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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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Recycling of the old blue and green recycling boxes
12/09/2018 11:28:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Should you not have an alternative use for the now replaced recycling boxes, arrangements have been made for these to be collected.

Residents who want the old recycling box collected should empty them and leave them at the front of their property on Monday 24th September with the lids placed inside the empty boxes. The boxes will then be collected some time over the next two weeks. It is disappointing that the council have not given a firmer date for collection, but at least the boxes will now be collected.

More details can be found on the Council web site at



Fairfield Halls - Under Construction
06/09/2018 21:39:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to Fairfield Halls for a tour around the building whilst it is still being redeveloped.  The whole building has been stripped back to its basic fabric and there is scaffolding filling the Ashcroft Theatre and Concert Hall.  The steels are in to start the reconstruction of the area where the Arnhem Gallery once was.  There is a huge hole to the side of the Ashcroft Theatre where they are digging foundations for the new 'Glass Box' which will sit next to the Theatre. There is still a huge amount of work to be done before the venue can reopen.



Bin Update
06/09/2018 21:28:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

As part of the roll-out of new recycling services some areas of the ward will have to wait three weeks between collections of their general waste.  I have been advised that residents ' will be able to present side waste for the next collection and Veolia will collect it.'  

I continue to receive many complaints about bins each day.  Missed collections, lack of new bins, poor communication and unanswered phonecalls.  I raise each one with the Council and hope Veolia manage to sort it all out soon.



Addington Residents' Assoc
04/09/2018 21:37:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to the Committee meeting for Addington Residents' Association.  There is concern about the future of the site at Pioneer Place so I will make some enquiries about what interest the Council has in it.  



New bin collection day and what to do if you don't have the new bins
03/09/2018 23:11:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

This week is the first week of the new recycing arrangements. There is a three in four chance that your day for collection has changed. You can check here

If your new bins have not been delivered yet I am advised that you should use the old bins and boxes for the purpose they were used for under the previous arrangement but put them out on the new collection day.

The roll out has been shambolic. I hope this works for you but do get in touch if there is anything I can do to help.



Maintenance work on the tram network at Gravel Hill, between Shirley Hills and New Addington
29/08/2018 18:23:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

There will be essential maintenance work on the tram network between midnight on Saturday 8th September until 6 am on Sunday 9th September 2018 at Gravel Hill. The tram line will be renewed and the level of the track maintained. The work must be carried out whilst trams are not running so has to take place overnight.

This is planned maintenance that will help reduce the time and frequency of major disruptive engineering works and associated closures of the tramway. It was originally planned for the work to be carried out during July, but this was not possible due to the dry weather conditions.

During these works some noise will be generated but efforts will be made to keep disruption to a minimum. Local residents will be written to this week.



23/08/2018 21:33:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met the Director of Culture in Selsdon to look at the district centre with a view to extending Croydon's cultural offering to the area.  I am exploring all possible ways to support the area and ensure it remains a vibrant and buzzing place for local reidents to visit for shopping or other local services.  

There were a few ideas following the visit and I will be following them up in the coming months.



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. 



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