Welcome to Norbury Watch

I have created this blog as a way of bringing together details of news and issues about the the Norbury area of the London Borough of Croydon, given the growing number of community and other types of organisations active in the area. At the time of posting I represent Norbury Village Residents Association on the  Associations’ Joint Planning Committee, and am a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School.

Over the past two years there have been many issues of concern to residents including:

  • Litter and fly-tipping
  • Street cleaning
  • conversion of offices to residential
  • conversion of large houses to small flats
  • Houses in Multiple occupation
  • Changes to buildings without planning permission
  • Design issues e.g. former Norbury Police Station building and site
  • Run down and empty shops
  • Car parking competition
  • Traffic speeds in side streets
  • The proposed BMX track despite large local opposition
  • The illegal smokng in shishas bars
  • The use of a lot for selling cars next to Norbury Station
  • The run-down of the Norbury and Norbury Hall Parks
  • Planning permissions in the Pollards Hill area which are feared will aggravate water run-off problems already affecting some properties foundations

The five Residents Associations work together through the Love Norbury Partnership which has:

  • a Love Norbury discount card scheme which gives all resident association members’ discount in over 35 local shops
  • a Joint Planning Committee
  • a high street and retail sub-group
  • an events sub-group
  • a green spaces sub-group
  • a community spaces sub-group
  • an environment sub-group
  • the Knitting Norbury Together project

The Associations hold their own general and public meetings and organise social events. They are:

A range of activities are offered by:  local faith groups, Norbury Mums, the allotments society, the British Legion club, Norbury Bowling Club, the Cassandra Learning Centre.

Friends of Norbury Park was established in November 2016.

The three Councillors for the area are: Sherwan Choudury, Shafi Khan, Maggie Mansell


Updated 18 April 2017

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Norbury News at 20 June

Love Norbury Clean Up Day 17 June

Despite the very hot weather there were lots of volunteers helping to clear up litter along London Rd, in the two parks, in Pollards Hill, and several of the side streets. Lots of residents who have moved into the area stopped to find out more about the Residents Associations and their Love Norbury Partnership. They were appreciative. The information stall also had information about the Norbury in Bloom community event the next day. Several people said they would like to have come, but had commitments to extended families in particular because it was also Father’s Day. The Council team was as supportive as always providing the equipment and clearing away the bags full of rubbish and larger items that have been dumped in side roads.

Norbury in Bloom Community event on St. Helen’s Green 18 June

On Sunday afternoon the community event was well attended despite of the hot weather and Father’s Day.  There were food and cake stalls, a children’s book stall, face painting, a stilt walker and juggler, our own local Elvis impersonator, and the excellent local band playing a wide range of music. Conrad Thomas, the Chair of Pollards Hill Residents Association supplied and acted as DJ, Ian Clarke, Chair of Scots Estate and Love Norbury, opened the event, and welcomed the Mayor Toni Letts who cut the Love Norbury Cake.

The creations of the Knitting for Norbury group were highly appreciated. The group also potted up flowing plants for sale.

The police, St John Ambulance and the local firemen with an engine came. Jean of the Tai Chi class at Harlow Hall took a number of people through the basic moves. The Council’s new project Just Be Croydon  health programme had a stall (www.justbecroydon.org).

Lots of newer residents were able to find out more about Love Norbury and the Residents Associations. There was a lot of interest in my three publications: the chronology of Norbury history, the future of Norbury Park and the first Norbury History newsletter I have started. I was also able to promote the Friends of Norbury Park and David Clark’s Norbury history talk and walk next weekend with the Croydon Heritage Festival brochure, an out out copies of the June edition of Croydon Citizen.  Several people have signed up to receive the emails about new postings on Norbury Watch.

Manor Farm Nature Reserve

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Developments in Norbury Park

Norbury Park was chosen by the Council for an in-depth review of management and improvements along with five other parks. The consultants have been discussing the project with representatives of residents and Friends groups around the parks as part of preparing for public consultation events in each park. Norbury Park’s will be on 19 August – full details to be announced.

