Norbury News at 29 March

This blog has been amended as at 30 March re-the story on the Affogato

The Future of Norbury Park

I have just published a small pamphlet ‘The Future of Norbury Park’ reviewing the background to the Park and the ideas for the future. Copies are available from me for £1 – email

Also available:

  • What Happened in Norbury? An Introductory Chronology (£1)
  • Croydon’s Crisis. Some Background Facts’ (50p)
  • Who Control’s Croydon (some of my articles from Croydon Citizen (£2)
  • Radical Croydon 1860s-1939 (£2)
  • Croydon Radical History Newsletter 4 (£1)
  • Croydon’s African and Asian History (£2)

Affogato closes while it seeks planning approval to serve food

The Affogato coffee shop at 1457 London Road has had to close because it has not got planning permission to serve food. It has now submitted  a planning application (17/01615/GPDO). See below. It does raise the question of why the Council has made it close while still allowing the Havanas to remain open in breach of anti-smoking laws

Mr H. Qureshie of the business has emailed to say that this is no accurate.

‘I have just read your statement regarding Affogato on your blog and would like to recommend, if I may, a slight correction to your entry. The council has not forced us to close because we did not have a license. We have decided to close due to severe drainage issues that we are trying to remedy, hence the use of our word ‘refurbishment’.
I can guess that you have taken your information from the Croydon Advertiser. Having sought legal advice, I have already written to the paper to challenge its inaccurate reporting of our situation and hope they will have the sense to rectify their mistake.
While I am grateful for your fairness in questioning why Havana still remains open despite not having the correct license, I would be grateful if you would alter the comment to reflect what is factually sound. It is a fact that we have applied to be able to ‘cook’ food on the premises 1457 London Road and are awaiting a decision from the council in that regard.
Can I otherwise thank you for the time you put into the blog, I personally find it very useful as member of the community.’
Sabores Deli wants to sell booze

The new Portuguese deli that is opening up in the form Temptations shop at 1451 London Road has applied for a licence to sell alcohol on and off premises between 10am and 10pm Monday to Sunday. The notice appears in the window but wine bottles are already being put on shelves before a licence has been granted. The Council tells me that display does not need a licence.

Its application can be seen here:

1451 London road

Fire on 3rd floor of Anderson Heights

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers battled a fire in a third floor flat in Anderson Heights on London Rd. 100 residents have to be evacuated.

CPZ Extensions

The Council is about to implement the small CPZ extensions in the area of Bishops Park and Abingdon Rds. It you live in the streets affected and want to see the documents that are supposed to be delivered to the affected residents please email ne at as the Council officers have provided me with a set in computer file format.

Views on Transport

ComRes (CommunicateResearch Ltd) is conducting a survey of local authority ‘stakeholders on behalf of Transport for London (TfL). TfL wants to understand Councillors transport priorities, what you think of their transport services and communications with local authorities, and how these can be improved. Councillors are being asked to complete a survey. If you have any views about what Norbury Councillors should say then you can email Cllr Maggie Mansell at

New Planning Applications

  • 42 Norton Gardens (17/01331/HSE) for erection of single storey rear extension

  • 131 Pollards Hill South (17/01470/LP) for erection of single storey detached building at rear.

  • 75 Christian Fields (17/01149/FUL) for  erection of raised decking at rear and single storey detached building.

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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