Has Norbury Lost Promised Money?

It looks like Norbury has lost money to improve its stretch of London Rd that was promised in 2014. At October’s Council’s meeting Paul Cowling, who organised the Love Norbury Clean Up Day, submitted a question:

‘Why is Norbury not getting any funding  when places like Thornton Heath are being showered with cash? This relates to the meeting held at the Norbury Edge late 2014 by the then Cabinet Toni Letts. Residents were invited to hear and discuss the future approach of the Council to investment in Norbury. To my knowledge £4m or a share of was the amount was mentioned in the local oppress prior to the meeting. Money was to be used for improvements in local shop frontage and public realm.’

Cabinet Member Councillor Mark Watson replied: ‘Money going into Thornton Heath is specifically the money allocated for some time there. A number of initiatives are going on in Norbury to support the businesses up there. I was up talking to local residents and businesses in Norbury. Some of the businesses there want to set up a BID to support businesses there. So there is work going into our District Centres. I have done an active campaign of going round all of our District Centres to see what can be done, to see what investment is needed in those areas to support those. I have been doing the same thing in Norbury to support the District Centre up there but we have to clear that those tranches of money are no longer available for that sort of investment.’ (Editorial emphasis)

Under changes to the way in which questions from members of the public are treated, the text of Paul’s question and the answer were not available on the night in print. They could be listened to on the webcast of the meeting.It is only in the last few days that the minutes have been published. This is how it is minuted.

‘Paul Cowling asked why Norbury was not receiving funding compared to other Wards such as Thornton Heath. Councillor Watson responded that work was being done in Norbury, such as the setting up of a Business Improvement District (BID), as were other district centres in the borough.’

No mention of the fact there is no longer any money.

The webcast will only stay up a few months, so there will be no lasting official record.

The way the public’s questions are now being dealt with has caused concern, and may lead to changes, as I discuss in my Croydon Citizen article 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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