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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Dogs Trust – microchipping is now a legal requirement – event this Thursday

Croydon Council’s Tracey Belamy has written
My Colleague Tara Boswell is running a couple of Dog Awareness days and I thought you may like to spread the word amongst your community groups. I have attached the posters which you are welcome to print off and put up.

Please feel free to circulate the dog warden service’s two upcoming dog awareness events in partnership with charity Dogs Trust; posters attached.

The events includes:

Free microchipping
Free I.D tags
Free behavioural and training advice
Low cost neutering vouchers
Lost dogs advice
Free Dog Health Checks
Fun Agility
Rescue and stray dog adoption information
Dogs and the law
Advice on dog related issues within the borough

All people and dogs are welcome.

Thank you in advance for your support and for continuing to Take Pride in your communities

The event is from 11 – 3 on August 30 by the Pavilion in Park Hill Park, Barclay Road, Croydon

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’.

Police warning about burglaries

In an emergency always dial 999. When non urgent please call 101.


Contact details for your local policing team are:


Follow us on twitter for further updates at @MPSShirley


You can anonymously contact crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Residents of Shirley, please be aware there have been a recent increase in burglaries in the area. You are receiving this poster as the burglars are targeting houses near you!

Since December we have had 26 burglaries and we fear this is rising. The method the suspects are using is accessing the REAR of properties, and smashing doors and windows open. Most of these burglaries are occurring on WEEKDAYS, late afternoon to evening times.

The suspects appear to only be taking cash and jewellery, and the most recent burglaries this month have targeted vulnerable, elderly residents.

–         Please be vigilant and call 101 if you see any suspicious activity/persons/vehicles in the area.

–         Try and get Vehicle registrations if you spot suspicious vehicles and pass these to your local policing team.

–         Ensure all doors and windows are locked, especially when you leave your address… THIS INCLUDES YOUR PORCH DOOR!

–         Do not leave your bins next to your garden fence; this makes it so easy for suspects to jump over into gardens and garages/flat roofs.

–         If you can try and make your address look occupied in the evening if you are not there. For example leaving a living room light on, or having lights flicker on and off on a set timer.

–    Do not leave valuables on show.

–         Do not leave keys on show through window, or leave them in doors.

Theft from motor vehicles

We have received the following from our PCSO

Dear resident,

Please be on the look out for  GOLD coloured Volvo Estate and a Lime Green coloured V70 estate. No plate numbers, they are involved in theft from motor vehicles and Builder vans in the Shirley area. Both being driven by 2 white males


PCSO 7312 John Iles


Email –

Tel – 020 8721 2469

Careplace, a new online directory of care and associated services

The following has been brought to our attention

As a response to the Care Act 2014 information and advice requirements, on 29 February 2016 Croydon is launching Careplace, a new online directory of services, providing information about

•           care and community services and resources

•           details of registered care and support.

Through CarePlace, councils across London are empowering communities to have a greater say in the care they receive.

This service is free to use for anybody. It is our intention for Careplace to be a valuable resource for the residents of Croydon and the people helping them.

By providing information on care and support services the directory will allow increased choice for individuals, their families and carers when choosing health, care and support services. Which in turn will enable individuals to plan and obtain timely care and support.

The directory will also allow health, care & support providers to market their services directly to Croydon residents. While Croydon staff will use the website to access services and signpost customers to the information they need to make the right choices about care and support

The directory supports the priorities of Croydon’s Independence Strategy.  In particular to “enable residents to make informed choices about how to meet their needs, and live healthy lives, through the provision of high quality information, advice and guidance”.

The directory will be constantly updated and improved.  Your feedback is essential in this process.

Visit for more information and to browse the resources available.

Services, organisations and community groups wishing to add themselves to the directory can do so by registering online at

If you require help with using the CarePlace directory or have feedback, please email or phone 020 3701 3268. (Please note: this email address and phone number, is not for advice about care services).