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.

Planning news

The monthly list of planning applications in our area, as worked on by SPRA’s planning sub-committee, includes

Planning applications are reviewed as they arise from Croydon Local Planning Authority.  SPRA planning sub-committee will highlight to SPRA Executive Committee any proposals that are deemed detrimental to our neighbourhood.  In advance of going to print for SPAN magazine, residents can access the most up to date planning information from the sub-committee on the SPRA web site link springparkra.co.uk

The Council guidelines state that you have until the consultation deadline to make a comment (object, support or be neutral) and if you do not comment within that period the Council will assume that you do not wish to comment.  However, even if the publicity period has expired (a notice posted at or near the site or letters sent  to adjacent occupiers; details on the Planning website or for certain projects an entry in the local Guardian newspaper) it may not be too late to comment.  You must comment in writing and you can do this by letter, email or via the website, see the links below.  In all cases quote the property address and if possible the planning reference number.  The ‘Validated’ date is the date that the Council has checked that the initial application has been submitted in the correct manner, however, be aware that applications are sometimes withdrawn by the applicant between submission of our data to the printers and the Council’s decision deadline.  It is worth always checking the Planning website or phoning the Council for the most up to date status of the application you may be interested in.

We can report the following planning applications in the preceding month to 1 February 2020.

25 Temple Avenue Croydon CR0 8QE

Ref. No: 19/04528/LP – Hip to gable roof alteration to incorporate rear dormer and front roof lights

Validated: Mon 23 Sep 2019

63 Oak Avenue Croydon CR0 8EP

Ref. No: 19/04525/HSE – Alterations, erection of a two storey side extension and a single storey rear extension

Validated: Mon 30 Sep 2019

83 Oak Avenue Croydon CR0 8EQ

Ref. No: 19/04978/HSE – Erection of single storey rear extension and patio area/steps.

Validated: Mon 21 Oct 2019

43 Devonshire Way Croydon CR0 8BU

Ref. No: 19/04891/HSE – Erection of a single-storey rear extension with projecting skylight.

Validated: Tue 15 Oct 2019

43 Devonshire Way Croydon CR0 8BU

Ref. No: 19/04890/LP – Rear dormer with Juliet balcony and 2x front roof lights to allow for a loft conversion.

Validated: Tue 15 Oct 2019

38 Sandpits Road Croydon CR0 5HG

Ref. No: 19/04844/FUL – Alterations, erection of a part single storey rear extension, part two storey rear extension and installation of a new window within the side elevation.

Validated: Mon 14 Oct 2019

209 Devonshire Way Croydon CR0 8BZ

Ref. No: 19/04808/HSE – Alterations, erection of a single storey rear extension.

Validated: Fri 11 Oct 2019

Tesco Express Filling Station 564-566 Wickham Road Croydon CR0 8DN

Ref. No: 19/04364/ADV – Installation and replacement of various illuminated signs.

Validated: Mon 21 Oct 2019

Updates on previous applications objected to by SPRA

580-582 Wickham Road Croydon CR0 8DN

19/02319/FUL – Erection of single storey front restaurant extension along with outdoor seating area with retractable canopy

Validated: 4 July 219

Decision: Permission Refused Fri 23 Aug 2019

Appeal Submitted.

and       

18/02020/FUL – Erection of a single storey front glass facade extension (Retrospective).

Decision: Permission Refused Thu 28 Jun 2018

Appeal Decision : Dismissed appeal 1 April 2019

We still await the outcome of the second appeal and will update in due course.  SPRA objected to these applications and are pleased that Croydon Local Planning Authority refused both applications.  The appeal against the retrospective application was dismissed.  We have been informed that the Croydon Local Planning Authority enforcement officer issued an instruction to remove this illegal development and, if not heeded, the owners would be issued with a Court Order.  However, we note on the planning portal that an appeal has now been submitted on the canopy application.  If refused we expect enforcement action by the LPA about which we will report.

Former Shirley Garden Centre 60 Wickham Road Croydon CR0 8BA (Shirley North ward)

19/01977/FUL – Demolition of existing buildings to the rear of the site (A1) and construction of a part 1 and part 2 storey building, change of use of part of the ground floor commercial space (A1) to form a mixture of A1 and B1. Associated car parking, boundary treatment, cycle and refuse stores, landscaping and ancillary works.

Decision approved to allow change of use to a specialist Travel Agents.

http://publicaccess2.croydon.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application

Protect our green spaces – SPRA’s responses

The Inspector’s report on Croydon’s Borough Planning document included the comment that he had not formally recognised various green spaces as needing protection from develoment because the Council had not shown evidence of the need for such protection.

The Council accordingly sought evidence from members of the public and SPRA has responded fully in respect of the vulnerable green spaces within our Association’s area.

These can be read through the following link (thanks are due to the team who put these responses together and to those who made these links available).


https://Green Spaces Consultation

Members are reminded that it is responses such as these which are so valuable a benefit for your subsciption and that SPAN – one of the best residents’ association magazines in the country – is another part. You don’t merely pay your sub to get SPAN, you also get the volunteers’ services behind responses such as those above.

Croydon Council contact details

CROYDON COUNCIL CONTACTS

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.

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.

GDPR – Mailchimp

SPRA Email Communication System

SPRA members may register on our website www.springparkra.co.uk to receive news from SPRA. Your data is collected by a third party, Mailchimp. Mailchimp holds this mailing list on SPRA’s behalf and broadcasts SPRA emails to those who have opted in to receive the communication. Mailchimp is an American company who agree to abide by European GDPR laws.

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