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Cllr  Sara  Bashford
Cllr  Dudley  Mead
Cllr  Phil  Thomas

Arkwright Road / Church Way urgent road works
28/02/2017 14:05:00......Posted by Sara Bashford

We have just recieved the following about urgent road works:-

SGN have several gas escapes on a gas main in the carriageway in Arkwright road at its junction with Church Way. To facilitate these works three-way signals have been installed at this junction. These works are anticipated to be completed on 7th March, however due to the nature of emergency works this may change.

Ihope this does not cause too much inconvenience.



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MIdsummer Woodland Family Fundraiser
20/06/2017 07:00:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford


I thought this may be of interest as it sounds like a fun family event.



Car Crime - Be Alert
31/05/2017 16:18:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

We have received the following advice from our local police team and wanted to share it with you:-


We wish to bring to your attention that there has been an increase in vehicle crime in the Selsdon and Ballards area. Vehicle crime has occurred in Croham Valley Road, Chapel View, Ballards Way, Ashen Vale and Dove Close.

We are letting you know about these incidents so that you can take action to protect your vehicle: 


  • Ensure your vehicle is left locked and secured with no valuables left inside. However, if valuables are left inside then they should not be left on display. In particular mobile phones, laptop computers, coats and bags are often too great a temptation to passing criminals

  • If your stereo can be removed please make sure you do

  • If your vehicle has any security devices, always ensure that they are fitted and/or activated whenever you leave your vehicle unattended, no matter how briefly you are away

  • If you have a garage, please park your vehicle inside. If not try to park it in a well-lit area, which is not concealed from public view

  • Thieves may break into houses in order to get vehicle keys: ensure you don’t keep your keys in an obvious place, for example visible/accessible via a letterbox

    If you see anyone acting suspiciously then please call the police. You will be asked for a description of the suspect, details of their clothing, vehicle index numbers and where they are or what direction they have gone.

    If you have any information about vehicle crime or any other crime, then please contact the police via the following telephone numbers:

  • In an emergency always call 999

  • To report a crime please call 101

  • For advice: Selsdon & Ballards Local Policing Team: 020 8721  2464

  • e-mail:

  • CrimeStoppers: 0800 500 111. Your call is free, you do not have to give your name and you may receive a reward 

    If we can assist with further advice please contact us on the above details or visit for further crime prevention advice




Local Plan Hearing - Selsdon Park Hotel
23/05/2017 21:49:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

Today I spoke at the Local Plan hearing against Selsdon Park Hotel’s wish to take the hotel buildings and the land up to the golf course out of Green Belt. In requesting this de-designation it will allow the owners the ability to extend the hotel beyond its current size without restriction.

Much as I don’t want to stop improvements I do feel it is important to keep the Green Belt safe and ensure that development is kept to the same foot print of the current buildings (including the outbuildings).

We need to keep the Green Belt safe and preserve its visual amenity for generations to come. 



Old Farleigh Road - Road works Part 2
19/05/2017 14:53:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

Having just found out about the BT works I have recieved a second notification of works planned in Old Farleigh Road, this time re-surfacing. The Council have told us:-

"We are writing to inform you that Croydon’s Highways team together with its principal contractor Kier, will shortly be commencing resurfacing works on the above road. The works are scheduled  to be implemented 2nd June – 3rd June.  Due to the locations and nature of these works it is inevitable that some disruption will occur between 21:30hrs-05:30hrs when the works are being carried out. For this reason it is recommended that where possible you use alternative routes, or allow extra time to complete your journey. Additionally to enable the works to be completed with the least inconvenient to the residents, appropriate traffic management plan will be in place. Pedestrian access will not be affected.

Croydon’s Highways team wishes to apologise in advance and welcomes your co-operation to ensure the work is executed safely and efficiently. Every effort will be made to minimise the inconvenience that may be caused during the works. In view of these works, we have notified residents and businesses in the vicinity with a letter drop notification"



Old Farleigh Road - Road Works
19/05/2017 14:24:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford


We have been told that between 25th and 30th May BT are installing a new service in Old Farleigh Road at its junction with Woodland Gardens. To facilitate these works, three-way signals will be installed. These works will only take place between the hours of 0930-14:30.

We hope there is minimal inconvenience caused



Road repairs
24/04/2017 11:54:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

I am pleased that after some pressure on the Council they have agreed that the following roads will receive attention from the 17/18 budget.

Foxearth Road – The centre strip of the carriageway will be repaired

Old Farleigh Road – Will be resurfaced between the gates of the nature reserve and Sandpiper Road.

Birdwood Close – Will be resurfaced in patches, where the current surface is at its worse.

