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

Addington Village Conservation Area
16/05/2019 17:44:00......Posted by Helen Pollard

The Council is reviewing Addington Village Conservation area.  Here is my response to the public consultation.  NB: Three is still time to submit comments as the deadline is 30th May 2019.

Addington Village Conservation Area Review - Comments 15th May 2019

I welcome the fact that the Council is carrying out this review as it's important the Conservation Area is kept up to date and relevant.  The Draft Planning Document is well researched and considers, in depth, the nature and character of the area.

I also welcome the inclusion of Addington Palace, Addington Park and ancillary buildings.  Both these areas are part of the historic estate in the Addington Village area and it is right that they form part of the same conservation area as Addington Village.  The inclusion of Roxton Gardens is a good proposal as it protects the area around the church.

I do, however, believe that some of the proposals in the Draft Supplementary Planning Document should be changed. 

1.       Firstly, the name.  I have been the elected representative for Addington Village for a number of years, and one of the noteworthy characteristics of the area is the strong sense of identity as a village.  The village area is clearly defined and surrounded by green space.  By adding in the new areas, the Council will simply be including parts of the village that should always have been part of the conservation area.  They were all part of the same estate.

Dropping the word 'village' from the name of the conservation area shows a lack of awareness of the strong identity of the area and the strength of village community spirit.  The area looks like a village, residents feel that they live in a village, and it has always been known as a village.  The addition of more buildings to the Conservation Area doesn't make it any less of a village.  Furthermore, the removal of the word 'village' and calling it Addington Conservation Area will lead to confusion with New Addington which is a completely separate area. 

The old title of 'Addington Village Conservation Area' should remain unchanged.

2.       Secondly, three areas that are intrinsic parts of the village are to be removed.  Whilst the buildings in these areas are not as historic as some other buildings in the village, they are still part of the village and part of the community. 

a.       In terms of Boundary Way and the Wicket, surely it would be better to include both these roads rather than chop off one more bit?  They are part of the ancient estate and it would harm the conservation area if they were subject to major redevelopment.  Better to protect them than leave them vulnerable to a greedy developer especially as they surround the country's oldest Cricket pitch and other historic buildings.

b.       The removal of the houses at the end of Addington Village Road by the cricket pitch, seems a bit petty.  The houses are stated to have a 'neutral' impact on the conservation area so it makes no sense to remove them.  The people who live in these houses, who are very much part of the village, feel they have been unfairly targeted and are being kicked out of the village. 

c.       Removing the triangle of land at the other end of Addington Village Road also seems unnecessary.  It opens up for development an area that is next to historic buildings and an area of beautiful parkland.  It makes no sense to remove it. 

The three areas proposed for removal should be kept within the Conservation Area.

3.       In the ‘Development Guidelines’ part of the document it is particularly disturbing that point 8.1 of the document says it is acceptable to demolish the homes of people who live in 'neutral' buildings as well as those detracting from the area.  It is also worrying that point 8.2.2 seems to open the door to infill development on back gardens. 

4.       The report points out that the buildings within the Conservation Area are still vulnerable to uncharacteristic minor developments because some of the changes do not need planning permission.  Is there not a case to have more of the buildings listed or locally listed?  This would give the Council more control of the iterative changes that might undermine the character of the area. 

5.       I am concerned that the Council Planning Department's approach to Conservation Areas is not aligned to the intent of the Supplementary Planning Document for the Addington Village Conservation Area.  The document clearly states that the marquee at Addington Palace is out of keeping with the host building and yet the Council has allowed it to remain in place for a number of years.  This is already inconsistent with protecting the character of a listed building.

Addington Village has a very strong sense of community.  It has a strong and active residents' association that has invested significant time and money in the protection of the character of the area.   And this means the whole of Addington Village including the areas that the Council is proposing to remove from the village.  By taking some areas out, it sends a message that they are not considered important enough to protect.  This will make it even harder for residents to protect the character of their village.   The Council relies on the help and support of Residents' Associations, and the dependence on these local organisations is likely to increase, rather than diminish, in future.  By cutting off some of the village, the Council undermines the work the Residents' Association has done in Addington Village in the last 40 years.

The lack of consistency in the decisions about which of the more modern houses should be removed from the Conservation Area leads to the obvious conclusion that they are being removed for another reason, namely to open up the areas for intensive development.  If this happens, the character of Addington Village will be irreparably changed for the worse. 

