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Cllr  Helen  Pollard
Cllr  Robert  Ward

Selsdon and Addington Village Councillor surgeries during the Coronavirus crisis
21/03/2020 20:00:00......Posted by Robert Ward

Dear residents,

We hope you are safe and well in these difficult times. If you need any advice on Council services or help on any local issue we and the Council are here to help.
Although our ward surgeries are cancelled until further notice, you can contact us by telephone or email. Our contact details can be founded by clicking on our names below. If you prefer a video call then please email us first to arrange.

More generally for up to date information the council has information on its website here and there is also the government website here.

Do please stay safe during these difficult times. Many neighbours are coming together and looking after one another which is wonderful. Sadly, there are some scammers out there – so do be careful.

Best wishes.

Councillors Robert Ward and Helen Pollard.

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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.



Resuscitation Council UK Statement on COVID-19
27/03/2020 13:49:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

As you may be aware we have a public access defibrillator on the wall of the Selsdon Village Club. The Resuscitation Council UK has issued a relevant statement on COVID-19 in relation to CPR and resuscitation in first aid and community settings.

The statement is for anyone who is performing CPR/defibrillation in an out-of-hospital setting. 

Whenever CPR is carried out, particularly on an unknown victim, there is some risk of cross infection, associated particularly with giving rescue breaths. Normally, this risk is very small and is set against the inevitability that a person in cardiac arrest will die if no assistance is given. The first things to do are shout for help and dial 999. 

Because of the heightened awareness of the possibility that the victim may have COVID-19, Resuscitation Council UK offers this advice: 

  • Recognise cardiac arrest by looking for the absence of signs of life and the absence of normal breathing. Do not listen or feel for breathing by placing your ear and cheek close to the patient’s mouth. If you are in any doubt about confirming cardiac arrest, the default position is to start chest compressions until help arrives. 
  • Make sure an ambulance is on its way. If COVID 19 is suspected, tell them when you call 999. 
  • If there is a perceived risk of infection, rescuers should attempt compression only CPR and early defibrillation until the ambulance (or advanced care team) arrives. Put hands together in the middle of the chest and push hard and fast. 
  • Early use of a defibrillator significantly increases the person’s chances of survival and does not increase risk of infection. 
  • If the rescuer has access to personal protective equipment (PPE) (e.g. FFP3 face mask, disposable gloves, eye protection), these should be worn.  
  • After performing compression-only CPR, all rescuers should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water; alcohol-based hand gel is a convenient alternative. They should also seek advice from the NHS 111 coronavirus advice service or medical adviser.

Further information, including an instructional video, can be found at

If you have a specific questions in relation to CPR/defibrillation then please email



Corona virus update as at 11th March 2020
12/03/2020 06:04:00.......Posted by Robert Ward

You may have heard on the news that the WHO have now assessed Covid-19 as a Pandemic.  This allows Governments to activate plans and release funds. Croydon is well prepared for Pandemics and has activated its pandemic plans.

The Government is regularly updating local authorities about the evolving situation. Their websites have current information about the coronavirus, symptoms and advice for returning travellers from China and the other countries here:

You may have heard that we have had one confirmed case in Croydon. The council receives information from Public Health England on the numbers of confirmed cases in each London Borough every day. 

PHE will inform the Council directly if there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 for a person working in a setting where there may have been multiple contacts, such as a school, so that the appropriate action can be taken to minimise the impact.

The latest Government update at 11th March 2020 has recorded that a total of 27,476 people have been tested, of which 27,020 were confirmed negative and 454 patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus. Six patients who tested positive have died.

In London, there has been 104 cases.  There is a dashboard tracking the current situation which can be accessed here.

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 PHE continue to work hard tracing patient contacts from the UK cases.

On 3 March 2020, the Coronavirus Action Plan was published. It describes how the UK Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Strategy of 2011 has provided the foundation for contingency planning for the current epidemic.

Croydon’s response

Croydon Council and the NHS have reviewed and activated the multi-agency and the Croydon Council pandemic plan and the relevant structures to manage the local response.  This includes twice-weekly meetings of the Council Coordination Group which has representation from all service areas.   Croydon Council’s resilience and business continuity plans have now been activated to deal with any local related incidents, if needed.

The key messages from the public information campaign to inform people about the virus and steps we can take to protect ourselves and others can be found here.

The Council has shared the above information as follows:

  • Community groups - An email letter has been sent to community groups in the borough, with the Catch It. Bin It. Kill It. poster for them to display.
  • Schools - Information has been sent to local schools and the Government is also updating all schools in the country.
  • Council newsletter - Information on the council’s online newsroom is referenced in the council’s weekly newsletter - Your Croydon. This is emailed to residents and stakeholders who have signed up to receive it
  • Council staff - Information posted on the staff intranet and shared in internal newsletters. Handwashing posters have been placed in staff toilets, kitchen areas as well PHE campaign video currently playing on digital screens.
  • Social media - We are sharing the Government’s messages about the coronavirus on the council’s Twitter feed @yourcroydon



Cabinet Meeting
24/02/2020 21:09:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of Croydon's Cabinet where the Labour administration presented the budget for 2020/21.  Asked questions about unexpected capital costs for Fairfield Halls and also tried to find out how many people are actually working on Parks.  



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.



Consultation on Fair Field
18/02/2020 21:09:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Went to see the plans for the public realm outside Fairfield Halls - the area known as 'Fair Field'.  Pleased to see there are plans for a major water feature.  Hope it opens up the space and makes it family-friendly.



Tour of Fairfield Halls
11/02/2020 21:08:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Had a tour of Fairfield Halls with Chris Symons, Chief Executive of BH Live.  Good to see that some of the problems that existed when it opened, have now been fixed.  The Ashcroft seats have now been reupholstered and there are plans to put in carpets.



Scrutiny of Fairfield Halls
10/02/2020 21:07:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting where there was scrutiny of the Fairfield Halls refurbishment project.  Hard to get straight answers to questions about how much the project has cost.  Looks like the project cost will exceed the already inflated £42m cost.



Hawthorn Crescent
04/02/2020 21:07:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the Brick by Brick consultation about building on green space at Hawthorn Crescent. Minor change in the plans but houses still crammed in to the site. Lots of residents very unhappy about their loss of green space



Councillor surgery
01/02/2020 21:06:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Busy councillor surgery today. Almost all the visitors were raising concerns about the lack of street cleaning that has left their streets filthy. Will keep up the pressure on the Council to address this.



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