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Cllr  Vidhi  Mohan
Cllr  Helen  Pollard
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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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 Other Blog Posts

Annual Council Meeting
22/05/2017 19:13:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the Annual Council meeting in the Town Hall where the new Mayor was appointed.



Extra Surgery in Haethfield Gardens
22/05/2017 19:00:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Held an extra councillor surgery today from 5-6pm on the Heathfield Gardens estate.  The purpose was to meet residents to discuss their views on the proposal to build two blocks of flats on the estate.  Garages and green space will be lost. 

I was not surprised to hear that residents strongly oppose the development and I will represent their views at the Planning Committee meeting on 24th May. 



Taberner House development
18/05/2017 18:41:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to the Planning Committee meeting in the Town Hall to speak on behalf of residents against the development planned for the Taberner House site.  The application was given the go-ahead but at least the plans for Queens Gardens will be brought before separate planning meeting.

There was also a presentation about the proposed development in Surrey Street on the site of Matthews Yard.  The developer was given guidance about how to improve the plans before putting in an application.



John Ruskin College
16/05/2017 18:39:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of the governing body of John Ruskin College.  Good to hear their plans for offering apprenticeships



Queens Gardens development
09/05/2017 20:10:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

The planning application for the Queens Gardens development will be considered by the Planning Committee on 18th May.  There will also be a presentation about the demolition of the building where Matthews Yard is currently located. 



Fairfield Halls
09/05/2017 20:09:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with a senior council officer to follow up on discussions from the Scrutiny meeting about Fairfield Halls. 



Croydon Cycle Race
04/05/2017 19:37:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a briefing from council officers to hear about the Tour Series cycling event that will be held in Croydon on 18th May. 



Chatsworth Residents' Association
03/05/2017 19:34:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Chatsworth Road Residents' Assocation.  The agenda included a number of issues including the Big Lunch street party in the area and the number of HMOs.  As the Chatsworth Road and neighbouring roads are a conservation area we discussed options for signage to show this.  This is something that can be funded from the councillor budget.



Art in Croydon
02/05/2017 21:36:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to an arts event at TMRW where around 50 people came to discuss the future of arts in Croydon. It was good to be part of the discussion and to hear the views on how the arts can be encourged.  Disappointed that Cllr Godfrey, Cabinet Member for Culture Leisure and Sport, was not able to make this event as it was very helpful to hear from so many people who are involved in the arts. 



Scrutiny - Fairfield Halls
26/04/2017 11:28:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the Scrutiny Meeting that reviewed the decision about the appointment of the operator for Fairfield Halls.  At the end of the meeting, the Committee agreed that no further action was required regarding the decision to appoint BHLive as the operator for Fairfield Halls.  This was supported by all councillors and was the right approach at this stage.  Nevertheless, a number of concerns remain about the management of Fairfield Halls going forward:

-          More clarity is needed about how much school and community use there will be at the venue, and on what terms.  At the moment there is no clarity about whether the events that happened before Fairfield Hall closed will be able to continue.  We need to be sure they won’t be priced out of Fairfield Halls. 

-          What will happen if the operator fails to deliver on the contract?  £30m has been invested in refurbishing this venue and we need to be confident the money has been well spent and will deliver the cultural programme that Croydon needs.

Here is a link to detailed notes that I took at the meeting




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