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Cllr  Helen  Pollard
Cllr  Robert  Ward
 

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.”

 
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Flu vaccination for young children - please get your child vaccinated
19/10/2018 21:47:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

 
 

Flu can be very serious for some young children. If your child is aged 2 or 3, they can get the free flu nasal spray vaccination. It’s quick and easy with not a needle in sight.

Only about 33% of 2-3 year olds in Croydon had their flu vaccine last year. Protecting little ones from the flu is easy with a free nasal spray. Please get your child protected. Ask your GP now or search NHS flu vaccine.

 


 

Gas main replacement in Farnborough Avenue
10/10/2018 10:50:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Southern gas networks are today, 10th October starting work to replace the gas main in Farnborough Avenue, which will include some works across the mouth of Copse view and Heathfield Vale. The majority of the work will involve open cut trenches in Farnborough Avenue, in the line of where cars would normally park, so existing flows will be maintained.

It will be necessary to close Farnborough Avenue whilst they trench across Heathfield Vale, connecting the new main to the existing one. Two-way lights will be in use on Heathfield Vale through this phase of works. Advanced warning of this closure will go out one week before it is due to happen, with a local diversion signposted.

 


 

Careers Fair - 16th Nov
09/10/2018 17:39:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Croydon Careers Fair is taking place on the 16th November in Croydon Conference Centre on Surrey Street from 10am – 2pm and there will be 30+ local organisations attending.

The event is completely free to attend, and as this is The UK Careers Fair’s first time in Croydon, they are also giving away a £5 Amazon Gift Card to the first 100 attendees!

 


 

Bin issues and delays at Fairfield Halls
08/10/2018 17:38:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

There was a meeting of the full Council and there were many questions about the chaotic roll-out of the new wheeled bins.  I asked about the lack of progress with the refurbishment of Fairfield Halls - there is still no firm date for reopening.

 


 

Dance Umbrella
07/10/2018 17:38:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to see the Dance Umbrella performance in BoxPark and it was great to see the performance by 200 women

 


 

Monks Hill Update
04/10/2018 17:37:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to Monks Hill for their community association meeting.  They were discussing plans for their Christmas Crafts event in December and I am happy to support this using some funds from the Ward budget.  They have set the date for their Fund Day next year - 1st June - look forward to it!

 


 

Consultation on new Planning Guidelines
04/10/2018 17:36:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to the consultation event about the Intensification of the Suburbs proposals that are being put forward by the Council.  There were some good visuals, a video and some models which clearly showed the impact of the additional housing on communities.  I am not convinced this is the best way to tackle the housing shortage. 

 

 


 

Addington Residents' Assoc
02/10/2018 17:35:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Addington Residents' Association where we discussed how to protect the field at Pioneer Place from development.  It is a precious community resource with many rare plants and animals.

 


 

Intensification of the Suburbs
26/09/2018 17:34:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Joined colleagues at a meeting of residents associations to discuss the Councils consultation on the Intensification of the Suburbs planning document.  They have serious concerns about the proposals and the impact they will have on their neighbourhoods.  

 


 

Corporate Plan
24/09/2018 17:33:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Croydon's Cabinet where the Corporate Plan for 2018-2022 was being discussed.

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
12/09/2018
Recycling of the old blue and green recycling boxes
10/09/2018
Christmas Lights
06/09/2018
Fairfield Halls - Under Construction
06/09/2018
Bin Update
04/09/2018
Addington Residents' Assoc
03/09/2018
New bin collection day and what to do if you don't have the new bins
29/08/2018
Maintenance work on the tram network at Gravel Hill, between Shirley Hills and New Addington
23/08/2018
Walkabout
06/08/2018
Director of Place
04/08/2018
Selsdon Shops
01/08/2018
Selsdon Councillors Surgery - August 2018
28/07/2018
A great team out today picking up litter in Monks Hill
26/07/2018
Culture and Selsdon
23/07/2018
St John's Church
20/07/2018
Croydon Council granted injunction to help prevent illegal encampments
17/07/2018
Meeting Selsdon businesses
16/07/2018
Labour's huge budget variances
10/07/2018
Monks Hill Residents' Meeting
09/07/2018
Council Meeting
09/07/2018
July surgery at Selsdon Centre for the Retired (Selsdon Sainsburys)
07/07/2018
Addington Village Party
03/07/2018
Addington Residents' Assoc
30/06/2018
Changes to recycling arrangements
28/06/2018
John Ruskin College
25/06/2018
Events in Croydon
24/06/2018
South End Food Festival
23/06/2018
Peace Festival
20/06/2018
First seven weeks as Councillor for Selsdon and addington Village
20/06/2018
Supporting Selsdon
18/06/2018
Planning Training
 
 
 
 
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