Changes to Lockdown Measures (Step One)

As Covid-19 infection rates are beginning to slow, the government is now taking steps to ease lockdown rules.

The first stage of easing will be split into two parts:

From 8 March:

  • All schools and colleges in England will reopen, while all childcare can resume. Secondary school pupils will have to wear facemasks initially while staff in all schools are advised to wear masks. All secondary and college pupils will be tested twice a week, at school for the first two weeks then at home.
  • All households with school children, members of their support and childcare bubbles, and those in related occupations will be encouraged to be tested regularly.
  • One person will be able to meet one other person from another household outside for recreation, not just exercise. This includes meeting in private gardens and will mean two people can meet for a picnic or sit on a bench with a coffee but they cannot play tennis or golf.
  • Care home residents in England will be allowed one regular visitor. They will be able to meet indoors and hold hands – but visitors must wear PPE and be tested beforehand.

From 29 March:

  • Up to six people from different households or a larger group from two households can meet outside, including in private gardens.
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts will reopen and organised adult and children’s sport, such as grassroots football, will also return.
  • From this point, the government will drop the “Stay at Home” message and will instead encourage people to stay local wherever they can.
  • People will still have to work from home where possible and no overseas travel, apart from necessary work, will be allowed.

There will be four steps for easing restrictions. But before proceeding to each next step, the government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous changes.

The four conditions that must be met at each phase of lockdown easing are:

  1. The coronavirus vaccine programme continues to go to plan
  2. Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying with the virus or needing hospital treatment
  3. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospital admissions
  4. New variants of the virus do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting restrictions

Downing Street said the four tests are currently being met so the first step of lockdown easing in England will proceed as planned on 8 March.

Libraries Consultation Update

Thank you to all who have participated in the Libraries Consultation process, and are keen to be involved with the proposed changes to our libraries.

To provide more time, we are extending the consultation deadline to 14 March 2021, and if you have any additional comments we are allowing multiple survey submissions.

The Libraries Consultation has had over 1400 responses to date, and many residents have questions which we would like to address in a series of Zoom webinars:

20 February Saturday
All Libraries service webinar:

20 February Saturday
How to run a community library – with The Community Run Libraries National Peer Network:

22 February Monday
South Norwood Library:

23 February Tuesday
Broad Green Library:

23 February Tuesday
Shirley Library:

24 February Wednesday
Bradmore Green Library:

24 February Wednesday
Sanderstead Library:

These sessions will be recorded and available to access after the event.
Register on Eventbrite:

Submit your questions in advance (please note the relevant session) to, or leave a message on 0207 884 5159.

For more details see the Libraries consultation website:

Shirley North Safer Neighbourhood Team Update

We hope everyone is keeping safe.

Starting on a positive, whist on patrol the last week it has been nice to see so many people out (socially distancing of course) enjoying the snow. A little bit of snow has lifted a lot of spirits during this lockdown!

Catalytic converter thefts have been on the rise throughout Croydon, and Shirley North has been hit a few occasions over the last 2 months. Like burglaries, CCTV and outdoor lights have proven to be helpful as a deterrent, if you don’t have them already it is a good idea to look into these to help protect your homes and cars.

We are receiving reports that work is being offered to the vulnerable that live alone. This work is paid for by the homeowner and the work is not being carried out.

Please be aware of anyone that comes to your door and offers to do work in or outside your home. Always look at ‘check a trade’ to ensure these people are legitimate before accepting or paying for any work on your property.

Reports are being made to us and neighbour team Addiscombe East regarding a male door knocking trying to sell meat or other groceries at a low price. Please be aware of this and not accept any goods that are offered to you! This is becoming a regular thing on our ward so if anyone has any information please don’t be afraid to contact us through our email:

Just a little update on what has been happening elsewhere… Over the last few weeks we have assisted sister team Shirley South to execute a number of warrants around the Shrublands area. These have ended in positive results for class B drugs and weapons.

Stay safe and keep well, and hopefully things will go back to normal soon.

Report crime by calling 101 or in an emergency call 999.
Remember, you can also report crime online on the website:

Consultation on the Purley Way Masterplan

The Purley Way is one of the areas earmarked in the council’s Local Plan Review for future transformation and growth, including housing, jobs, improved transport access and more public open spaces and facilities.

The new online survey is an opportunity for residents, businesses and visitors to feedback on the proposals, and outline their priorities around sustainable growth for the Purley Way area, which stretches from the boundary with Purley up to Valley Park.

Croydon Council want you to have your say on the proposals within the draft Purley Way Masterplan.  For this consultation there are two documents outlining a vision and masterplan to improve Purley Way:

To share your thoughts about the draft Purley Way Masterplan please follow this link to complete the online survey. The closing date for comments is Tuesday 16 March 2021.

To view high resolution versions of the documents visit

Consultation Events

 The council consultation will also include three online seminars in February which will give the public a chance to participate in a presentation and Q&A workshop to discuss the proposals:

  • Monday 15th February, 6.30-8pm
  • Monday 22nd February, 1-2.30pm
  • Monday 1st March, 6.30-8pm

For joining details for these events please see