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

The road side verges by Fairfield Halls and Queens Gardens look like fields of weeds.  I have asked council officers to look into this. 

 
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Taberner House development
18/05/2017 18:41:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to the Planning Committee meeting in the Town Hall to speak on behalf of residents against the development planned for the Taberner House site.  The application was given the go-ahead but at least the plans for Queens Gardens will be brought before separate planning meeting.

There was also a presentation about the proposed development in Surrey Street on the site of Matthews Yard.  The developer was given guidance about how to improve the plans before putting in an application.

 


 

John Ruskin College
16/05/2017 18:39:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of the governing body of John Ruskin College.  Good to hear their plans for offering apprenticeships

 


 

Queens Gardens development
09/05/2017 20:10:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

The planning application for the Queens Gardens development will be considered by the Planning Committee on 18th May.  There will also be a presentation about the demolition of the building where Matthews Yard is currently located. 

 


 

Fairfield Halls
09/05/2017 20:09:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with a senior council officer to follow up on discussions from the Scrutiny meeting about Fairfield Halls. 

 


 

Croydon Cycle Race
04/05/2017 19:37:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a briefing from council officers to hear about the Tour Series cycling event that will be held in Croydon on 18th May. 

 


 

Chatsworth Residents' Association
03/05/2017 19:34:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Chatsworth Road Residents' Assocation.  The agenda included a number of issues including the Big Lunch street party in the area and the number of HMOs.  As the Chatsworth Road and neighbouring roads are a conservation area we discussed options for signage to show this.  This is something that can be funded from the councillor budget.

 


 

Art in Croydon
02/05/2017 21:36:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to an arts event at TMRW where around 50 people came to discuss the future of arts in Croydon. It was good to be part of the discussion and to hear the views on how the arts can be encourged.  Disappointed that Cllr Godfrey, Cabinet Member for Culture Leisure and Sport, was not able to make this event as it was very helpful to hear from so many people who are involved in the arts. 

 


 

Scrutiny - Fairfield Halls
26/04/2017 11:28:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the Scrutiny Meeting that reviewed the decision about the appointment of the operator for Fairfield Halls.  At the end of the meeting, the Committee agreed that no further action was required regarding the decision to appoint BHLive as the operator for Fairfield Halls.  This was supported by all councillors and was the right approach at this stage.  Nevertheless, a number of concerns remain about the management of Fairfield Halls going forward:

-          More clarity is needed about how much school and community use there will be at the venue, and on what terms.  At the moment there is no clarity about whether the events that happened before Fairfield Hall closed will be able to continue.  We need to be sure they won’t be priced out of Fairfield Halls. 

-          What will happen if the operator fails to deliver on the contract?  £30m has been invested in refurbishing this venue and we need to be confident the money has been well spent and will deliver the cultural programme that Croydon needs.

Here is a link to detailed notes that I took at the meeting

 

 


 

Council meeting
24/04/2017 11:26:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the Council Meeting in the Town Hall.  Didn't get an opportunity to ask questions about the new operator for Fairfield Halls but will ask questions in the Scrutiny meeting on 26th April

 


 

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. 

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
19/04/2017
Meeting residents
14/04/2017
Street Orchestra in BoxPark
13/04/2017
Meeting about Croham Road shops
12/04/2017
Parks Meeting
11/04/2017
Meeting residents in Fairfield
09/04/2017
Easter Egg Hunt
05/04/2017
East Croydon issues
04/04/2017
Surgery
04/04/2017
Verges
03/04/2017
Wellesley Road Closed 8-18 April
01/04/2017
Surrey Street
30/03/2017
North End
30/03/2017
Queens Gardens
30/03/2017
SCCA
25/03/2017
Lost views
24/03/2017
Ashburton Library
24/03/2017
Planning Meeting
19/03/2017
A Mystery….
16/03/2017
Arts Question Time
13/03/2017
Addiscombe Grove
13/03/2017
Cabinet Agenda
09/03/2017
Old Town
04/03/2017
Spring Cleaning
28/02/2017
John Ruskin College
27/02/2017
Council Meeting
25/02/2017
Fairfield and College Green
25/02/2017
Surrey Street consultation meeting
18/02/2017
Heathfield Gardens
11/02/2017
Rise Gallery
09/02/2017
Saffron Square
 
 
 
 
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