Crisis Update 26 & 27 March

27 March

Santander and Norbury DIY are only opening 10am-2pm. Papa Johns and Dominos have stopped their take away service, but will deliver if you order through their websites. Fewer people out and about people along the High Rd at 4pm today. Reduced trough traffic. 109 bus to West Croydon nearly empty with passengers sitting well back from each other. Improved queue distance outside BIDS.

Councillor Shafi Khan

Councillor Shafi Khan and his wife have had to go into self-isolation, but he is trying to respond on local issues. He can be contacted at

Cappuchino Licence Application

Councillor Kahn has been informed that  Cappuchino ‘amended the application whilst in the consultation period, and reduced the hours of alcohol from Sunday to Thursday to 22:00 hours.’ He has been asked whether ‘this information changes’ his opposition.

‘The application is currently being processed and may have to be referred to the Council’s Licensing Sub Committee for a decision. The applicant will be notified of your representation. If the application is referred to the Licensing Sub Committee the case officer will write to you again with the date and venue details.’

He has also been informed that conditions ‘have been agreed between the Police and the applicant to be added to the licence, should the application be granted.’

The police conditions can be seen here:

Proposed Conditions – Copy – Cappuccino1447 London Road Norbury SW16 (1)

Co-op Store

Chris Maltby of EdgePlan a consultancy to the developer for the Co-op Store block, has emailed me with an update.

‘The planning application for the scheme that I forwarded to you has now been submitted to LB Croydon, at the time of writing it has still not been validated and I’m uncertain of the Council’s timescales for doing this at the present time. The scheme was only subject to minor changes from the version I provided to you with relatively minor internal tweaks and a slightly revised parking layout.’

‘I noted the article that you provided the link to in the e-mail below and the comments made in response. From those comments there didn’t seem to be an overwhelming level of objection to a gym but I was wondering if there was any other feedback either directly to you or as a result of discussions at the Norbury Regeneration Steering Group meeting?’

I’m unclear how things are going to pan out over the coming weeks or months or how the pandemic will impact on the economy but my client is currently committed to finding a beneficial alternative use for this building whilst also improving the existing residential accommodation and providing a limited number of new dwellings

For details of the plans before the recent amendments see:

Planning Application Withdrawn

20/00528/FUL.  Erection of 1 x Three Bedroom New Dwelling. 103 Virginia Road

Croydon Update 27 March

26 March

Far fewer people on the London Rd mid-afternoon today. All the banks and building societies closed to counter service, bar Santander which is operating clear distancing rules. The Affogato and Cappuchino were both shut – so not serving takeaways. The people in the  queue outside BIDS the chemist were not standing 2 metres from each other. Given the closure of the mosques and prayer rooms a local GP says that he was lobbying the British Islamic Medical Association such closures two weeks ago. A reader who works for tells me that she is involved in upskilling of several back of house staff at the Department of Work and Pensions to join the efforts frontline to process the huge number of benefit claims. Another reader has told me that using Zoom a small group of friends are having ‘pub call’ chats. ‘Maybe that will be a way to keep in touch during these days.’

Are you self-employed?

The Government’s scheme announced today is explained here:

Need milk, bread, eggs etc – then try Morgan’s Diary

A resident in Biggin Hill on the West Norbury Next Door Covic-19 group recommends using Surbiton based Morgan’s Diary for milk, juice, bread, eggs, sugar, milk substitutes, yogurts. Please email Lara at Morgan’s dairy on: They will deliver to your door.

It may be a good way for the Norbury street groups to place collective orders for every household both those who are vulnerable and those who are not.

Tescos at Thornton Heath

Another group member says that Tesco at Thornton Heath has implemented structured queuing and limited numbers are allowed into the store in one go. The result: ‘excellent staff able to restock and keep till payment lines moving. Well done Tesco staff Thornton Heath.’ This will be particularly useful for people who can get the Thornton Health along Green Lane.

Planning Approval – 101 Kilmartin Avenue

Ground floor and rear roof extensions and conversion of the house into two flats.

Issues of Concern:  New scheme to help self-employed; Business Exploitation of Crisis; Closure of St Helier’s and Epsom Hospitals

For details see today’s Croydon Crisis posting

Even small amounts of money can help



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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