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Cllr  Helen  Pollard
Cllr  Robert  Ward

Don't be a victim of Courier Fraud
17/12/2013 07:39:00......Posted by Sara Bashford

Below is a message from our Local Policing Team. They have asked that this message is passed to as many residents as possible, so they don’t become a victim of what is called Courier Fraud. Please read this and report any suspicions.

 An update for you from your Local Policing Team here at Selsdon & Ballards. Burglaries are occurring at the same rate as last month, which is considered normal (low). Anti social behaviour also remains low. However, taking centre stage is Courier Fraud. Selsdon has had an alarming amount of Courier Fraud which has emptied the accounts of too many victims. The majority of victims are elderly or considered vulnerable due to their age.

 The fraud works by the suspect telephoning the victim and claiming to be someone from an authority - usually the police, bank or Serious Fraud Office. They tell them that their bank account has been compromised and their card must be collected. The most convincing element of the ruse is that the suspect instructs the victim to hang up and call the police/bank/Serious Fraud Office on a genuine number to check that they are who they say they are. The victim dials the new number but the fraudster does not disconnect so, unknown to the victim, they are still speaking to the suspect or a co-conspirator.

 The fraudster then convinces the victim to reveal their PIN, usually by typing it in on their keypad. The suspect is able to tell which keys have been pressed. They then instruct the victim to put their bank card in an envelope and send a - usually unwitting - courier or taxi driver to the victim's house to collect it. The card is delivered to another suspect and is used, with the PIN, to empty the victim's bank account.

Some victims have described the courier as a man of Eastern European appearance possibly in his 30s, 40s. The suspect is male and speaks good English and comes across as a professional so you would never suspect the worst.

Please trust your instincts, if your suspect anyone of fraudulent activity then you must inform the police.

 I am urging all that are reading this to spread the word and tell those who may need this information.

 If anyone has become a victim of fraud then you can either visit the website below or call police on 101.


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Winter Energy Advice event at Selsdon Library on Thursday 7th February
03/02/2019 18:13:00.......Posted by Robert Ward


Croydon Council will be running a winter energy advice drop in session at Selsdon Library on Thursday 7th February between 10.00am and 1.00pm.

At the event residents can get free independent energy bill and tariff advice from a qualified energy assessor, including help finding and switching to lower energy tariffs, and advice about any debt they owe their energy supplier.  They will also be able to find out about support offered through the Croydon Healthy Homes home visits, including assisting eligible households to apply for free larger energy efficiency measures (energy efficient boilers, heating controls and cavity wall/loft insulation etc).

This event is one of a series of events being run over the winter months in partnership with the Upper Norwood Library Trust, who have staff trained as energy assessors.   Details of other events are available on the Council website

Please do go along and also encourage anyone else who might benefit to come along too. Please bring along a recent gas and electricity bill. 

Full details about Croydon Healthy Homes are available at




Winter Energy Advice
03/02/2019 16:52:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

The Council will be running a winter energy advice drop in session at Selsdon Library on Thursday 7th February between 10.00am and 1.00pm.

At the event residents can get free independent energy bill and tariff advice from a qualified energy assessor, including help finding and switching to lower energy tariffs, and advice about any debt they owe their energy supplier.  They will also be able to find out about support we offer through our Croydon Healthy Homes home visits, including assisting eligible households apply for free larger energy efficiency measures (energy efficient boilers, heating controls and cavity wall/loft insulation etc).

Details of other events are available on the Council website



Monks Hill Community Room
02/02/2019 16:50:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

In the last few weeks I have heard that GLL have raised the possibility that the community room in the Monks Hill Sports Centre could be turned into a gym.  I know this caused great concern from the Over 50s lunch club.

I met with a senior Council officer last week and asked her about the GLL plans.  I pointed out the following:

"When I was the councillor for Heathfield before this was built, I secured £100,000 from the council to include a community space within the redevelopment of the Quest Academy and the Sports Centre.  This formed part of the planning application that was approved in 2013.   The community space was to replace the Edgecoombe Community Centre which closed as it was in poor repair.  If the money had not been allocated for this purpose the space would not have been included in the redevelopment.  It was never intended that it should be part of the sports complex.

