What is Love Norbury?
‘Love Norbury’ is a campaign based on educating, encouraging and involving residents and businesses to build a sense of community spirit and respect for our neighbourhood.
The four Norbury residents’ associations have come together to develop a campaign to improve the local area and regain a sense of pride in Norbury.
These include helpful information on key issues like refuse management and recycling, how to get involved in the local community and the answers to frequently asked questions.
Through the introduction of a ‘Love Norbury’ loyalty discount card for members and friends of our residents’ associations, we are encouraging residents to shop locally and support our high street. In return, our local shops will be encouraged to sign up to the ‘Love Norbury’ ethos, for example, by agreeing to dispose of waste responsibly.
Under the ‘Love Norbury’ banner, we will strengthen our partnership with Croydon Council to improve our area.
We have already started.
We have already carried out a number of successful walkabouts on the high street with Council officers, speaking to shopkeepers and dealing with issues such as insufficient trade waste provision and trading on the pavement without a license.
By building up relationships with local businesses and residents we hope to inform, persuade and ultimately improve behaviour. Of course, where people refuse to act in a responsible manner, we will continue to push for enforcement. The walkabouts have been received positively by both residents and shopkeepers.
We will also campaign to make Norbury a greener and more attractive place; pressing for improvements to our parks as well as more street trees and hanging baskets.
Why are we doing this?
We are saddened by the decline of the local area: the poor state of our streets, particularly the high street, is the issue of greatest concern to Norbury residents. The most common complaints include fly-tipping, litter, overflowing bins, dirty and uneven pavements, dog mess, the drinking of alcohol in the street and other anti-social behaviour.
Another issue which is regularly raised is the lack of variety and the poor quality of shops in the high street.
There is a sense of “No-one else cares, why should I?” leading to deteriorating community spirit and local pride.
Many of the problems arise due to the lack of awareness of the responsibilities we all have or how to get things done. We aim to change that.