Changes to Lockdown Measures from 29 March 2021

As the four tests of easing lockdown continue to be met, the government is continuing to take steps to ease lockdown rules.

Therefore, 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.

Before proceeding to the 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


Shirley North Safer Neighbourhood Team Update – March 2021

There has been a lot of changes to teams and the police station recently. We hope everyone is well and continue to keep safe.

We are starting off this little update with good news! Crimes in Shirley North have gone down! The first graph below shows the total number of offences (TNO) from the last year. If you look you will be able to see from the beginning of 2021 to now we can see a decrease in offences.

Thefts from motor vehicles have been a recent problem in our ward, especially catalytic converters being popular. The graph of Offences for Theft from a Motor Vehicle shows that reports each month have stayed the same since December. Now that we have a dedicated team for this type of crime and police presence we are hoping this number will lessen.

In light of recent events which I am sure you are all aware of, Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT’s) have been asked to send out a few questions to residents and any feedback is very much appreciated. The questions are below:

  • What are your sentiments towards the Metropolitan Police Service, after the events of the last couple of weeks?
  • How much confidence do you have in the Metropolitan Police Service, after the events of the last couple of weeks?

Please send your feedback to us at 

Thank you in advance for your swift response to this.

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

Royal Mail Scam Alert

Royal Mail has warned people about fake text and email scams currently doing the rounds.

Scam texts and emails are being sent targeting people’s bank accounts.

The messages ask customers to give up their personal and bank information by telling them they’ll otherwise fail to have their parcel delivered.

One of the scams is circulating by text and email, which tell people to make payments to make sure their parcels can get delivered.

It links to a fake Royal Mail website to trick people into giving their details.

Protect your information

Never send sensitive, personal information, security details or credit card numbers by email

Never click on a link in an email or text if you are unsure about it, especially if it asks for personal financial information, this might attempt to install malware on to your computer

Make sure you have a spam filter on your email account

If you have been a victim of fraud please report to Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 or Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 0808 223 1133.

Planning London Datahub

The Planning DataHub is a collaborative project between all of the Planning Authorities in London to build a single open data set of development proposals in the planning process to enable monitoring of how our City is changing and develop a shared understanding of the data.

The dataset is owned and contributed to by everyone in the planning and development industry and would not be possible to produce unless all parties contribute towards it.

Whilst the DataHub itself is purely a dataset, we have enabled access to the data in a number of ways to make it useful and usable to everyone. This is an evolving area of work at present so please watch for changes as they happen.

It is a live feed from each boroughs planning departments. This gives a picture of how the city is changing, how planning policies are affecting that change and how that impacts the environment we live in. It is going live with a handy dashboard to help you navigate the data and find out useful information.

Visit the DataHub here: The Planning London Datahub | London City Hall