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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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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: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/croydon-town-centre/

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. 

 


 

Diwali
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

 


 

Monks Hill Christmas Fair
24/11/2018 13:29:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to the Monks Hill Christmas Fair in St Francis Church.  Lots of people there enjoying the various stalls and the delicious refreshments.  I won a bottle of bubble bath in the tombola!

 


 

Monks Hill Christmas Fair
24/11/2018 13:29:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to the Monks Hill Christmas Fair in St Francis Church.  Lots of people there enjoying the various stalls and the delicious refreshments.  I won a bottle of bubble bath in the tombola!

 


 

Father Christmas arrives in Selsdon
24/11/2018 10:33:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

 
 

It was my honour and pleasure to bring Father Christmas to Selsdon this year. By a wave of his hand he switched our lights on as he progressed slowly down our parade of shops, eventually holding court in his grotto handing out sweets and good cheer to all who came. He features in many a Selsdon selfie.

Our local police were in attendance ensuring safety and security, as were council officers and your councillors publicising our plans for supporting our local shops and businesses. The Baptist Church did a great job offering mince pies. 

Thanks to all those who came along and especially everyone involved in organising the events this year. Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.  

 


 

Selsdon Christmas Lights
23/11/2018 13:28:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

The four Selsdon councillors were pleased put £5500 of their community budget towards the Christmas lights for Selsdon.  We joined hundreds of people this evening for the switching on of the lights.  There were festive songs from Selsdon Primary School choir and Santa arrived in his new-style convertible sleigh!  It was great to see the Student Ambassadors from John Ruskin College cheerfully helping to make things run smoothly. 

Officers from the Council took the opportunity to come along and talk to the businesses in the parade about plans for the future of the shopping parade.

 


 

Cabinet Meeting
19/11/2018 13:28:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to the Cabinet Meeting in the Town Hall where papers are being presented on children's services, policing/safety and business

 


 

Council planning officers meet Residents Associations
13/11/2018 13:27:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

The Council feels that communication could be better with local residents' associations so they organised this meeting to brief them about planning policy etc.  There was a good turnout which shows concerned residents are about the direction the Council is taking on planning. 

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
07/11/2018
Parks Masterplanning
06/11/2018
John Ruskin College
06/11/2018
Addington Residents' Association
19/10/2018
Flu vaccination for young children - please get your child vaccinated
10/10/2018
Gas main replacement in Farnborough Avenue
09/10/2018
Careers Fair - 16th Nov
08/10/2018
Bin issues and delays at Fairfield Halls
07/10/2018
Dance Umbrella
04/10/2018
Monks Hill Update
04/10/2018
Consultation on new Planning Guidelines
02/10/2018
Addington Residents' Assoc
26/09/2018
Intensification of the Suburbs
24/09/2018
Corporate Plan
20/09/2018
Fairfield Halls
12/09/2018
Recycling of the old blue and green recycling boxes
10/09/2018
Christmas Lights
06/09/2018
Fairfield Halls - Under Construction
06/09/2018
Bin Update
04/09/2018
Addington Residents' Assoc
03/09/2018
New bin collection day and what to do if you don't have the new bins
29/08/2018
Maintenance work on the tram network at Gravel Hill, between Shirley Hills and New Addington
23/08/2018
Walkabout
06/08/2018
Director of Place
04/08/2018
Selsdon Shops
01/08/2018
Selsdon Councillors Surgery - August 2018
28/07/2018
A great team out today picking up litter in Monks Hill
26/07/2018
Culture and Selsdon
23/07/2018
St John's Church
20/07/2018
Croydon Council granted injunction to help prevent illegal encampments
17/07/2018
Meeting Selsdon businesses
 
 
 
 
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