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Cllr  Helen  Pollard
Cllr  Robert  Ward

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. 

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Corona virus update 20th February 2020
21/02/2020 08:06:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

The Government regularly updates local authorities about the evolving situation with the coronavirus. The government's websites have current information about the coronavirus, symptoms and advice for returning travellers from China and the other countries listed on their website

The latest Government update records a total of 4,501 people have been tested, of which 4,492 were confirmed negative and nine patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus. Eight of these have been discharged and one person remains in hospital.

The patients receive specialist NHS care, and are being treated using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus. Experts at Public Health England continue to work hard tracing patient contacts from the UK cases.

The World Health Organisation has declared that this is a public health emergency of international concern, and the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.

Croydon Council’s resilience and business continuity plans will be actioned to deal with any local related incidents, if needed.

To date, the Government and Public Health England have asked local authorities to share the key messages from their public information campaign to inform people about the virus and steps we can take to protect ourselves and others.

The Council is also promoting the PHE /NHS general hygiene campaign in Croydon - Catch It. Bin It. Kill It, which has been reinstated to remind the public to regularly wash their hands, and always sneeze into a tissue, to help slow the spread of almost any germs, including coronavirus.



Selsdon Community Plan - Your contributions are needed
23/01/2020 18:31:00.......Posted by Robert Ward


We are creating a Community Plan for Selsdon which will be the blueprint for improving our local community  for the next five years. The plan will cover the two wards of Selsdon and Addington Village and Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, no matter what your age if you live in, work in or visit Selsdon and the surrounding areas your thoughts and comments would be most welcome.

You can find out more on the Council web site and there is an online survey which will be live until 12th March. Please also encourage anyone you know to contribute.



Local Plan
19/01/2020 17:26:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Here is a copy of my submission to the Council in relation to the latest consultation on the Local Plan:


The decision to launch the consultation was taken on 21 October 2019. On the very same day, Inspectors delivered their report into the inspection of the London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s proposed London Plan. 

It seems a curious decision to launch a set of issues and options for Croydon on the very day that the plan immediately above Croydon’s in the hierarchy of plans was to be approved, or amended. As we now know, the changes the Inspectors required to be made the London Plan are substantial and have a huge impact on the residential housing targets which Croydon now needs to put forward its ideas on achieving.

As a result of the Inspectors’ report London Mayor Sadiq Khan has conceded a significant reduction in his new homes target from 65,000 to 52,000 per year across London as a whole. 

The inspectors’ report, published in October after some 12 weeks of public hearings, specifically rejected Khan’s proposals for almost 250,000 new homes on small sites, predominantly in Outer London, over the next 10 years. The London figure is then re-apportioned across the boroughs to produce new borough targets.

The London Plan overall housing target for Croydon for the next ten years was 29,490 homes. This has now been reduced as a result of the Examination in Public to 20,790 homes. Within that Croydon figure it is small sites that have been reduced from 15,110 to 6410, a reduction of 8700 homes.

However, all the options considered in the Croydon Local Plan partial review are predicated on the Mayor’s original, and now abandoned, targets. In his announcement at Cabinet on 21 October, the responsible cabinet member made it clear that the reduction in London-wide and Croydon targets based on the London Plan inspection were not going to reduce the administration’s desire to deliver the much higher targets contained in the Partial Review document it published on the same day. It is therefore clear that this is a political decision, rather than an evidence-driven planning policy decision.

If this decision is confirmed residents will see all the unnecessary approved applications for suburban intensification which will doubtless follow such a policy decision as the actions of an administration which is imposing such a level of change because it wants to, not because it has to.

Such wilful disregard for the now-accepted revisions to the London targets must surely discredit all the options for Croydon now under consideration.

Strategic Options 1 and 2 in the proposal document place significant reliance on ‘windfall site’ – that is to say, suburban intensification and back-garden sites. These are no longer necessary to anything like the proposed extent. Strategic Option 3 involves the de-designation and use of substantial tracts of Green Belt. The target changes render this option completely unnecessary and unjustifiable. The council’s own documentation confirms that the release of Green Belt will be harmful, and it is now in conflict with another part of the Mayor’s Plan: Mayor Khan is clear that Green Belt should not be used for this purpose in London and the Inspectors confirmed that part of his plan. Thus the loss of green belt will not be compliant with the London Plan or NPPF.

The three strategic options are at the heart of the review document. But all three have now been rendered obsolete by the accepted changes to the London Plan. 

The council should therefore go back to the drawing board and produce a new options paper which reflects the new reality and is consistent with the London Plan.


In relation to the various Strategic Options put forward:

Strategic Option 1
Should be amended as there is no need for ’windfall’ intensification as 8700 less homes needed.

Strategic Option 2
Should be amended to support the Purley Way transformation area as a focus for 12,000 new homes.  There is no longer the need for ‘windfall’ sites with the 8700 reduction in the London Plan.

