03/2017 19:53:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

On Sunday 2nd April there will be a spring walk setting out from Selsdon Wood car park at 2pm. It is being led by the Friends of Selsdon Wood and will be a ramble thorugh the woods looking at the extensive flora and forna, as well as getting some gentle exercise. 



More road works...........
15/03/2017 16:37:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

We have received the following notification fromthe Council:-

"We are writing to inform you that Croydon’s Highways team together with its principal contractor Kier, will shortly be commencing carriageway resurfacing works on the above road. The works are scheduled  to be implemented 29th  March 2017 -1st April 2017.  Due to the locations and nature of these works it is inevitable that some disruption will occur between 21:30hrs-05:30hrs when the works are being carried out. For this reason it is recommended that where possible you use alternative routes, or allow extra time to complete your journey. Additionally to enable the works to be completed with the least inconvenient to the residents, appropriate traffic management plan will be in place.

Pedestrian access will not be affected whilst the works are taking place.

Croydon’s Highways team wishes to apologise in advance and welcomes your co-operation to ensure the work is executed safely and efficiently. Every effort will be made to minimise the inconvenience that may be caused during the works. In view of these works, we will notify residents and businesses in the vicinity with a letter drop notification"

Let's hope the disruption is kept to a minimum, especailly for those who live in the vicinity.



A guided walk of discovery
01/03/2017 21:09:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

The Friends of Selsdon Wood host various walks and the first one this year is on Saturday 4th March at 2pm, meeting in the Selsdon Wood car park off Old Farleigh Road.

The walk is a ‘Family Woodland Walk’ with Meike Weiser and is for families with children aged 5+. All the walks organised by the FOSW are slow and easy – a meander rather than a hike!   



Tram works - 8th to 18th April
28/02/2017 19:43:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

Between 8th and 18th April work will be undertaken on the tram network between East Croydon and Reeves Corner. Therefore, trams from New Addington, Elmers End and Beckenham will terminate at East Croydon and those coming from the Wimbledon side will terminate at Reeves Corner.

I hope this doesn’t cause too much disruption. 



Arkwright Road / Church Way urgent road works
28/02/2017 14:05:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

We have just recieved the following about urgent road works:-

SGN have several gas escapes on a gas main in the carriageway in Arkwright road at its junction with Church Way. To facilitate these works three-way signals have been installed at this junction. These works are anticipated to be completed on 7th March, however due to the nature of emergency works this may change.

Ihope this does not cause too much inconvenience.





Council Tax up by 4.99%
28/02/2017 09:59:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

Last night the Labour Council agreed a 4.99% increase to your Council Tax and then went to the pub to celebrate. 

I sat through a meeting where the Leader of the Council, his Cabinet and backbenchers all spoke in favour of the rise and blamed it on the Government, the previous Conservative administration and any other individual or organisation they could. What they didn’t do was take any responsibility for their decisions or choices. Whilst I accept that outside factors do impact on the Council’s budget the fact they have a £11M overspend in one department and it is getting worse shows how they can’t manage the boroughs finances. What they can do is give Boxpark a £3M loan, spend over £1M refurbishing an old library which will be handed over to another organisation to run, when three years ago it would have cost the tax payer nothing. They have put money into a festival and a bike race and then moan they are hard done by. It is all about priorities, choices and responsibility. I will leave you to make you own minds up about what this Labour administration’s are.



New trees - will Selsdon and Ballards get any?
24/02/2017 07:48:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

The Council have announced that they have received £13,000 from the Mayor of London to plant about 150 trees. My first reaction was that this is excellent news as the Council have asked for residents to let them know if they would like one in their road by emailing

However, as I read further down the announcement, the Cabinet Member has said that he wants the majority of these trees to be planted in the north of the Borough. His quote is “the north of Croydon has been highlighted as an area that needs particular attention”

I realise this doesn’t preclude the south and in particular Selsdon and Ballards, but I don’t feel hopeful we will see our fair share. If you have any locations you would like a new street tree planted, please send a request to the email above and if possible copy me in so I can monitor if any requests from our area are approved.








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