Meanwhile work is due to start on building the BMX track. This was discussed with the consultants who have suggested that one idea to discuss on 19 August will be whether more screening landscaping and planting will be needed. The Friends of Norbury Park and the Manor Fram Nature Reserve group were represented at the meeting. I was also at it with my Love Norbury Joint Planning Committee hat on.

There were also representatives from the River Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust, as Norbury Brook is included the its area, as a feeder river. The Environment Agency was also represented as it conducting an examination of deculverting streams like the Brook. Its consultants are meeting in July with representatives of local groups in Norbury and Thornton Heath to discuss what is involved and what could be achieved to reduce flooding, create deep water storage and a water environment in Norbury Park.

There has also been a debate about the track in its wider context at


Membership of this Facebook group does not give you membership of the Friends. You need to join them by contacting the Secretary Barbara Crawley at


Planning applications

10 Arnulls Road (17/02858/TRE). Holly (T6) – remove dead wood and tidy up. Lift crown; trim slightly on road side to match remainder Eucalyptus – dead; dismantle to ground level. Olive – prune back into canopy shape; trim by 30cm all around (TPO no. 3, 1973)


54 Craignish Avenue (17/02798/HSE).  Alterations and use of garage as habitable room and erection of single storey rear and first floor side extensions.


3 Croft Road (17/02483/HSE).  Erection of dormer extension in the rear roof slope and installation of velux windows in the front roof slope Please use the link below to view the case details.


1361 London Rd (17/02961/FUL). Increase in roof height by 1m


1449 London Road (17/02725/FUL). Alterations and use of first and second floors as 1 two bedroom and 1 one bedroom flats: erection of two storey side extension and dormer extension in rear roof slope.


52 Melrose Avenue (17/02915/LP). Alterations, change of use of detached garage to garden shed.


22 Norbury Court Road (17/02531/FUL). Erection of a single storey outbuilding in the rear garden.


Norbury Crescent – The Mews (Anvil Pub) (17/02865/DISC).  Discharge of condition 11


14 Norbury Crescent (17/03005/FUL). Erection of single storey rear extension and change of use from 5 rooms C4 Houses in multiple occupation to 9 rooms HMO.


4 Stanford Road (17/02927/FUL). Use as house in multiple occupation with 8 bedrooms


Debate about Norbury Park and the BMX Track


Crime Statistics week 8-12 June

Actual bodily harm (ABH) (1), attempted burglary non-residential (1), common assault (3), criminal damage vehicle (1), criminal damage other (1), , harassment (1), possession of cannabis (2) and cocaine (1), theft of cycle (1), theft from motor vehicle (2), threat of criminal damage (1).

Crime Statistics 13-19 June

ABH (3), burglary (1), burglary dwelling (1), other theft (1), possession of cannabis (1), public order (1),  robbery person (1), theft of cycle (1), theft of motor vehicle (2).

Norbury.snt@met.police.uk; 020 8721 2477Figures sent by email by PCSO 7238 Magdalena McCann


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Norbury Events from 21 June

Reminder to SERA members: AGM – Wednesday 21 June. 7.30pm.

Norbury & Edge Pub – Back room


Regular sports activities

  • Norbury Park Lawn Tennis Club:


  • Norbury Bowling Club


Every Friday. 10am-noon. The Norbury Knitters

Knitters of all standards are welcome to cone and join in.

St Philip’s Church Hall, Beech Rd

Every Friday. 10am – 12.30pm. Table Tennis

£2 per session. All standards welcome. No booking necessary. Bats and balls provided. Tea and Coffee available

St Philip’s Church Hall, Beech Rd

Every Friday. 10.30am – 12.30pm. IT Sessions

Learn how to use a computer, access the web and improve your IT skills. Tea and Coffee available.

