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

KFC is coming to Selsdon
18/08/2017 08:47:00......Posted by Sara Bashford

Last night a local business owner, our PCSO and I spoke at the planning committee meeting against the opening of a KFC in our district centre. However, regardless of our objections and the written ones from other residents the scheme was approved. We had expected this to be the case and we gave many reasons why it shouldn’t but they were ignored.

If you want to read what I said, my speech is below.

“The main reason for the objection is the over saturation of fast food/ eat in outlets that are diminishing the vibrancy of the district centre. The need to have businesses that attract daytime use of the other shops and services is vital to keep this local high street alive. This fast food outlet won’t do that.

I have no specific objection to KFC, this objection would be for any further change of use and fast food outlet in Selsdon.

In Selsdon we have a large number of fast food outlets, including, a chicken shop, kebab shop, fish and chip shop, a Chinese and two pizza takeaways, plus many restaurants that provide a takeaway service. We don’t need any more in such a small district centre.

I appreciate it would bring an unused site back into use but that isn’t a reason to approve this. We need the right type of business that will be a benefit to the community and other local small businesses.. This KFC will only attract those looking for cheap food and not bring any additional benefit to the area. We know that takeaways create additional rubbish and much of this is left in the local area, being dropped once the cheap meal has been consumed or dropped out of car windows. This will be of detriment to the area and will add to the unkempt look of the road, particularly at the weekend. We have a good street cleaner who tries to keep on top of this but an additional take away appealing to a specific market won’t improve the look of the area. It will attract people late into the evening and as well as creating rubbish will increase the noise to the local population. I have also been asked by the Friends of Littleheath Woods to raise the problem of litter as the wood they look after is very nearby and once a week they have to undertake a litter pick. The majority of what they collect is fast food packaging and they are very concerned this will increase the problem in these fantastic woods.

If permission is given can I please ask that an additional bin and increased frequency of emptying is put in place, so the additional rubbish is not left on the street, detracting from the other businesses.

This premises is in an area that has a lot of families living nearby and there are many families above the shops as well as in surrounding roads. This needs to be taken into account and I would suggest that this alone should be a reason for refusal.

The current request is to allow trading until midnight, this is not appropriate as this is a built-up area with many family homes I would request if permission is given to allow this unwanted take away to open with a closing time of 11pm applied, as it was most recently with Domino’s. If midnight is to be considered it should only be on Friday and Saturday.

Parking is also a problem which will increase as there is only limited on road parking and even now without this additional take away, there is double parking in the evening, as those using these establishments don’t think they will be there long, so it doesn’t matter if they double park and obstruct the traffic. This really is a problem we don’t want getting worse.

Selsdon is a district centre with some chains but many independent shops and restaurants and my concern is those independent shops will be negatively impacted and lead to an exodus of small businesses as this take away will bring nothing positive to the area.

I urge you to reject this negative application. “

 
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Reporting problems to Croydon Council via the MyCroydon App
20/05/2018 20:31:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

I have recently been made aware that the MyCroydon App for reporting problems to Croydon Council is no longer functional.

Councillors have been informed that a new reporting app is being worked on and should be available over the next few weeks.

During the period before the improved app is launched any issues that would have been reported using the current MyCroydon app should be reported to the council via the council website, or for fly-tipping by clicking here.

In addition these issues can be reported via flytip@croydon.gov.uk, by phone on 020 8726 6000, or via the FixMyStreet or Love Clean Streets apps.

I will keep you informed as I receive more information.

 


 

St Francis Church
17/05/2018 20:53:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Had a meeting with the Minister of St Francis Church on Monks Hill.  Discussed his plans for a new church hall and also the need for more noticeboards for community notices.  Look forward to working wtih him to help make these things happen.

 


 

John Ruskin College
15/05/2018 20:52:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of the Governing body of John Ruskin College.  These are difficult times for many sixth form colleges as the introduction of the apprenticeship levy has had the effect of reducing the number of people signing up for apprenticeships.  Some challenging times ahead.

