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 The Selsdon & Ballards Blog
Cllr  Sara  Bashford
Cllr  Dudley  Mead
Cllr  Phil  Thomas

Wet paint - a hazardous material!
16/03/2017 15:57:00......Posted by Sara Bashford


Empty paint tins or those containing dried paint can be taken to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centres. However I was surprised to learn that wet paint is now classed as hazardous waste and the recycling site licenses in Croydon do not currently permit this.  Residents can book a free paint collection from their home via the City of London, details of which can be found here:

If you use this service I would be interested to know how efficient it was.

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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  When entering the website you will be asked to enter the code for this branch: 11001399



Paint Purley Purple Launch
13/07/2017 17:01:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford


Yesterday I was very pleased to attend the launch of Paint Purley Purple.

PPP takes place for a week in September and raises the profile of the work carried out by the South East Cancer Help Centre, who are based at Tesco's in Purley. They do a huge amount of good work supporting people with cancer and their families and friends. We are very pleased to be able to donate £1000 from our ward budget to this excellent service as it benefits many Selsdon and Ballards residents.



More Road works on Addington Road
11/07/2017 14:39:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

The Council have provided us with the following information about some major road works, which I am sure will cause disruption, so best avoided if possible:-

SGN are due to replace a gas main located within Addington Road. These works will carried out under two-ways signals which will be manually controlled during peak times and when else required. SGN will work extended hours during this time. Works will start Monday 17th July and run for four weeks for phase one of these works.

Phase One: Weeks 1 to 4 – TM will be 2 way lights from O/S 24 Addington Road to Mountwood Close.

There are further phases which total ten weeks to span over the school summer holidays and into September. Information on the next phase will be sent as an update.

SGN are arranging a drop centre to take place before the more disruptive works start so residents can pop in and discuss the works progress and the next phase. Date and location TBC.

Affected residents of Addington Road were letter dropped on the 6th July with a further letter drop for nearby side streets posted yesterday.



London Youth Games
11/07/2017 09:24:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford


I was really pleased to attend the London Youth Games finals on Sunday. Croydon came 8th overall and put in an amazing performance in a wide variety of sports. I was pleased to be able to be present when our team received their medals for second place in the Aquathon.

Well done to all our young peole who took place and represented the Borough.




1 hour free parking
11/07/2017 09:22:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

Selsdon district centre will benefit from 1 hours free parking, which is an improvement to the previous 30 minutes. It was felt that 30 minutes didn’t allow shoppers to do everything they needed and now there won’t be so much watch checking to see if you need to get back to the car.

We hope this will encourage more people to shop in Selsdon and visit the excellent coffee shops, restaurants and other valued services we have.





LGBCE - Recommendations and how they affect Selsdon and Ballards
04/07/2017 16:06:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

The Local Government Boundary Review Commission has published its final recommendations for Croydon. Details can be found at

For Selsdon and Ballards it does mean a change as the current ward won’t exist from May 2018 (unless Parliament disagrees with the outcomes). There will be two new wards – Selsdon Vale and Forestdale and Selsdon and Addington Village.

In summary the changes are:

1.       Selsdon Vale and Forestdale ward will be mostly south of Addington Road eg Ravenshead Close, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale.

2.       Selsdon and Addington Village will include homes north of the Addington Road eg Littleheath Road, Ballards and the roads to Addington Village.

3.       There will be a few roads that will move into Sanderstead ward eg Norfolk Avenue.

If you want more details the website will provide it, but we hope that these changes will not affect the representation you have had for the last few years.



Addington Road - works on 5th July
30/06/2017 15:04:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

Due to a faulty cover needing replacing, Thames water will be installing two-way signals in Addington road (near Selsdon crescent). These works will take place for one day between 09:30-14:30 on Wednesday 5th July.



Councillor's Ward Budget - Funding available.
27/06/2017 13:29:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

We are pleased to be able to support, via the Councillors Ward Budget, local groups who provide a service to our community. If you are a local group who is looking for one off funding for a specific project, please do get in contact with us and let us know if we can help.

If you have a project you would like considered or you want more information please send an email to



MIdsummer Woodland Family Fundraiser
20/06/2017 07:00:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford


I thought this may be of interest as it sounds like a fun family event.



Car Crime - Be Alert
31/05/2017 16:18:00.......Posted by Sara Bashford

We have received the following advice from our local police team and wanted to share it with you:-


We wish to bring to your attention that there has been an increase in vehicle crime in the Selsdon and Ballards area. Vehicle crime has occurred in Croham Valley Road, Chapel View, Ballards Way, Ashen Vale and Dove Close.

We are letting you know about these incidents so that you can take action to protect your vehicle: 


  • Ensure your vehicle is left locked and secured with no valuables left inside. However, if valuables are left inside then they should not be left on display. In particular mobile phones, laptop computers, coats and bags are often too great a temptation to passing criminals

  • If your stereo can be removed please make sure you do

  • If your vehicle has any security devices, always ensure that they are fitted and/or activated whenever you leave your vehicle unattended, no matter how briefly you are away

  • If you have a garage, please park your vehicle inside. If not try to park it in a well-lit area, which is not concealed from public view

  • Thieves may break into houses in order to get vehicle keys: ensure you don’t keep your keys in an obvious place, for example visible/accessible via a letterbox

    If you see anyone acting suspiciously then please call the police. You will be asked for a description of the suspect, details of their clothing, vehicle index numbers and where they are or what direction they have gone.

    If you have any information about vehicle crime or any other crime, then please contact the police via the following telephone numbers:

  • In an emergency always call 999

  • To report a crime please call 101

  • For advice: Selsdon & Ballards Local Policing Team: 020 8721  2464

  • e-mail:

  • CrimeStoppers: 0800 500 111. Your call is free, you do not have to give your name and you may receive a reward 

    If we can assist with further advice please contact us on the above details or visit for further crime prevention advice




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 Older Blog Posts
Old Farleigh Road - Road works Part 2
Old Farleigh Road - Road Works
Road repairs
Waste permits - What a joke.
Thames Water works in Kersey Drive
Wet paint - a hazardous material!
Spring Walk in Selsdon Wood
More road works...........
A guided walk of discovery
Tram works - 8th to 18th April
Arkwright Road / Church Way urgent road works
Council Tax up by 4.99%
New trees - will Selsdon and Ballards get any?
Yet more disruption - Coombe Lane
Even more dispution - Addington Road / Ashen Vale
Urgent works - Old Farleigh Road
Road works in Addington Road from 23rd February
Run, Hide, Tell
A sad day - flats approved on Croham Valley Road.
Yorkshire Building Society to close in Selsdon.
How to object - 20MPH Zone
20 MPH consultation in Selsdon and Ballards
Selsdon and Ballards welcomes the new Borough Commander
Primary application deadline
Season's greetings
Christmas rubbish collection
MInd shop burglary
Christmas parking in Croydon
UKPN priority scheme
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