Norbury Events & News at 29 January

Every Wednesday. 10.30am-12.30pm. Pop in Morning

Fresh homemade soup, cakes, tea, coffee & good company

Norbury Baptist Church, Pollards Hill North

Monday 13 February. 11am-12noon. NVRA Visit to Town Hall

There are still places available on the Croydon Council town hall tour on Monday February 13. To book your place email Ann Creighton:

Monday 13 February. 11am – 12.10pm. John Gent Postcards

 An Introduction to the John Gent Postcards Collection– Part 1

John Hickman and Carole Roberts present an illustrated talk on the John Gent Postcards Collection, which provides an unparalleled glimpse into Croydon from the close of the nineteenth century until after the Second World War.

Free, but places must be reserved with library staff.

Tel: 020 3700 1011

Norbury Library, Beatrice Avenue

Saturday 18 March. 7.30 pm. SERA Barn Dance

 Endeavour (Scouts) Hall, 273 Norbury Crescent

More details to follow.

Friends of Norbury Park

‘If you join the Friends of Norbury Park you’ll be helping to provide a park to be proud of. Our vision includes revitalising the area around the water trough with landscaped seating, a small wildlife meadow, a wildlife water feature, nature trails and history posters, picnic areas with extra litter bins….plus cricket and football facilities when the Council have dealt with the flooding issue. It only costs £5 to join, or £8 per household and each contribution will help towards achieving our goal.’ (FNP Facebook

Why Norbury Lost Its Money

 Back in 2014 the new administration at Croydon Council published a Growth For All Plan setting out its approach to economic development. It contained mention of Norbury going to receive investment. A Freedom of Information reply to Sean Creighton for an update on the progress of all the plans listed in the Growth Plan states the following with regard to Norbury.

‘The statement in Growth for All regarding public realm improvement was based on the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) delivery programme for the period 2014/15 – 2016/17 agreed by Cabinet on 30 September 2013.  Preparation of the three year programme was required by TfL to indicate how the LIP funding it provides will be employed.  TfL agreed the programme which included £1.1m for public realm enhancement at the Norbury district centre during the second two years of the programme.  The intention had been to utilise further LIP funding during the 1st year of the following three year programme.  The Norbury district centre sits on the London Road which is part of the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN).  As we were embarking on the public realm improvement project for London Road, TfL informed us that we could not spend the LIP funding it provides on the TLRN.  Brick by Brick are reviewing options for new homes.’

Are road accidents increasing along London Rd?

The latest in what appears to be an increasing incidence of traffic accidents along Norbury’s London Rd saw a lorry crash and a van smash into a tree.

New Planning Applications

 4 Hillcote Ave (17/00372/LP). Lawful Development Certificate for  erection of gable end roof extension with dormer extension in rear roof slope and rooflights at front.

1411 – 1413 London Road (17/00241/FUL) for use as a  mixed Class A1/A3  Coffee shop, installation of shopfront, and 2 no. air conditioning units  and provision of outside seating area Please use the link below to view the case details.

Local Crime 15-17 January

 Possession of cannabis  (1); criminal damage shop front; smashed by suspect (1); gym bag stolen from locker (1); theft of motor vehicle (2); burglary (1); theft in a dwelling (1).

‘As reported in previous weeks criminals are targeting unlocked vehicles but however may also be utilising electronic devices for keyless entry cars that are able to unlock vehicles.  It is important that valuables are removed from cars overnight so that should the worst happen, there is nothing for these thieves to take.’

‘In response to the issue of theft from motor vehicles we undertook a weekend long operation on the ward targeting those likely to be out committing crime.  The team had use of an unmarked police vehicle and utilised the ANPR systems as well as body worn video and local intelligence.  During this operation we can report that two males were arrested for various offences, one stolen moped was recovered and one male was processed and sent to court for drugs offences.  This was a successful operation for the team and we hope to conduct these again in future.’

‘Patrols have continued around Norbury Park in relation to the concerns from local residents and we have advised a number of park users surrounding their behaviour when using the open space.’

PC 852 Tom Norry, Norbury Neighbourhood Policing Team;; 020 8721 2477

Motorbike Thieves Thwarted


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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