Combating anti-social behaviour and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) 26/02/2018 15:58:00......Posted by Robert Ward
We are fortunate that Selsdon and Addington Village is a generally low crime area. You can find statistics for the current Selsdon and Ballards ward here. However, we need to remain vigilant and respond to changing circumstances.
At a recent Selsdon and Ballards Police Ward Panel meeting the issue of anti-social behaviour was raised. There was a concern that the changing character of our High Streets, with more fast food outlets replacing traditional shops, might bring with it an increase in anti-social behaviour. CCTV was suggested as a possible measure to help the situation. I have since done some research.
The Council maintains a network of cameras linked to a central control room in Thornton Heath. The cameras are primarily on the main roads, in the town centre and some of the district centres. There are currently none in Selsdon.
Fixed cameras are expensive, both to install and maintain; consequently, none have been installed for many years. The council does however have some redeployable cameras that can be moved around to deal with specific issues.
A re-deployable camera could be used in Selsdon but there are strict requirements which must be met for that to happen. We would need clear evidence of need and a privacy impact assessment would need to be made.
The possibility of using CCTV installed by local shops has been mentioned. These may by law only be used to monitor the building and its immediate surroundings. Although the police would ask to access any evidence stored on this equipment in the event of a specific incident, they may not be used for public space surveillance.
We are some way from a situation serious enough for CCTV surveillance so I would encourage people to report anti-social behaviour. This will help with evidence gathering should we ever need to consider installing cameras and it may be that the matter can be tackled by other means so we never get to a situation where CCTV even needs considering. I hope this helps.
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.
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
New Parks Maintenance Contract 19/02/2019 15:40:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
I attended a meeting at the Council where there was scrutiny of the recent decision to end the contract with idVerde and to bring the maintenance of parks and green spaces in house. The service has been brought back in house from 1st February.
I was disappointed that the Cabinet Member responsible for this area, Oliver Lewis, chose not at attend this meeting to talk about the reasons he made this decision. Instead it was left to Council officer to explain the change.
I have no particular issue with bringing the contract in house. idVerde have been doing a particularly bad job and had been incurring penalties of around £20k a month.
Apparently, in future, grass cutting will be carried out on a frequency basis, not when the grass reaches a certain length. I was also interested to hear that there will be service levels for all parks and I look forward to seeing these for each park in the near future.
Selsdon Residents' Association 11/02/2019 15:38:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
Attended a meeting of SRA and updated them on the earlier meeting with the owner of the 'garage' site.
Selsdon 'Garage' 11/02/2019 15:35:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
We are frequently asked what is happening with the ‘garage’ site next to Aldi. It is an eyesore and needs to be redeveloped.
Planning permission has already been given for it to be redeveloped to have 26 flats and retail space on the ground floor so why has work not started?
This was a question that the Selsdon Councillors wanted to ask the developers so a meeting was arranged to find out why nothing is happening. A member of the Council’s Planning Department was also present.
The developer said the problem is that the planning permission with 26 flats, with four of these being affordable housing, is not financially viable. (It is Council policy that a minimum of 15% of properties in a development should be affordable). The developer said they would make a significant loss if they redeveloped the site in the current economic climate. Their view is the development would only be viable if they could have more flats and if the requirement to include affordable housing was removed.
As local councillors, not property development experts, we can’t judge whether viability is really the issue here, but it would be reasonable to think that the developer would have developed the site by now if it could make a profit. The site was purchased in 1996 and the developer seems pretty keen to complete the project.
The current planning permission for the garage site was given before the new Local Plan came into force so there might be scope for a development with more flats. This would inevitably mean a bigger building and this is a compromise that residents might be prepared to consider if the site is to be redeveloped.
At the end of the meeting it was agreed that the developer would meet with the Planning Department to review the options available and see if there is a way that the project can be moved forward.
Just to be clear, as your elected representatives, the Selsdon Councillors will always act in the best interests of the residents of Selsdon. We will not take the side of a property developer. However, in order to try and move this forward we felt it appropriate to meet with the developer and try to establish why nothing is happening. If a revised planning application is submitted to the Council, we will seek your views before deciding whether we will support it.
Winter Energy Advice event at Selsdon Library on Thursday 7th February 03/02/2019 18:13:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
Croydon Council will be running a winter energy advice drop in session at Selsdon Library on Thursday 7th February between 10.00am and 1.00pm.
At the event residents can get free independent energy bill and tariff advice from a qualified energy assessor, including help finding and switching to lower energy tariffs, and advice about any debt they owe their energy supplier. They will also be able to find out about support offered through the 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).
This event is one of a series of events being run over the winter months in partnership with the Upper Norwood Library Trust, who have staff trained as energy assessors. Details of other events are available on the Council website www.croydon.gov.uk/energyevents
Please do go along and also encourage anyone else who might benefit to come along too. Please bring along a recent gas and electricity bill.
Winter Energy Advice 03/02/2019 16:52:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
The Council will be running a winter energy advice drop in session at Selsdon Library on Thursday 7th February between 10.00am and 1.00pm.
At the event residents can get free independent energy bill and tariff advice from a qualified energy assessor, including help finding and switching to lower energy tariffs, and advice about any debt they owe their energy supplier. They will also be able to find out about support we offer through our Croydon Healthy Homes home visits, including assisting eligible households apply for free larger energy efficiency measures (energy efficient boilers, heating controls and cavity wall/loft insulation etc).
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