The newly formed Friends of Norbury Park group has issued the following statement which it is sending to everyone who signed the petition opposing the proposed BMX track.
‘Despite 1,500 people signing the petition, the support of local Councillor Shafi Khan and the Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, the Council’s Planning Committee approved the application for the BMX Track in June. The work to construct it will begin in January.
The Friends of Norbury Park sub-group of the Norbury Avenue & Thornton Heath Residents Association has continued to oppose the imposition of the Track. This has been done through making further representations to the Council. Individuals have also found ways to continue to express concern. e.g. through a question in Council, and in views submitted on the Council’s parks consultation, which has also been copied to the House of Commons and Greater London Authority parks enquiries.
We have also produced a vision for future improvements to the Park, while maintaining the integrity and beauty of the existing park – see overleaf.
The Council Officers have expressed their support for these ideas and wish to work constructively with us. It has been made clear that the imposition of the Track does run counter to partnership.
The group has now set itself up as a free standing Friends of Norbury Park organisation so that anyone in Norbury and across the border in Streatham can join and take part. As well as working to achieve the improvements, we will monitor closely what is happening with the construction of the Track, and its operation, and the social effects.
Please join the Friends by completing the form below. If you would like to join the Committee please let us know.’
The officers of the new organisation are:
Keith Roberts (Chair)
Barbara Cawley (Secretary)
Barry Stroud (Treasurer)
PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO NORBURY PARK
- Revitalise the area around the water trough with seating and scented flowers
- Plant a small wildlife meadow
- Make Norbury Brook more accessible to wildlife by reducing the angle of the bank on the park side and planting appropriate vegetation (this will also enhance the beauty of the park for its users)
- Provide seating under the trees near the brook
- Make an interactive nature trail through the wooded areas
- Erect posters to explain the history and geography of the park
- Provide more dustbins that are regularly emptied (ideally talking bins to promote use)
- Leave the majority of the grass for informal picnics and sport e
MEMBERSHIP OF FRIENDS OF NORBURY PARK
To: Friends of Norbury Park, c/o Barry Stroud, 35 Heatherset Gdns, SW16 3LS
I/We wish to join the Friends of Norbury Park
£5 Single or £8 Household: £ Donation: £
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