Wickham Road closure – #2

We are grateful to Mr Richard Pywell for the following letter …

“Road works (replacing a gas main) will be taking place from this Monday 27th July for a period of approximately six weeks at the junction of Wickham Road, Bridle Road, and Monks Orchard Road. The northern part of Bridle Road will be closed with bus routes 194 and 198 diverted.

“Bus route 356 which uses Monks Orchard Road will also be affected, and queues on Wickham Road resulting from the road works may also cause delays on route 119, although that bus will remain on its normal route.

“Route 194 will run direct along Wickham Road between Shirley Library and Monks Orchard Road, missing out stops in Hartland Way, West Way, Shirley Way, and Bridle Road. It will instead serve all stops along Wickham Road.

“Route 198 will be diverted at Shirley Library to serve Hartland Way, West Way, and Shirley Way, serving all stops in those roads en route to its normal terminus at Shrublands.

“Five bus stops in the northern half of Bridle Road will be closed, with passengers directed to the nearest stops at Wickham Road (for bus 194) or Shirley Way (for bus 198). Bus stops in the southern part of Bridle Road will remain open but will only be served by route 198.

“Passengers from the Shrublands area or the south side of Spring Park wishing to travel to West Wickham, Beckenham etc. will need either to walk between the Shirley Way/Bridle Road junction and Wickham Road, or will have to travel to Shirley Library on the 198, then change buses there onto the 194 or 119 back to West Wickham. Changing buses will not cost extra thanks to the “Hopper Fare” facility on Oyster Cards which allows you to change buses as many times as you need up to one hour from tapping in your card on the first bus.

“Bus 356 will not be able to use its normal terminus at the green by Monks Orchard Road. Posters at the bus stops state that it will instead finish and start its route on Wickham Road at the stop in front of the Baptist Church, returning northbound (towards Eden Park, Elmers End etc) via West Wickham High Street then Station Road and Beckenham Road. It appears that southbound journeys towards Shirley will still travel via Monks Orchard Road, but the notices do not confirm that.

“The long northbound diversion may result in route 356 buses having to depart from Shirley earlier than normal so a temporary timetable may be published. If so it will be posted on this website.

“Users of Android phones may find the “Probus London” free app useful as it gives easy to use Countdown style real-time bus departure information about each bus stop, using information direct from Transport for London’s own website. It at least confirms that a bus is on its way to you, even if it can’t predict exactly how long the bus might be delayed in the road works! Apple users can use a similar app called ‘London Live Bus Countdown’.”

We are happy to add this clarification to our earlier website post


Wickham Road, Bridle Road, Monks Orchard Road – temporary closures

We have received the following from SGN (and see our subsequent post re buses)

Good morning,

I’m writing to you to make you aware of our upcoming project to upgrade our gas network in Wickham Road, Croydon. This project involves us replacing our existing gas mains and services in the area with new plastic pipe.

Our essential work will ensure your community receives a continued and reliable gas supply for many years to come. We’re working closely with UK Government and public health bodies to make sure we carry out our project in line with all current coronavirus safety guidance.

We’re looking to start work in Wickham Road on 27 July 2020. The project will be carried out by our contractor Essex Utilities on our behalf.

In close consultation with Croydon Council and TFL, we have agreed to complete the following work:

On 27 July 2020 for approximately 6 weeks, we will be working on Wickham Road from outside number 598 to the junction with Bridle Road. We’ll need to implement a lane closure westbound on Wickham Road between our works, with two-way temporary traffic lights in place on Wickham Road to enable two-way traffic to use the road during our works.

Pedestrians will be asked to use specific passing points along the road to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

For safety, we will need to implement road closures on Bridle Road and Monks Orchard Road at their respective junctions with Wickham Road. Signed diversions will be in place for those wanting to access Monks Orchard Road via: High Street, Station Road and South Eden Park Road. Signed diversions will be in place for those wanting to access Bridle Road via: Hartland Way, South Way and Shirley Way, or via Oak Avenue and Ash Road. Marshalls on site will ensure residents’ vehicle access will be maintained throughout. Please note, bus stops between our works will be suspended.

