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Cllr  Sue  Bennett
Cllr  Richard  Chatterjee
Cllr  Gareth  Streeter

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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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



Residents' meeting, Longheath Gardens
19/07/2018 13:38:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


As local councillors we attended a meeting with residents at Longheath Gardens community centre last night.

There was a strong feeling that communication between the different parties involved in the development work needed to be stronger.  We will put pressure on the Council to help coordinate better communication.

There were also a number of issues that residents raised.  We have scheduled an extra surgery for this Saturday – 10AM – at the Community Centre.  Please come along if there’s anything you want to raise with us.



Progress on grass verges
16/07/2018 15:20:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


Residents in Shirley were rightly fed up with the state of the grass verges across the community – and so were we.

Along with our colleagues in Shirley South, we’ve been calling on the council to sort them out and we’re pleased that the verges they are responsible for have now been cut.

Verges on some roads – and the roundabout on Wickham Road – are controlled by Transport of London.  Thanks to pressure from our Conservative London Assembly member, Steve O’Connell, TfL has now pledged to cut the grass as soon as possible and we’re monitoring the situation to ensure they come good on that promise.



Update on Ashburton Playing Fields
03/07/2018 15:23:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


The Labour council are consulting on plans to build two artificial football pitches, complete with a car park and flood lighting on the corner of Ashburton Playing Fields that borders Woodmere Avenue – land that is supposed to be protected!

Although the scheme will bring some wider benefits to Croydon, out initial feeling is that it is in totally the wrong location and will create unhelpful noise and disruption for residents.

We have pledged to be a strong voice for Shirley and will work with residents to ensure that their views are heard.

You can read our initial assesment along with additional comments from MORA planning officers on the MORA website.



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.




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