I ask that the Council listens to the concerns raised by residents in relation to the proposed changes to the Conservation Area.

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Wheelchair access to disabled parking space in Byron Road
08/12/2019 19:45:00.......Posted by Robert Ward


Earlier this year a resident who is a regular visitor to the Selsdon Park Medical Practice contacted me on a problem with wheelchair accessibility. The nearby disabled parking spaces in Byron Road did not have hard standing to enable a wheelchair user to easily get out of and return to a car.

With cooperation and support from the Council and their contractors this has now changed. Just one of the two spaces has this, the other has a mature tree preventing a similar arrangement but at least there is now one space suitable for a wheelchair user.



Council fails to respond to Brick By Brick FOI request
30/11/2019 08:46:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

In the near future the Council is likely to transfer parcels of land in Selsdon to its wholly-owned subsidiary company, Brick By Brick.  Brick By Brick are planning to build on these green spaces, despite opposition from local residents.  They did a similar thing in Fairfield Ward in 2017 so I requested details of the previous land transfer for Heathfield Gardens so I could give Selsdon residents an idea of the process.  I am often asked about timings and I thought this would help clarify the situation.  It should be noted that there was vehement opposition from local residents to the development at Heathfield Gardens, but the Labour Council went ahead regardless. 

I submitted the following Freedom of Information Request to the Council on 2nd November.

Dear Croydon Borough Council,

Planning application 16/06514/FUL: Land And Garages South West Of The Junction Of Heathfield Road And Coombe Road, Croydon, CR0 1EL. Permission granted on 23rd July 2017.

Regarding the above planning application and the subsequent build of the dwellings on the site, please answer the following questions:

- What date was the council's property transferred to Brick By Brick so they could commence development?

- How much did the Council receive from Brick By Brick for this land? I.e. what was the consideration?

- Please provide the deeds of transfer for the two pieces of land to Brick By Brick (i.e. the garages, and the green space by the tower block)

- When did Brick By Brick commence development of the site?

Yours faithfully,

Helen Pollard

The statutory deadline for a response was 29th November and, as yet, I have not received a response. 

What have they got to hide?



Selsdon Christmas Market 30th November 2019
24/11/2019 22:18:00.......Posted by Robert Ward


The day of our Christmas Market is approaching. Preparations are well in hand and I hope many of you will have seen our posters, leaflets and the banner all based around the great picture created by Angelo Rojas from The Quest Academy.

The market will be opened by the Mayor of Croydon at noon so do please try to be there to greet him and show Selsdon at its best.

We hope you all enjoy the market. We hope this will be the first of many.




Carriageway Surfacing - Tedder Road
16/11/2019 11:07:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Have received this email from the Council about resurfacing of Tedder Road on Monks Hill:

I am writing to inform you that FMCONWAY , on behalf of Croydon Council, will shortly be commencing speed cushion reconstructions  at the location/s and date/s below:

Date: 25th & 26th  November 2019 between 08:00-17:00

Location: Tedder  road

To enable the Contractor to undertake the works, on-street parking will be suspended during works hours.  We also kindly ask that with forward planning vehicular access to and from properties adjacent to the road are reduced to a minimum during the works hours. Pedestrian access will not be affected.

Advance driver / resident information boards will be in place before the works commence, advising of the precise dates and times of the road closure.

Please however note that 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

The speed cushion reconstruction works will take place between Warren Avenue   and  Freeland Avenue    .

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

The on-street parking suspensions that will be in place within the works area are 07:30-17:00 on  25th & 26th  November 2019 . No parking for residents on the highway in the areas covered by the enforcement signs.

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.

Due to the above we would urge all residents to ensure that their vehicles are moved from the suspended areas in order to avoid any delays to the works as well as incurring any charges.

If your vehicle is relocated please contact the LBC on 020 8726 6000 Ext 52816, who will provide you with an exact location of your vehicle.

We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience this may cause residents; however we want to ensure that all works carried out on the Croydon network are to the highest standards to ensure value for our residents.

Beware Bogus Callers

Croydon Council does not permit its employees or contractors to undertake work on private property during the course of any scheme. If anyone offers such work they will not be a council approved contractor and should be treated with caution. Any scheme undertaken by a council approved contractor does not require cash payments.

