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Cllr  Helen  Pollard
Cllr  Robert  Ward

Road works on Addington Road near junction with Upper Selsdon Road
30/03/2019 17:52:00......Posted by Robert Ward

Please be aware that work on sewer connections to the Churchill site on Addington Road near the junction of Upper Selsdon Road will be carried out over the Easter break. Work will commence on 8th April and are due to be complete by 19th April under 2 way temporary signals that will be manually controlled from 07:00 – 20:00.

The contractors are fully aware of the sensitivity of this location and will try and get completed before that end date if possible. 

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Protecting our green spaces
13/10/2019 12:04:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

The Council has published its plans for green spaces and these will be agreed at the meeting of the Council’s Cabinet on 21st October 2019.  Many residents put forward suggestions for green spaces that should be protected but sadly, only five in Selsdon have been afforded protection under the current plans.  These are:

Ashen Grove – Local natural open space

Selsdon Recreation Ground – Town park

The Ruffet – Local natural open space

Freelands Ave on junction with Tedder Road – Local Green Space

Palace Green – Local Green Space

Whilst it is great that some areas now have more protection, it is a shame the opportunity was not taken to protect more green spaces in Selsdon.  Suggested areas that have not been given protection as green spaces include Foxearth Spinney and the green space on Croham Valley Road.

More worryingly, the Council is considering the option of dedesignating areas of green belt (i.e. removing green belt status so the land can be developed).  Three areas are being considered and these are;

  • Land at Borrowdale Drive/Mitchley Hill in Sanderstead
  • Land at Gravel Hill (behind Monks Hill)
  • Land at Lodge Lane, near New Addington

We will oppose all plans to remove areas of green belt in Croydon.  With the increasing number of people living in our borough, green space will become even more precious so we would need more, not less. 



Road works in Farley Road on 4th October 2019
21/09/2019 17:03:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Please be aware that contractors working on behalf of Croydon Council will shortly be commencing resurfacing of Farley Road between Foxearth Road and Brent Road. The work is scheduled for 4th October 2019 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. On street parking will be suspended from 7:30 am.

It would be appreciated if residents would minimise vehicular access to and from properties adjacent to the road during that time. Pedestrian access will not be affected.

Unforeseen circumstances (e.g. inclement weather conditions) may necessitate a change to the scheduled dates and information on road signs will be changed accordingly. Please check the road signs regularly for any updates

Due to the nature of these works it is inevitable that some disruption will occur. It is recommended that where possible you use alternative routes or allow extra time to complete your journey.

Please note that penalty charge notices (PCN’s) will be applied to vehicles parked within the suspended areas during the works hours and/or vehicles relocated.



Automated External Defibrillator (AED) installed in Selsdon High Street
07/09/2019 06:58:00.......Posted by Robert Ward


An AED has been installed on the wall of the Seldon Village Club in Selsdon High Street. The money was provided from the Selsdon and Addington Village Ward Councillors' budgets.

AEDs save lives. If someone suffers a heart attack (Sudden Cardiac Arrest), the heart malfunctions and without action within a few minutes this quickly leads to death. An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heart beat and allow a normal rhythm to resume. The AED provides clear audible instructions on what to do and the technology is such that a shock cannot be delivered to someone who does not need it.

The device has been registered with London Ambulance so that in the event of a call to the emergency services passers-by can be directed to the equipment. Our thanks to the Selsdon Village Club  for their support and for hosting this life-saving piece of equipment.



Brick by Brick timetable
06/09/2019 19:10:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

I asked the Council for the timetable for planning applications for Brick By Brick sites in Selsdon.  Here is my question and the response from the Council:


Please can you tell me more about the timetable for planning applications for the latest group of Brick By Brick developments i.e. the ones that were agreed in the Cabinet meeting in June 2019. 

Please state for each development site, when the following stages will be taking place. 

