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.