Protect our green spaces – now!!!

Local Plan Partial Review – Call for Evidence on Local Green Spaces:

Croydon Council are running an online survey to find out which open green spaces are valued by residents and why (e.g. for wildlife, exercise, tranquillity). The survey closes on 22nd July and spaces being considered include Millers Pond, Temple Avenue Copse, Parkfields and Shirley Recreation Ground (by the bowls club and St John’s Church). The Council say there are currently no planning applications for any of the spaces mentioned – but they are gathering evidence in case some are received.  Spring Park Residents Association are gathering information from groups within our area and compiling testimonies to put forward on behalf of our community.  The more people who respond, the better.  You can give your views here:

Croydon Council contact details


At the recent SPRA AGM, residents were concerned about the difficulty of reaching Croydon Council departments and some had been advised that all communication had to be sent by email or contact made though the Council website. People were worried that this would exclude those who were not online (often the elderly) from raising their concerns.  Shirley South Councillor Scott Roche investigated this on our behalf and has been assured that everyone can still contact the Council by phone.   The following numbers are direct dials for the various departments:

General: 0208 726 6000

Bins and Recycling: 0208 726 6200

Housing Repairs for Council Homes: 0208 726 6101

Planning and building control: 0208 726 6800

Parking and Streets: 0208 726 7100

Highway Maintenance: 0208 255 2816

Please note that Council departments close at 4pm each day.

The Wilderness, Shirley Church Road

We have received the following message regarding this important site in Shirley :-

MHA is  delighted to invite you to find out more out more about volunteering opportunities to revitalise our seven- acre historic ecological garden and deliver an exciting activities programme. We are having our first volunteer open days 1st, 2nd and 3rd April.

As you know The Wilderness was the original home on the site on Shirley Church Road, built by the Rev William Wilks, complete with a seven-acre garden designed by him on his retirement around the turn of the 20th century. It is now MHA Hall Grange Care Home for older people.

The site of the garden was formerly part of Shirley Common, or Addington Hills as it is known today. It includes natural heathland and the little pockets of acid grassland and heathland heather. One of the most interesting features is the sphagnum bog, which is home to some very rare plant species. In addition, the bog area is the only remnant of a once more widespread habitat in the area and means that The Wilderness is designated a Site Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation.

Wilks approach to gardening was non-interventionist and he sought to accentuate the natural beauty of the landscape rather than impose upon it. He managed The Wilderness and the work he put in to it is still visible today, albeit overgrown with many of the original paths and plant species either dormant or overtaken by more invasive plant species.  Our volunteers will help to develop a magical multi-generational outdoor experience for the residents of Hall Grange and of the local community through a range of conservation, restoration activities and tasks along with the promotion of the unique heritage of The Wilderness.

Join us to find out more about this exciting programme, the roles we have available, how we will support you and the benefits this exciting programme will bring to the local community.

We look forward to meeting you at the following open days: at MHA Hall Grange, Shirley Church Road, Croydon, CR9 5AL Please come to the main entrance of the Care Home.

Light refreshments will be served. We will be mainly indoors for a short presentation, meet the team and sign up opportunities.  Please bring/ wear suitable clothing and footwear for an outdoor tour.

Monday 1st April 2pm- 5pm-To find out more about Garden Conservation and Restoration

The main focus of this event will be let you know how you can help with practical gardening and conservation tasks as part of an exciting programme to Reclaim the Wilderness.

Tuesday 2nd April 2pm- 5pm- To find out more about Activities, Events and Green-care

The main focus of this event will be to let you know how you can help with the delivery of a range of informal and formal outdoor learning activities for residents of Hall Grange Care Home and the wider community. We will also be letting you know about how you can help us to deliver an exciting seasonal calendar of community events in the Wilderness garden

Wednesday 3rd April 2pm- 5pm- Outreach and Oral History Project

The main focus of this event will be to let you know how you can help with the delivery of an outreach exhibition inspiring people to engage further with the programme of Reclaiming the WildernessWe will also be letting you know how you can help us take part in an exciting oral history project to capture the living memories of The Wilderness.

Please RSVP by emailing or by calling

Head Gardener Alice Henry on 07966 232359

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Car theft alert

We have been advised of two recent break-ins to cars parked on front drives, where car windows have been smashed to steal, one presumes, items left on the seats, or look for parking cash from the glove compartment, or perhaps to steal the car. It’s safest not to leave any items visible in the body of your car when parked … even an empty carrier bag may look tempting to a thief.

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SPRA Rules 2018



(agreed at the AGM 2017)



1. NAME:  The Association shall be called the “Spring Park Residents’ Association” (SPRA).  
2. LIMITATIONS:  The Association shall be non-political and non-sectarian.  In the context of this rule, the term “non-political” shall mean having no connection with any organisation, any of whose objects is to secure support or in any way assist in the election of candidates at elections.  Any person serving on the Executive Committee (EC), or as a Trustee, who stands for election to political office at any level, shall stand down for the duration of the election and for any period in elected office, in order that the political neutrality of SPRA is preserved.  
3. OBJECTIVES:  The objectives of the Association shall be: –  
a. To preserve the amenities of the locality, and to oppose anything which would adversely affect those amenities.  
b. To encourage and develop further the amenities of the locality.  