- Feasibility study

- Decision about whether to proceed with developing the site

- Consultation

- Planning application to be submitted to the Council

- Estimated date to start development


Brick by Brick are working towards a common programme for the pipeline sites, with the exception of the Shrublands sites that will follow at a later date. The programme is shown in the table below; as with any project at the early stages of development, the programme is indicative only and will continue to be refined as the pipeline sites progress:



Feasibility study:

July – September 2019

Decision about whether to proceed with developing the site:

September – October 2019


October – December 2019

Planning application to be submitted to the Council:

February – March 2020

Estimated date to start development:

Spring 2021



Foxearth Spinney saved from development
02/09/2019 18:48:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Today I received confirmation that the Council (and Brick By Brick) has withdrawn plans to build 18 properties on Foxearth Spinney.  Apparently the reason is that "there are a significant number of Category A trees on the site which suggest that it would not be suitable for new housing."

This is excellent news and I am sure the pressure put on the Council by a 1500 signature petition helped them to come to this decision.  They must also have taken into account the fact that there is a covenant on the site that prevents development (though they don't acknowledge that).



Planned road resurfacing in Tedder Road postponed
30/08/2019 09:37:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Due to unforeseen circumstances the carriageway resurfacing of part of Tedder Road originally planned to start on 30th August has been postpone until September. The Council apologises for the inconvenience this may cause.



Council won't commit to comply with covenants
18/08/2019 12:11:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Put in a Question asking Council to commit to complying with covenants not to build on green spaces.  They did not give that commitment  This leaves green spaces at risk of development e.g. Foxearth Spinney



Croham Valley Road - saved from development!
13/08/2019 17:21:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard


I have heard from Brick By Brick that they have shelved plans to build on the green space next to 124 Croham Valley Road.  Apparently this is because of the "Extra High Voltage cables routed in the vicinity of the site meaning that there would be insufficient space to build new homes with these constraints."  It is slightly baffling that they even considered this site in the first place given the pylon which is clearly visible.

There is no mention of the fact that there is a covenant on the site stating the site should be "kept as open space, free from buildings of all kinds". 

It is worrying that they appear to ignore the covenant on the land as this implies that they might build on other land which has a covenant (e.g. Foxearth Spinney) but it is good that this green space has been saved.  Residents can continue to enjoy this green space for years to come. 



Selsdon Library re-opens on 10th August with a special event
04/08/2019 22:04:00.......Posted by Robert Ward


A special event is set to welcome residents and readers back into the refurbished Selsdon Library. Selsdon is the first of the borough’s 13 libraries to be enhanced and upgraded, and now features new IT equipment, furniture and books.

The library is also set up to trial new Open+ technology, which will allow residents with a library card out of hours access to the library. The system is due to begin being trialled towards the end of 2019.

The special event, which kicks off at 10am on Saturday 10 August, will offer children the chance to enjoy the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge 2019 in Selsdon as well as a range of fun activities.

The regular Rhyme Time session for children under five begins at 10.30am followed by two storytime sessions for children of all ages at 11.30am and 2.30pm and an arts and crafts activity starting at 1.30pm.

Young visitors will also have the chance to try out new interactive computer tablets which will be available in the library for the first time.

Hope to see you there.



Selsdon library update
27/07/2019 15:00:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

As you may have seen the library upgrade has started. The furniture has all been removed and the ceiling and walls renewed and refurbished. This phase of the work is still in progress. Replacement of the internal fittings will follow. 

The original plan was for the library to re-open on 3rd August. This has now been delayed to 10th August.



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 Older Blog Posts
Covenant on Foxearth Spinney
How you can request protection for green spaces - by 22/7/19
Speech to protect green spaces
Save Selsdon's green spaces petition
Selsdon Litter Pick
Stop Croydon Council building on green spaces in Selsdon
Save our Green Spaces!
Commemorative bench in Addington Village
Addington Village Conservation Area
Labour's secret plans to close libraries
New look for Selsdon Library
Sewer works at the Churchill site on the Addington Road planned for 8th April now delayed till Easter
Sinhala and Tamil New Year
Walking Football
Planning Objections
Road works on Addington Road near junction with Upper Selsdon Road
Cabinet Meeting
Road repairs in Farley Road, Selsdon
Site meeting in Huntingfield
Fairfield Halls
Addington Residents' Association
Council meeting
Labour's 'expired' parks funding
Community Room - Monks Hill
Cabinet Meeting
Energy Saving advice in Selsdon
New Parks Maintenance Contract
Selsdon Residents' Association
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