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

KFC is coming to Selsdon
18/08/2017 08:47:00......Posted by Sara Bashford

Last night a local business owner, our PCSO and I spoke at the planning committee meeting against the opening of a KFC in our district centre. However, regardless of our objections and the written ones from other residents the scheme was approved. We had expected this to be the case and we gave many reasons why it shouldn’t but they were ignored.

If you want to read what I said, my speech is below.

“The main reason for the objection is the over saturation of fast food/ eat in outlets that are diminishing the vibrancy of the district centre. The need to have businesses that attract daytime use of the other shops and services is vital to keep this local high street alive. This fast food outlet won’t do that.

I have no specific objection to KFC, this objection would be for any further change of use and fast food outlet in Selsdon.

In Selsdon we have a large number of fast food outlets, including, a chicken shop, kebab shop, fish and chip shop, a Chinese and two pizza takeaways, plus many restaurants that provide a takeaway service. We don’t need any more in such a small district centre.

I appreciate it would bring an unused site back into use but that isn’t a reason to approve this. We need the right type of business that will be a benefit to the community and other local small businesses.. This KFC will only attract those looking for cheap food and not bring any additional benefit to the area. We know that takeaways create additional rubbish and much of this is left in the local area, being dropped once the cheap meal has been consumed or dropped out of car windows. This will be of detriment to the area and will add to the unkempt look of the road, particularly at the weekend. We have a good street cleaner who tries to keep on top of this but an additional take away appealing to a specific market won’t improve the look of the area. It will attract people late into the evening and as well as creating rubbish will increase the noise to the local population. I have also been asked by the Friends of Littleheath Woods to raise the problem of litter as the wood they look after is very nearby and once a week they have to undertake a litter pick. The majority of what they collect is fast food packaging and they are very concerned this will increase the problem in these fantastic woods.

If permission is given can I please ask that an additional bin and increased frequency of emptying is put in place, so the additional rubbish is not left on the street, detracting from the other businesses.

This premises is in an area that has a lot of families living nearby and there are many families above the shops as well as in surrounding roads. This needs to be taken into account and I would suggest that this alone should be a reason for refusal.

The current request is to allow trading until midnight, this is not appropriate as this is a built-up area with many family homes I would request if permission is given to allow this unwanted take away to open with a closing time of 11pm applied, as it was most recently with Domino’s. If midnight is to be considered it should only be on Friday and Saturday.

Parking is also a problem which will increase as there is only limited on road parking and even now without this additional take away, there is double parking in the evening, as those using these establishments don’t think they will be there long, so it doesn’t matter if they double park and obstruct the traffic. This really is a problem we don’t want getting worse.

Selsdon is a district centre with some chains but many independent shops and restaurants and my concern is those independent shops will be negatively impacted and lead to an exodus of small businesses as this take away will bring nothing positive to the area.

I urge you to reject this negative application. “

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First seven weeks as Councillor for Selsdon and addington Village
20/06/2018 22:53:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Tomorrow will be seven weeks since the Council elections at which I had the honour to be elected to represent Seldon and Addington Village on Croydon Council. It has been a busy seven weeks.

The main formal occasion was the first meeting of the new Council. This was mainly concerned with electing the new Croydon Mayor, Leader of the Council and appointments to various committees. I was very pleased to be elected Vice Chair of the Scrutiny and Overview Committee and Chair of the Scrutiny Children & Young People Sub-Committee.

Council Officers had organised training for new Councillors and refreshers for re-elected councillors. I have endeavoured to attend all of them. As well as a Corporate Induction Day I have attended sessions on Licensing, Planning, Planning Referrals, Pensions, and, today, the Council’s Emergency Planning arrangements. I also chaired a training session of the Children & Young People Scrutiny Sub-Committee There are still more training sessions to come.

Taking up the role of ward councillor, I have also enjoyed attending Residents Association Meetings, talking to residents on a variety of issues and holding my first surgery. Evenings are busy.

In between times I have met with Council Officers and fellow committee members (both Labour and Conservative). These meetings have been cordial, informative and interesting. There is much to do, we are a large and busy borough with some challenges and much to look forward to. I look forward to playing my part in making sure Selsdon and Addington Village contributes to, and reaps its share of the benefits of Croydon’s great future.

If you would like to get in touch please email me at



New recycling arrangements to start in September but please start to think about it now
12/06/2018 22:43:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Croydon Council is making significant changes to waste collection service that will affect most Croydon households. These changes aim to boost recycling in Croydon from just under 38% to over 50%. The changes are also targeted to save £5m a year.

The new system will take effect from September 2018 but please start to think about how this will affect you now. Waste and Recycling Roadshows start soon so that is something to consider. For Selsdon residents there will be one on July 14th at the Selsdon Sainsburys but there are others if that is more convenient for you.

As with any change there are likely to be issues during the switch over, specifically some people may have longer than two weeks between collections during the changeover. There will also be a greater need to sort your recycling and more bins, which will take more space.

