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

A residents view.
16/05/2014 07:37:00......Posted by Sara Bashford

The message below was written by a Selsdon and Ballards residnet and I thought it summed up our election address very well, so I hope you enjoy reading it and that you also feel you can support us next Thursday:-

These are exciting times and for some quite worrying times. I feel that it is vital that the Conservatives win on May 22nd. Since its election in 2006 Our Conservative Council has sorted out the Council's finances, which were left in a mess by Labour; coped with a major reduction in government funding for councils made necessary by Labour's overspending in government, whilst protecting key services; frozen Council Tax, so that we are paying the same as we were in 2010; worked with Boris to deliver 117 additional police officers; introduced kerbside collection of food waste throughout the borough, so that nearly 50% of our waste is recycled; replaced under-performing schools with academies, in order to drive up standards; increased spending on repairing our roads; built many new council homes to tackle the housing waiting list; successfully lobbied to secure Croydon University Hospital's Accident & Emergency and Maternity services; secured the biggest retail development in the country to replace the ageing Whitgift Centre.

Labour had not built any council homes in 12 years. They had also increased our Council Tax bills at one point by as much as 27%. Under Labour from 1994 to 2006 in real terms tax was up 108%. Under Conservatives from 2006 to 2014 tax is down in real terms by -4.5%.

Conservatives are now promising to freeze Council Tax until at least 2016; continue to fix our roads and resurface the ones that need it; prioritise street cleaning, recycling and other key services; maintain free parking in district centres; update the fabric of the borough - the town regeneration planned should deliver around 5,000 new jobs for our residents. Conservatives will also ensure that the promised 117 police officers arrive and that we get our fair share of officers. Conservatives will also continue to develop excellent leisure facilities, like the new Waddon leisure centre and our improved parks and continue to deliver new schools to meet the needs of our expanding youth population.

Labour, on the other hand, had the worst recycling record in the country, doubled our Council Tax, did not repair potholes properly, sold our multi-story car parks to NCP, who charge far too much for parking and our lovely parks deteriorated.

I support our Selsdon Councillors, because they have improved the hardcourt area in Selsdon Recreation Ground and given local residents the equipment they asked for; supported residents with planning applications and the resulting appeals; lobbied the Licensing Committee to make sure the high street stays a place we want to use - i.e. no extended opening hours or shops being changed into takeaways, and worked with police to achieve a dispersal order to stop anti-social behaviour in our high street. They will also work with Police to make sure our area stays a low crime area. They hold a monthly surgery to assist residents with queries and complaints and also do home visits. Can we ask for more? I think not.

So - roll on May 22nd - we must win!!!

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Gas main replacement in Farnborough Avenue
10/10/2018 10:50:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Southern gas networks are today, 10th October starting work to replace the gas main in Farnborough Avenue, which will include some works across the mouth of Copse view and Heathfield Vale. The majority of the work will involve open cut trenches in Farnborough Avenue, in the line of where cars would normally park, so existing flows will be maintained.

It will be necessary to close Farnborough Avenue whilst they trench across Heathfield Vale, connecting the new main to the existing one. Two-way lights will be in use on Heathfield Vale through this phase of works. Advanced warning of this closure will go out one week before it is due to happen, with a local diversion signposted.



Careers Fair - 16th Nov
09/10/2018 17:39:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Croydon Careers Fair is taking place on the 16th November in Croydon Conference Centre on Surrey Street from 10am – 2pm and there will be 30+ local organisations attending.

The event is completely free to attend, and as this is The UK Careers Fair’s first time in Croydon, they are also giving away a £5 Amazon Gift Card to the first 100 attendees!



Bin issues and delays at Fairfield Halls
08/10/2018 17:38:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

There was a meeting of the full Council and there were many questions about the chaotic roll-out of the new wheeled bins.  I asked about the lack of progress with the refurbishment of Fairfield Halls - there is still no firm date for reopening.



Dance Umbrella
07/10/2018 17:38:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to see the Dance Umbrella performance in BoxPark and it was great to see the performance by 200 women



Monks Hill Update
04/10/2018 17:37:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to Monks Hill for their community association meeting.  They were discussing plans for their Christmas Crafts event in December and I am happy to support this using some funds from the Ward budget.  They have set the date for their Fund Day next year - 1st June - look forward to it!



Consultation on new Planning Guidelines
04/10/2018 17:36:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to the consultation event about the Intensification of the Suburbs proposals that are being put forward by the Council.  There were some good visuals, a video and some models which clearly showed the impact of the additional housing on communities.  I am not convinced this is the best way to tackle the housing shortage. 




Addington Residents' Assoc
02/10/2018 17:35:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Addington Residents' Association where we discussed how to protect the field at Pioneer Place from development.  It is a precious community resource with many rare plants and animals.



Intensification of the Suburbs
26/09/2018 17:34:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Joined colleagues at a meeting of residents associations to discuss the Councils consultation on the Intensification of the Suburbs planning document.  They have serious concerns about the proposals and the impact they will have on their neighbourhoods.  



Corporate Plan
24/09/2018 17:33:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Croydon's Cabinet where the Corporate Plan for 2018-2022 was being discussed.



Fairfield Halls
20/09/2018 17:33:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met the Croydon's Culture Director for an update on culture in the borough.  Asked about the delayed opening of Fairfield Halls - still no firm date for the opening of the venue.  



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Christmas Lights
Fairfield Halls - Under Construction
Bin Update
Addington Residents' Assoc
New bin collection day and what to do if you don't have the new bins
Maintenance work on the tram network at Gravel Hill, between Shirley Hills and New Addington
Director of Place
Selsdon Shops
Selsdon Councillors Surgery - August 2018
A great team out today picking up litter in Monks Hill
Culture and Selsdon
St John's Church
Croydon Council granted injunction to help prevent illegal encampments
Meeting Selsdon businesses
Labour's huge budget variances
Monks Hill Residents' Meeting
Council Meeting
July surgery at Selsdon Centre for the Retired (Selsdon Sainsburys)
Addington Village Party
Addington Residents' Assoc
Changes to recycling arrangements
John Ruskin College
Events in Croydon
South End Food Festival
Peace Festival
First seven weeks as Councillor for Selsdon and addington Village
Supporting Selsdon
Planning Training
New recycling arrangements to start in September but please start to think about it now
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