Norbury news at 5 June

Sculpture Commemorating Norbury’s Streatham Races

A sculpture commemorating the Streatham Races held in Norbury in the 19thC was on display  in Norbury Hall Park on Saturday 3 June. See picture and further details at

It was a temporary installation.

Friends clean cattle trough in Norbury Park

The Friends of Norbury Park have cleaned up the cattle trough at the top end near Heatherset Rd.

The rough is Listed Grade II. It was gifted by Dr H. Prater in 1885 to the Croydon Cattle Market at the Seldson End of Drovers’ Rd. There seems to have been a previous trough  in the Market from when it was opened in 10 July 1851. (Thanks to Paul Swan of Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society for this information).

Love Norbury gets grants

The Love Norbury Committee has been successful to obtaining two grants for this year’s Christmas Fayre and for a community notice board at the London Rd end of Stanford Rd.

BMX track work starts Monday 3 July

The contractors Clark & Kent will start laying out the BMX track in Norbury Park on Monday 3 July, and the work is expected to take 9 weeks. An email from officers to the local Councillors states: ‘The main point of access will be via Harefield Road, off Green Lane and the contractor will be responsible for keeping the site secure. The track construction will be followed by the installation of a meter high fence around riding area.’

Residents action gets results

Individual action by local residents can be very effective. In the past month following requests Council officers:

  • investigating what action can be taken to remove the rubbish left under the arches at the back of the former car lot at the Railway Station on Norbury Avenue.
  • clearing up fly-tipping in the backyard adjacent to Avenue Estate Agents on Norbury Avenue which backs on to Sapori Pugliesi, the Italian pastry shop picture. Apparently the landlord has not cleaned the site despite repeated requests.

One resident helped ensure the arrest of two robbery suspects.

Another resident is waiting for the response of the Network Rail on the issue of graffitti at the Station and on the Bridge.

Brick by Brick in Norbury

The Council’s development company’s plan to build new homes on Council owned sites such as estate garages and greens spaces is proving controversial. Originally it was thought it was looking at two sites in Norbury.  I have been informed by the Council that the company was looking at one site but is not proceeding with any proposals at the moment.

Lidl wants to sell booze from 7am-11pm

Lidl’s has applied for a licence to sell alcohol seven days a week at its new store at 409 – 411 Beulah Hill at the top north side of Norbury Ward.

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Teenage boy stabbed outside Co-op

 Crime Figures: 5 -12 May

ABH (2), affray (1), common assault (1), crime related incident (1), criminal damage (2),  fraud (1), GBH (2), other theft (2), possession of cannabis (1), public order (1), racial incident (2), robbery (5), sending letters causing distress (1), theft from motor vehicle (2) and theft of motor vehicle (1)

PC 852 Tom Norry commented that during that week ‘we have seen a number of robberies on the ward which have once again utilised a moped in the commission of the offence, please be conscious of your surroundings when using your mobile phones in the street etc.  Should you notice anything suspicious in relation to mopeds or motorcycles then please report this to police so that we can investigate the matter and take action where appropriate.  We are working hard to reduce the number of moped robberies across London.’

They were busy during the week in an operation which found over 300+ cannabis plants being located and the cannabis factory shut down.  ‘If you suspect anything similar in Norbury then please don’t be afraid to report it to us, you can also contact crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and pass on such information.’

‘Suspicious activity has been reported in Gibson’s Hill recently where vehicles are parking up and partaking in sexual activity or drug use, we are working to reduce this issue and will be conducting patrols in the coming weeks to ensure that this activity is stopped and residents are not having to endure such activity outside of their doorsteps.  We will keep you updated.’; 020 8721 2477




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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