London Mayor’s consultation to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone area to include Croydon

Read about the proposals by clicking the link below :

Improving air quality and Londoners’ health, tackling climate change and reducing congestion | Have Your Say Transport for London (tfl.gov.uk)

Have your say – you have until 29 August to view the Mayor’s proposal and comment.  You can do this in a number of ways:

  • Registering on the Tfl website and completing the survey
  • By post to TFL HAVE YOUR SAY (freepost- no stamp required)

It is recommended if you wish to express a clear yes or no, that you email or write, using a clear short first sentence stating whether you support or oppose the expansion, rather than complete the survey, in order to ensure your views are registered properly.

Jubilee weekend – events and road closures

We have been asked to advertise the following events which are open to the public :-

  1. Jubilee crafts and colouring throughout Wednesday 1 June in Shirley Library
  2. Jubilee Beacon event on Thursday 2 June 6.30 – 8.30 in Lloyd Park (details from animalahimsa@gmail.com); this is one of a number of official Beacon events across the country.
  3. Community Garden Party Saturday 28 May, 2 – 5 p.m. at Shirley Methodist Church. Refreshments, cakes, toy corner, plants, face painting, music, raffle, crafts and charity stalls
  4. All Saints’ Church celebrates the Queen’s, and our, 70 years of service to the community 11-3 on Saturday 28 May with assorted attractions (face painting, bouncy castle, a legal advice team, St John Ambulance and a visit from Mayor Perry

Members may need to know of the following road closures for Jubilee parties :-

  1. Ash Road will be closed from 9.30 until late on Saturday 4 June …
  2. … as will the middle section of Bennetts Way (between Bennetts Avenue and Temple Avenue

SPRA wishes everyone a happy, safe and enjoyable weekend

A Police warning

Following a recent incident of a resident being violently assaulted in the nearby Park Hill Ward when confronting men stealing catalytic converters, police are advising the public to ring 999 immediately and not to approach or confront anyone they suspect is stealing a catalytic converter. If possible try and note their car number plate and only if it is safe to do so try and take a picture of the suspects and their car.

Scam warning

There have been a number of reports recently where residents have received calls, where the caller has pretended to be a police officer. The aim of these calls is to try and obtain your personal and banking details and encourage you to make a bank transfer into an account they control.

They may even say your account has been compromised and you need to move your money to a safe account. They may even say you will be arrested if you do not assist them or by doing what they say you will assist them in catching a criminal.

Remember if you ever receive a call from someone claiming to be from the police asking for personal and banking details or ask you to transfer money, hang up immediately it is a scam as police would never ask you to do this.

If you think you have been a victim of this type of crime, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/reportscam .

A local appeal for Ukraine

SPRA is happy to publicise the appeal being arranged by West Wickham & Shirley Baptist Church, for material aid for those suffering from the armed invasion of Ukraine.

Details can be found of the Church website …https://www.wwsbc.org.uk/#welcome

… where information is given as to what they are asking people to provide.

We do appreciate that there are many ways in which people can reach out to these troubled people; this is a particularly local one.

After the storm – a warning

Croydon Trading Standards team has asked us to publicise their advice as below

CROYDON TRADING STANDARDS

COMMUNITY ALERT

Artifice Burglars / Rogue Traders

We have been made aware of a series of incidents in a neighbouring borough involving burglars posing as ‘helpful’ tradesmen who are actually stealing from vulnerable victim’s homes. They may appear genuine and friendly but that is just a false impression to distract you and make you feel at ease.

Please do not allow any trader knocking at your door, suggesting you need work doing, access to your home.

Sadly, the recent storms have given these criminals reason to cold call and suggest they can help with roof repairs and whilst one distracts the resident by showing them alleged damage, the other enters the home and commits a burglary. 

If you are unsure of anyone knocking at your door, please do not let them in and call a neighbour, friend or family member for advice. Keep your door closed.

If someone enters your home uninvited or they will not leave when asked – please call 999.

Please also consider not leaving valuables in easy view – eg wallets, handbags, purses. They are often left in the hall, kitchen or living room but it only takes seconds for them to be taken by someone walking through.

If you suspect your home has been damaged in the storms please contact legitimate traders through one of the Approved Trader Schemes:

Trust Markwww.trustmark.org.uk/find-a-tradesman0333 555 1234

Buy With Confidence www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk01392 383 430

Which? Trusted Tradershttp://trustedtraders.which.co.uk/0117 405 4689

Please remember to report to Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 if you have actually been the victim of a scam or call Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 0808 223 1133 if you require advice on an issue you are having with a trader or wish to report a trader.

Croydon Local Plan revision

SPRA has recently submitted the following representation to the Council in response to its consultation on the revised Plan.

Spring Park Residents’ Association

Representation in response to Croydon Local Plan revision (February 2022)

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Unsound on grounds of consistency with national policy

There is no reference to the Design-Led approach Policy D3 of the London Plan or requirement for Design Codes (London Plan & NPPF) which would enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with these documents.

Para 11.197A and 11.2.02

Both these sections address the character of Shirley, but provide minimal and insufficient detail or reference to the above documents. In particular they do not address the different characters of the individual localities within a place.

