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 The Selsdon & Addington Village Blog
 
Cllr  Helen  Pollard
Cllr  Robert  Ward
 

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. 

 
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Changes to key bus routes
02/12/2018 13:32:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

The Council is seeking views on proposed changes to bus routes 50, 75, 109, 154, 197, 250, 264, 403, 405, 412 & 433 serving Croydon town centre.

The Council are proposing these bus routes terminate on the side of the town centre from which they approach, so they would no longer cross the town centre.

These proposed changes would help maintain reliability of services in Croydon by making the bus network simpler and more efficient, and would ensure our resources are invested in the right locations. They would also ensure the impact on bus operations, potentially arising from the construction works in the town centre, is minimised. Customers who would need to interchange to reach their destination could do so within one hour without additional charge using the Hopper fare.

They are keen to hear your views on how these proposed changes could impact on you, and if you have any specific comments or suggestions.

For full details and to share your views, please visit: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/croydon-town-centre/

Plus there is a drop-in session on11 Dec between 2pm and 4pm at the Croydon Central Library.

This consultation will run until Sunday 13 January 2019.

 


 

Councillor surgery
01/12/2018 13:31:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Very quiet surgery this morning.  The pouring rain might have stopped people coming out. 

 


 

Diwali
30/11/2018 13:30:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Joined the Mayor and guests in the Town Hall to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali.

 


 

Update on Parks
27/11/2018 13:29:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met a director of the Council, Steve Iles, for an update on various issues related to parks including the parks maintenance contract which is moving inhouse in February

 


 

Monks Hill Christmas Fair
24/11/2018 13:29:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to the Monks Hill Christmas Fair in St Francis Church.  Lots of people there enjoying the various stalls and the delicious refreshments.  I won a bottle of bubble bath in the tombola!

 


 

Monks Hill Christmas Fair
24/11/2018 13:29:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to the Monks Hill Christmas Fair in St Francis Church.  Lots of people there enjoying the various stalls and the delicious refreshments.  I won a bottle of bubble bath in the tombola!

 


 

Father Christmas arrives in Selsdon
24/11/2018 10:33:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

 
 

It was my honour and pleasure to bring Father Christmas to Selsdon this year. By a wave of his hand he switched our lights on as he progressed slowly down our parade of shops, eventually holding court in his grotto handing out sweets and good cheer to all who came. He features in many a Selsdon selfie.

Our local police were in attendance ensuring safety and security, as were council officers and your councillors publicising our plans for supporting our local shops and businesses. The Baptist Church did a great job offering mince pies. 

Thanks to all those who came along and especially everyone involved in organising the events this year. Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.  

 


 

Selsdon Christmas Lights
23/11/2018 13:28:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

The four Selsdon councillors were pleased put £5500 of their community budget towards the Christmas lights for Selsdon.  We joined hundreds of people this evening for the switching on of the lights.  There were festive songs from Selsdon Primary School choir and Santa arrived in his new-style convertible sleigh!  It was great to see the Student Ambassadors from John Ruskin College cheerfully helping to make things run smoothly. 

Officers from the Council took the opportunity to come along and talk to the businesses in the parade about plans for the future of the shopping parade.

 


 

Cabinet Meeting
19/11/2018 13:28:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to the Cabinet Meeting in the Town Hall where papers are being presented on children's services, policing/safety and business

 


 

Council planning officers meet Residents Associations
13/11/2018 13:27:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

The Council feels that communication could be better with local residents' associations so they organised this meeting to brief them about planning policy etc.  There was a good turnout which shows concerned residents are about the direction the Council is taking on planning. 

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
07/11/2018
Parks Masterplanning
06/11/2018
John Ruskin College
06/11/2018
Addington Residents' Association
19/10/2018
Flu vaccination for young children - please get your child vaccinated
10/10/2018
Gas main replacement in Farnborough Avenue
09/10/2018
Careers Fair - 16th Nov
08/10/2018
Bin issues and delays at Fairfield Halls
07/10/2018
Dance Umbrella
04/10/2018
Monks Hill Update
04/10/2018
Consultation on new Planning Guidelines
02/10/2018
Addington Residents' Assoc
26/09/2018
Intensification of the Suburbs
24/09/2018
Corporate Plan
20/09/2018
Fairfield Halls
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
 
 
 
 
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