Friends of Norbury Park
The Friends have received money from Ambitious Park Grants to buy 3 benches, and from Norbury Ward Councillors to buy a notice board so we can keep people informed of what it is are trying to do to improve the Park. The AGM will be held on 6 January. The report of the Vision consultation about the Park has not yet been published.
Norbury Hall Park Boundary Wall
At the meeting which set up the Friends of Norbury Park grace concern was expressed about the continuing and worsening state of disrepair of the boundary wall with the blocks of flats which front along London Rd. The issue has been on the agenda for a long time, and the Council reminded in August during a walk about, and at Love Norbury’s meeting with Council Regeneration staff in September. The latest information on Council action has been provided by Jonny Gibb, the Council Regeneration officer appointed for Norbury in August.
The council has determined the ownership of the different parties responsible for the different sections of the wall. As they are in different ownerships it has formally issued party wall proceedings in order to confirm responsibility and the distribution of costs between different parties. The other parties involved have not yet formally agreed liabilities. Unfortunately at this stage it cannot confirm how long these legal proceedings will take.
As soon as the Council are in a position to begin repairs it will let the Friends of Norbury Hall Park know. In order to progress matters in the meantime it is in the process of getting relevant detailed structural drawings and quotes for the repair.
As a short term safety measure scaffolding will be put up to sure up and protect the high section of the wall within the park. The scaffolding has been ordered and should be in place soon.
There are no plans to change access arrangements with regard to the adjoining flats.
Litter in the Parks
There are three major problems with litter in Norbury Hall and Norbury Hall Parks.
Bins are not being emptied frequently enough so they get too full and rubbish falls out.
Some people leave their litter, especially cans on the grass and in the undergrowth and wooded areas.
The wind blows litter about.
It is time for a full public investigation:
- of the way in which the parks litter contract is run, whether the company is fulfilling its contractual requirements, whether the Council is fining it for failure to meet those requirements
- whether the contract for all the parks and open spaces the Council is responsible for are is too large geographically to workable
- whether it would be better to divide the Borough into smaller areas with a litter contract for each one
- whether the Council would support social enterprises employing local people to be created to run such area litter contracts