Cold calling doorstep traders offering to carry out home maintenance work such as driveway repairs and roofing are a problem in Croydon. These traders can be very persuasive and can intimidate you into agreeing to have work undertaken. The advice from Croydon Trading Standards Service is to say “NO” to all cold calling traders – Every Time. If they will not leave or you get into difficulties, then call Croydon Trading Standards on

020 8407 1311

Thank you for your cooperation whilst we carry out this essential upgrade. If you require any further information do not hesitate to contact us by email: or tel: 020 8726 6000 Ext 52816.



Monks Hill - Green Space Building Plans
16/11/2019 10:56:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Brick By Brick will soon be commencing resident engagement events for those sites that have been identified as having the potential to provide new homes.

On Tuesday 26th November 2019 from 4pm—8pm and Saturday 7th December 2019 from 9am—1pm they will be hosting a drop in event for residents that live locally to the Monks Hill sites at St Francis Church Hall, 146 Tedder Road, South Croydon CR2 8AH.

The architects will be there along with the Council’s Resident Involvement team.




Rapid HIV testing at community venues in Croydon
16/11/2019 09:54:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

The national HIV Testing Week campaign starts this Saturday, 16th November. In the run up to World Aids Day on December 1st special community venues have been set up in Croydon especially to carry out rapid HIV tests.

Trained volunteers, many from Croydon College’s health and social care courses, will be out on the streets encouraging people to have a quick and painless finger-prick HIV test nearby.

The venue locations and times they are carrying out HIV testing can be found at

HIV testing is available all year at Croydon University Hospital, GP surgeries, other clinical venues and via online and postal test kits. Anyone diagnosed with HIV will get free treatment and support.

The campaign aims to get more people to take a test and reduce the numbers who are diagnosed late so that they can receive early treatment, live a longer, healthier life and reduce the risk of passing on the virus to others.

There are many simple things we can all do to improve our chances of living longer and happier lives. Getting vaccinated, and being tested for the many diseases that are treatable if caught early are some of those. Getting tested for HIV is another one. Why not take advantage of this easy, quick and free test this week?



Selsdon Community Plan Day
11/11/2019 14:06:00.......Posted by Robert Ward


The first Selsdon Community Day was held on 9th November 2019 to gather the thoughts and ideas of residents on how they see the future of Selsdon and the surrounding areas, including Forestdale, Addington and Monks Hill.

Well over a hundred people came along and there were lots of good ideas to get us started. The picture shows the video capture booth where people could give their thoughts and have them recorded as a video. There will be other opportunities to contribute, including via the Croydon Council web site.

We will be using all this information to help build a Community Plan which will then lead to actions to make a difference. We believe this is an important first step on a journey which will deliver a more prosperous and thriving Selsdon area as it enters the 2020s.

The day was supported from your local councillors ward budget. Thanks to everyone who came along, those who helped organise and run the event, and to Selsdon Baptist Church who kindly hosted the event.



Friends of Littleheath woods - cherishing one of our greatest assets
11/11/2019 05:59:00.......Posted by Robert Ward


The Friends of Littleheath Woods do great work to keep this well-loved and well-used community asset in sustainable good health for the residents of Selsdon and beyond to enjoy. Maintaining a healthy forest environment requires skills and a good deal of hard work. One important aspect of the work of the Friends is the need to clear fallen trees.

This work is made more efficient by using specialist equipment, in particular a chainsaw. To use this equipment safely, the operator needs to attend training to achieve City & Guilds NPTC certification. The Friends identified the need for additional trained resource so we were pleased to cover the cost of training from the Selsdon and Addington Village Ward budget.



Seldson Christmas Market - Sat 30th Nov 12-4pm
02/11/2019 17:30:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

The Selsdon Councillors have been working with community leaders, council officers and local businesses to support the development of the high street in Selsdon.  One of the 'quick wins' is the Christmas Market which is being held on:

Saturday 30th November from 12-4pm. 

It will the on the Broadway - the raised part of the high street. 

Come along and get into the Christmas spirit and support our local busiinesses.  You might even find some Christmas presents!




Selsdon Community Plan Day - Sat 9th Nov 12-5pm
02/11/2019 17:26:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Selsdon Community Plan Day 2019

The Selsdon Councillors have been working hard to try and kick-start investment in Selsdon high street.  In order to do this we need to have a community plan.  

A group of council officers. local businesses, councillors and community leaders has been working on the development of the plan and a key part of it is getting the views of local residents. 

A community plan day has been arranged on Saturday 9th November from 12noon to 5pm in the Selsdon Baptist Church (Small Hall).  Come along and tell us what you think!



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