St Philip’s Church Hall, Beech Rd

Last Friday of each month. Gloves not Gunz

Croydon Boxing Club, Norbury Park Pavilion, off Green Lane Free drop-in Boxing Session for 9-18 year olds to train in an informal environment away from the stress of the streets. 07534 363386;  info@glovesnotgunz.com

First Saturday of each month. 11am – noon. Ward Councillors advice surgery

Norbury Library, Beatrice Ave

Cllr Sherwan Chowdhury Tel: 020 8764 7606. sherwan.chowdhury@croydon.gov.uk

Cllr Shafi Khan.  020 8405 6753. shafi.khan@croydon.gov.uk

Cllr Maggie Mansell. 020 8679 3733. maggie.mansell@croydon.gov.uk

Thursday 22 June. 1.30 – 3.30pm. Healthier Lifestyles

Age UK Croydon Bring a friend, have a chat, a healthy snack, a health check and some exercise. Also on 13 July and 27 July

Norbury Library, Beatrice Avenue

Thursday 22 June. 7.30-9pm. Satyananda yoga

Gentle integrated yoga class run by Anasaktis Saraswati.



Norbury Methodist Church  2a  Pollards Hill North

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June. David Clark’s Norbury History talk and walk

See fliers at


Wednesday 28 June. 8pm. The Edwardian Roller Skating Boom

Illustrated talk by Sean Creighton on the Edwardian skating boom of 1908-12, and will include details of the Croydon skating rink and the rink at Crystal Palace.

St. Philip’s Church Women’s Fellowship meeting

This talk will be open to members of the public. Because it is in the Church’s small hall advance notice of attending would be appreciated by contacting


 Saturday 1 July. 11.30am-3pm. St Philip’s Church Summer Fair

Stalls include: cakes, tombola, soft toys, toys, plants, books/DVDs, toiletries, gifts. Also entertainment, refreshments, Indian food. Entry 50p. Children under 12 free.

Beech Rd

To donate items for stalls please contact Rev. Younis Francis: red.younis@ghmail.com

020 3172 1426; 07504721294

Saturday 8 July. 7.30pm. Film Night at St Philip’s Church

 £2 per film or £10 for the year No booking necessary. Tea and Coffee available.

Sunday 9 July. 10am. Norbury Hall Park Group Gardening Session

Meet entrance in Craignish Ave.

All welcome.  You don’t have to be an experienced gardener.  Just bring a trowel and gloves.

Sunday 9 July. 6.30pm. St Bartholomew’s Orchestra

St Philip’s, Church

Monday 13 July. 1.30 – 3.30pm. Healthier Lifestyles

As 22 June, Norbury Library, Beatrice Avenue

27 July. 1.30 – 3.30pm. Healthier Lifestyles

As 22 June, Norbury Library, Beatrice Avenue

Saturday 5 August. 7.30pm. Film Night at St Philip’s Church

As 8 July.

19 August. The Future of Norbury Park Consultation

This will be a public consultation event run by Council consultants who have already been meeting with representatives of local organisations. It is the opportunity for local residents and Park users to discuss what improvements they would like to see in the Park in the future.

It would help if meanwhile if you want to see improvements would become members of the Friends of Norbury Park.

Tuesday 19 September. 7.30pm.  Norbury Green Residents Association (NGRA) Public Meeting

Leonard Memorial Hall, Norbury Baptist Church, Semley Road

Women’s Circle Cassandra Learning Centre

Health, well-being and support aimed at alleviating isolation, developing skills and providing a safe space for women to get together and support each other.

Tuesdays: 10am-2.30pm

Wednesdays: 10am-2.30pm

Fridays: 11.30am-2pm

1433A London Road (entrance in Stanford Rd).

020 3601 7475 / 07852 525 468.


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Norbury events 18 to 25 June

Norbury in Bloom

I will be running a bookstall, at which you can buy:

  • my pamphlets The Future of Norbury Park, and Norbury History. A Introductory Chronology
  • the first issue of a Norbury History newsletter
  • pamphlets on Croydon’s Radical History and African & Asian History
  • my collection of articles on Croydon Citizen on the theme of Who Controls Croydon?

You will also be able to pick up:

  • the June issue of  Croydon Citizen focussing on the summer Festivals in Croydon
  • the Heritage Festival programme

David Clark's Talk

David Clark's walk

I will be giving talks on the East India Company and Croydon and South Croydon history in other parts of the Borough as part of the Croydon Heritage Festival.

