Shirley overwhelmingly rejects Local Plan proposals 17/12/2015 22:49:00......Posted by Mike Fisher
I was at the Town Hall this morning to receive over 900 letters of objection to the local plan proposals to de designate Metropolitan Open Land in Shirley Oaks Village. The Labour Council plans to remove the protection and allow up to 751 homes to built on the land. Local residents are rightly outraged and an action group has been set up,
The joint Chair of the group, Paulie Tenten deliverd the letters to Councillor Sue Bennett and I at the Town Hall before hand delivering them to Bernard Weatherill House. The photo shows Sue and I receiving the letters today.
Residents right acorss Shirley have written in large numbers to oppose plans to intensify development around Shirley local centre and build on open areas within the Shrublands estate. They are also alarmed at proposals to make it easier to build on back gardens.
Earlier this week I wrote to Councillor Alison Butler, the Labour Councillor responsible for the consultation asking her to extend the deadline to allow as many people as possible to respond, She refused stating that it would be prejudicial to those that were working towards the deadline or who had already submitted their responses. I do not see hiow allowing as many people as possible to respond is prejudicial to anyone, Surely, allowing as many people as possible to take part is in everybodies interest. If you agree, perhaps you could write to Councillor Butler at Town Hall, Katherine Street, Croydon, CR0 1NX or perhaps ring her on 0208 760 5770.
An evening with residents 11/06/2018 15:47:00.......Posted by Sue Bennett
After the fete later that same evening Gareth, Richard, Scott and myself attended the SPRA summer party, there must have been eighty local people there, we were well received and warmly welcomed.
It was such a pleasure to meet with so many local residents, good food, good wine and great company, who could ask for more, it's tough being a Councillor !
A beautiful day in Shirley 11/06/2018 13:08:00.......Posted by Sue Bennett
All days in Shirley are enjoyable but Saturday was special we enjoyed brilliant sunshine at St George's Summer fete.
The vicar and parishiners are busy fundraising to repair the roof before the winter sets in and we were delighted to play a small part by attending the fete. Gareth, Richard, Scott and myself enjoyed a delightful afternoon sampling the delicious home made food and meeting all those who worked so hard to make the afternoon a great success.
Wickham Road roundabout to receive overdue grass cutting 03/06/2018 17:51:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter
Residents are rightly frustrated about the overgrown grass on the Wickham Road roundabout and the nearby grass verges.
Working together, the Shirley North and Shirley South councillors have been trying to get this sorted. As TfL has responsibility for sorting this out, Steve O’Connell, our London Assembly representative has also leant a helping hand.
We’re pleased to report that TfL has now confirmed that the grass will be cut in June. We will keep an eye out to make sure this happens on schedule and report back.
The Glade reopens but temp lights needed for Long Lane 21/05/2018 19:10:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter
Following emergency repairs by Thames Water, The Glade, at the junction with Brookside Way was reopened today - good news!
Unfortunately we have been informed that owing to the pressure caused when recharging the main, some more damage has been caused to the main in Long Lane.
To enable the repairs to take place three way temp lights will be required, the nearby pedestrian crossing will have to be closed we residents can use the temp lights to cross Long Lane. Work will be continuous until the repair is complete. The lights will be removed for the AM rush hour tomorrow (22nd May).
Thanks to Croydon Council officer's for staying on top of the situation.
Emergency Road closure - The Glade, junction with Brookside Way 16/05/2018 12:22:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter
Quick update for residents concerned about the closure of The Glade at the junction with Brookside Way:
Officers have informed us that this road was closed yesterday due to emergency works by Thames water to rectify a customer supply issue. The road is expected to reopen on Friday morning. Local diversion is in place and unfortunately a section of the local bus route is affected.
We will work with the Council to get the road reopened as soon as possible and will keep you updated if the situation evolves.
Sad day in Shrublands 29/04/2018 11:16:00.......Posted by Sue Bennett
It was a sad day in Shrublands as I attended my last surgery as a Shirley Councillor, due to the Boundary changes Shirley has been expanded and now there are two Shirley wards - Shirley North and Shirley South. I have been privledged to have been selected for Shirley North.
If I am elected I look forward to getting to know our new residents but leave behind with a heavy heart the warm and inclusive atmosphere of Shrublands.
I am not going far and they won't get rid of me that easily, so keep the kettle on.
Making a difference 13/04/2018 14:21:00.......Posted by Sue Bennett
As Shirley Councillors we have been delighted to support and encourage Ballers Football Project; a 'grass roots' initiative which aims to take vulnerable youths off the streets, it has been very successful since its inception by an exceptional young man, Raymond Bascombe who has turned his own life around and now dedicates himself to making a difference to other youngsters at risk.
Litter issue on Bywood Avenue 08/04/2018 18:44:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter
Plenty of litter on Bywood Avenue today. Residents are rightly concerned about it and we have reported it.
If you have any concerns about litter or fly tipping anywhere in the ward, let us know.
If the Conservatives win the election on 3rd May, we will introduce fly tipping patrol squads so that these issues are dealt with more proactively.
Council Meeting 28/03/2018.......Posted by Sue Bennett
On the 26th March at the Council meeting Cllr Butler (Deputy Leader) repeatedly confirmed to a packed public gallery that the Labour Party would not build on open green space.
Cllr Bennett challenged her and reminded her of what was printed in the original published Local Plan, this Labour administration intended to remove MOL status and build upto 751 homes in Shirley Oaks Village, before it was pointed out to this inept Council that residents owned the land. The residents mounted a detailed and robust defence at the Public Hearing and MOL was reinstated to several pieces of land. unfortunately, there is still considerble land which has lost MOL protection and becomes 'white land' due to the removal of the local Green Spaces policy.
The Council was seeking to designate areas across the Borough as Local Green Spaces, however , the Inspector maintained that the Council had not carried out a sufficient and rigorous review of LGS sites for allocation. If the Council is minded to pursue this policy a review of LGS would have to be carried out.
I won't hold my breath.
Public meeting opposes Brick by Brick developments 15/03/2018 22:10:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter
Great meeting tonight. Residents associations came together from all over Croydon to protest about numerous planned Brick by Brick developments.
Clearly this has been a huge issue for us in Shirley. I have always supported the principal of house building – but we should be doing this on brownfield sites and in the Town Centre. We should not be trying to change the character of our beautiful suburbs.
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