Save Our Shirley Library – Meeting Friday 24 May 2024

Shirley Library is under threat of closure from Croydon Council.

We need to support this valuable social and community asset and preserve an iconic art deco building.

The library is Shirley’s only social hub available free to all, regardless of age or background.

Users of the library include young people doing Duke of Edinburgh awards, toddlers learning to read, children on holiday doing the Reading Challenge, older people from one of the many retirement homes, young people doing their homework on the computers. It provides:

  • access via the Libraries Consortium to 350 branches, 23 local authorities and access to over 7 million books.
  • support for people preparing for their driving test or citizenship test and for exams in general.
  • computer courses and support with IT problems for many who cannot afford to have a computer at home and offers a space for study and reflection.
  • children’s craft sessions and adult events, such as taster courses on deaf language.
  • advice on many of the social issues that affect people, such as homelessness, domestic violence, unemployment.

There will be a meeting at Shirley Library on Friday 24th May at 1.00pm to discuss our next actions, everyone is welcome.

We need to act now by spreading the word to friends and family.

A group of concerned residents have branded themselves Friends of Shirley Library and have started a movement to save our library.

There is a petition which can be signed in Shirley Library or online

If you want to make contact with the Friends of Shirley Library, please email your name, email address, and telephone number to By so doing, you agree to your details being passed to others similarly interested.

You can also help by emailing our local councillors –

Petition Against Croydon’s 15% Council Tax Rise

Plans to increase council tax in Croydon by 15% have been approved by the government.

Under current rules, town halls can only increase council tax by 4.99 per cent without a referendum, including a 2 per cent levy to pay for adult social care. But Croydon Council was on Tuesday (7 Feb) given special permission by the government to increase the charge by a “staggering” 15 per cent – two times more than most other local authorities.

The council tax increase will see the average Croydon household pay out about £235 more per year. It means Band D homes will pay over £2,230 a year for their total council tax bill.

Croydon Council sought permission to impose the rise without a referendum after declaring itself bankrupt for the second time in three years in November.

Last November, Croydon council was forced to issue a Section 114 notice after becoming insolvent for a third time – admitting it couldn’t balance its budget for 2023/24. It has also been obliged to commit to £130million spending cuts in the next financial year.

Funding for Croydon Council from central government has been cut dramatically over the past 13 years, and Croydon receives far less funding per person than neighbouring Lambeth.

Council tax is due to rise for all Londoners as of 1 April when the Mayor of London will add £38.55 on yearly council tax bills,

It means the typical household will pay just over £434 to the Greater London Authority, mainly for transport, policing and the fire brigade, as well as the running of City Hall.

A petition created by Steven Downes, Editor of Inside Croydon, will call on the Croydon Mayor to withdraw plans for a 15% hike in Council Tax in the middle of the worst fall in living standards on record.

You can sign the petition against a 15% Council Tax Rise by clicking here.

You can also sign the UK Government Petition by clicking here.

Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon

The campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon (“DEMOC”) are a group of local residents who have joined together for the sole purpose of seeing a democratically elected mayor installed in Croydon in place of the existing Council Leader.

To make your voice heard on this matter, sign the petition and send it to:

PO BOX 3254

Action on Bridle Road Black-Spot

A Petition to Croydon Council has been created calling for urgent action on major accident black-spot heading from the bend in Bridle Road, outside All Saints Church.

Five major accidents have occurred last year alone, with numerous others over the past 20 years, with excessive speed believed to be a significant factor, putting the lives of pedestrians and other motorists at risk of serious injury and death.

Bridle Road Crash Incidents Overview

Please do share this online petition with friends and neighbours:

1,000 signatures are required by the end of February, to ensure it’s added to the agenda for the April 2017 Croydon Council meeting, so this important issue can be debated.


Thank you for your support.