Norbury Update 20 March

Thank you Knitting Norbury Together

Council Undermines Future Of Norbury Library

By deciding that most libraries will not be open on Saturdays, including Norbury, the Council is not only undermining the future viability of the libraries, but is discriminating again working residents especially families.

See details at:

Council Discriminates Against Working Residents & Families Over Saturday Library Closures


Thursdays until June. 12noonff. Cassandra Centre Lunch Club For The Over 50s

Harlow Hall

Everyone welcome regardless of age.

Saturday 26 March. 10.30am. Knitting Norbury Together

Norbury Library

Saturday 26 March. 6.30pm.Songs of Hope To Support Cassandra Centre

See previous posting.

Friday 1 April. 10.30am. Knitting Norbury Together

Harlow Hall, Oakhill/Stanford Rd

Saturday 2 April. 7-11pm. SERA Barn Dance

St Philip’s Church

If you plan to go please book for tickets

Tuesday 12 April. 7.30pm. Norbury Mayoral Hustings

Methodist Church Hall, Pollards Hill North

Love Norbury has organised a Mayoral Hustings to enable residents to listen to the candidates and ask them questions. The six candidates who have announced they are standing have agreed to take part. Additional candidates may emerge. The doors will open at 7pm. Publicity is being organised.

Friday 15 April. Walk Of Witness

Yesterday morning I was asked whether I knew about any Walk of Witness activity in Norbury. I do not. Although it is a Christian activity I have suggested that it would be good to have a joint walk in Norbury in support of Peace (Ukraine, Yemen, etc) jointly run by the Churches and the mosques. I can envisage it starting at St Bartholomew’s, walking to and stopping at the two Mosques and the Liberty Church for worshippers to join in, then moving on to the Baptist Church, St Philips, and the Methodists, Norbury Islamic Centre and ending at St Stephen’s. At stop off points tea and coffee could be offered. This will require the local religious leaders to meet to discuss and plan. An additional thought might be a buffet lunch. Such a walk would hopefully engage dozens of people and help those of different faith groups get to know each other better. 

Norbury Methodist Church Regular Activities

Mondays. 10am– 1pm.  ‘Let’s Get Crafty’ Craft Club

Tuesdays. 10am-11.45am. Posh Tots Toddler Group (term-time only)

Wednesdays: 10.30am–12.30pm. Drop-in to the Pop Community Cafe

Donations Needed For Love Norbury Summer Fair 4 June

The Fair will take place on St Helen’s Green on Saturday 4 June, the weekend of the annual Big Lunch and the Platinum Jubilee. There will be plenty of children’s activities, arrange of stalls provided by stallholders at previous LN events, food, and entertainment.

The new gym opening at the former Co-op building has agreed to donate some free memberships in the raffle.

Betty Wivell Academy of Performing Arts

Founded in 1964 this charity provides dance, singing and drama training. It uses St Philip’s Church Hall and the Studio at 52 Norbury Court Rd as well as venues elsewhere in Croydon.

Opposing Licence For August Event In Norbury Park

I have submitted an objection to this application.

‘The noise level at last year’s event by the organiser held on one day was intolerable, and could be heard in the back streets on the other side of London Rd, including where  I Iive. Before the official start of the event I took some books for sale for the Friends of Norbury Park stall. As I arrived towards the entrance to the event site there was a group conducting exercise activities accompanied by loud music. As they were not on the event site I assume that were in breach not having their own licence. It was clear that the organiser was not in control of the site and the entrance to it. The stage was too close to the residents back gardens instead of being further way.’ 

Antic Pub Development Update

In what appears to be a bizarre twist the Antic pub development has been sold —- to Antic Pubs. The pub will be called Norbornne and Stable. Its website states that it will be announcing its opening soon once the final works have been completed.

Fire Enforcement at Anderson Heights

As concern continues about the safety of blocks of flats, it is interesting to note that on 21 December 2020 the Fire Brigade served Anderson Heights (Norbury) Limited an enforcement notice to be complied with by 21/06/2021 for failure

  • to provide adequate fire separation between floors only.
  • to take general fire precautions to ensure the safety of persons on the premises.
  • to review the fire risk assessment.
  • in the effective management of the preventive and protective measures.
  • to provide a suitable method of giving warning in case of fire.
  • to provide and/or maintain adequate and clearly indicated emergency routes and exits that lead to a place of safety.
  • to establish an appropriate emergency plan.
  • to ensure that the premises and any facilities, equipment and devices are maintained in an efficient state, in effective working order and in good repair.
  • to appoint sufficient competent persons to assist in undertaking preventive and protective measures.

It set out the actions it required.

Can any reader let me know what work has been carried out?

Love Norbury Facebook & Instagram

These are now very active with regular postings.



30 Colebrook Road – GPDO for single storey rear extension.


235 Green Lane: single-storey rear extension.  

2 Oakhill Road – lawful use of part of ground floor as a self contained flat. 

Refusal – 82 Dalmeny Ave

Single storey rear extension. Reason: ‘the development would be detrimental to the amenities of the occupiers of adjoining properties by reason of loss of light and visual intrusion’.

Appeal Dismissed – 1124-1126 London Road 

Demolition of buildings to rear, alterations to building fronting London Road and erection 3 storey building with basement accommodating 6 flats, etc. Inspector’s conclusion: ‘Having considered all matters raised in support of the development I find that the other considerations in this case do not clearly outweigh the harm that I have identified. Accordingly, the development is in conflict with the adopted development plan when considered as a whole, and given the above would also conflict with Policies contained within the Framework, and as there are no other material considerations that indicate a decision other than in accordance with those Policies as a whole, I conclude that the appeal should be dismissed.’

The full report can be read here.

Croydon And Other Postings

UN Anti-Racism Day Webinar 21 March

Croydon Fundraising For Ukraine

Premature Decision Making On Borough of Culture

Croydon Events Update 19 March

Croydon News Update at 19 March

History Events from 21 March

History News at 20 March

My Instgram Account

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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