Norbury events & news at 21 January

Saturday 28 January. 10am-noon. Coffee morning in aid of Action for Children

Norbury Methodist Church, 2a Pollards Hill North.

Monday 20 February. 7pm. Norbury Avenue & Thornton Heath Residents Association AGM

St Oswalds Church Hall, Green Lane. For details see flier on earlier posting.

Saturday 27 April, Norbury Bowling Club Open Day

See earlier posting for details.

Take-away wants to stay open until 4am

The planning permission new take-away business that plans to replace the min-cab office near the Railway Station at 1466 London Rd will allow it to operate from 7am until 11pm. It is asking the Council to let it amend its hours to 12noon to 4am in the morning.

Councillor Maggie Mansell has indicated she is opposed and wants it to go to the Council Planning Committee if the Planners recommend approval. She states: ‘Norbury is a local district centre, not a night club area. There is no need for opening after midnight. Late night activity causes nuisance to residents nearby as clients leave due to loud voices and in residential streets as cars leave there is the slamming of car doors. This site has flats above neighbouring shops and opposite.  Parking is only in nearly residential streets.’

The planners have previously rejected the application for the Havana at 1363 London Rd (16/04504/CONR) to extend its hours past midnight, on the grounds that they ‘would adversely affect the amenities of adjacent and nearby residential occupiers through increased noise and disturbance.’

This application was notified the day after the last meeting on the Joint Planning Committee so it has yet to consider the application. As it has opposed  extension of hours on the Havana premises it is likely to oppose this application. 


  • 31 December – 8 January

Mostly theft of (6) and from (3) motor vehicles; others: ATM card theft (2), robbery of personal property (2), Assault (1), shoplifting )(1), possession of cannabis (1).

  • 9-14 January

Burglary (non-residential) e.g. sheds (3) particularly in Nobury Ave (3), cycle (1). Burglary (residential) (1), theft from motor vehicle (5), interference with vehicle (1), robbery and other theft (2).

From regular email update sent out by PC 852 Tom Norry
Norbury,; 020 8721 2477

The London Mayor’s policing office is consulting on future policing and crime strategy. For further details see the new items in my blog posting at

Council promises action on litter hot-spots

 The new street sweeping being introduced in Croydon will focus on hot spot areas in Norbury including at Shirley Court  Stuart Collins, the Cabinet member for Clean, Green Croydon, had assured a resident in an email dated 20 January.

 Ruach Church has travellers moved off site

The Church held a public meeting on its plans on 17 January. This will be subject to a detailed report on Norbury Watch in the near future.


Purple Panda Nursery told to improve standards

Purple Panda Nursery, in Norbury Crescent, has been told to improve its standards by the education watchdog following an allegation that a staff member had verbally and physically harmed a child. Ofsted have it a “requires improvement” rating at the end of last year – which it is appealing against.

New activities for Freeman Court residents

‘Residents of a sheltered housing block in Norbury really enjoy their new monthly arts and crafts sessions, arranged by Linda Humphreys, one of the community outreach officers from the sustainable communities team. The new sessions are attended by residents from their mid-40s to those in their 90s on the last Tuesday of every month. Activities include crossword puzzles, adult colouring and word searches, and those unable to join in with the activities like to attend to have a chat about the old days. Christine, one of the residents, is a massive Elvis Presley fan. She really enjoys watching YouTube clips of her favourite artists. Christine thanked Linda, and then started to tell Linda all about the Elvis Presley memorabilia she has. Linda said: “It’s a great joy seeing the smiles on these residents’ faces and nice to get such good feedback from the residents about the staff at Freeman Court….”’

From Open House. The newsletter for Croydon Council tenants and leaseholders. Issue 1010. Winter 2016.

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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