 


 

Selsdon Residents' Association
14/05/2018 20:46:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended Selsdon Residents' Association - my first meeting with them since my election as the a councillor for Selsdon and Addington Village.  Received a warm welcome from the Committee and it was good to learn about the issues that are important to the members of the Association.  Look forward to working with them to support Selsdon high street, protect our parks and keep the area clean and green.

 


 

Robert Ward contact information for Selsdon and Addington Village residents
14/05/2018 16:53:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

I have now been allocated a Council contact email (robert.ward@croydon.gov.uk) and a mobile phone number (07783-152363) through which I can be contacted. You can find this and other related information on the Croydon Council web site here.

 


 

My thanks to the people of Selsdon and Addington Village
09/05/2018 09:06:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters of Selsdon and Addington Village for electing my colleague Helen Pollard and I to represent them on Croydon Council. We look forward to serving all the residents of this new ward and representing your interests in the wider context of our Borough.

We will be continuing the regular surgeries held by our predecessors at the same time and venue as before, 10:00 am to 11:15 am at the Selsdon Centre for the Retired next to Sainsburys. The first will be on Saturday June 2nd. Councillors for the neighbouring ward of Selsdon Vale and Forestdale will be holding their monthly surgeries at the same time and place.

Last but not least I would like to express my personal thanks to former councillor Dudley Mead who represented the old ward of Selsdon and Ballards for so many years with such distinction. His valuable advice means that I start with much greater knowledge than I would otherwise.

 


 

Addington Village
08/05/2018 21:35:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a committee meeting for Addington Village Residents' Association.  It was good to meet the members of the committee and to discuss the issues in the area.  I picked up a  few things which I will follow up.

 


 

John Ruskin College
19/04/2018 21:23:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a Quality Improvement Board meeting at the College to review the steps being taken to improve teaching and learning.  Some good progress is being made and I hope the students get the results they have worked so hard for in the summer.  

 


 

Monks Hill Residents' Meeting
17/04/2018 21:19:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Monks Hill residents.  The meeting had been set up to allow all the candidates for the local election to explain how they would represent residents if elected.  

It was good to return to Monks Hill as I had been the councillor for the area from 2006-2014.  They still need a new hall for St Francis Church and want more for young people to do.  

 


 

Selsdon Rec
09/04/2018 17:26:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with senior Council officers to discuss Croydon's parks and the need to invest and protect these precious green spaces.  One those that is not protected under the Local Plan is Selsdon Recreation Ground and I want to ensure it is protected.

 


 

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31/03/2018
Meeting the people of Selsdon
31/03/2018
Pothole Kingsway Ave
26/03/2018
Model United Nations
20/03/2018
Culture in Croydon
04/03/2018
Holi
26/02/2018
Combating anti-social behaviour and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
18/02/2018
Lovely day for a walk in Littleheath woods
15/02/2018
Selsdon Ward Panel meeting 15th February 2018
13/02/2018
Culture in Croydon
12/02/2018
Borough-wide Residents Association meeting
12/02/2018
Meeting with Residents' Associations
01/02/2018
John Ruskin College
30/01/2018
Scrutiny Meeting about Parks and Fairfield Halls
29/01/2018
Council Meeting
27/01/2018
Light Festival
23/01/2018
John Ruskin College
22/01/2018
Cabinet Meeting
11/09/2017
Funds available for tree planting.
18/08/2017
KFC is coming to Selsdon
15/08/2017
Do we really need a KFC in Selsdon?
17/07/2017
Post Office re-location
13/07/2017
Paint Purley Purple Launch
11/07/2017
More Road works on Addington Road
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1 hour free parking
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LGBCE - Recommendations and how they affect Selsdon and Ballards
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Addington Road - works on 5th July
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Councillor's Ward Budget - Funding available.
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MIdsummer Woodland Family Fundraiser
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Car Crime - Be Alert
23/05/2017
Local Plan Hearing - Selsdon Park Hotel
 
 
 
 
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