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Cllr  Sue  Bennett
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Shirley Oaks residents turn out in large numbers for local plan meeting.
10/12/2015 23:42:00......Posted by Mike Fisher

Tonight I joined over 200 hundred residents from Shirley Oaks village at a packed meeting in the Synagogue to discuss the proposed local plan and its impact on Shirley. The meeting had been arranged by an action group set up and arranged by two local residents Pauline and Jen.

The proposals to de designate five areas on Metropolitan Open Land on the estate and allow up to 751 homes to be built on it were widely condemned by many speakers.  A vote at the end of the meeting showed that all those present opposed the proposals.

Councillors Richard Chatterjee, Sue Bennett and I took questions from residents and pledged to oppose the proposals tooth and nail,  

Residents were urged to write in to oppose the proposals by Friday 18th December at the latest.  The address to write to is:

Jo Negrini, Executive Director of Place, London Borugh of Croydon, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA.

Thanks to Jen and Pauline for organising the meeting and getting together an action committee to fight the proposals.

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Festive fun at St George's Christmas market
17/11/2018 15:36:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


Lovely afternoon at the St George’s Christmas market.  As well as a chance to catch up with residents and old friends, we picked up some books and other goodies from the excellent stalls.

I also had a great chat with the hard working team raising money for ‘Combat Stress’ – a charity that supports ex-soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Unfortunately I didn’t win the raffle.  Fingers crossed for next year!

Thank you to the wonderful team at St George’s for all their hard work.



Problematic potholes on Orchard Way and the Glade
04/11/2018 15:25:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


Today we’ve been on #PotholePatrol – identifying places around Shirley North where the roads needs some urgent attention.

To be honest, we weren’t expecting to find much today.  The good weather has only just finished and the roads are usually much worse after the winter.

We were pretty disappointed therefore to find 10 potholes on Orchard Way and the Glade.  These are busy roads – if they’re not cared for it is both dangerous and unsightly.

We’ve reported these to the Council and hope to see some action very soon!

If you notice any potholes in Shirley North please email Gareth –

We’ll be back on #PotholePatrol soon!



Staying alert and alarmed with Spring Park Neighbourhood Watch
23/10/2018 10:58:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


Excellent meeting at Spring Park Neighbourhood Watch tonight.

As well as being a good chance to catch up with everyone, there was some very useful information from Trading Standards about the latest scams we must be mindful of.  Also an interesting update from the Fire Brigade about the importance of testing our fire alarms.

We also had some interesting conversations about potentially extending the Shirley cold calling zone.  We will keep residents updated as these conversations progress. 



The future of Addiscombe Boys and Girls Club
19/10/2018 10:27:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


Many residents are concerned about the future of the Addiscombe Boys and Girls club building on Stroud Green Way.

We have met with the trustees and will soon be meeting with council officers to obtain clarity on the situation.

We will update residents when we know exactly what is happening.



Update from Longheath Residents' Forum
17/10/2018 22:31:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


It was great to be with Longheath residents at the forum tonight. 

Residents fed back many concerns to the council and contractors working on the site.  While there is still much work to be down, it seems like communication from contractors is getting much better - and this is certainly good news.

Residents with specific issues should continue to contact us and we will do everything we can to help!



Update: Ashburton Playing Fields
12/10/2018 10:46:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


The consultation for the plans to construct new artificial football pitches on the Woodmere Avenue end of Ashburton Playing Fields has now ended.

The pre-application was presented to planning committee on Thursday 11th October and Shirley North councillors relayed the considerable concerns of local residents.

We have been informed by officers that they will be responding to comments made during the conversation.  We will help publicise these when they are available.



Concerns continue around Ashburton Playing Fields
04/10/2018 21:06:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter

Tonight I attended a public consultation on plans to install two artificial football pitches, flood-lighting and changing rooms on to the Woodmere Avenue end of Ashburton Playing Fields.

Officers were very helpful in answering people’s questions, but there was understandably a great deal of concern from local residents.

