Dear friends🙏🏽,

Given the recent #COVID-19 pandemic, we at WeLoveSE25 Town Team have taken a decision to hold back on all meetings until we have a clear sight of a solution to curtail the spread of the virus. 

This is in the safety of the public and for those who are particularly vulnerable to the virus.

In the meantime, there are FB support groups like if you do need help and South Norwood Net – Chat Group has ongoing conversations on issues within the area, so do post your queries there as well.

Thank you and be safe.


Whats cooking in SE25 in 2020?

The Clocktower Market will be back this spring…

And we are making progress, behind the scenes… even though it may not be visible to all.

We see several new eateries springing up in SE25, Socca Cheta is progressing well and there are new residents joining our vibrant community. Let’s welcome them!

Our group functions because of the effort of the volunteers, so if you have time to spare and if you want to get to know people in the area, email us and we will put you in touch with the relevant people.

COMING UP IN SPRING 2020… an open information day about the Community Economic Development Plan and the Good Growth Fund.




A project to improve the high streets and public spaces of South Norwood has been successful in receiving more than £1million in funding from the Greater London Authority.  In this we have an amazing opportunity to grow and improve SE25 over the next few years.

Re-imagining the Everyday Spaces in South Norwood was awarded £1.16m from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund. The bid, which was submitted by Croydon Council and partners We Love SE25 (South Norwood’s town team made up of local community organisations, businesses, residents’ groups and local councillors).

Croydon match-funded the value of the bid, creating a total combined budget of £2.3m for the three-year project, which aims to deliver high streets where local businesses thrive and job opportunities are created across both the South Norwood and Woodside wards.

The project will see the council and We Love SE25 work with residents, businesses, landlords and community groups to help bring empty premises back into use as retail and workspaces for creative and social enterprises. Community buildings within the high streets will become active places, bringing together residents, helping to create a resilient town centre reflecting the creativity and diversity of its people.

The project will invest in community hubs including the Samuel Coleridge Taylor Centre, Socco Cheta community centre, Stanley Halls and the Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation. It will also contribute to the future use of South Norwood Library once the service moves to its new home on Station Road.

It aims to bring around 25 empty properties on Station Road, High Street, Selhurst Road and Portland Road back into use as workspace and retail space, as well as making improvements to the area’s public realm and supporting the community’s businesses and social enterprises, both old and new.

The Council and Regeneration Manager for South Norwood in conjunction with WeLoveSE25 has begun work with partners and stakeholders to plan and schedule the programme of works for the next three years.

Details of the bid are available through the Councils website and in the press release from the Mayor’s office.

We Love SE25 and the Town Team (see the Who we are page) will continue to update the community via this website, attending the Clocktower Community market and details of upcoming meetings to provide up-to-date information to the community will be sent to all those on our database and advertised here. Come along and hear about the next steps for Community Plan and how to get involved.

The illustrations below explain how the Good Growth Fund will be administered by Croydon Council and information about We Love SE25 – who we are and what we do, our journey to date and our aims for the future.

April 5, 2019

We are thrilled to inform the community that we were successful in winning a bid for funds through the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund. In this we have an amazing opportunity to grow and improve SE25 over the next few years.

We are immensely grateful to everyone in the community who were actively involved in communicating your ideas for the area, through the series of engagement exercises held over summer and for the lead taken by the key players in the Croydon Council’s Regeneration Team, People for Portland Road, CarverHaggard, and the WeLoveSE25 Team.

Details of the bid will be available through the Councils website next week. In the meantime, there is preliminary information available in the press release from the Mayor’s office.

Looking forward to an exciting 2019 !!

We love South Norwood

Talk to people in our area and that’s the overwhelming message.

“Excellent location, great transport links.”
“Great green spaces”
“I like the sense of community and friendly atmosphere.”
“Its diversity is its strength.”

South Norwood is rich in heritage, cultural diversity and community spirit. It is going through changes, like many other areas of London. We want to ensure that our community has a say in those changes and thrives as a result.

We Love SE25 has been working with London Borough of Croydon since 2016 to develop plans for our area. In 2017 we published ‘Taking Control of Our Own Destiny – South Norwood’s Community Economic development Plan’ (CEDP).

Our new Draft Community Plan takes the ideas from the CEDP and shows how, by working together, we could deliver the true potential of our area.

An application to the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund was submitted in October 2018. Read More


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