Norbury Park BMX Track – Well done Shafi


Many congratulations to Norbury’s Labour Councillor Shafi Khan for speaking to the Planning Committee on Thursday night in support of the  large scale opposition in Norbury to the proposed BMX track in Norbury Park.

He realises that the Council should not impose a project on an area where there is so much opposition, particularly when the opponents have been working on a positive plan for the future of the Park.

Shafi’s colleague Maggie Mansell spoke in favour of the scheme.

Even though the Conservative Councillors expressed reservations about the imposition, three voted for the scheme and one abstained.

Councillors hope that a partnership with the organised opponents Friends of the Park group will be possible! This is naieve and means they do not understand the dynamics and fragility of community development and citizens’ action.

Meanwhile the outcome of the formal complaint lodged by the Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee (of which I am a member), against a Parks officer for breach of promise to have a meeting in the consultation process, is awaited.

Croydon Advertiser’s report is at

It had previously criticised the opponents as nimbys but then did not post up comments to explain why this was not the case.

Note: I have been both opposed to the Track as inappropriate for the location andhave been working  with the emerging Friends Group on developing a plan for the Park.


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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