I remain deeply worried about the disruption this scheme will cause to the nearby roads.  Sports facilities are of course very important, but it seems inappropriate to situate them so near a community which will make little use of them.

Next Thursday – 11th October at 6.30pm –  there will be a presentation to the planning committee about the scheme.  Although residents won’t be able to ask any questions, they will be able to observe from the public gallery. 

If you’re interested in coming along, the address is:

Croydon Town Hall

Katharine St





Addiscombe Village Jumble Trail - 30th September!
10/09/2018 21:08:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


Good news!  The hard-working ASPRA team are organising another ‘Addiscombe Village Jumble Trail’ for Sunday 30th September from 11am-3pm.  Here are the details:

Follow the trail for some fantastic gifts and bargains

Residents in Addiscombe Village will be setting up stalls in their front gardens selling food, yummy homemade cakes, jewellery, original paintings and drawings, handmade cards, crafts, plants, bric-a-brac, pre-loved clothes, toys, books and so much more!

 TO BOOK A STALL (it’s only £5) or for more information:

  contact or 

 call 020 865 6366/020 8406 1342/07803 876008

 Booking form can be downloaded from or picked up from Café Adagio or Addiscombe Security Centre in Lower Addiscombe Road



Have your say on plans to 'intensify' the suburbs
08/09/2018 20:47:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter

Many residents are as concerned as we are about the Labour Council’s plan to ‘intensify the suburbs’ – code for filling areas like Shirley with inappropriate housing and flats.

The Council has now launched a formal consultation on the plan and it’s really important that residents make their views heard.  To help facilitate this, a number of road shows have been announced.  The 9th October event in Shirley Community Centre is likely to be the most convenient for Shirley residents, but you are welcome to attend any of these events if that date doesn’t suit.

  • Tuesday 18 September, 4pm – 8pm Addington Community Centre, 90 Central Parade, New Addington, CR0 0JB
  • Thursday 20 September, 4pm – 8pm Upper Norwood Library Hub, Westow Hill, London, SE19 1TJ
  • Tuesday 25 September, 4pm – 8pm, Kenley Hall, 92 Godstone Road, Kenley, CR8 5AB
  • Saturday 29 September, 10am – 2pm, Purley Library, Banstead Road, Purley, CR8 3YH Tuesday
  • 2 October, 4pm – 8pm, Christchurch Methodist Hall Addiscombe, 114 Lower Addiscombe Road, Croydon, CR0 6AD
  • Thursday 4 October, 4pm – 8pm, Selsdon Community Centre for the retired, 132 Addington Road, Selsdon, CR2 8LA
  • Tuesday 9 October, 4pm – 8pm, Shirley Community Centre, 28 Shrublands Avenue, Croydon, CR0 8JA



Cream team to support Shirley Neighbourhood Care
28/07/2018 17:26:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


Had a great time at the Shirley Neighbourhood Care cream tea hosted by Shirley Methodist Church.  As well as listening to the fantastic local men’s choir ‘The Singers’ it was a chance to raise money and awareness for their important work.

Shirley Neighbourhood Care Scheme (SNC) is a registered charity founded in the 1970s by the Churches Together in Shirley in Croydon.  Shirley has a greater percentage of people aged over 85 than the rest of Croydon and we provide services to help our older residents live independently for as long as possible.

You can read more about their work on their website.



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Progress on grass verges
Update on Ashburton Playing Fields
An evening with residents
A beautiful day in Shirley
Wickham Road roundabout to receive overdue grass cutting
The Glade reopens but temp lights needed for Long Lane
Emergency Road closure - The Glade, junction with Brookside Way
Sad day in Shrublands
Making a difference
Litter issue on Bywood Avenue
Council Meeting
Public meeting opposes Brick by Brick developments
Attack at Shrublands last night, Friday 31st March
Shirley overwhelmingly rejects Local Plan proposals
Shirley Oaks residents turn out in large numbers for local plan meeting.
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