We have extra safety precautions in place to protect our colleagues and our communities from the virus. Our colleagues will be keeping to social distancing guidelines on our sites and we’d ask communities to keep their distance too. There’s more information about our coronavirus response on our website: sgn.co.uk/coronavirus

We’re writing to residents and other local stakeholders to make them aware of our project and explain the details of our work. Please feel free to also share this information with anyone you think may be impacted by our project.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Coronavirus – SPRA response

April SPAN will not be delivered due to the severe restrictions on us all arising from the coronavirus situation. We know that a number of our Road Stewards are deemed “at risk” through age, if nothing else – it would be irresponsible of us, in the current circumstances, to request that they deliver magazines to the homes in their “patch”.

In any event, much of the April magazine related to the SPRA AGM – which has been postponed; to church services over the Easter season – which have been cancelled; and to the “routine events, Library events and “yellow pages” events – all of which are suspended.

The short-term future for SPAN looks like a blank for several months at least; production will be resumed as soon as this is feasible. In the meantime, collection of the annual subscription is suspended for three months.

Please re-visit this site from time to time to stay up-to-date with what (if anything) is happening. 

In the meantime, SPRA will continue to watch out for issues impacting our members and will let you know what actions have been taken. 

Coronavirus testing – beware of this scam

The following may be with us soon – watch out, and if you come across it, tell your neighbours, especially older or otherwise vulnerable ones:-

Local police are warning people of suspicious activity after several reports of people knocking on doors claiming to be offering on-the-spot coronavirus tests.

Some local residents or elderly relatives in Greenwich, Lewisham and Bromley have reported people knocking on their doors claiming to be from “the health authorities.”

People were then told they were carrying our compulsory Covid-19 tests, or just offering on-the-spot tests.

Similar scams have been reported across the UK, in Harrow and in Wales.

Police believe they may be attempting to gain access to houses or tricking people into parting with their money.

Greenwich West and Shooters Hill Police both asked residents to be aware, and if in any doubt, not to open their doors and speak to callers through a window.

Annual General Meeting – postponement

Due to the unprecedented guidance given by the Government for people to avoid social contact wherever possible, the AGM is postponed from the May date to a date yet to be agreed. The closure of all suitable venues for the AGM including Harris Academy Benson would in any event have made continuing with the meeting frankly impossible.

As soon as meetings generally can resume, the Executive Committee will seek another date; members will be advised, through the magazine and the website, of the new arrangement at the earliest opportunity.

We trust that members will understand the need for such a move and be assured that this important element in the governance of the Association will be held whenever circumstances change for the better.

Competition

AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN A £100 GIFT VOUCHER!

This month’s SPAN magazine is an extra special edition as we are reaching out to all households in the Spring Park area of Shirley to give everyone the opportunity to take up membership of SPRA.  Every home in our area will receive a copy of our residents’ magazine regardless of whether they are already a member of SPRA or not.   Copies will also be available in pubs, restaurants, Churches, the library and other public places so encourage your friends, who aren’t as yet SPRA members, to make sure they get their hands on a copy so they can see what they are missing out on.   April is the start of a new year for membership subscriptions so it couldn’t be a better time to join SPRA and receive a whole year’s worth of SPAN absolutely free.  Membership for 2020 costs just £6, so put aside the right money now so you are ready when your road steward comes calling to collect the fee.

To celebrate this important issue of SPAN, we are running a competition open to all readers of March SPAN who live in the Spring Park area.  There’s a very good prize on offer – a multi-retailer gift voucher for £100 – so it’s worth having a go – what have you got to lose?   You’ll find the entry form in the March edition of SPAN.  All you have to do is to answer a simple question – and the answer can be found somewhere in this issue of SPAN.  The closing date for entries is 30 April 2020 and the winner will be announced at our AGM on 20 May which will be held at Harris Academy Benson School.   Like all good competitions, there are some terms and conditions – so here’s the small print:

