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Stop Croydon Council building on green spaces in Selsdon
12/06/2019 18:41:00......Posted by Helen Pollard

I have set up a petition to Labour's plans to build on green spaces in Selsdon including Monks Hill

http://chng.it/cGTqRLPQ

 
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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.

However a pdf version is available, attached here, and there is also the Selsdon Residents Association Gazette web page You can also find them on Facebook.

Click here to download

 


 

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.

More info on the Council website:  https://museumofcroydon.com/events/vedaycelebrations

 


 

Covid-19 mobile testing unit coming to Croydon 
30/04/2020 10:47:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

A government mobile testing unit will be in Croydon for the next three days for key workers, members of their families and over-65s, to be tested for Covid-19.

Appointments must be made to attend and are only available to key workers - those who have to leave home to go to work - members of their household, and anyone aged over 65.

Members of these groups must have symptoms of coronavirus to be eligible to be tested at the mobile unit.

The unit, which will be staffed by members of the Army, will be located in the car park behind Fairfield Halls in the town centre. It does not provide a walk-in service open to the general public.

The site will be open on the following dates between 10.30 and 15.30 for booked appointments only:
•    Thursday 30 April 2020
•    Friday 1 May 2020
•    Saturday 2 May 2020

Appointment times will be available when choosing a time slot using the booking portal. To book an appointment visit:- https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested
 

 


 

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.

You can sign up to the #BrilliantButterflies newsletter for great wildlife content and fun family activities to do at home here: https://www.wildlondon.org.uk/brilliant-butterflies

 


 

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 culturegrants@croydon.gov.uk to discuss their application.

 

 

 


 

An update from Chris Philp MP
15/04/2020 18:51:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

 
 

Dear all
 
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.

Full Government advice is at:
www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 


 

Government advice during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic
15/04/2020 10:42:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

Dear residents,

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.

Regards.

Robert.

 


 

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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 Older Blog Posts
21/03/2020
Selsdon and Addington Village Councillor surgeries during the Coronavirus crisis
12/03/2020
Corona virus update as at 11th March 2020
24/02/2020
Cabinet Meeting
21/02/2020
Corona virus update 20th February 2020
18/02/2020
Consultation on Fair Field
11/02/2020
Tour of Fairfield Halls
10/02/2020
Scrutiny of Fairfield Halls
04/02/2020
Hawthorn Crescent
01/02/2020
Councillor surgery
27/01/2020
Council Meeting
23/01/2020
Selsdon Community Plan - Your contributions are needed
19/01/2020
Local Plan
08/12/2019
Wheelchair access to disabled parking space in Byron Road
30/11/2019
Council fails to respond to Brick By Brick FOI request
24/11/2019
Selsdon Christmas Market 30th November 2019
16/11/2019
Carriageway Surfacing - Tedder Road
16/11/2019
Monks Hill - Green Space Building Plans
16/11/2019
Rapid HIV testing at community venues in Croydon
11/11/2019
Selsdon Community Plan Day
11/11/2019
Friends of Littleheath woods - cherishing one of our greatest assets
02/11/2019
Seldson Christmas Market - Sat 30th Nov 12-4pm
02/11/2019
Selsdon Community Plan Day - Sat 9th Nov 12-5pm
13/10/2019
Protecting our green spaces
21/09/2019
Road works in Farley Road on 4th October 2019
07/09/2019
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) installed in Selsdon High Street
06/09/2019
Brick by Brick timetable
02/09/2019
Foxearth Spinney saved from development
30/08/2019
Planned road resurfacing in Tedder Road postponed
18/08/2019
Council won't commit to comply with covenants
13/08/2019
Croham Valley Road - saved from development!
 
 
 
 
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