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A Mystery….
19/03/2017 09:40:00......Posted by Helen Pollard

On 5th March I received reports of new posts being put up in the Chatsworth Road area.

Chatsworth Road and its side roads are in area 4 for the 20 mph zones consultation as per the Council’s website

The statutory consultation took place between 18/1/17 and 15/2/17. 

A decision about whether to go ahead with the 20mph zones in area 4 is due to be taken on 9th May 2017.

Since 5th March I have sent a number of emails to the Council, but so far, no one has advised me what these posts are for. 

So, has the Council already decided to go ahead with the scheme?  Was the consultation a tick box exercise?  If so, were residents wasting their time responding because the decision had already been made?

If you have a view on the 20mph zone you might want to speak at the Traffic Management Committee on 9th May.

Here are extracts from the Council’s website:

If you wish to attend and address the meeting, further information on attendance may be obtained by contacting Victoria Lower (Members’ Services Manager) after 2 May 2017 by telephoning 020 8726 6000 ext. 14773. Please note any requests to be added to the speakers list cannot be taken before that date.

All objections will be reported to Council Members for their consideration at the meeting of the Traffic Management Advisory Committee scheduled to take place on 9 May 2017, following which objectors will be notified of the outcome.  The outcome will also be placed on this webpage as a further update.

What are the next steps?

  • All objections received will be evaluated and where appropriate (in light of any objections) the proposal may be amended before being included as part of an objections report which will be considered by the Councils Traffic Management Advisory Committee meeting in May 2017. 
  • The Committee will make a recommendation to the Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment on whether or not the scheme should be proceeded with for any/all of the three areas i.e. areas 3, 4 and 5.  
  • The Cabinet Member will make the final decision on whether or not to continue with implementation of the proposal for any/all areas.
  • If the decision is to implement the scheme, the council will prepare the design work and implementation will be commenced.


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Cleaning Up the Tamworth Road Estate
02/03/2018 18:01:00.......Posted by Ben Joce


This week your local Fairfield Conservative team has been assisting residents in and around the Tamworth Road Estate. After our recent visits to the area meeting residents it becmae apparent, both through concerns raised and by what we witnessed that the Tamworth Road estate has been neglected by the Council and allowed to fall into a state of disrepair.

The team therefore showed the evidence of what we had witnessed to the council and have been working with them on a speedy resolution.

To date the following has taken place:

  • Adittional street cleaning has now been carried out in the area and a commitment recieved that this will occur on a regular basis
  • Multiple cases of fly tipping have been cleared away
  • Damage / disrepair of gates and fencing has been passed to the neighbourhood services team to recity

This area needs extra attention due to the neglect it has received, therefore we will continue to monitor the situation and work with the council to improve the standards on behalf of the residents. 





Fly Tipping and Street Cleaning on Clarendon & Pitlake Roads
01/03/2018 17:43:00.......Posted by Ben Joce

Recently we have been out and about in the very north of the new Fairfield ward speaking with residents on Clarendon & Pitlake Roads.

A common theme door to door and the biggest complaint was the filthy streets and high amounts of illegal fly tipping that are taking place. 

In order to help residents the local Fairfield team has been working with Council Officers on how we can can combat this issue.

We can now confirm that the area has been placed under formal monitoring for the next 6 weeks and ad-hoc inspections are being implemented to check that the road is being cleansed to standard and that any fly tips are being cleared.

Great result for residents!





Friends of Park Hill
22/02/2018 10:41:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the AGM of the Friends of Park Hill Recreation Ground.  It is amazing to see how much they have achieved in the past few years and I am pleased that I was able to help by providing some of Fairfield's community budget to fund some of the projects.  

They have some exciting plans for the future including a Peace Garden and a Peace Festival.  

Now that the Parks Masterplanning projects is complete I will arrange a meeting with council officers so we can finally get some progress on improving the toilets in the park, and move forward other improvements.  



Night Club in Surrey Street
19/02/2018 10:37:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

There was a meeting of the Licensing Committee to make a decision about the licence for a new 'pop up' night club underneath residential properties in Surrey Street,  Cllr Mohan spoke on behalf of residents and I was pleased that the hours for opening have been significantly reduced.  The lastest time will be 11pm rather than 4am as had originally been requested.  We will monitor plans to make sure that there is no use of the site for activities that will be a nuisance to residents. 



Brick by Brick Development on Edridge and Coombe Road
17/02/2018 15:37:00.......Posted by Ben Joce

Today was an absolutely beautiful day down in Croydon town centre! We spent the momrning in the area around Edridge road. Meeting residents and gathering feedback on local issues. A key theme that emerged from the day was the level of anger directed towards the proposed development by the Labour Councils development company Brick by Brick at the corner of Edridge and Coombe Road. The development would be buildt on a very small bit of green space that the residents cherish and would put additonal pressure on parking and services in the immediate area. We have gathered the feedback and will be presenting the case on behalf of the residents to the councils planning committee, lets hope they listen...



Building on green space on Edridge Road
17/02/2018 10:35:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

A beautiful morning to be out meeting residents in the town centre.  Talked to people in Edridge Road about the loss of local green space due to council plans to build a block of flats on it.  I have put in an objection to the building on Edridge Road so it can't be approved without going before the full Planning Committee. I await a date for the meeting.




Meeting Residents in the South of Fairfield
11/02/2018 21:02:00.......Posted by Ben Joce

Tonight we braved the freezing temperatures to spend the evening meeting residents in the very southern tip of the ward! Re-occuring theme tonight was the state of the streets and concerns from parents on road safety around Howard Road Primary School. Both issues we will be taking forward with council officers to work towards a resolution. 



Parks Consultation
08/02/2018 18:12:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Finally received the final report following the latest consultation about parks.  There are some beautifully presented pdfs with details of ideas for the parks.  Bit disappointed that the reports tell us largely what we knew already.  It is a shame we have had to wait years to get us to the point where we were ages ago.  It has cost £100k and the parks are still in need of investment, but there is no money to invest.  Hope the masterplans don't just gather dust on a shelf somewhere.  



Surgery in Matthews Yard
06/02/2018 18:11:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Councillors Surgery in Matthew's Yard this evening.  No visitors, but I enjoyed a coffee in this relaxing venue!



Cityscape Cladding update
02/02/2018 14:48:00.......Posted by Philip Smith


Following inspection of the current cladding after the dreadful fire at Grenfell, it appears that the cladding used on the Citiscape building is the same as that used on Grenfell Tower and that it must therefore be replaced.

With the issue going to a Property Tribunal next month we are pushing Croydon Council to do its bit to help support the residents. We have written to the Council Chief Executive to raise this really important point and will continue to campaign for residents to get help with any legal assistance. I myself live within Cityscape and will be updating our blog readers on the progress of the action we are taking to support residents. 



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