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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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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:

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. 



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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