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Cllr  Helen  Pollard
Cllr  Robert  Ward

Selsdon Gazette Councillors’ Notes for February 2013
02/02/2013 16:50:00......Posted by Sara Bashford

The following Councillor's notes will appear in the Selsdon Gazette, so this is an early opportunity for residents to read them

Planning Matters

12/03530/P 9-11 Swallowdale, South Croydon, CR2 8SG Erection of 2 detached four bedroom two storey houses with accommodation in roof space and provision associated parking.

12/03594/P 69 Croham Valley Road, South Croydon, CR2 7JG Erection of two storey side/rear extension.

12/03524/P 210 Croham Valley Road, South Croydon, CR2 7RB Erection of single storey side/rear extension.

The detailed plans of all these extensions are available on the Council’s website at:

If there are any residents who wish to make any comments or recommendations in respect of the above they can do so by making contact with the planning department at Taberner House or approaching one of us. We would always be grateful to receive
copies of any representations, which you may make in respect of the applications.


The residents of Selsdon make a great effort to recycle just as much as they can. The borough overall has moved from being one of the worst in London with a 16% recycling rate in 2006 to being quite close to 50% in the upper quartile of local authorities in the whole of the UK. I really do think this is a good result but we could still do better.

Recycling is to become compulsory, persistent offenders across the borough will be warned and ultimately fixed based penalties will be imposed on those who refuse to comply, we hope there will be none in Selsdon.


Last month we gave notice of the Coombe Road bridge strengthening, for once they have started to carry out the work on time. We are awaiting the Farley Road resurfacing dates.

Bus Stops

It has been brought to our attention and the writer of these notes has experienced it himself that when a 409 bus is standing outside Sainsbury’s it is a very difficult situation as the pedestrians are unsighted from motorists and vice versa. The 409 can be stationery for up to 30 mins. Our view is that the 409 when it is going to stand should be at the bottom of the hill. We are taking this up with Transport for London (TFL). In the meantime pedestrians and motorists should be extra careful when crossing the slip road.

Aldi/Garage (Bailey’s)
Yet again we have taken up with the owners of the garage, the state of it. We will remind readers that it is owned by trust registered in Jersey. We have made contact with their UK agents and persuaded them to make the building secure.

On the subject of Aldi readers may recall when they opened the store some 5 years ago they had permission for the illuminated sign for that period. In the early days they promised to make the sign smaller but once planning permission had been granted they failed to carry out that agreement. It now follows that there planning permission for the large illuminated sign has expired and they are being persuaded to submit a new application. We will of course be examining the size of the sign. We hope it will
go back to original agreement made with the planning officers. The conditions of the grant of planning permission required operation between 8a.m and 8p.m Monday to Saturday and 10a.m and 4p.m. Sunday and Bank Holidays. Residents who live nearby have reported these conditions have not been adhered to and we are of the view that their amenities have suffered as a result. We will be looking for suitable conditions of use for the new application.

Bad Weather/Grit Bins

As these notes are being written we are in the middle of a reasonably heavy snow fall. This had been well promulgated by the met office.We take this opportunity to remind you that the salt in bins is for theuse on the roads and pavements and not for private drives. As we have severe weather conditions salt provided in these bins should be used sparingly as it is extremely difficult to replenish them in periods
of severe weather.

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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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