is nominated to represent the Association in the position of:
To be elected at its AGM on Wednesday 20 April 2020.
Full name and address:
Full name and address
Full name and Address:
I accept the nomination:
Nominee’s signature Date
Each nomination should be accompanied by a brief résumé of the nominee’s reasons for seeking election together with a passport-sized photograph and received by: Trevor Ashby, SPRA President, 19 The Grange, Shirley CR0 8AP no later than Wednesday 13 May 2020. These will be available to Members attending the AGM in advance of elections taking place. Nominees, proposers and seconders must be Members of SPRA.
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.
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.
The monthly list of planning applications in our area, as worked on by SPRA’s planning sub-committee, includes
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 20 January 2020.
209 Devonshire Way Croydon CR0 8BZ
Ref. No: 19/05842/HSE – Single storey rear extension and
Validated: Thu 12 Dec 2019
2 Midholm Road Croydon CR0 8AN
Ref. No: 19/05786/HSE – Demolition of garage, erection of
single storey side, front and rear extension, associated alterations.
Validated: Tue 10 Dec 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 02 Dec 2019
Update 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: Awaiting Decision
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.
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 needfor 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).
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.
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
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 aboutGarden 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 Wilderness. We 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.
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.