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Norbury news at 5 June

Sculpture Commemorating Norbury’s Streatham Races

A sculpture commemorating the Streatham Races held in Norbury in the 19thC was on display  in Norbury Hall Park on Saturday 3 June. See picture and further details at


It was a temporary installation.

Friends clean cattle trough in Norbury Park

The Friends of Norbury Park have cleaned up the cattle trough at the top end near Heatherset Rd.


The rough is Listed Grade II. It was gifted by Dr H. Prater in 1885 to the Croydon Cattle Market at the Seldson End of Drovers’ Rd. There seems to have been a previous trough  in the Market from when it was opened in 10 July 1851. (Thanks to Paul Swan of Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society for this information).

Love Norbury gets grants

The Love Norbury Committee has been successful to obtaining two grants for this year’s Christmas Fayre and for a community notice board at the London Rd end of Stanford Rd.

BMX track work starts Monday 3 July

The contractors Clark & Kent will start laying out the BMX track in Norbury Park on Monday 3 July, and the work is expected to take 9 weeks. An email from officers to the local Councillors states: ‘The main point of access will be via Harefield Road, off Green Lane and the contractor will be responsible for keeping the site secure. The track construction will be followed by the installation of a meter high fence around riding area.’

Residents action gets results

Individual action by local residents can be very effective. In the past month following requests Council officers:

  • investigating what action can be taken to remove the rubbish left under the arches at the back of the former car lot at the Railway Station on Norbury Avenue.
  • clearing up fly-tipping in the backyard adjacent to Avenue Estate Agents on Norbury Avenue which backs on to Sapori Pugliesi, the Italian pastry shop picture. Apparently the landlord has not cleaned the site despite repeated requests.

One resident helped ensure the arrest of two robbery suspects.

Another resident is waiting for the response of the Network Rail on the issue of graffitti at the Station and on the Bridge.

Brick by Brick in Norbury

The Council’s development company’s plan to build new homes on Council owned sites such as estate garages and greens spaces is proving controversial. Originally it was thought it was looking at two sites in Norbury.  I have been informed by the Council that the company was looking at one site but is not proceeding with any proposals at the moment.

Lidl wants to sell booze from 7am-11pm

Lidl’s has applied for a licence to sell alcohol seven days a week at its new store at 409 – 411 Beulah Hill at the top north side of Norbury Ward.

You can send your views to licensing@croydon.gov.uk<licensing@croydon.gov.uk

Teenage boy stabbed outside Co-op


 Crime Figures: 5 -12 May

ABH (2), affray (1), common assault (1), crime related incident (1), criminal damage (2),  fraud (1), GBH (2), other theft (2), possession of cannabis (1), public order (1), racial incident (2), robbery (5), sending letters causing distress (1), theft from motor vehicle (2) and theft of motor vehicle (1)

PC 852 Tom Norry commented that during that week ‘we have seen a number of robberies on the ward which have once again utilised a moped in the commission of the offence, please be conscious of your surroundings when using your mobile phones in the street etc.  Should you notice anything suspicious in relation to mopeds or motorcycles then please report this to police so that we can investigate the matter and take action where appropriate.  We are working hard to reduce the number of moped robberies across London.’

They were busy during the week in an operation which found over 300+ cannabis plants being located and the cannabis factory shut down.  ‘If you suspect anything similar in Norbury then please don’t be afraid to report it to us, you can also contact crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and pass on such information.’

‘Suspicious activity has been reported in Gibson’s Hill recently where vehicles are parking up and partaking in sexual activity or drug use, we are working to reduce this issue and will be conducting patrols in the coming weeks to ensure that this activity is stopped and residents are not having to endure such activity outside of their doorsteps.  We will keep you updated.’

Norbury.snt@met.police.uk; 020 8721 2477



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Norbury Events at 5 June

Thursdays. 7.30-9pm. Yoga classes

Norbury Methodist Church, 2a Pollards Hill North

£10/£8 concessions). To book contact telephone: 07903421271 or email: anasaktis@gmail.com

Limited space, please book to avoid disappointment


First Saturday of the month. 11am-noon. Local Councillors advice surgery for residents 

Norbury Library, Beatrice Avenue.