  • The competition is open to all residents of Spring Park aged over 18 (A map of the Spring Park area can be found on the SPRA website: www.springparkra.co.uk.  Proof of address will be required) except members of the SPRA Executive and the SPAN Editorial Committees, SPRA Trustees and auditors and their close families and anyone connected with running and/or judging the competition.
  • The competition is open from the date of publication of March SPAN.  The closing date is midnight on 30 April 2020 and entries received after this time will not be considered.
  • In the event of more than one correct answer being received, all correct entries will be placed into a draw and the winner will be selected at random. The winner will be announced at the SPRA AGM on 20 May.    The winner will be notified within seven days of the AGM if they are not present.
  • By entering this competition, the winner agrees for their name and image to be used for publicity purposes.   No personal information regarding address or contact details will be published.
  • The name of the winner will be announced in the July edition of SPAN.
  • Entrants will be asked to indicate if they wish to join a SPRA mailing list.   Data of those entrants who do not wish to be included in any future communications will be destroyed no later than one month after the prize announcement.
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase is necessary to enter this competition.
  • The prize is a multi-retailer gift voucher for £100.   No cash prize will be given.
  • Only one entry is permitted per person.   Multiple entries from the same person will mean that person is disqualified.
  • The promoter takes no responsibility for entries that aren’t received by the deadline – whatever the reason.
  • The promoter of this competition is Spring Park Residents’ Association and contact details can be found on the back pages of SPAN.
  • The competition promoter’s decision is final.
  • The promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time.
  • By entering this competition, entrants are agreeing to abide by these terms and conditions.

SPRA /SPAN March 2020 Competition terms and Conditions

  •  The competition is open to all residents of Spring Park aged over 18 (A map of the Spring Park area can be found on the SPRA website: www.springparkra.co.uk.  Proof of address will be required) except members of the SPRA Executive and the SPAN Editorial Committees, SPRA Trustees and auditors and their close families and anyone connected with running and/or judging the competition.
  • The competition is open from the date of publication of March SPAN.  The closing date is midnight on 30 April 2020 and entries received after this time will not be considered.
  • In the event of more than one correct answer being received, all correct entries will be placed into a draw and the winner will be selected at random. The winner will be announced at the SPRA AGM on 20 May.    The winner will be notified within seven days of the AGM if they are not present.
  • By entering this competition, the winner agrees for their name and image to be used for publicity purposes.   No personal information regarding address or contact details will be published.
  • The name of the winner will be announced in the July edition of SPAN.
  • Entrants will be asked to indicate if they wish to join a SPRA mailing list.   Data of those entrants who do not wish to be included in any future communications will be destroyed no later than one month after the prize announcement.
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase is necessary to enter this competition.
  • The prize is a multi-retailer gift voucher for £100.   No cash prize will be given.
  • Only one entry is permitted per person.   Multiple entries from the same person will mean that person is disqualified.
  • The promoter takes no responsibility for entries that aren’t received by the deadline – whatever the reason.
  • The promoter of this competition is Spring Park Residents’ Association and contact details can be found on the back pages of SPAN.
  • The competition promoter’s decision is final.
  • The promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time.
  • By entering this competition, entrants are agreeing to abide by these terms and conditions.

Croydon Council’s Big Conversation

Members are encouraged to tell the Council what they think, as below (closing date 31 January 2020)

The Big Conversation asks what we want Croydon to be like in 2030? We take a look at some of the challenges we face now; how Croydon is changing; and how we all have a part to play.

We’ve highlighted six topics to talk about and want to hear from everyone who lives, works and spends time in Croydon. Find out more on our website bigconversation.croydon.gov.uk

Get your hands dirty in a good cause

Hall Grange is continuing the process of reclaiming the historically important garden in their grounds and tidying up the rest of their garden areas; this is a chance to contribute by getting dirty.

They are looking to plant bulbs in their borders, on Saturdays 19 and 26 October beween 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Donations of bulbs, and volunteers for planting always welcome – please contact Brian on 07926 151 142 if you can help.

An elected Mayor for Croydon?

Members may have come across a campaign to have Croydon run by an elected Executive Mayor; more can be found at http://democ.org.uk.

The Executive Committee of SPRA has agreed that although the Committee may be divided on this issue, Association members should be given the opportunity to visit the campaign website so that they can make an informed decision.