To further the general interests of the residents of the area.

To promote or improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the Spring Park Area.



1. THE SPRA AREA:  Within these Rules ‘The SPRA Area’ shall mean the area defined on the SPRA Area Map.  This Map forms part of these Rules.  The EC may act outside this area to further SPRA’s objectives.  
2. MEMBERSHIP:  Membership implies acceptance of the Constitution and Rules of the Association.  Membership categories shall be as follows:  
a. Membership:  Qualification as a Member follows payment of the annual subscription for the household.  Persons aged 18 years and over who are ordinarily resident in Members’ households qualify as members.  
b. Honorary Life Membership:  In recognition of outstanding service to SPRA, any Member past or present may be elected to Honorary Life Membership.  Life Members shall enjoy the same rights and obligations as Members.  Nominations recommended by the EC shall be submitted to Members at the next AGM for approval.  
3. SUBSCRIPTIONS:  The amount due may from time to time be decided at a General Meeting of the Association.  Members authorised to act as Zone Stewards or Road Stewards by the Executive Committee, shall be authorised to collect subscriptions on behalf of the Honorary Treasurer.  
4. OFFICERS:  Shall comprise the following Members of SPRA:  President, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary – Zone and Road Stewards.  Officers are Members of the Executive Committee.  They shall be elected at each AGM.  No Officer shall hold more than one concurrent post on the EC, or as a Trustee.  

a.          The EC shall consist of the Officers, and no more than 10 other members of SPRA who shall be elected at an AGM and serve until the second AGM after their election.  They may offer themselves for re-election.

b.         The EC shall conduct the general business of SPRA in accordance with SPRA’s Constitution and Rules and with Motions passed by a majority of Members present and voting at a General Meeting.  The EC shall have the power to fill any vacancies by co-option to the EC.  Co-opted Members stand down at the next AGM.  They may offer themselves for election.

c.          The EC shall meet at least once each month or when, in the opinion of the Chairman and Honorary Secretary, a meeting is necessary.  Six shall form a quorum.  The EC shall have powers to form sub-committees and to co-opt other SPRA Members to serve thereon.

d.         In the event of an equal number of votes being cast for and against a motion, the person chairing the meeting shall have the option of a second, or casting, vote

e.          The Officers of SPRA may form an Emergency Committee to deal with matters which cannot be deferred until the next EC Meeting.  All available Officers, but with a minimum of three, shall form a quorum.  A written record of any Emergency Committee Meeting shall be made available to the EC as soon as possible, and at the latest to the next EC Meeting.

f.          All Members of the EC serve in an honorary capacity.



a.       The Editor of SPAN, SPRA’s monthly magazine, shall be an Association member and is appointed by the EC and is then also a Member of the EC in addition to those elected or co-opted under Rule 8 below.  The appointment shall be confirmed annually by the EC at the first meeting after the AGM, but may be terminated at any time by them. When there is no Editor in post, the Editorial Team may from time to time select one of its members to act as Editor for purposes of liaison with the EC

b.         The Editor shall have editorial independence within the terms of the Limitations and Objectives set out in paragraph 2 and 3 of these Rules.

c.          The Editor is an honorary position.  All reasonable expenses incurred in the producing SPAN may be reimbursed against properly presented receipts or other proof of expenditure sent to the Honorary Treasurer and approved by the EC.

d.         The Editor may not hold another post as an Officer, or serve as an elected Member on the EC, or as a Trustee, during the period of his/her editorship.


7. TRUSTEES AND AUDITORS:  Two Trustees, being Members of SPRA, and two Auditors, none being Members of the EC, shall be elected at the AGM to serve for one year.  They may offer themselves for re-election.  Trustees may attend EC Meetings, where they may speak, table motions or agenda items, but may not vote.



a.          An Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held in May each year.  The time and place shall be fixed by the EC.  28 days’ notice of the AGM shall be published on the Association’s website, posted on SPRA notice-boards, and in the March issue of SPAN if available in time for that issue and such Notice shall include details of Motions to be put to the Meeting.

b.         Notice of motions for debate must be received by the Honorary Secretary at least 35 days before a General Meeting.  The names and addresses of proposer and seconder shall be provided to the Honorary Secretary.  On request, any Member may be provided with a copy of any motions and amendments received in advance of the meeting if such details are not included in the formal Notice

c.          A quorum at General Meetings shall be formed when 25 Members are present, who are not Members of the EC or Trustees of SPRA.

d.         Only Members shall be entitled to vote at General Meetings.

e.          In the event of an equal number of votes being cast for and against a motion, the person chairing the meeting shall have the option of a second, or casting, vote

f.          The Chairman’s Annual Report and the AGM Agenda shall be published in SPAN in advance of the meeting.  The Chairman’s Annual Report and the audited Statement of Accounts and Balance Sheets shall be presented for approval at the AGM.

