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Cllr  Helen  Pollard
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Post Office re-location
17/07/2017 08:34:00......Posted by Sara Bashford

 

The Post Office have confirmed that the Selsdon Post Office will be moved to Tudor Library at 244 Addington Road.

Posters are being displayed in branch to let customers know about this decision. They are currently making the final arrangements for the move and further posters will be provided in branch soon to let customers know the actual date the move will take place.

There is also information on the Post Office website at postofficeviews.co.uk.  When entering the website you will be asked to enter the code for this branch: 11001399

 
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Cabinet Meeting
25/03/2019 19:32:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Croydon's Cabinet in the Town Hall where there were some very moving speeches from parents of children who have special educational needs.  They were commenting on the Council's SEN strategy and I sincerely hope the Labour administration will take into account their comments.  We all agree with the aspirations of the paper, but we need to be confident it will be delivered effectively. 

 


 

Road repairs in Farley Road, Selsdon
19/03/2019 13:05:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Please note that in order to facilitate a repair on a water leak, two way temporary signals have been set up on Farley Road, near its junction with Brent Road. The signals will be manually controlled at peak times to minimise congestion in the area. The works are expected to be completed by Thursday afternoon.

This will cause a lot of delay at peak times so please avoid the area if you can during the rush hour.

 


 

Site meeting in Huntingfield
11/03/2019 19:31:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met the Chair of Addington Residents' Association and an officer from the Council who is responsible for implementing parking schemes.  The meeting was held on site in Huntingfield outside the Methodist Church.  There is a problem with parking when parents park to drop off children at the nursery in the Church Hall.  There are also issues with people parking to catch the tram to Croydon.  The Council officer will put forward some suggestions for parking restrictions.

 

 


 

Fairfield Halls
06/03/2019 19:29:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

It has now been revealed that the Fairfield Halls refurbishment project will not only be delivered over a year late but now the Croydon Council tax payer will have to fund the £11m project overspend.  The project cost has increased from £30m to £41m.

Croydon Conservatives have always supported the redevelopment of Fairfield Halls and indeed had plans in place to do just that.  However, we did not support full closure as we felt the redevelopment work could be done whilst keeping parts of the building open. This would have allowed continuity of programming and the venue could  continue to generate income to defray some of the costs. 

The Labour administration nevertheless decided to close Fairfield Halls, despite fierce opposition from local people who treasure the venue.  The reason for the decision was that phasing would incur additional cost. 

Since the project began it has been beset by delay after delay and it is running 18 months behind schedule.  We now find it is only late, but will cost the taxpayer an additional £11m on top of the original £30m budgeted cost. 

The developer for this project is the Council-owned entity, Brick By Brick which has a track record of non-delivery.  A business with no experience of projects of this size (or indeed projects of any size!), it should be no surprise to the Labour administration that Brick By Brick has failed on this project.  We can only hope that when it does eventually open, Fairfield Halls delivers the diverse and quality entertainment this town deserves.

The cost to the tax payer will be exacerbated by the Council’s failure to deliver the Croydon College regeneration it promised.  This would have resulted in the development of hundreds of flats which would have subsidised the Fairfield Halls project by millions of pounds.  This will now not happen and the tax payer will have to foot the bill. 

 


 

Addington Residents' Association
05/03/2019 19:30:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Addington Residents' Association.  Discussed parking around the Methodist Church, park refurbishment and planning.

 


 

Council meeting
04/03/2019 19:27:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of the Council in the Town Hall to debate the budget for Croydon Council in 2019/20.  Next year's council tax was set by the current Labour administration.

 


 

Labour's 'expired' parks funding
03/03/2019 15:30:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

In 2014 I was elected as the ward councillor for Fairfield.  The old Fairfield ward included the lovely town-centre Park Hill Recreation Ground.  I immediately got to know the Friends of Park Hill, the enthusiastic and dedicated team that works hard to help maintain the park at a time when the Council is cutting funds for parks maintenance.  Park Hill Park has a rich heritage but unfortunately its current state does not reflect its former glory.  Many areas of the park have been neglected and are run down including the pavilion and the rose gardens. 

