Scrutiny Meeting about Parks and Fairfield Halls 30/01/2018 18:08:00......Posted by Helen Pollard
Attended the meeting of the Scrutiny Committee where the Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport was providing an update. I asked when the 'Croydon Talks Parks' consultation results would be published as they were due in January. Apparently, the findings will be available in February. This is disappointing as many parks groups have sat patiently through two consultation processes and still there is no investment in parks.
I have been a councillor for Fairfield Ward for nearly four years, and in all that time the toilets in Park Hill Park have been in a poor state of repair and practically unusable. £100,000 of s106 money from town centre developments has been earmarked for Park Hill Park for more than four years and yet it has still not been spent. This is hugely frustrating for park users who can't understand why the work keeps being delayed - they don't need the £100k consultation process to tell them the toilets need to be replaced.
Cllr Mohan asked when Fairfield Halls would be opening and, once again, there was a very vague answer. It is clear they really don't know when it will be opening, but, from what was said, there probably won't be a full programme at the venue until the Autumn 2019.
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.
A great team out today picking up litter in Monks Hill 28/07/2018 21:40:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
Organising and taking part in litter picking events is a great way to show pride in your community and do something to make our environment just a little bit better. Croydon Council provide the equipment and instructions on how to do this safely. The council will also pick up the bags when the job is done. So a big thank you to the organisers and everyone who took part today.
If you want to organise something similar in your area there is more information here. You don't have to become a Green Champion, you can also contact Tracey Bellamy by emailing her at Tracey.Bellamy@croydon.gov.uk
Culture and Selsdon 26/07/2018 19:30:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
Met the Culture Director of the Council for my regular monthly meeting. Got an update on how the Mela and Pride went, and heard about planned future events.
I asked what she thinks she can do for Selsdon district centre and we will be looking at ideas for bringing more events to Selsdon in future.
St John's Church 23/07/2018 21:34:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
Had tea (and cake!) with the Rector of St John's Church, Selsdon today. Good to hear about the Church's work in the community and plans to build a garden room.
Croydon Council granted injunction to help prevent illegal encampments 20/07/2018 17:09:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
Croydon Council was granted an interim protective injunction at the High Court on Wednesday 18 July banning the setting up of unauthorised encampments and fly-tipping. The injunction covers more than 200 of the borough's parks, open spaces and council lands, and 11 highways.
There have been more than the usual number of illegal encampments this year, totalling 16 on highways and in parks and open spaces in the last three months alone.
The ban, against persons unknown occupying land and/ or depositing waste, seeks to stop people entering, or occupying any part of the land for residential purposes, including caravans, mobile homes and vehicles.
It also means the council does not have to attend court to obtain removal orders, which can take days to obtain, and that High Court enforcement officers can be called to future sites to assist with moving people on if they take no notice of the interim injunction order. Failure to do so can result in imprisonment, fines or seizure of assets.
More information, including how to report any activity covered by the injunction can be found here.
Meeting Selsdon businesses 17/07/2018 12:17:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
The four Selsdon Councillors met with Selsdon businesses to discuss how we can support the shopping parade. A very useful meeting and lots of ideas about how we can support businesses and encourage new businesses to move here. We wnat to keep this district centre at the heart of Selsdon for the benefit of residents.
Labour's huge budget variances 16/07/2018 12:16:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
Attended the meeting of Croydon's Cabinet in the Town Hall. Asked about the huge £63.6m variance on the capital budget last year. Apparently is is due to lank of expected progress from Brick by Brick
Monks Hill Residents' Meeting 10/07/2018 12:11:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
Attended a meeting of Monks Hill Residents' Association. They are actively helping people who live 'on the hill' and have arranged a trip to the seaside in August. It is good to meet people with such strong community spirit. We agreed a few things that the Council could help with and these will be picked up on the walkabout in a few days time.
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