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Cllr  Sue  Bennett
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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.

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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.




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.

We will always fight to #SaveShirley



Attack at Shrublands last night, Friday 31st March
01/04/2017 19:23:00.......Posted by Richard Chatterjee

Shirley councillors Sue Bennett, Mike Fisher and I are appalled at the attack last night and the terrible injuries on this 17 year old young man at the edge of the Shrublands estate. We encourage anyone who has information on the attack to share this with the police who can take the necessary action to bring those responsible to justice. This attack is an attack on all of us and is unacceptable in a civilised society. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family.



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.





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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