The Over 50s lunch club moved to the new community space when it opened and the facility included provisions to allow for this use, including separate access, toilets and a kitchen."

I don’t think GLL had been aware of the background about the community room.  I get the impression that they are now backing off and the message from the Council officer is that they were only having initial discussions about it. 

One of the reasons they were raising this as an idea was the lack of use of the community room.  I have therefore asked for a meeting with GLL to see what can be done to increase usage and make it more available to local residents.  The Edgecoombe Community Centre was very well used so there is every reason to expect that the community room would be equally in demand.



Funds secured for playground upgrade
01/02/2019 16:51:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

A number of residents have commented on the poor condition of the playground in Addington Park and also the one in Selsdon Recreation Ground. 

I have raised this with a senior officer at the Council and I am pleased to report that funding has been secured to refurbish the Addington Park playground.  A bid is also being submitted to get funds to refurbish the Selsdon playground and the officer seemed reasonably confident that funds could be secured.

The process for getting the funds should be completed by May and the plan is to consult with residents about the proposed improvements during the summer. 

This is good news for Selsdon residents and should bring these well-used community assets up to the standard required for our children to use safely.



Council Meeting
28/01/2019 16:42:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of the Full Council in the Town Hall.  A Selsdon resident came to the meeting to ask a public question about bin collections. He has suffered terrible service from the Council - broken bins, missed collections, and poor customer service when he complained.   He is one of many residents who have had issues with bin collections in the last 6 months.  I hope Cllr Stuart Collins does as he promised at the meeting, and sorts out the bin issues for this resident, and many others who have suffered poor service.  



JRC Last Board Meeting
22/01/2019 16:43:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Last meeting of the Board of John Ruskin College before the College merges with East Surrey College.  The staff of JRC have maintained their focus on delivering excellent quality education for their learners despite the obviously unsettling merger process. 



Cabinet Meeting
21/01/2019 16:44:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Welcomed the Creative Enterprise Zone investment in culture in Croydon. Looking forward to becoming a 'music city' and seeing our arts scene flourish. Asked for a 'spoke' for the 'hub' to be in the south of Croydon as well as the one in the north of the borough.



Ballards Farm
12/01/2019 16:45:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the morning meeting residents in the Ballards Farm area of Selsdon.  Good to discuss issues in the area.



Health advice for the New Year - start as you mean to go on
07/01/2019 15:04:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Croydon Council has some good advice for residents who want to start the New Year by making plans for a healthier and happier life.

The JustBe Croydon website at has tips and advice to support you to achieve those common resolutions like quitting smoking, losing weight and being more active. Visit the website and set yourself some realistic, personal goals to boost your overall health and wellbeing.

The website has a Health MOT tool, which only takes five minutes to complete. It gives you a personalised report to consider how best to meet your health goals in the coming year.

You can also visit a Croydon Live Well advisor at their nearest health hub and speak to them about getting fitter and improving your mind and body. There is no need to make an appointment to see an advisor. The health hub locations can be found on the JustBe Croydon website.

A few simple changes like reducing the salt and sugar in your food and drink and just a few minutes of exercise daily, can make a big difference to your future health and happiness. My own experience is that slowly reducing salt and sugar works. Think also about getting your cholesterol tested.

It's not easy to change but taking it slowly and with determination can make a real difference to you. Go for it.



Recycling and collection of Christmas trees
05/01/2019 23:46:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Following on from the success of last year’s Christmas tree collections, Croydon Council will be collecting trees from kerbside properties again this year.

Once the festivities are over you can place your tree out for collection on your refuse collection day between Monday 14 January and Friday 25 January.  Before you put your tree out for collection, please make sure you have removed all decorations, stands and pots.  If these have not been removed, your tree may not be collected. For more details look here.

If you don’t live in a kerbside property, you can still recycle your Christmas tree for free by taking it to a Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.



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