Helen Hayes standing for parliament

Helen and Tessa

Helen Hayes and Tessa Jowell MP

After almost 25  years as our local Member of Parliament, Dame Tessa Jowell  will be stepping down at the next  general  election .  Tessa has been a fantastic local MP and has been very closely involved in many key issues in West Norwood, including the delivery of the new Health and Leisure Centre, the setting up of Elmgreen School and West Norwood Feast.

The local Labour Party selected Helen Hayes to be the Labour candidate in Dulwich & West Norwood at the general  election  on 7th May 2015.  Helen has lived locally for almost 20 years and has two small children who attend a local school. Helen has a background in town planning and urban regeneration and she is currently a councillor in the constituency. You can find out more about Helen at www.helenhayes.org.uk or follow her on twitter at @helenhayes_.

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Lidl at Crown Point

Proposed shop front on Beulah Hill

Proposed shop front on Beulah Hill

Lidl has submitted new plans for 9 flats and a supermarket on the empty car showroom site close to the corner of Crown Lane/ Beulah Hill. The main shop entrance will be on Beulah Hill SE19 3HD. The plans include a 38 space car park with an entrance on Crown Lane.

Previous plans were refused by Croydon counciI – see our posts on 21/10/13 and 21/2/14.

To see or comment on the new plans in detail quote ref 14/04434/P on Croydon council’s planning portal:


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A new local secondary school?

Gipsy Hill Federation is a group of five primary schools: Kingswood Primary School, Fenstanton Primary School, Elm Wood Primary School, Paxton Primary School and Crawford Primary School.

The Federation is now looking to set up  a new 8-form entry secondary school opening as a free school in September 2016.

For details see: http://www.gipsyhillfederation.org.uk/GHFSecondary

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Future of Firestation on Norwood Road

Plans for the Firestation

Plans for the Firestation

Now that our firestation has moved to brand new premises on Knights Hill developers have submitted plans for the site at 445 Norwood Road SE27 9DG

The proposal is to turn the firestation into 23 flats and a childrens nursery on the ground floor. The fire station built in 1914-15 is a Grade II listed and the building on Norwood Road together with many of its original features will be retained. A new 4-storey block at the back will have 11 flats. The plans have no off-street parking as the site is very close to bus routes and Tulse Hill station.

The mix of homes proposed is eleven 1-bedroom flats, ten 2-bedroom flats and two 3-bedroom flats. 8 of the new homes will be affordable.

To see details of the plans use ref 14/04865 via planning pages on Lambeth’s web site:


To comment on the plans email planning@lambeth.gov.uk quoting ref 14/04865.

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West Norwood Festival

openworks festivalThis Saturday 25th October 10am – 4pm meet up with local residents for walks, talks, eating, making, cooking, sewing, gardening, thinking and much more. Based at Portico Gallery , 23 Knights Hill SE27 0HS and other local venues . All welcome. For details see: http://www.theopenworks.org/#joinusforthefestival-section

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Makeover for Tulse Hill Hotel

Matt & Jemma

Matt & Jemma

The Tulse Hill Hotel at 150 Norwood Road SE24 9AY is getting a new look under its new management. Jemma & Matt will be building on their experience from The Salthouse in Abbey Rd, north London to create a gastro pub for West Norwood. Look out for the opening before Christmas.

A great addition to the wide range of places to eat out in West Norwood – soon to be followed by Antic who have the go ahead to turn the shop site at 294 Norwood Road SE27 9AF into a restaurant & pub.

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Piano studio

Photo by Titus PowellLooking for piano or singing lessons? Maite Aguirre, a Spanish concert pianist , has a studio near Tulse Hill station. For details see: http://www.southlondonpianostudio.com/ or Twitter @MaitePiano

To hear Maite playing see:


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