More information can be found on the Croydon Council website



Painted potholes
04/06/2018 22:02:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Following a question raised at a resident meeting, I asked if the Council would be liable for damage to a vehicle due to a pothole, if the pothole was marked with spray paint.  Here is the reply:

"I refer to your enquiry below and can confirm that the Council would not normally be liable for an incident after the defect has been marked. The highways inspector, using a risk based approach would assess the defect and taking into account the location and the size of defect and raise and issue the appropriate category task order to repair. This could  be a 2 hour call out , 24hrs, 7 days or 28 days.

If an incident occurs within the task order time period the Council, although aware of the defect would defend the claim as we had noted and taken the necessary action to repair.

If the incident occurrs beyond the task order completion date then liability would transfer to the contractor."

So there is every reason to be careful when driving on a road with potholes, especially if the pothole has been marked.  We need to ensure this Council invests in our highways to keep them safe and free of potholes.



YOU London event Sunday 3rd June
04/06/2018 10:42:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

An enjoyable day yesterday in the sunshine at The Royal Russell School with YOU London. Great to see so many young people learning new skills, gaining confidence, meeting others, working as a team and having fun all at the same time.

YOU London is a partnership of ten experienced uniformed youth organisations in London. The volunteers who run these organisations deserve special thanks for both their work on the day and week in, week out in their individual organisation. The Royal Russell school too, that hosted the event at which so many children had so much enjoyment, made a great contribution to the day’s success.

If you are interested to know more, and especially if you think you might be able to help in this valuable work, please take a look at the YOU London web site.



If you are notified that your road will be resurfaced, please read on
03/06/2018 22:33:00.......Posted by Robert Ward


Most of Heathfield Vale was recently resurfaced by Croydon Council. The work was done on Saturday 2nd June and the road has now reopened. This is good news, because the road was in poor condition and the work needed doing. There was some useful learning for future resurfacing work so if your road is about to be resurfaced please read on.

Residents in the area were notified in a letter from Croydon Council, which I received by email on Friday 18th May. The work was scheduled to run from Friday 1st June to Sunday 3rd June between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm. Residents were informed that on-street parking would be suspended during these hours. They were also requested to reduce vehicle access in adjacent roads to a minimum. Pedestrian access would not be affected.

The extent of the roadworks was unclear in the letter. A road was mentioned (‘Farnborough Road’) which does not exist, and the extent as defined would have severely restricted access to the Monks Hill estate. However, the traffic management plan, which I received but which was not sent to residents, showed a more limited area would be affected. The Council clarified the matter to me so that I was able to reassure residents when I visited the road in advance of the work.

No contractors appeared on site on Friday 1st June and I was unable, and indeed have so far still been unable, to find out why. Contractors did appear on Saturday 2nd June. The work was complete, and the road re-opened at 3:45 pm the same day.

My recommendations if you receive notification of impending road resurfacing are:-

  • Please read the letter and think about how it might affect you. Although Heathfield Vale residents had received the letter, not all had read it or understood the implications.
  • If anything is unclear and it would impact you or your neighbours, seek clarification.
  • If the closure would cause you difficulties, for example you have a school bus picking up your child, especially if the child is disabled, then put some thought into how that might be managed. There may be some flexibility in allowing access for special cases, especially if notified in advance.
  • The specified dates and affected area aren’t exact. Work will happen within the time window and area defined, but it may start late and/or finish early or affect a smaller area.

If you need help my contact details are on the Croydon Council website



Drain cover - Gravel Hill
31/05/2018 21:49:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

I have reported a noisy/loose drain cover on Gravel Hill to the Council.  The noise from traffic going over it has been keeping local residents awake so I have asked for it to be fixed soon.



Culture Director
31/05/2018 21:03:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with the Culture Director and heard about the latest plans for culture in Croydon.  Also got an update on Fairfield Halls which is due to open next year.



Addington Residents' Assoc
29/05/2018 21:00:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the AGM for Addington Residents's Association.  A great group of people who are determined to protect the green spaces around their area. Other things discussed were parking, 20mph zones and potholes.  I look forward to working with them in the coming years.



Road resurfacing work in Heathfield Vale
24/05/2018 16:55:00.......Posted by Robert Ward


As has been notified by Croydon Council in a letter to local residents, contractors will shortly be commencing road resurfacing of much of Heathfield Vale. The work is planned to take place between 8 am and 6 pm between Friday June 1st and Sunday June 3rd.

On-street parking will be suspended during these working hours with no parking allowed for residents on the highway in the areas covered by the enforcement signs. Penalty charge notices (PCN’s) will be applied to vehicles parked within the suspended areas during the works hours and/or vehicles relocated.

Residents are urged to ensure their vehicles are moved from the suspended areas to avoid any delays to the works as well as incurring any charges. It is also requested that vehicular access to and from properties adjacent to the road is reduced to a minimum during these times. Pedestrian access is unaffected.

Some disruption is inevitable during this work so it is recommended that where possible you use alternative routes or allow extra time to complete your journey.

Unforeseen circumstances may necessitate changes to the schedule and information on road signs will be changed accordingly. Please check the road signs regularly for any updates.




Littleheath Woods
22/05/2018 22:00:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the AGM for The Friends of Selsdon Woods.  Amazing that volunteers have worked for 2000 hours in the last year.  Really appreciate the work they do to care for this beautiful green space. 



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