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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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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!



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



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 Older Blog Posts
Croham Valley Road - saved from development!
Selsdon Library re-opens on 10th August with a special event
Selsdon library update
Croham Valley Road Covenant
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
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