This is your opportunity to raise personal difficulties you are having with the Council, your landlord, other organisations and neighbours,  and on issues affecting Norbury. 

Thursday 15 June. 7pm. Love Norbury Transport Committee

This will be the first meeting of the Committee which was set up following the Joint Planning Committee’s public meeting on transport issues held last December. Norbury faces key challenges over transport:

  • increasing number of rail passengers
  • ramp access problems for the those with poor mobility
  • the refusal of Southern Railway to open up its third exit onto London Rd
  • the pending closure of the ticket office
  • the increasing congestion on the roads reducing bus times
  • the overcrowding of buses at certain times so people have to wait for sometimes the third bus to be able to get on
  • the increasing competition for car parking in the side streets off Londoners
  • the lack of a bus service through Norbury Hill area between London Rd and Beulah Lane.
  • the problems for enforcement on the existing and new 20mph zone.

So there is plenty to discuss and consider what action needs taking.

I raised these issues in my participation for the Joint Planning Committee at the Croydon Local Plan Hearing sessions held last month.

I was informed at it that Granville Rd Car Park will not be built on because it is a site of risk of flooding.

The Joint Planning Committee continues to raise problems on inadequate car parking provision in relation to new planning applications.

Meeting venue: Norbury Pub

Saturday 17 June. 11am-2pm. Clean Up Norbury Day



Sunday 18 June. 12noon- 4pm. Love Norbury in Bloom – Summer Festival, St Helen’s Road Triangle



Saturday 24 June. 2.30pm. The Work and Life Histories of Local Artists

Talk by Norbury’s historian David Clark as part of Croydon Heritage Festival.

Norbury Library. Please book place by ringing 020 3711 1011 because seating is limited.

Part of Croydon Heritage Festival                      

Sunday 25 June. 2pm. A Heritage Walk to Norwood Grove and the Rookery

Walk led by Norbury historian David Clark. Starts at Norbury Station.

Part of Croydon Heritage Festival  

Croydon Heritage Festival 24 – 30 June

The Whitgift Foundation which sponsers it explaisn the Festial at


The full programme including events other events from 16 June can be seen at:


This includes my talk on the East India Company and Croydon on 19 June. My talk on South Croydon has yet to be added.

History events in Croydon June to September

The June to September programme of history and heritage events organised by the local societies can be seen at:


History events in Lambeth and Wandsworth

As getting into these two Boroughs is easy, you might be interested in some of the events taking place. See:


Saturday 1 July. 11.30am onwards. St Philip’s Church Summer Fair

Beech Rd

Saturday 15 July. 2-6pm. Pollards Hill Residents Association Summer Saturday family event

St Philip’s Church Hall

  • What do you eat at home for lunch or tea?

Can you prepare a dish and bring it along to share?  We are looking forward to sampling the rich ranger of cuisines found in our neighbourhood.  Sweet and savoury items all welcome.

We are planning the details of the event right now and pooling ideas.  As well as food and drink, we are hoping to include entertainments of various kinds,  stalls where you can demonstrate and display your crafts, a book exchange.  Any suggestions?

  • Do you know an entertainer or musician who is starting to make their way?  We can provide them with a venue or audience – we are looking for the talent of Pollards Hill – old and young!

To contact PHRA go to http://www.phranorbury.co.uk/contact

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Planning News at 5 June

Joint Planning Committee meeting Monday 12 June

If you have any comments on the planning applications below or other planning issues please email me at


by the end of of Sunday 12 June.

If you post any comments on any of the applications below on the Council’s planning register please copy them to me for the Committee’s information.

Planning Applications 

  • 30 Annulls Rd

17/02201/CAT. This application seeks consent to prune the tree to historic pollarding level (approx 50%) and remove rotten branches. (TPO no. 15, 1989)


  • Ground Floor Flat, 28 Beatrice Avenue

17/02772/FUL for formation of vehicular access


  • Craignish Avenue, 1 The Norbury Trading Estate,

17/02394/LP: Application to use for vehicle repairs. MOTs.  Already in light industrial use.  Ian’s comments in email of 19 May, mainly concern how much onsite parking available and likely increase of parking pressure in already busy Craignish Avenue and proximity of London Road.