SPRA therefore believes there is a requirement for a specific and more detailed Shirley Place Character statement and Shirley Place Design Code as part of the Plan.

Suggested templates are offered below for consideration.

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Suggested Shirley Place Character Statement

Outer suburban, low density residential area consisting mostly of 1930s speculative built detached and semi-detached two storey houses of conventional construction with mainly rendered masonry walls and pitched and tile covered roofs, with double height front bay windows, entrance porches, and private garage or off-street parking facility. Long private front and rear gardens, wide roads, many of which are tree-lined, with the houses laid out in a regular and uniform pattern and height and regular spacing of houses respecting a uniform building line. There are few flats developments, and flat roofs above first floor level are rare (other than in the case of loft conversions). The houses are interspersed with doctor’s surgeries, dental practices, local schools and open spaces, and local shopping parades on principal thoroughfares. The houses provide spacious accommodation generally in excess of 90 sq.m RCA.

Suggested Shirley Place Design Code (Built Form)

DENSITY 20-40 d/ha
HOUSE TYPES Two storey detached or semi-detached, of conventional masonry construction under pitched and tile covered roofs, with porch and double height bay windows to front
HEIGHT 9m to eaves
GARDENS Long front and rear gardens
PARKING Single garage or parking space to every house
HOUSE SIZE NLT 90 sq.m RCA
STREETSCAPES Regular and uniform pattern of houses of similar style, design, and materials, of uniform height and regular spacing following a uniform building line.

An opportunity for an IT volunteer

We have been asked to publicise the following opportunity …

The Shrublands Trust is a registered charity and operates out of its premises at 7 Broom Road, Shirley, Croydon, CR0 8NG.

We are currently in urgent need of a volunteer to help with IT for the running of our weekly Food Bank

What we are looking for:

Skills: Some  IT knowledge required 

Role: to upload opening times and list of food needs each week onto our web site

Time: 10-20 minutes per week

What we can offer you: 

Resources: use of the Shrublands’ laptop

Experience: being part of the Shrublands’ team working for the local community.

Can you help?  For further information please telephone the Trust Manager Mrs. Beverly Warner on 0208 405 9989.

60+ Oyster card under threat

One of our members has alerted us to the following email he has received …

Over the past two years Londoners like you have been powerful defenders of both the Freedom Pass and the 60+ Oyster Card. We’re very grateful for your support, which has been brilliant. Your support has been amazing. I’m writing because we need you once again.
Yesterday evening (15th December) we heard that the long-term future of the 60+ Oyster Card is under threat and that there are plans to phase out this travel concession for Londoners aged 60 to 66 entirely over a 12-year period. We are deeply concerned about the impact this regressive cut will have.
Please sign the petition to save the 60+ Oyster Card
It is important to note that the plans will not affect current holders of the 60+ Oyster Card. It will however affect Londoners currently in their 50s and younger who would normally be eligible for the card on their 60th birthday. Campaigning for an age-friendly London is about fighting for a better city for both the older Londoners of today and the older Londoners of the future.We know many of you continue to be impacted by the suspension of concessionary transport before 9am on weekdays. We are very worried that this latest attack on affordable transport will make things much worse for thousands of people.

Please sign and then share the petition.
We are in the final few hours of the current Government/TfL funding deal and we need to make our voices heard.

Solid wall insulation – a message and a warning from the Council

Malcolm Bell, Croydon Council’s Energy Projects Manager, has written a warning as follows …

Unfortunately I am writing to inform you, a resident has informed me a company called UK ECO solutions (or someone on their behalf) is doing door knocking in the borough about grants for solid wall insulation, claiming they are working with Croydon Council.  I have recently seen Facebook adverts from them hinting they work with and/or the funding is from the Council.

I can confirm Croydon Council not working with this company, nor are they a sub-contractor for one of our partner companies, nor has the team had any discussions with them.   The sub-contractor working with our partner AgilityEco currently installing solid-wall insulation for home owners is called Simple Green Energy, and they will only be contacting residents who have applied, or been referred into the scheme with their consent.     None of the companies we are working with are doing any cold calling/door knocking promotions.

All the private sector grant providers/schemes we work with are listed on our Energy Advice webpage   www.croydon.gov.uk/energyadvice     Although residents can apply directly for these schemes (as opposed to a referral through Croydon Healthy Homes), we do recommend residents use one of our partner organisations to access grant funding if they are eligible.  For some schemes eligibility/grant may be dependent upon a signed declaration from Croydon Council, and we only do this with companies we have an agreements in place with.

I would strongly advise residents to check the web page to ensure any company claiming to work with the Croydon Council is genuinely working with us.  Alternatively they can email healthyhomes@croydon.gov.uk or call the Healthy Homes Freephone number to check 08002922529 (the number currently diverts to an answerphone, but we aim to call back all residents as quickly as possible, and all within a week).

May I also take this opportunity to notify you the Croydon Heathy Homes team will be hand delivering leaflets about our services to homes in areas with high-levels of fuel poverty, especially older properties.  This week we delivered leaflets in the Waddon area.  The letter we delivered was in the name of our Healthy Homes Advisor, Jayesh Patel.