DEMOC Campaign Update – June 2020

Update & leafleting

Thank you to all who have come forward to help with leafleting.  This is great to help us expand our campaign.  We would now like to reach even further parts of the town, so please provide any help you can in specifically in Addiscombe, New Addington, Thornton Heath, Norbury and South Norwood.

Following government guidelines we are not yet ready to meet-up as a group to do this, but rather we can arrange passing the leaflets across (in a socially distanced manner) and ask people to deliver them on their own.

If you are allowed, and feel able to deliver some leaflets, please let us know what area and how many you would like to deliver and we can advise some roads and pass across leaflets.

We would ask you to follow any guidance at the time you start deliveries and of course take any precautions you need to be safe.

Volunteers can sign-up at


If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), ask for a test to check if you have the virus.

If the test is positive you’ll be contacted by text, email or phone and asked to log on to the NHS Test and Trace website.


Trees on Ashburton Playing Fields

Those of you who have been using the Ashburton Playing fields during this lockdown period will have noticed that many of the approximately 50 newly planted trees are looking extremely stressed. I contacted the Council’s Trees & Woodlands office about 3 weeks ago to make them aware of this as we hadn’t seen any sign of the trees being watered during the extremely hot and dry April/May period.

The Officer I’ve been communicating with said that weekly watering would normally have started at the beginning of April, but due to Covid-19, and the new Health & Safety regulations, their Contractor was carrying out urgent work only, meaning things that might be a threat to life.

She said that watering began again in May and is now back on a weekly routine, but acknowledges that many trees may be lost – though they will continue to be watered weekly in the hopes that some will recover next season. She confirmed that any trees lost will be replaced, and also asked if I could let anyone who uses the Playing Fields know what was happening.

Rachel Carr, a local resident, has also written a post about this on the All About Shirley Facebook group.


A Message from the Shirley North Safer Neighbourhood Team

Things seem to be getting back towards ‘normal’ life now that lockdown restrictions are easing.

Please remember to wear face coverings if you travel on public transport and in areas where you cannot maintain a two metre distance.

Click here for instructions on how to wear and make a cloth face covering.

Here are a few things we have been dealing with recently;

Tuesday 19th May – assisted colleagues on the Addiscombe East ward who sectioned a young man who was experiencing a mental health crisis. Lots of residents were concerned about him and his behaviour. He remains under section in a mental health hospital where he is receiving the treatment he needs.

Friday 22nd May – We searched a group for drugs on Woodmere Avenue. A large amount of nitrous oxide canisters were seized from them – they also obliged when we told them to clear up all the canisters they had dumped all over the road (the little silver tubes sometimes seen around).

Thursday 4th June – We carried out a drugs warrant on the ward. One person was dealt with for possession of cocaine and another for possession of cannabis.

Monday 8th June – Arrested two people for handling stolen goods after searching a car and finding 40 bottles of vodka and whiskey which they could not prove they had purchased; this investigation is ongoing.

Monday 8th June – Friday 12th June – We were part of an operation into the theft of catalytic converters in Croydon and Sutton – we have some good leads and ongoing investigations into a number of thefts.

Monday 15th June – Searched 9 people for drugs on Woodmere Avenue – one male has been charged and sent to court for possession of cocaine and cannabis.

As always please let us know if there is anything you think we need to be aware of.

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