  • Craignish Avenue, 7 The Norbury Trading Estate,

17/00871/FUL: Application for continued use as a church.


  • 1 Hill Drive

17/02399/TRE. T1: Oak Tree – Fell to as close to ground level. T2: Cedar – Fell to as close to ground level. (TPO no. 58, 1987)


  • 6 Hollies Close

17/02357/HSE for alterations and use of garage as habitable room: erection of single storey rear extension and dormer extension in rear roof slope.


  • 64 Isham Road

17/02106/LP for erection of dormer extension in rear roof slope and rooflights at front.


  • 1270 London Road, Windsor House

17/01914/DISC for Discharge of condition 1(2) attached to permissions 14/00808/p and 15/01784

The JPC requested consideration be given to keeping cycle access separate from vehicle access for safety reasons.


  • 1330 London Road

17/02289/FUL, Construction of 3rd floor and 3-bed flat.


  • 1451 London Road

17/02692/FUL for use of ground floor for purposes within class A3 (restaurant/cafe)


  • 100 Melrose Avenue

17/02491/LP for erection of dormer extension in rear roof slope and installation of three velux windows into the front sloping roof


  • 150 Norbury Crescent

17/02471/DISC for discharge of conditions 2 and 3 attached to planning permission 16/05768/p for the conversion to form 1 x 3 bedroom, 2 x 1 bedroom flats


  • 12 Norbury Cross

17/02758/GPDO. Erection of single storey rear extension projecting out 6 metres with a maximum height of 3 metres


  • 69 Norbury Hill

17/02644/HSE. Erection of first floor side extension


  • 18 Pollards Hill West

17/02410/DISC for discharge of conditions 1,2,3,6,7,8 and 9 attached to planning permission 15/04600/p for the Demolition of building, erection of 5 houses with garages and formation of access road


17/02513/NMA . Demolition of existing building; erection of 2 five bedroom and 3 four bedroom detached houses with attached or detached garages; formation of access road and provision of associated parking (amendment to planning permission 16/02089PDT)


17/01914/DISC. Discharge of condition 1(2)


  • 39 Stanford Road

17/02505/LP for Erection of single storey rear extension in respect of ref no 16/03056/gpdo


  • 65 Stanford Road

17/02753/GPDO. Erection of single storey rear extension projecting out 6 metres with a maximum height of 3 metres


Council’s sloppiness on information on the planning register

The Joint Planning Committee is continually drawing the Council’s attention to its failure to put documents on the planning register and the consultation close dates. This happened with 11 Norbury Hill (17/01834/GPDO) which has been rectified as far as the documents are concerned. I informed the Local Plan Public Hearing Inspector that the Committee will be considering putting in  formal complaint to the Council.

New Dormers

The Joint Planning Committee is increasingly concerned at the wide range of dormers with different sizes and materials being approved that are visually out of keeping with the property, and are often not of a consistent design standard with each other in the same stretch of properties thereby spoiling the roof line.

In the case of the dormer proposal for 37 Norbury Close it commented to the Council that the dormer window’ is far too large and far too prominent to be acceptable in appearance. Not being sufficiently subservient to the form of the roof the dormer destroys the style and character of the building. The location of the roof lights are inappropriate for the street scene.’

Roof windows

The Joint Planning Committee is also concerned about the way in which roof windows are designed. It has objected to the proposals for 1581 London Rd because the three roof lights at the rear of the building are not arranged in an acceptable layout and appear messy. The roof light to the front is out of keeping and detrimental to the appearance to the street scene.

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Norbury in Bloom 18 June

Norbury in Bloom

Fun day for the whole community to enjoy.

The event is being organised over the Big Lunch weekend, coinciding with the honouring of MP Jo Cox and also Father’s Day.

The Norbury Knitters are busy knitting ‘Norbury in Bloom’ related decorations.

Volunteers are needed to help on the day to help set up the morning of the event, tidy up after the event and generally keep their eye on things during the event to ensure the event runs safely and smoothly.

Could you spare a few hours on the 18th June?

If you can help then please email Anita on


stating the times you are available on this day.

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