Save our Green Spaces! 04/06/2019 20:05:00......Posted by Helen Pollard
Croydon Council is proposing to build on green space on Monks Hill and other parts of Selsdon. The plans that are likely to be approved by the Labour Council on 10th June include building the following number of houses/flats on these sites:
Freelands Avenue green space – 10 units
Corner of Shepherd’s Way green space – 7 units
Farnborough Avenue green space – 15 units
Tedder Road garages – 4 units
Heather Way Garages/Car Park – 4 units
Foxearth Road green space - 18 units
Croham Valley Road (adj no.124) - 7 units
It is recognised that Croydon needs more homes and I fully support the building of homes in appropriate sites. However, building on the precious green space on Monks Hill and Selsdon is not appropriate. Why are they not building houses on brown field sites like the derelict Edgecoombe site or other derelict sites around the borough?
The Freelands Avenue green space is the place where the Monks Hill community funday takes place right at the heart of the community. The green spaces on Farnborough Avenue, Foxearth Road and Croham Valley Road are enjoyed by children and dog-walkers, as well as being a haven for wildlife. The loss of the garages will be hard to cope with as they are a safe place for cars or for storage.
If you are unhappy with these proposals you can:
Write to the Leader of the Council, Cllr Tony Newman
Come to the public meeting at the Council on Monday 15th July at 6.30pm in the Town Hall to make your voice heard.
You might expect your local MP to support you in objecting to council plans to build on our green spaces but Sarah Jones (Labour MP for Croydon Central) is on record as saying that future governments, Labour or Conservative, local and national, would have to “be brave, be bold, and be prepared to build in places people might not want us to.”
As your local Councillors, Robert Ward and I will do everything we can to resist these in appropriate developments.
At the end of this article is a downloadable copy of the document that includes the proposals to build on these green spaces.
Selsdon Gazette update 15/05/2020 18:17:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
The Selsdon Gazette has been a regular feature of life in Selsdon for decades. Like everything else the Covid19 pandemic has meant the Gazette has had to adapt so this month's edition is not being delivered to resident's in paper form.
Open Days for Golf Courses? 03/05/2020 15:35:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
During lockdown the only exercise many people can take is to go for a walk in their local area. We are fortunate in Croydon to have many green spaces and these include parks, woods, commons, greens and sports grounds.
As people venture into their local area they have discovered green spaces that had not visited before. Residents near golf courses have seen these large, beautifully maintained areas without any one using them. Now people have found these spaces, and observed how beautiful they are, it would be wonderful if they were allowed to visit them even if they are not golfers.
Croydon's golf course owners should consider having regular open days for the public. They could open, perhaps once a month, so people can walk round and see these secret green oases and observe the wildlife that reside in them. To minimise damage to the course, there could be clearly marked paths. Who knows, once people see these spaces, they might decide to join a golf club.
As one of London's greenest boroughs, Croydon has many golf clubs and it would be great for more people to have access to these green spaces.
Museum of Croydon VE Day Celebrations 03/05/2020 13:54:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
A trove of films, photographs, art and artefacts revealed from the borough’s archive and museum collections will be available to view online and on social media from next Friday under the Museum of Croydon’s 75th anniversary celebration of VE Day.
After almost six years of war with Germany, Victory in Europe was declared on 8 May 1945, and the borough archivist and staff from the Museum of Croydon will celebrate 75 years
The online event, which will run from 11am to 1pm on Friday 8 May, includes:
• Two films charting Croydon’s wartime life in general and VE Day itself
• An exhibition including works from Croydon Art Collection by artists such as Norman Partridge’s Croydon Courageous, a war memorial from the Second World War and illustrations by John Harris Valda
• A question and answer session on Twitter where residents can find out about what Croydon people did, ate and even wore on VE Day 1945
• An online handling session of wartime artefacts
• A recording of events in 1945 from the official history of the Second World War edited by the-then chief librarian W.C. Berwick Sayers, which included a VE Day thanksgiving event on the Croydon town hall steps
The Museum of Croydon has been a partner in the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Home Front project which has remastered historic footage of Croydon during the Second World War and recorded wartime childhood memories narrated by Croydon residents to create a nine-minute feature called Home Front Croydon. This film includes scenes of recognisable Croydon backdrops such as Surrey Street market, trams in North End and the town hall.
The online event will end with the première of a new five-minute film focussing on VE Day itself.
Brilliant butterflies project 25/04/2020 20:15:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
Before the coronavirus disrupted our lives I was talking to several organisations about how we can increase enjoyment and appreciation of the history and environment of the Selsdon area. One of these was the London Wildlife Trust and their Brilliant Butterflies project.
The project is working with local communities to create wildflower habitat in greenspaces across South Croydon and Bromley. They produce a newsletter which provides links to family activities to do at home, competitions and local wildlife information, photographs and resources such as ID charts. Good things to keep everyone entertained during this difficult time.
