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Cllr  Vidhi  Mohan
Cllr  Helen  Pollard
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Fairfield Halls Plans
05/12/2016 10:38:00......Posted by Helen Pollard

At the Council Meeting today I questioned Cll Godfrey about plans for Fairfield Halls.  Still no reassurance that the new operator will be obliged to provide communities use of the venue.

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Fairfield Halls 'Call in'
21/04/2017 20:47:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Why I 'called in' the decision to appoint a new operator for Fairfield Halls.

The role of Scrutiny, according to Sean Fitzsimons (Chair of Scrutiny) is 'to hold public sector executives to account for the public money they have been given to spend within Croydon borough boundaries'.  Public executives in this context include members of the Cabinet, and the Leader of the Council.

The Leader of the Council is about to award a contract worth £180m to an organisation about which we know nothing.  This makes the Leader's decision an obvious and very reasonable subject for scrutiny.  It is right that the Leader of the Council should be held to account when it comes to the future of Croydon's flagship arts complex.

It is well known that running an entertainment venue like Fairfield Halls is a mammoth undertaking and one that is very hard to do without subsidy.  Croydon residents need to be confident the operator that is about to be appointed can deliver what is required.  They need to know how it is possible for an operator not only to break even, but to have enough surplus to pay for capital works on in the building and provide revenue for the Council within 5 years.  This will be a huge achievement.  If they can deliver.  But what if they don't deliver? 

If the operator fails to deliver, what then?  Is there another operator who can be called upon to take on the running of the venue?  Or will the Council have to step in and run the venue itself? Or provide a subsidy?

The report says that one operator pulled out of discussions after they had started.  Why was this?  Did they think it would not be possible to deliver what the Council wanted?  

There is still a lack of clarity about what access there will be for community groups and schools to use the venue.

The current Labour Council mas made big claims to be 'open and transparent' and yet, it is prepared to make a decision of this magnitude without reference to the Cabinet, the Council or the public.  It begs the question 'What have they got to hide?'

I hope the scrutiny meeting next Wednesday reveals more information that, for some reason, the Labour Council has been trying to hide.  Information that should be in the public domain.  Like many people in the borough, I want Fairfield Halls to succeed and provide a focal point for entertainment for many years to come.  At the moment I can't be sure that is what we will get. 



Addiscombe Grove
20/04/2017 20:51:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to the Planning Committee meeting to see a presentation by the developer of the proposed 'Pocket' development in Addiscombe Grove.  The Committee was generally in favour of the development which promised affordable housing to people who are from Croydon.  My main concern, as ward councillor, is the size and height of the building.  It will really overshadow the homes of people who live in Garrick Crescent and Granville Close.



Meeting residents
19/04/2017 20:57:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the evening on the Whitgift estate.  Spoke to many residents and uncovered a few issues e.g. dissatisfaction with the amount of litter and poor cleaning regime in the area. 



Street Orchestra in BoxPark
14/04/2017 16:14:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard


Went to see the Street Orchestra of London at their performance in BoxPark.  They were a lively group of performers with a wide range of music.  I particularly enjoyed seeing them perform one of their pieces as they strolled through the audience.  It is great to see this sort of event in Croydon.



Meeting about Croham Road shops
13/04/2017 16:10:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with a senior council officer to discuss options for improving the appearance of the parade of shops on Croham Road.  Residents are concerned that the poor state of repair of some shops and the litter etc in the area is giving a run-down feel that attracts graffiti and anti-social behaviour. 



Parks Meeting
12/04/2017 15:59:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with Council officers and consultants who are carrying out the masterplanning for 6 parks in Croydon (Park Hill, Lloyd, Ashburton, Happy Valley, Norbury and South Norwood Lake).  The masterplan exercise aims to put together plans for these parks.  Once the plans are approved they will be used as the blueprint for future development work. 

In theory this is a good thing and will provide a framework for moving these six parks forward.  In practice, there is no money set aside to devliver these plans.  There might be s106 money available for some parks, but this is unlikely to cover the cost of delivering the masterplans.  There will be an expectation that park users themselves will bid for grant funding to get the money to carry out the works.  This is a very big assumption and provides no certainty that the masterplasn will ever be delivered. 

I have asked the Council for details of how much money is available for work on each of the 6 parks. 

The other issue is that the masterplans only cover 6 parks in Croydon.  There are no plans for any of the other parks in the borough.



Meeting residents in Fairfield
11/04/2017 15:57:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the evening in South Croydon talking to residents about the issues that are important to them.  Street cleaning, litter and parking were the main topics raised.



Easter Egg Hunt
09/04/2017 17:27:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard


Some of the Fairfield Councillors' ward budget was used by Friends of Park Hill to stage an Easter Egg Hunt in the Walled Garden in Park Hill Park.  A very enjoyable event!



East Croydon issues
05/04/2017 11:02:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the morning talking to residents in the roads near East Croydon station.  They are concerned about the new tower block that is proposed to be built in Addiscombe Grove.  There are also concerns about another new one-way street being implemented nearby.



04/04/2017 18:57:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the regular councillors' surgery today.  No visitors but it was good to enjoy the ambience of Matthews Yard. 



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