We hope they will be completed as quickly as possible



Waste permits - What a joke.
10/04/2017 14:02:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford


Today I went to Fishers Farm to dispose of green waste from my weekend of gardening and took with me my passport and Council Tax bill so I could get a permit and instructed by the Council. Below is a letter I sent to the Director of Streets and the Cabinet Member when I got home. I thought you might like to see it and let me know if you have had any problems getting your permit or indeed if you have just used the service having not been offered a permit.

“I thought the point of the permits was to ensure only Croydon residents could use the recycling centres, clearly no one bothered to tell Fishers Farm this.

I went this morning and sat in a queue and in the front of the queue a member staff stood mainly doing nothing, although later he claimed he was busy doing traffic management (this was while chatting to a driver picking stuff up in a van, from one of the containers, I will come back to that). I wasn't asked for ID or where I lived and nor was anyone else who drove in. Whilst he stood in front of my car he could easily have checked documents and given out the permits he had on a roll in his hand. There was also no one in the main part of the centre checking for permits or explaining to people they had to have one. What is the point of a permit if it isn't being handed out. Please don't try and tell me it was busy so they weren't handing them out , because there were at least 5 empty spaces that cars could have parked in left vacant in the centre (even though there were queues outside)

On finishing disposing of my waste I went up to the man who had been on the gate when I arrived and asked why I wasn't offered a permit. He asked me why I hadn't asked for one. I said that was because he was supposed to check that everyone entering was a resident he said they all were and had permits, this was a blatant lie. His attitude and that of the pick up driver who he was chatting to him was very demeaning. The pick up driver (who this had nothing to do with) interjected and said as it was a sunny day,I should forget it. I asked again why he wasn't doing his job and he told me he was too busy - yes too busy chatting and standing round doing nothing to implement policy.

The arrogance and lack of adherence to policy does need to be dealt with. Please let me know what action will be taken. If you want to hear the conversation with the operative just let me know as I recorded it. 

On leaving the centre there was chaos outside as the person on duty clearly had no idea how to resolve a problem of a car blocking the road. If he had looked behind and asked those cars in the drive into the centre to all move forward a foot, which they could do, the problem would have been solved. There are clearly issue there with the staff as no one seems bothered or in control.

On the basis another resident couldn't get a permit because he drove a 4x4 I believe this policy is hit and miss and needs to be completely rethought. It didn't work for the same reason of noncompliance by staff the last time it was tried.

In addition on my way home a Veolia open back vehicle DF65 Y?Y was parked in the bus stop at Pixton Way which meant the bus could not pull in to pick up passengers. Why do Veolia drivers believe they have the right to block a bus stop which is specifically designed so a disabled person in a wheelchair or a parent with a buggy can get on and off the bus properly.

Both of your views are expected in reply.”



Thames Water works in Kersey Drive
20/03/2017 16:38:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

Thames Water will be renewing a ‘pressure release valve’ in Kersey Drive at its junction with Kingwood Way. Works will take place from 27/03/17 to 05/04/17. To facilitate these works multi-way signals will be used. Pedestrians will be maintained on existing footway.

Hopefully they will be finished on time and cause the minimum of disruption. 




Wet paint - a hazardous material!
16/03/2017 15:57:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford


Empty paint tins or those containing dried paint can be taken to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centres. However I was surprised to learn that wet paint is now classed as hazardous waste and the recycling site licenses in Croydon do not currently permit this.  Residents can book a free paint collection from their home via the City of London, details of which can be found here:

If you use this service I would be interested to know how efficient it was.



Spring Walk in Selsdon Wood
15/03/2017 19:53:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

On Sunday 2nd April there will be a spring walk setting out from Selsdon Wood car park at 2pm. It is being led by the Friends of Selsdon Wood and will be a ramble thorugh the woods looking at the extensive flora and forna, as well as getting some gentle exercise. 



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 Older Blog Posts
A guided walk of discovery
Tram works - 8th to 18th April
Arkwright Road / Church Way urgent road works
Council Tax up by 4.99%
New trees - will Selsdon and Ballards get any?
Yet more disruption - Coombe Lane
Even more dispution - Addington Road / Ashen Vale
Urgent works - Old Farleigh Road
Road works in Addington Road from 23rd February
Run, Hide, Tell
A sad day - flats approved on Croham Valley Road.
Yorkshire Building Society to close in Selsdon.
How to object - 20MPH Zone
20 MPH consultation in Selsdon and Ballards
Selsdon and Ballards welcomes the new Borough Commander
Primary application deadline
Season's greetings
Christmas rubbish collection
MInd shop burglary
Christmas parking in Croydon
UKPN priority scheme
A week on.
Christmas lights switch on
Addington Road / Selsdon Park Road - Road works
Free carinval performance workshops
Further roadworks on Limpsfield Road
Computer skills for older people
Road works (delays) on Addington Road
Another burst water main - Kent Gateway
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