Norbury News at 20 June

Love Norbury Clean Up Day 17 June

Despite the very hot weather there were lots of volunteers helping to clear up litter along London Rd, in the two parks, in Pollards Hill, and several of the side streets. Lots of residents who have moved into the area stopped to find out more about the Residents Associations and their Love Norbury Partnership. They were appreciative. The information stall also had information about the Norbury in Bloom community event the next day. Several people said they would like to have come, but had commitments to extended families in particular because it was also Father’s Day. The Council team was as supportive as always providing the equipment and clearing away the bags full of rubbish and larger items that have been dumped in side roads.

Norbury in Bloom Community event on St. Helen’s Green 18 June

On Sunday afternoon the community event was well attended despite of the hot weather and Father’s Day.  There were food and cake stalls, a children’s book stall, face painting, a stilt walker and juggler, our own local Elvis impersonator, and the excellent local band playing a wide range of music. Conrad Thomas, the Chair of Pollards Hill Residents Association supplied and acted as DJ, Ian Clarke, Chair of Scots Estate and Love Norbury, opened the event, and welcomed the Mayor Toni Letts who cut the Love Norbury Cake.

The creations of the Knitting for Norbury group were highly appreciated. The group also potted up flowing plants for sale.

The police, St John Ambulance and the local firemen with an engine came. Jean of the Tai Chi class at Harlow Hall took a number of people through the basic moves. The Council’s new project Just Be Croydon  health programme had a stall (

Lots of newer residents were able to find out more about Love Norbury and the Residents Associations. There was a lot of interest in my three publications: the chronology of Norbury history, the future of Norbury Park and the first Norbury History newsletter I have started. I was also able to promote the Friends of Norbury Park and David Clark’s Norbury history talk and walk next weekend with the Croydon Heritage Festival brochure, an out out copies of the June edition of Croydon Citizen.  Several people have signed up to receive the emails about new postings on Norbury Watch.

Manor Farm Nature Reserve

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Developments in Norbury Park

Norbury Park was chosen by the Council for an in-depth review of management and improvements along with five other parks. The consultants have been discussing the project with representatives of residents and Friends groups around the parks as part of preparing for public consultation events in each park. Norbury Park’s will be on 19 August – full details to be announced.

Meanwhile work is due to start on building the BMX track. This was discussed with the consultants who have suggested that one idea to discuss on 19 August will be whether more screening landscaping and planting will be needed. The Friends of Norbury Park and the Manor Fram Nature Reserve group were represented at the meeting. I was also at it with my Love Norbury Joint Planning Committee hat on.

There were also representatives from the River Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust, as Norbury Brook is included the its area, as a feeder river. The Environment Agency was also represented as it conducting an examination of deculverting streams like the Brook. Its consultants are meeting in July with representatives of local groups in Norbury and Thornton Heath to discuss what is involved and what could be achieved to reduce flooding, create deep water storage and a water environment in Norbury Park.

There has also been a debate about the track in its wider context at

Membership of this Facebook group does not give you membership of the Friends. You need to join them by contacting the Secretary Barbara Crawley at

Planning applications

10 Arnulls Road (17/02858/TRE). Holly (T6) – remove dead wood and tidy up. Lift crown; trim slightly on road side to match remainder Eucalyptus – dead; dismantle to ground level. Olive – prune back into canopy shape; trim by 30cm all around (TPO no. 3, 1973)

54 Craignish Avenue (17/02798/HSE).  Alterations and use of garage as habitable room and erection of single storey rear and first floor side extensions.

3 Croft Road (17/02483/HSE).  Erection of dormer extension in the rear roof slope and installation of velux windows in the front roof slope Please use the link below to view the case details.

1361 London Rd (17/02961/FUL). Increase in roof height by 1m

1449 London Road (17/02725/FUL). Alterations and use of first and second floors as 1 two bedroom and 1 one bedroom flats: erection of two storey side extension and dormer extension in rear roof slope.

52 Melrose Avenue (17/02915/LP). Alterations, change of use of detached garage to garden shed.

22 Norbury Court Road (17/02531/FUL). Erection of a single storey outbuilding in the rear garden.

Norbury Crescent – The Mews (Anvil Pub) (17/02865/DISC).  Discharge of condition 11

14 Norbury Crescent (17/03005/FUL). Erection of single storey rear extension and change of use from 5 rooms C4 Houses in multiple occupation to 9 rooms HMO.

4 Stanford Road (17/02927/FUL). Use as house in multiple occupation with 8 bedrooms

Debate about Norbury Park and the BMX Track

Crime Statistics week 8-12 June

Actual bodily harm (ABH) (1), attempted burglary non-residential (1), common assault (3), criminal damage vehicle (1), criminal damage other (1), , harassment (1), possession of cannabis (2) and cocaine (1), theft of cycle (1), theft from motor vehicle (2), threat of criminal damage (1).

Crime Statistics 13-19 June

ABH (3), burglary (1), burglary dwelling (1), other theft (1), possession of cannabis (1), public order (1),  robbery person (1), theft of cycle (1), theft of motor vehicle (2).; 020 8721 2477Figures sent by email by PCSO 7238 Magdalena McCann



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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