I created this blog as a way of bringing together details of news and issues about the Norbury area of the London Borough of Croydon, given the growing number of community and other types of organisations active in the area and the events they run, and the wide range of issues of concern to residents. See more in the About section.
Sean Creighton: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a member of the Norbury Village Residents Association and Love Norbury Committees and Chair of the Norbury Community Land Trust. I was a member of the Council’s Norbury Regeneration Steering Group with the local Councillors and representatives of the Residents Associations and other local groupswhich stopped meeting because of the pandemic. I research and publish on aspects of Norbury’s history and set up with David Clark the informal Norbury History Group. I also run a blog site on Croydon events, issues and news:
There are four Residents Associations:
whose areas are on both sides of London Rd,
Love Norbury Partnership
The four London Rd area Residents Associations set up the Love Norbury Partnership to work together on common issues and to organise joint events like London Rd Clean Up days, a summer festival, the ‘Xmas’ lights on the lamp posts, and the Xmas Fayres.
Since May 2019 the Partnership has been opened up to other local groups, currently the Friends of Norbury and Norbury Hall Parks, the Bowling Club in Turle Rd, the Cassandra Centre above Lloyd’s Bank, and the Norbury Community Land Trust.
Knitting Norbury Together
This group is linked in with Love Norbury. It decorates the streets and events. For more details contact email@example.com
Friends of the Parks
With the help of the Residents Associations the following Friends of the Parks groups have been set up:
Friends of Norbury Park: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Norbury Hall Park: http://norburyhallpark.org.uk
Other groups and activities
Litter Free Norbury (established December 2020)
Local faith groups
Manor Farm Reserve group
Norbury Community Land Trust
Norbury Park Lawn Tennis Club: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/NorburyParkLTC
Darby & Joan Club
There are also small groups and initiatives by individuals such the residents of 1-6 Semley Close, and the residents in Radnor House, gardening groups, the reading group at the Library, and Street Champions.
Norbury and the Council
Norbury is divided into two electoral wards along the railway line with two Councillors each.Since May 2022 they are:
Norbury & Pollards Hill:
Norbury Regeneration Steering Group
In March 2019 the Council set up the Norbury Regeneration Steering Group comprising the four Councillors, the five residents associations, the two Friends of the Parks groups, Community Land Trust and Cassandra Learning Centre. Other local groups wishing to may also become members or ask to speak to the Committee. It has not met during the COVID pandemic. It has not yet been restarted.
Norbury is in Croydon North Parliamentary constituency. The MP is Steve Reed re-elected in the General Election in December 2019.
Since March 2020 organised activities by the local organisations had to be suspended, such as public meetings, the summer and Christmas Fayres and member and public meetings. The Library was unable to re-open in January after refurbishment. The Councillors could not hold their advice surgeries. The only group that has been able to be active on the streets has been Knitting Norbury Together. Cassandra Centre was involved in providing hot meals to elderly and vulnerable residents. It was able to provide Christmas hampers with funding support from Love Norbury and the Residents Associations. The groups kept their eye on local issues, including through Zoom Committee meetings, and making representations especially on planning.
December 2021 Update
With the easing of COVID lockdown local organisations in September the local organisations began to plan their activities. The celebratory opening of the Library planned for July and then September had to be cancelled. The Library is open for book borrowing etc. Love Norbury ran its Xmas Fayre on 27 November 2021. Cassandra Centre re-started its Thursday lunch and activities club and its family and children’s activities, including a December trip to the pantomine. Litter Free Norbury members continued their picking up litter, reporting fly-tips and removed graffiti. Using Councillors ward budget money Love Norbury has a three year contract for the Xmas lights from the Station up towards Pollards Hill.
Updated June 2022