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Warning: number plate thieves at work in Shirley
10/03/2019 17:46:00......Posted by Gareth Streeter

We have been asked by the Neighbourhood Police Team to let residents know that there have recently been a number of number plates stolen from vehicles in the Shirley area.

This is evidently a serious crime.  Please do double check that your number plates are securely attached to your vehicle.

If you notice anything suspicious please call 101.

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Chasing Pavements...? Shirley needs attention
17/03/2019 19:15:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


We’re growing more than a little concerned about the state of the pavements in parts of the ward. 

This picture is from Chaffinch Avenue but pavements across the ward could do with a little love from Croydon’s Labour Council.

As you would expect, we are pushing for the Council to sort it out.  When we have some positive news to share, we will let you know.



Talking community engagement with Orchard Park High school
15/03/2019 16:00:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


Fantastic meeting with Mrs Warnock, head teacher of Orchard Park High school, today.

As well as an update on the recent(ish) Ofsted – when inspectors rated the school as GOOD – Mrs Warnock talked about the school’s commitment to the local community.

We discussed some potential activities that we could work on together to serve the community – more information on this to follow…



Great evening at Shirley Neighbourhood Care quiz
09/03/2019 20:33:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


It’s not the winning – it’s the taking part that counts.

Given that the councillor team finished third from last at the Shirley Neighbourhood Care quiz this weekend, thank goodness it’s not the winning the matters!

The quiz – an annual highlight for those of us in the Shirley community – was great fun and fantastically organised.  Also wonderful to be raising money for such a good cause.

Looking forward to next year already – and need to start reading a few quiz books.



Shirley Conservatives quiz Parliamentary candidate at special meeting
17/02/2019 17:12:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


This week we were very pleased to have Mario Creatura join us at a special meeting of Shirley Conservatives.

Mario is the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Croydon Central – which means that next time there is a General Election he will be the Conservative name on the ballot.

Mario fielded a number of questions.  It was clear how much anger there was about further delays to the Westfield scheme – something that the Labour Party needs to take responsibility for.

We also had a great chance to catch up and exchange a bit of gossip.  Cllr Sue Bennett even provided some wine and crisps!  In fact, my only complaint about the evening is that whoever took this picture has clearly doctored it to make it look like my hair is receding!  Total fake news of course!

If you live in the Shirley area and are interested in getting involved with us, please do get in touch.  You would be very welcome.



New bin at Verdayne Avenue/Wickham Road bus stop
01/02/2019 17:10:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter

Many thanks to residents who reported that the bin at the Wickham Road / Verdayne Avenue had mysteriously disappeared.

We have lobbied the Council about this and are pleased to report that a new bin is now in place.

Do get in touch if there’s ever anything like this we can help with.



Mud scrapers return to Parkfields
13/01/2019 19:22:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


Residents have contacted us to express concern that there were no longer any mud scrapers at Parkfield Recreation Ground.  This is obviously a big inconvenience for those enjoying the lovely green space.

Toward the end of last year, we persuaded the council to reinstate them.  Today, we can confirm that they are back in place.



Festive fun continues with Aladdin
09/01/2019 23:00:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


After all the festive fun of December, cold, dark January can be something of a downer.  But thanks to the hard work and talent of the West Wickham Pantomime Society, a sprinkle of Christmas cheer spilled into the New Year.

Along with Shirley South’s Scott Roche and Mario Creatura (the Conservative candidate for Croydon Central MP) I had a great time watching Aladdin tonight thanks to efforts of a fantastic cast that included several Shirley actors.

Just to make the night even better, the proceeds from many of the tickets will go toward Shirley Neighbourhood Watch – one of the most important community groups in the Shirley area.

I’m looking forward to next year already (“oh no he’s not”, "oh yes I am" etc etc)!



Little Movers Christmas Party
15/12/2018 21:05:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


I had a great time at the Addiscombe Boys and Girls Club ‘Little Mover’ Christmas party.

As well as having more than my fair share of sweets and enjoying the music, it was great to chat to organisers and other residents about community issues.

I didn’t actually brave the dance floor though.  I guess I have a year to work on my own moves before next Christmas…



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!



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Have your say on plans to 'intensify' the suburbs
Cream team to support Shirley Neighbourhood Care
Residents' meeting, Longheath Gardens
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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