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.
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.
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.
Please do contact us with any issues or concerns you may have. We answer all our constituents' correspondence and value your comments. If you want your concern addressed by your local team, please follow the link above.