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Surrey Street - Notes
10/01/2017 22:31:00......Posted by Helen Pollard

Here are my notes from the Scrutiny Meeting 10th January 2017 where Surrey Street market public realm improvements were discussed.

My questions

·        How much money has been set aside for the public realm improvements?  Where is this from and is it likely to increase?  

I didn’t ask this question because Cllr Watson covered it in his commentary - £500k capital and half s106 match funding

·        Market benchmarking. London Street Trading Benchmarking Group.  The Council has not been engaging much with this group and I believe there is a lot to be gained from learning about other markets in London.  I asked that the Council becomes more involved.

No answer to this

·        Who was invited to the public meeting about Surrey Street on 12th January?  I wasn't and I have not found anyone who was? 

This was answered in Cllr Watson’s commentary.  It was clear that the meeting on 12th Jan is aimed at stall holders and local businesses.  They conceded that residents can come if they like but it will be a bit boring as it is about the nuts and bolts of the public realm improvements. 

·        Access for residents?  When can they have deliveries?

Apparently they have talked to residents about this but I’m not aware of how or when. 

·        Residents have put a lot of work into this but their views seem to have been ignored.  What about the signage over the entrance to the market? 

Cllr Watson pointed out that there are practical considerations that limit what we can deliver in terms of signage.  He claims that residents have been consulted.  They certainly have not been consulted about the designs for Surrey Street because the first visuals were only available today.  They want to start work in February.

Comments on plans from Cllr Watson.  Notes about the planned changes for Surrey Street:

·       Improve lighting – lighting under the bridge

·       More space between stalls

·       Public art

·       Issues of how emergency services will access street

·       More wayfinding signs

·       Want new Sunday market and evening markets

·       Free wifi in the market

·       Level carriageway New trader power facilities

·       Colour on air conditioning units

·       Lighting for building facades - need to get permission from property owners

·       More uniform stalls that look better overall

·       Offer businesses the opportunity to try out the market e.g. from £15/stall on Sundays.

·       More bars being planned for Surrey Street

Public realm works will start by end of Feb.  Couldn't give completion dates.  Aim to complete in 6-8 weeks.

Cllr Bonner concerned as likely to be delays in the project.

Cllr Watson talks about how to attract more people to the market - but doesn't involve residents!

 
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Culture Director
07/08/2017 20:08:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with the Culture Director to discuss plans for enhancing culture in Croydon.  Talked about the way parks can be used for events and performances.  

 


 

Planning meeting
30/07/2017 20:06:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with residents to discuss an ongoing planning issue

 


 

Parks Consultation
30/07/2017 19:54:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the consultation about Lloyd Park and Park Hill Park that was held in Lloyd Park.  Bit disappointed in the lack of imagination in the proposed designs.  There has been a long wait for the masterplans and I had hoped for some more innovative ideas for the parks.  What was on display was the sort of thing that people have been asking for for years - not sure we needed to spend £100k on another consultation to tell us what we already knew. 

 


 

Cabinet Meeting
17/07/2017 19:03:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the meeting of the Cabinet in the Town Hall.  Reviewing the budget for the Council.

 


 

Pride in Croydon
15/07/2017 18:59:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the Pride festival in Queens Gardens.  Lovely atmosphere and a true celebration of the diverse communities in Croydon.  Visited the rainbow flag in Saffron Central and was pleased to see that the plants I donated are thriving and contributing to the blue part of the display.  Well done to Ally McKinlay for another wonderful community gardening project. 

 


 

John Ruskin College
12/07/2017 18:57:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of governors at John Ruskin College and heard about short and long term plans.  Good developments for apprenticeships.   Looking forward to more good results in the summer.

 


 

Culture in Croydon
11/07/2017 18:55:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with the Creative Director of Croydon Council to find out future plans for culture in Croydon.

 


 

Exchange Square
06/07/2017 21:35:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

I received this email about a planned performance in Exchange Square in August.  Any questions please contact Shaniqua.

Dear Cllr Helen Pollard, 

My name is Shaniqua and I am facilitating a pilot project on Sunday August 20th, which will use the arts to bring young people together and develop as youth leaders.

There will be workshops during the first part of the day, followed by a showcase/performance in the evening. I have asked permission for the performance to take place on Exchange Square, and I was enquiring as to whether you could help me liase with the residents in the area. 

The performance will be taking place from 6.30-8.30pm.  It will encompass poetry, music and drama performances created by young people aged 16-26 during the workshops earlier in the day, and also some work they may have created previously in their own time.  We would not need to set up a stage, but we would be using microphones, speakers, some instruments and probably some backing music.

The event should not be too loud, and it is very positive, open to all members of the community. It would be great if some of the residents came and watched. 

If there is any more information you need, please let me know.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Kind Regards,

Shaniqua

Shaniqua Benjamin

Founder of Young People Insight

07910092565

Twitter: @YPInsight | @ShanqMarie

Instagram: @youngpeopleinsight

Facebook: Young People Insight

YouTube: Young People Insight

 

 


 

Turn Around Centre
06/07/2017 20:37:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with the manage of the Turn Around Centre in Church Road.  I had arranged the meeting to raise issues of crime and anti-social behaviour in the area around the Centre.  Residents have asked what can be done to stop this sort of thing happening.  The Centre Manager told me about the work the Centre does and outlined the measures that are being put in place to try and reduce the issues that have arisen.  I hope residents notice the difference. 

 


 

Licensing Training
27/06/2017 20:43:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attending Licensing training tonight, as I am a reserve member of the Licensing Committee

 


 

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