Norbury News at 18 December

Xmas Trees Collection Point Granville Gdns Carpark

Thanks to Ann McGillivray, a member of Norbury Green Residents Association, the Council has agreed to have a Xmas tree collection point at the Granville Gdns car park. Temporary fencing will be provided to keep the trees in one place.

What do you think of the new telephone boxes on London Rd?

New World phones has installed up-to-date telephone and wifi boxes on both sides of London Rd.

The one on the even side is well into the pavement and not near the kerb, and therefore narrows the width of the pavement. Concern has been expressed about this.

Replacement telephone boxes do not require planning permission. The one on the odds side only had to have an application because of proposed advertising on it.

Trial for Gun Raid

Four men are waiting trial for allegedly conspiring to sell a sawn-off shotgun in Norbury.

Mirch Marsala Owner Made Bankrupt

The owner of the Mirch Marsala chain of restaurants was declared bankrupt in June.

Meanwhile the company that owns the MM franchise in Coulsdon had been fined for using a TV without a licence.

The business company running the takeaway is MM Coulsdon Ltd. The other three MM’s include the one in Norbury for which the owner was fined for hygiene infringements in April 2015.

Steve Reed MP Backs Curbs of Betting Shop Machines

Steve Reed, the local MP, backs a curb on the maximum stake for playing gambling machines in betting shops.

On Friday 9 December  most MPs on the All Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling have said that addictive betting machines stakes should be reduced.

When the Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee objected to the licence extension for Paddy Power in the London Rd unit on the corner with Stanford Rd it found that the Council had virtually no power to refuse it.

The Committee raised concerns about the adverse effect on people with gambling addiction, and those of low incomes, and the flow of money out of the local economy.

The MPs concern is backed by evidence submitted by the 38 Degrees web based campaign group that these machines have been ruining people’s lives.

The Government is currently reviewing the law on gambling. This could be an opportunity to curb the gambling companies, including a ban of advertising on TV, a low limit on the amount that can be spent in the machines, and giving Councils the power to refuse planning permission for new betting shops and extensions to existing ones, and limiting the number of betting machines within a geographic area.

Local MP Steve Reed has written to Tracey Crouch MP, the Minister Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport setting out concerns about betting shops that have been raised with him.

‘In October, my colleague Kelvin Hopkins MP at that time Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport set out our backing for a £2 maximum stake for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs)

FOBTs can cause real and lasting damage to gamblers and they have become a huge problem for communities. I agree with you that local authorities should have the powers to stop the proliferation of betting shops on our high streets and I am frustrated that we have not seen action from the Government on this matter.’

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 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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