Cultural Relief Fund 22/04/2020 20:20:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
I welcome the Council's decision to support Croydon's creative community with a fund to help cultural organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Croydon’s £135k Cultural Relief Fund will provide emergency funding to support cultural organisations in danger of closing, and also programme funding for cultural activity during the health crisis.
Cultural organisations were hit early by economic impact of the Covid-19 lockdown, with theatres and other entertainment venues among the first to close their doors.
Grants will be available to groups who are based or work in the borough, with most bids expected to be around £2-5,000. Applicants can find out more by contacting the council’s culture team at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their application.
An update from Chris Philp MP 15/04/2020 18:51:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
The global Coronavirus outbreak will be one of the biggest challenges we face as a community and a country - we need to work together to get through this.
Croydon I have been in regular and ongoing contact with the Chief Executive and Chairman of Croydon University Hospital (Mayday) and the Chief Executive of Croydon Council to make sure that we have the resources locally which are needed to fight this epidemic. Croydon University Hospital has substantially increased the size of its Intensive Care facility to respond to the situation (and has not reached the new expanded capacity). The brand new expanded A&E which opened last year is helping a great deal too. The Government has already provided Croydon Council with £60m to support businesses here via the grant schemes and further financial support to deal more generally with helping vulnerable people and the Coronavirus situation. The NHS is continuing to receive all the resources it needs. A substantial, multi-billion pound package of financial support is in place nationally to help employees, self-employed, smaller businesses with business premises, retail and entertainment businesses (pubs, restaurants etc) of all sizes and charities who are being financially affected by this situation.
In Croydon, the most vulnerable people in the community are being actively contacted to see what help they need. Finally, I have written to Tony Newman, the Leader of Croydon Council, asking him to put on hold the very contentious panning applications by Brick by Brick (which is 100% owned by the Council) during the Coronavirus crisis. I feel it is inappropriate for the Council itself to bring forward contentious planning applications to video-based planning committee meetings during Coronavirus, when the public cannot attend the planning meeting in person, cannot protest at the Town Hall, cannot gather petition signatures and cannot attend public meetings. I am sad to say that my request was flatly refused.
Ministerial Work I have been playing my part in the national response by working flat out in my areas of Ministerial responsibility in the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. This has included keeping courts operating where safe to do so, and we have succeeded in moving a huge number of non-criminal hearings online in the last three weeks. We are also ensuring that people being arrested and charged by the Police are still being bailed or remanded into custody as appropriate (although Crown Court jury trials are not currently taking place). At the Home Office, this work has included maintaining Border Security while ensuring that freight continues to come in and out without impediment.
Government Advice As you will be aware, the Government is now asking for everyone to only leave their homes when absolutely necessary.
We should only leave home to: shop for basic necessities (as infrequently as possible); for one form of exercise a day; for any medical need; to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.
People with symptoms of Coronavirus should self-isolate completely. It’s important for anyone with a high temperature or a new, persistent cough to self-isolate for 7 days or as long as they have a high temperature. People should self-isolate for 14 days if someone in your household has symptoms. You don’t need to phone 111 or see your GP if you have mild symptoms. Only contact your GP or call 111 if your symptoms become more serious. Only call 999 in an emergency.
Government advice during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic 15/04/2020 10:42:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
I hope you are safe and well during these challenging times. Please be assured that your Councillors remain available should you need us. Our contact details can be found on the Council web site here:- Robert Ward and Helen Pollard.
I also thought you might find the attached government leaflet useful for general advice during the pandemic.
Keeping parks open 10/04/2020 20:30:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
I asked Cllr Lewis, who is the Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, to confirm that Croydon's parks will remain open during the Coronavirus crisis. Pleased to receive this response which will be welcomed by the many people who rely on our precious green spaces.
"On Parks, this administration is committed to keeping them open - they are an important resource for many who do not have access to outside space at home and have significant benefits In terms of physical and mental health and well-being.
We have for some time been using our NSO teams supported by other colleagues from across the council and in partnership with the police to visit parks to remind people of their responsibility to use them responsibly. We are restricting access to equipment where we can & have displayed signage in our parks. Some of this is attached for your reference.
I am pleased to inform you that the vast majority of Croydonians are using our parks responsibly, sensibly following government and council guidance."
Watch out for coronavirus scams 27/03/2020 13:55:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
It's a sad reflection on modern life that in the midst of the current Covid-19 crisis there are still people whose first instinct is to try to con their fellow citizens. There is a police postcard which outlines some of the latest ways the scammers are trying to con people which you can access by clicking here.
There are many authentic offers of real help out there, and we thank those people who have volunteered to help out. Just be careful when accepting help that it is from someone you know and trust, or a reputable organisation.
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