Before 2014 around £100,000 was allocated for investment in the park.  This 'Section 106' funding was allocated to the park from the levy on developers who built blocks of flats near the park, the occupants of which are likely to use the park. 

In the four years I was a Fairfield councillor I regularly requested that this money was spent on park improvements.  Sadly I failed in this quest.  The reasons for this are that the Council wanted to put together a masterplan for the park so the money would be invested as part of a considered overall plan for the park.  This was a laudable objective, but it took two consultations and four years for the Council to produce the masterplan.   The masterplan was completed in January 2018 and it was the end of 2018 before the Council had recruited staff to implement the plan. 

In April 2017 I asked Cllr Godfrey, Labour's councillor who was responsible for parks, to confirm how much money would be available for Park Hill Park once the masterplan was completed.  His answer was that £99,950 was allocated and that it is intended that the funding would be rolled forward.

In January 2019 I was advised by the Council that the £99,950 set aside for Park Hill has expired.

In five years this Labour council has done nothing for Park Hill Park.  During this time more and more flats have been built in the surrounding area and the park is increasingly heavily used.

Going forward there will be greater reliance on Friends Groups to help maintain our parks.   In Park Hill Park, they are the ones fighting the corner for the park.  In return this Labour Council seems to be doing everything it can to stop them.

I worry for the future of our parks.

 


 

Community Room - Monks Hill
26/02/2019 15:48:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with a council officer and representatives of GLL the contractor who is managing the Community Room which is part of the Monks Hill Sports Centre.  

 


 

Cabinet Meeting
25/02/2019 15:47:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Croydon's Cabinet in the Town Hall where questions were asked about the planned budget and Council Tax increase.

 


 

Energy Saving advice in Selsdon
24/02/2019 12:04:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

 
 

Croydon Council will be running two more Winter Energy Events at Selsdon Library, on Thursday 7th March and Saturday 16th March.  Both events will run from 10am to 1pm.

At the event residents can get free independent energy advice from a qualified energy assessor. They can also find out about support offered through the Council's Croydon Healthy Homes home visits, including assisting eligible households to apply for free larger energy efficiency measures (energy efficient boilers, heating controls and cavity wall/loft insulation etc), and also help finding and switching to lower energy tariffs, and advice about any debt they owe their energy supplier. Residents are encouraged to bring along a recent gas and electricity bill.

These events are part of a series of events over the winter months.  Details of other events are available on the Council website www.croydon.gov.uk/energyevents

Full details about Croydon Healthy Homes are available on the Council website at:  www.croydon.gov.uk/healthyhomes

 

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
11/02/2019
Selsdon Residents' Association
11/02/2019
Selsdon 'Garage'
03/02/2019
Winter Energy Advice event at Selsdon Library on Thursday 7th February
03/02/2019
Winter Energy Advice
02/02/2019
Monks Hill Community Room
02/02/2019
Councillor surgery
01/02/2019
Funds secured for playground upgrade
28/01/2019
Council Meeting
22/01/2019
JRC Last Board Meeting
21/01/2019
Cabinet Meeting
12/01/2019
Ballards Farm
07/01/2019
Health advice for the New Year - start as you mean to go on
05/01/2019
Recycling and collection of Christmas trees
04/01/2019
Changes to Croydon's bus routes - Please check this out if you use busses in Selsdon and Addington
02/01/2019
Disruption to traffic on roads near Selsdon Sainsburys
01/01/2019
Shurgard Self Storage fire update, 11:30 am 1st January 2019
24/12/2018
Fairfield Halls progress update
20/12/2018
Parking in Selsdon
16/12/2018
Civic Carol Service
11/12/2018
Scrutiny of Council's Culture Provision
04/12/2018
Worries about Intensification in Addington
03/12/2018
New Aldermen and Alderwomen
02/12/2018
Changes to key bus routes
01/12/2018
Councillor surgery
30/11/2018
Diwali
27/11/2018
Update on Parks
24/11/2018
Monks Hill Christmas Fair
24/11/2018
Monks Hill Christmas Fair
24/11/2018
Father Christmas arrives in Selsdon
23/11/2018
Selsdon Christmas Lights
 
 
 
 
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