g.         Nominations for the election of Officers, Trustees, Auditors and certain Members of the EC, shall be notified in writing to the Honorary Secretary at least seven days before the AGM.  Each nomination must be supported by a proposer and seconder.  Names and addresses of proposer, seconder and nominee shall be shown on the nomination form.  The nominee’s written consent to stand must be obtained.  Each nominee shall provide a brief résumé of their reasons for seeking election and of the skills they would bring to the Committee; and this will be available to Members attending the AGM in advance of elections taking place.  Nominees, proposers and seconders must be Members of SPRA.

h.         The minutes of each General Meeting (GM), and all motions passed at a GM shall be published in SPAN as soon as possible after the meeting.  Motions passed at a GM shall take immediate effect.

i.           Only Members may propose, second, or speak to motions.

j.           Special General Meetings (SGMs) may be called by the EC.  Additionally, an SGM must be held as soon as possible after receipt by the Honorary Secretary of a notice of motion signed by at least 50 Members of SPRA The date, time and venue of an SGM shall be published in SPAN and posted on SPRA notice boards.  The Honorary Secretary shall make arrangements for an SGM. 28 days’ notice of such a meeting shall be given to Members through the website and noticeboards



a.          The financial year shall be from 1 April to 31 March.  All payments to SPRA, including those for SPAN magazine, shall be received by the Honorary Treasurer or any deputies authorised by the Treasurer who shall pay such monies into the SPRA bank accounts.

b.         All expenditure shall be approved by the EC and drawn upon SPRA’s bank accounts and payments shall be authorised by the Honorary Treasurer or Honorary Secretary, and a Trustee.  Persons authorising payments shall not be related to each other or have any business relationship with each other.

c.          The EC is authorised to pay at its discretion the running costs of SPRA, including the publication of SPAN and for any other purposes that benefit the Members as a whole or SPRA’s Objectives as set out in SPRA’s Constitution.



a.          The Constitution or Rules of SPRA shall not be altered without the express approval of a majority of Members present and voting at a General Meeting.  Notice of any proposed alterations shall be given to the Honorary Secretary as a Motion for debate at a General Meeting.

b.         Interpretation of the Constitution and Rules is vested in the EC, which has authority to deal with any points not covered by the Constitution or Rules.

c.          The Honorary Secretary shall hold the authorised copy of the Constitution and Rules as approved by Members at the General Meeting.  Any Member of SPRA may request a copy of the authorised Constitution and Rules held by the Hon. Secretary.



The SPRA Area shall be the area shown on the map below.




a.       A Motion to wind-up the Association may be presented to a General Meeting by the EC or by at least 50 members. If the Motion is passed by at least three-quarters of those Members present, it shall be referred to a second General Meeting to be held no sooner than two months and no more than four months after the Meeting at which the Motion was passed.

b.       Notice of the second General Meeting shall include details of Motions as to the lodgement of the Association’s official papers and the disbursement of the Association’s financial and other assets.

c.       The second General Meeting shall consider the winding-up Motion, which shall require a simple majority to confirm the dissolution of the Association

d.       The second General Meeting shall also decide, by a simple majority, the destination of the Association’s papers and financial and other assets.





Another new scam to be aware of

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Magazine Advertise Debt Alert

Victims receive a telephone call from someone purporting to be a bailiff enforcing a court judgement, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt. The fraudsters state the debt originates from the victim not paying a magazine advertisement subscription.


A variety of magazine names and publishers are being used by the fraudsters, who also commonly use the names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents such “Scott Davis”, “Stephen King” and “Mark Taylor”. These are names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents employed by debt enforcement companies. 
The fraudsters request that the debt be repaid by bank transfer. If the victim refuses, they threaten to visit the victim’s home or place of work to recover the debt that is owed.


Once the money has been transferred, victims are not provided with receipt details of the payment or contact details. Later when victims make enquiries, they’ll discover that the debt did not exist, and often that no advertisement was placed.


This type of fraud is nationwide. Since 2017, there have been 52 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, there are a range of different businesses and individuals being targeted.


Protection Advice:
1. Listen to your instinct: just because someone knows your basic details, such as your name and address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine.


2. Stay in control: always question cold callers: always contact the companies directly using a known email or phone number.


3. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a legitimate company will be prepared to wait whilst you verify information.


If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040.


Visit Take Five ( and Cyber Aware ( for more information about how to protect yourself online.

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New scams to be aware of

Dianna Fraser of Shirley Neighbourhood Watch has advised us …

‘Kent Police are warning drivers of a fraudulent emails, texts and phone calls from a company that claims to be the DVLA.

The messages are likely to contain links to several websites that have been made to look similar to the official one. DVLA does not send out emails or text messages with links asking people to confirm details or payment information.

In a similar scam, emails and messages have been received from what seemed like HMRC informing them of a tax rebate, with a link to confirm payment details.  Once again, HMRC will never text or email you with links.

Anyone that receives an email or message like this should delete it immediately and report it to Action Fraud.

If you need to access any official sites then access them directly through to be directed to the secure site you need’.