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Save South Norwood

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South Norwood is stuck - there is talk of regeneration all while the main high streets are being decimated by ugly conversions of shops to flats. We would like Croydon Council to suspend planning permissions for such conversions on Portland Road for two years and to heavily penalise shop owners who go ahead with these conversions before planning permission has been given.

There appears to be a habit of shop owners seeking unrealistically high rent to prove that they can’t rent the shops. We also ask Croydon Council to engage with the shop owners to keep rent at a realistic level so that the many keen small business in the area can start to revitalise the flagging High Street and Portland Road instead of being priced out of the area or forced to run online only business.

In 2014 Emertons The Ironmonger in Station Road was paying £90 for a street trading licence so they could display stock on the street, but 2015 it was £900 and this year £1500. The rise of the licence to £1,500 is simply too much for a small businesses to afford. We ask that  Croydon Council return the licences for Emertons and the Clock Tower Green Grocer and other South Norwood businesses display stock on the street back to the previously affordable 2014 rates.

We would also like to see the same conservation status given to Market Parade extended further down Portland Road to cover the shops down to Dundee Road so a new hub area can generate around the Leisure Centre and Doctors' Surgeries. 

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