Norbury news at 10 December


Revised 23.26 10 December

Thursday 14 December Love Norbury

Christmas Carol Singing has had to be cancelled.

Flower Girl Sam at Norbury Station helps Grenfell victims

Sam Jennings, the flower girl at the Station has been given an award for her support for the victims of the tragic Grenfell Fire.

On Saturday 9 December a fundraiser for the victims was held at Ruskin House (Coombe Rd).

There are many people who think that the Council should not approve any more tower blocks until the results of the Grenfell inquiry are known. The cladding issue affects private as well as Council and housing association blocks.

Local Organisation  News

Love Nobrury’s  lights were switched on by Skanska on London Rd on 6 December.

Its Xmas Fayre raised nearly £800 and will be used to fund next year’s Fayre.

It  did not get enough votes in the Aviva community  fundraising poll, but has been  given £100 because of the problems experienced with the voting system on the company’s website.

Croydon Rotary has donated £100 to Norbury Community Land Trust for a lunchtime talk given by Sean on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Safer Neighbourhood Team Panel meeting 6 December

Cllr Maggie Mansell has circulated the following notes of the meeting.

  • The police ‘do not know how to respond to the ward boundary changes. I explained that it is London wide and it is for the Met to stay the same or change their teams as they see fit.’
  • ‘They plan to meet the people with an “engagement” meeting each week. It could be in Costa or the Library or anywhere. They will announce the location on the website and they will add the info to the weekly crime stats report from Magda.’
  • ‘They would like to come to community events: AGMs and fetes etc.’
  • ‘They will pursue the Public Service Protection Order with the Council in order to deal with nuisance drinking. The Council has agreed the PSPO for Croydon Town Centre. Now they will be looking at district centres and discussing the boundaries  and terms for each. We need to learn how it works from the Centre.’
  • We are reminded that crime stats are available by area postcode or street. Go to the Met Police website, type in the area you are interested in, then if you want to say the police should focus on a topic you can enter it. The subjects with the top 3 “votes” will be the targets for the month. It will be interesting to see whether that changes priorities or whether the police see different issues from the community. Its worth a try.

Antic Pub seeks third floor

The Antic Pub group which is building a pub at the Mews on Norbury Crescent, is seeking to build a third storey (17/05610/FUL).

Parks Developments

The Parks Vision consultation report on the future of Norbury Park was submitted to the Council two weeks ago, but not yet made public. This means that the Friends of Norbury Park can read and assesses the conclusions and recommendations, and submit comments to the Council before it makes decisions on what to do next. Local Councillor Maggie Mansell has been asked to press for publication in her role as Deputy Cabinet Member for Culture & Leisure, which includes parks and open spaces.

Uncertainty continues about the future safeguarding of some parks and open spaces because of the failure of the Council planners to provide evidence to the Local Plan Inspector that inclusion on a Local Green Space list met national criteria. Love Norbury Planning Committee presented detailed evidence to the Council on why  Norbury, Norbury Hall and Pollards Hill Parks and Pollards Hill triangle should be on the list. The Friends of Norbury Park Also submitted their justification for its inclusion. The Council has now submitted its comments on the final stage of the consultation on the Local Plan to the Inspector but not published it. The Inspector starts finalising his report on Monday 11 December, and the Council hopes to adopt the finally agreed version the Plan by the end of January. The lead Planning officer has been asked to ensure the final comments are published so that people who responded to the consultation can assess how it has responded to their views and submit any continuing concerns to the Inspector.

We will now hopefully in the next month whether the Inspector has agreed to reinstating as least part of the proposed Local Green Space list.

I discuss the wider issues involved in a two-part contribution on Croydon Citizen at 

Planning Applications

56 Christian Fields (17/05880/HSE). Demolition of existing shed and erection of single storey detached building at rear

3 Dalmeny Ave (17/06030/LP). Erection of dormer extension in rear roof and rooflights at front. Because this is an application that seeks approval that it is within permitted planning development rules, this is likely to be quickly approved by the Planners. It is not open to public consultation.

257 Green Lane (17/05907/LP). Enlargement of dormer extension in rear roof slope. Because this is an application that seeks approval that it is within permitted planning development rules, this was quickly approved by the Planners.

30 Ryecroft Rd (17/06034/CAT). 1. Leylandii – Fell because of excessive shadowing and inhibiting other plant growth. Re-landscaping and planting. 2. Eucalyptus Gunnii – Option 1: Tree management – reduce heavily to first points of growth bring canopy in by approximately up to 4m. (Preferred option). Option 2 : Remove to within 3″of ground level treat stump with ecoplugs.

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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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