Norbury News Update at 9 March


What Happened in Norbury?

I have published an introductory chronology to Norbury’s historical development. Copies are available from me for £1.

Free IT Sessions

Norbury Library: Tuesdays 11am and 12 noon.

St Philip’s Church Hall, Beech Road: every Friday 11am-12.30pm.

Saturday 18 March. SERA Barn Dance

The Battle for Clean Streets

Norbury Green Residents Association has a report on MP Steve Reed’s recent Croydon North Streets summit meeting on 18 February and his meeting with constituents  on 28 January in its March newsletter, which can be accessed at:

Stuart Collins the Council Cabinet member responsible for waste issues will be speaking at NGRA’s AGM on 30 March.

Police Station Up For Sale

The company that owns the former Norbury Police Station has put the building up for sale.

The sales agent Angels Commercial have told a member of the Joint Planning Committee ‘We are awaiting the decision notice to be issued as this is subject to the S106 sign off, albeit the scheme is fully consented and we believe the S106 to come with no cost attached.’

The planners were recommending approval back in November, but for weeks no letter confirming this has been issued. They have also not responded to the Committee’s request for an update.

Until the decision letter has been issued there is no consent, and any interested purchasers will not know what conditions may apply to approval.

Meanwhile the owner has reached a rental agreement with  Abacus Ark 2 Ltd for £60,000 a year for one of the ground floor units to set up a day nursery.

One Hour Parking is to come in

Transport for London has agreed in principal to extend the current half hour parking to one hour in the Norbury District Centre. This will be consulted on in the autumn.

Thanks to Norbury Councillor Maggie Mansell and Croydon Greater London Assembly member Steve O’Connell for pressing for this.

1361 London Rd

The owner of 1361 London Rd has applied to add a single storey extension at the rear of the property to provide an additional one bedroom flat. The Joint Planning Committee has objected to this because the addition of a third floor in this location and context will produce a building too high and too dominant for the area and an unacceptable visual intrusion for the nearby residential units. Adding another dwelling to this site, that has no amenity areas, is an over development and is unacceptable. The entrance to the proposed new unit is almost totally hidden and being from a unenclosed and uncovered staircase is less than satisfactory.

1466 London Rd takeaway and mini-cab office

The Council has granted a change in the opening hours proposed for the new take-away at the former min-can offices at 1466 London Rd to 1am. The applicant wanted to keep it open to 4pm. The Joint Planning Committee opposed the extension of hours on the grounds of noise nuisance to residents along that stretch of London Rd.

London Rd/Semley Rd Water Leak

The on-going saga of the water leak in London and Semley Rds by the side and front of Costa Coffee has been caught up in a dispute between Thames Water, UK Power Networks and Transport for London. Cllr Maggie Mansell has been told by Council officers that the ‘issue was complicated by the fact that the some of the work was on the Transport for London network (London Road) and they were the primary authority for monitoring the works.  Notwithstanding  the section of excavation that was on Semley Road was on the Croydon’s network and we chase up the utilities regarding the safety of the site and that a walkway should have been placed in the parking bays to safeguard pedestrian and why this was not in place.

UKPN stated that they could not carry on their work until the water issue was resolved and Thames Water advised that there was engineering difficulties on locating the leak which appear to be on the TfL section and were waiting plans.

However to shorten this debate between the two utilities and return our footway back to normal usage  we refused an extension on Semley Road  section and UKPN will be receiving an overrun charge for 9 days for the period 10/02 – 22/02/17.

Our traffic management officer visited site this week and confirmed that the site is now clear.  He did note that there was a small pooling of water but this is may be due to recent weather.  Our area inspector will monitor site over the next few weeks.

New Planning Applications

Lawful Development Certificate

(Adjoining neighbours comments are the only ones acceptable)

41 Ederline Avenue (17/00970/LP) Erection of single storey rear extension.

54 Ederline Avenue (17/01065/LP). Erection of single storey rear extension

224 Green Lane (17/00942/LP). Erection of gable end roof extension with dormer extension in rear roof slope

General Planning Development Order

81 Norbury Crescent (17/01056/GPDO). Erection of single storey rear extension projecting out 6 metres with a maximum height of 3 metres.

Discharge of Conditions

Lidl Store 1 Hermitage Lane (17/00865/DISC). Discharge of conditions 1 and 2 attached to planning permission 16/05409/ful for the Erection of a single storey side extension to provide new bakery and alterations to the existing store car park.

Full Planning

6 Bavant Road (17/00645/FUL). Erection of single storey rear extension.

14 Norbury Crescent (17/00896/FUL). Use as house in multiple occupation for up to 10 residents and erection of single storey rear extension.

The Joint Planning Committee will be opposing this application.

112 Semley Road (17/00844/HSE). Erection of a  single storey rear extension.

Norbury Police Updates

Revised Met Police website

PC Alistair Watts, Norbury SNT, has emailed around to say:

‘The Metropolitan Polices’ website can be found at The new webpage should now allow you to report non-emergency crime, report lost/stolen property to us, report missing persons, etc… It is definitely worth a look! Also, unlike our old website, this has been designed with mobile phones & tablets in mind, and should be far more accessible to you while you are out & about.

The Metropolitan Polices’ new website also provides a lot of local information in relation to our area which can be found at

The new look website allows you to see what crimes are being committed, which directly link to crime specific prevention advice, identify local crime hotspots in the Norbury area, and directly link to our twitter feeds to keep you updated about what we are up to on a daily basis. The team will also have a ward specific Facebook page which is due to follow shortly.’;  020 8721 2477

Be Aware of Crime Attempts

PC 392 Alistair Watts has also sent round a message about different types of crime that being attempted to take our money.

*       “Courier” type fraud. ‘These schemes, though often quite simple, can appear quite sophisticated & convincing in their delivery and can catch anyone off guard. Please ensure that you never provide any bank details/PIN numbers over the telephone. If this was legitimately your bank phoning you, they would already have this information and would not require you to provide it. Your bank will never ask for these details over the telephone/ internet.’

*       ATMs.  Be extra vigilant when using ATMs as distraction theft can take place, especially if someone offers to help you retrieve your card from the machine. His advice: (1) cover your PIN at all times; (2) make sure there is no one standing either side of you at the machine; (3) try and use the ATM machines inside of your local bank, as this will often put any would be thieves off entirely; (4) if your card is retained/ lost, report it to a member of bank staff immediately; (5) try and remember as much detail about the person(s) involved as possible, including clothing description/ shoes, and anything distinctive about their person (i.e. scars, tattoos, etc..)





About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. 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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