“Norbury isn’t rubbish”, say local residents

Fed up with the mounting litter and fly tipping problems that blight the
area, Norbury residents took matters into their own hands, organising a
Clean Up Norbury Day on Saturday November 12th 2016.

Community group, Love Norbury, asked for as many people as possible to join
them to put the ‘pride back into Norbury’, attracting 30 local residents.
They met outside the Norbury Pub -1300 London Rd, Norbury, SW16 at 10.30am
and started a clean of the high road and side roads.

Croydon Council provided all necessary equipment and even came along lend a
hand, as did Norbury’s three local councillors, Maggie Mansell, Shafi Khan
and Sherwan Chowdhury.

The first clean-up day so far, Love Norbury hopes to make it a twice yearly
event, said organiser, Paul Cowling.

Paul is vice chair of Norbury Village Residents’ Association, one of five
local residents associations that work under the Love Norbury banner.
Residents association members from Scots Estate, Norbury Green, Pollards
Hill, and Norbury Village were out in force, in collaboration with Croydon
Council and local faith communities, like the Norbury Muslim Centre.

Croydon Council deputy leader, Stuart Collins, who is also the cabinet
member for the Clean Green Croydon initiative, very much supported the
event. He called it “another great example of residents and the Council
sharing the responsibility of promoting the importance of keeping our
streets clean, leading by example in showing those who litter and fly tip
that the majority do take pride in their community”.

He added that there have now been over a 100 community clean ups across the
Borough sending a message that residents and the Council care.

Lots of photos can be seen at


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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