Plans to reduce the risk of flooding along Norbury Brook will be unveiled at a special drop-in event.

Residents of Norbury and Thornton Heath are being invited to the event  to learn more about the Environment Agency plans.

The Agency, which has identified some 800 commercial and residential properties at risk in an area that has previously been subject to significant flooding is putting forward three options to alleviate the threat.

The options being considered are:

  • The construction of a storage area for flood waters in Norbury Park, combined with the restoration of a stretch of the River Graveney.
  • The construction of a flood storage area in Thornton Heath Recreation Ground.
  • The construction of combined flood storage areas at Norbury Park and Thornton Heath Recreation Ground.

Norbury Brook becomes the River Graveney west of London Road, before it joins the Wandle and flows on to the Thames.

Removing the brook’s concrete culverts in Norbury Park, and restoring its natural channel, could see improvements in water quality as well as the creation of wetland habitats for local wildlife.

The Environment Agency will also explore the environmental benefits of the other options.

The chosen scheme would be delivered by the Environment Agency in partnership with Croydon Council, which has identified Norbury Park as one of six earmarked for potential regeneration.

The Environment Agency is also working with Thames Water to promote sustainable drainage schemes to reduce the amount of surface water run-off, which can lead to flooding.

Councillor Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment said: “This is an important project that offers local traders and residents living close to Norbury Brook reassurance that everything’s being done to safeguard them against possible flooding.

“I’d urge as many people as possible to attend the drop-in event at the tennis club, so that they’re aware of the options and have the chance to ask any questions they may have.”


For more information about the flood-alleviation scheme, email pso.selondon&