Strategic Option 3
Should be rejected for the reasons outlined above.  Furthermore, 
-    It is incompatible with the Council’s stated aims in relation to climate change, biodiversity and the green grid.  
-    The Council’s own documents confirm that it will cause more than substantial harm to the setting of the green belt.  
-    The Mayor of London has re-stated his own commitment to protect the green belt. 
-    The loss of green belt will not be compliant with the London Plan or NPPF.
-    According to the letter from the Minister of State for Housing dated 2nd October 2019 and copied to all local authorities expressly states, “the Green Belt should only be altered in exceptional circumstances” and “to limit the pressure on undeveloped Green Belt” and ensure Councils bring “forward brownfield sites for development”.
-    In Addington the sites chosen run alongside tram lines which will restrict access/egress as well as a present safety concerns due to ease of unauthorised access/trespass.
-    The area off Lodge Lane represents a ‘green’ boundary between two housing conurbations in New Addington and Falconwood Rd and Forestdale.
-    The area in Gravel Hill has no obvious road access given the existing housing, the school premises and the tram lines.
-    The area off Lodge Lane will be limited by an access route off the existing main roundabout which is already very busy because of its exit routes to key parts of New Addington and Lidl supermarket.
-    The existing tram service doesn’t cope now at peak times with most peak services being overcrowded.


Individual developments tend to envelop the whole site, often encouraged by SPD2, meaning that too much biodiversity is lost.

Instead, I support the Purley Way transformation area which has high potential for mixed use development, improved public realm, greater potential for infrastructure and improved accessibility to the green grid.

Loss of green spaces and gardens will increase water run-off and therefore flooding in vulnerable areas.


Local Green Space designation is still lacking with many of the borough’s parks and green spaces failing to achieve local protection through LGS designation, despite the tireless work of Friends’ Groups across the borough.

Small green spaces, such as the space at Covington Way, are just as important as large tracts of green space or local parks.  However, these spaces, together with some of Croydon’s parks do not have the protection they need to prevent development.  Recent experience indicates that this might actually be a deliberate policy by the Council to allow the sale of green spaces in order to enable development.  This policy should not be facilitated by the Local Plan, and the spaces should be protected.  The Council should be setting the example of preserving and enhancing green spaces, particularly those in its control, by not building on such spaces through its wholly owned development company Brick by Brick.

Green spaces on council estates, like Monks Hill, should be protected from development.  These areas are already intensively developed and they need these green areas.

Precious green areas such as Foxearth Spinney should be protected from land grabs by Brick By Brick, especially in the light of the Mayor’s reduction in the housing target.


In planning terms, Croydon has very different characteristics from inner London boroughs, and yet, it is subject to the same parking policies.  Many areas of the borough, including many parts of my own ward of Selsdon and Addington Village, have poor access to public transport.  Removing parking spaces from development won’t mean there are fewer cars; it will mean that there are more cars parks on the street and inappropriate places.  This will change the character of the area, be dangerous and will not meet the needs of the residents living in these developments.  


The amount of development envisaged for Croydon will mean there is far greater demand for public transport.  A condition of moving ahead with the number of homes planned, should be the delivery of specific transport upgrades and enhancements e.g. upgrade the number of services at East Croydon and other local stations, improve bus services, more GP surgeries.


The impact on the character of an area will be significant where there are many HMOs e.g. in the Chatsworth Road Conservation Area.  This plan misses the opportunity to introduce policies around the cumulative impact of HMO’s in many areas across the borough. Whilst the introduction of an Article 4 Direction is helpful there are still minimal policies to deal with the many issues that HMO’s can create.

It is difficult to see how this document can ‘reinforce local distinctiveness, by responding to, and enhancing their context, character and heritage’ when such unjustified intensification is being encouraged and documents such as SPD2 deliberately undermine local character.


The Plan does not address the need to increase the amount of green space in the borough and to bring biodiversity even to build up areas.

There should be a coordinated approach to;
-    Include more trees and green spaces in all developments
-    Invest s106 money in green spaces and parks
-    Protect and enhance all green spaces.  After all, with more people living in the borough, there will be increasing pressure on all green spaces
-    Clear standards for the maintenance and preservation of these spaces


This plan does not mention the long-desired Whitgift Centre upgrade as fronted by The Croydon Partnership. Most residents and businesses believe that this scheme is vital if Croydon is to regain its former position as a thriving retail and commercial centre, rather than becoming a dormitory town for London. The scheme is now clearly in significant difficulty and its delivery should be an absolute priority for the Council.

I support the work done on the Purley Way transformation and would like to see this area becoming a location for a wider diversity of uses, both residential and commercial. It will, however, need much more than shops and flats if it is to become a desirable place to live.

In District Centres, the Plan should give priority to Community Plans when making decisions about developments.  Any developments should be consistent with the plan for the area e.g. Selsdon Community Plan



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.



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