Planning Report – November 2021

To find out the latest news on what is being planned in your local area, check out our latest Planning Report with up-to-date information on Planning Applications including developments in:

  • Gladeside
  • The Glade
  • Land R/O Firsby Ave, Verdayne Ave, Ridgemount Ave
  • Orchard Rise
  • Orchard Way
  • Shirley Avenue
  • Wickham Road
  • Woodmere Avenue and Woodmere Gardens.

With the all the latest information on the Local Planning Authority Consultation on Validation, the London Plan Consultation on Urban Greening, the Croydon Local Plan Review Consultation, which is currently scheduled to be assessed by Cabinet on the 6th December 2021 and the New National Planning Policy Framework Design Codes.

Also, take a look at the MORA Planning App, which gives you an easy way to track all the current and recent planning applications within the MORA area. It’s simple to use and free for you to access.

Shirley Scarecrow Festival 2021

The Shirley Scarecrow Festival is back for a second year!

This year the theme is ‘Films’. See if you can guess which movies and film stars you can spot on your walk. Last year we raised an amazing £3419!

Our local community have kindly been building Scarecrows and making scenes for everyone to enjoy.

This year we have some fabulous prizes donated and even a raffle. Tickets will be on sale from 60, Bennett’s Way on Saturday and Sunday. A collection will also be at 60, Bennett’s Way if you’d like to donate to Demelza. You can also donate on the just giving page. Please give generously and show your appreciation to our fabulous neighbours for building the Scarecrows.

Click here to view a map of where the scarecrows are located.

Have fun at the festival and take lots of pictures!

Morden Hall Park – Where Old Methods Of Hay-Making Meet With The Present Day

Now that the nights are drawing in and the days are getting colder, why not curl up with a hot drink and read our article about the interesting way in which Morden Hall Park manages its meadowlands, by using some old-fashioned machinery in modern times.

Do you have a story or article about Shirley or the surrounding area as we would love to hear from you!

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Get Vaccinated. Get Boosted. Get Protected.

A nationwide advertising campaign launches today (Friday 22 October) as part of the government’s call to the public to get their COVID-19 booster and flu jabs, to protect themselves and their loved ones this winter.

The colder weather traditionally leads to increased transmission of viruses. Experts have warned that this year there could be a significant flu surge coinciding with continuing or rising COVID-19 cases. Immunity to flu is expected to be lower due to lower levels of the virus in circulation last winter.

Vaccines give high levels of protection but immunity reduces over time, so it is vital vulnerable people come forward to get their COVID-19 booster vaccine to top-up their defences and protect themselves this winter. For those not eligible for a booster, the protection from 2 doses is sufficient.

People will be invited for the COVID-19 booster jab when it’s their turn – if they have not been contacted within a week of reaching 6 months since their second jab they can call 119 or book online.

Those who are eligible for a free flu vaccine can book an appointment through their GP surgery or local pharmacy.

The offer of a first and second COVID-19 vaccine remains open to anyone who is eligible. Vaccines are available for those aged 12 to 15 to offer the best possible protection this winter in schools, and they will also be available in vaccine centres from this weekend.

This week the country’s leading pharmacies have joined forces to encourage people to come forward and get their free flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster jab when eligible.

Alongside independent pharmacists, Boots, LloydsPharmacy and Asda – who together have over 4,000 pharmacies across the UK – have backed the call for people to get vaccinated for the best possible protection this winter.

Why is a booster needed?

A booster jab will top up the immunity of those already fully inoculated against the virus.

The NHS said a booster jab will help improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine, helping to give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from Covid-19.

Who is eligible?

Those eligible for boosters include anyone aged 50 and over, people living and working in care homes for the elderly, and frontline health and social care workers.

All those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and anyone aged 16 to 65 in an at-risk group for Covid (who were included in priority groups one to nine during the initial vaccine rollout) will also be eligible for a jab. Adults who share a household with vulnerable people will also be offered the booster.

At what point do people receive a booster?

Booster doses can only be offered to people who are at least six months on from receiving their second dose of coronavirus vaccine.

How do I book a booster appointment?

The NHS says most people will be invited to book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as a GP surgery.

People who have not received an invitation within one week of the six month milestone can book an appointment online without an invitation.

Can I get the flu jab at the same time as the booster?

Yes. The NHS says that most people who can get a Covid-19 booster vaccine are also eligible for the annual flu vaccine and it is safe to have them at the same time.

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