Norbury Council Action Summary

On Monday 20 March the Cabinet is considering a report on how it is trying to improve various parts of the Borough including Norbury. The section on Norbury states:

‘10.1 Conversations with the Love Norbury group, business representatives and ward councillors held at the end of 2015 have identified a number of actions that could be progressed in the future. Proposals for street trees, planters and hanging baskets, as well as public art under the railway bridge are to be brought forward should funding be identified. In light of this the Council is actively pursuing funding and opportunities to introduce smaller scale meaningful improvement to the centre.

10.2 Light touch interventions have already been facilitated including new welcome signage to Norbury at the borough boundary and better signage to Granville Gardens Car Park which are soon to be installed.

10.3 The council has been exploring the activation of vacant shop units including liaison with the Co-operative store to try and facilitate a smartening up of the high street and retail units owned by them.

10.4 Norbury Park has been identified as one of the six priority parks selected for the council’s forthcoming ‘Ambitious for Parks’ masterplanning programme, which will guide future strategic decisions for investment, management and maintenance of the borough’s significant parks and open spaces as community assets for its residents, businesses, workforce and visitors.

10.5 The Norbury Park masterplan will complement the other recent improvements including the refurbishment of the former sports pavilion and lease to Croydon Amateur Boxing Club, who hire out the space to local community groups. The pavilion will also be the base for the BMX club. The club is to be formed when the recently approved new BMX track is completed. Work Construction work is to commence during summer 2017. The BMX track and initial refurbishment of the pavilion has been funded by S106 developer contributions.

10.6 The most recent addition to the park in December 2016 is an outdoor table tennis table which has been funded by the Community Ward Budget for Norbury. The table is situated near the pavilion and can be used by anyone. Players are encouraged to bring their own bats and balls to play but some equipment will be available to borrow from the boxing and BMX clubs next year.

10.7 There are also 8 proposed housing schemes in Norbury District Centre all have planning permission but have not yet commenced on site – these will deliver a total of 27 new homes. Brick by Brick are also exploring opportunities for the development of new homes in Norbury.’

Comment: The sentences in bold are new information. While the summaries for each area are not intended to be complete, it is disappointing that no mention has been made of:

  • The establishment of the Friends of Norbury Park.
  • The co-operation with Love Norbury by the Council for the clean-up days.
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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 http://thecroydoncitizen.com. 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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