Cllr Jackie Meldrum at the school
The Norwood School in Crown Dale SE19 3NY is undergoing extensive building work over the summer holidays. These improvements are part of the Building Schools for the Future programme started by the last Labour government. The school is getting a new theatre which will be accessible to the public outside school hours, modern class rooms and a new dance studio, art room & cafeteria.
The Norwood School is a mixed school specialising in the performing & visual arts. Under the leadership of Denise Webster the school is one of the top 5 most improved schools in the country for achievement of 5 GCSE A-C grades including English & maths and the top school in the country for improvement in 5 GCSEs A-C grades.
Families with children looking to start secondary school next year in September 2012 can look round the school on its open days next term:
Thurs 29th Sept 4.30pm to 7pm
Monday 19th September 9.15am to 10.30am
Tuesday 20th September 9.15am to 10.30am
Wednesday 21st September 9.15am to 10.30am
Thursday 22nd September 9.15am to 10.30am
Friday 23rd September 9.15am to 10.30am
Thurs 29th Sept 4.30pm to 7pm
Monday 10th October 9.15am to 10.30am
Wednesday 12th October 9.15am to 10.30am
See web site for more information: www.thenorwoodschool.org
The Knights Hill police team , councillors & Val Shawcross
The introduction of local policing by Ken Livingstone, with a dedicated local team out and about in every neighbourhood , has been welcomed by residents throughout London. The teams have been a success and helped create safer neighbourhoods and reduce crime.
Responsibility for policing in London lies with, the London Mayor . Police borough commanders are worried the massive cuts in public spending expected next year will have an impact on police numbers on the ground. We will post the latest news on this web site.
If you live between Elder Road, Crown Dale, Leigham Court Road, Knollys Road and Norwood Road (in Knights hill ward) your local team is the Knights Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team based at Gipsy Hill police station. Last weekend the police team met up with local ward councillors and Valerie Shawcross, our elected representative on the London Assembly. You can email Valerie about London and policing matters at Val@valshawcross.com.
For more information on the Knights Hill police team see http://www.met.police.uk/teams/lambeth/knightshill/index.php. Contact the team by email KnightsHill.firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 020 87212618 or 07920 233844. Of course in an emergency always call 999.
If you would like to know more about policing matters in your local area you can sign up to receive regular email/text alerts at http:///www.communitysafe.gov.uk. Email is free and text messages should cost no more than 10/12p per message. You can opt in or out of the service at anytime.
Road resurfacing on Crown Lane
The most severe winter weather for 30 years has had a terrible effect on road surfaces right across the country.
The council is using the latest technology to make quick patch repairs and over 1,000 have been filled since January. Larger patching, using traditional ‘hot rolled asphalt’, takes longer to do – so Ernest Avenue, Elder Road and Crown Dale will be done within the next few weeks. Crown Lane from Knights Hill to Leigham Court Road is due to be completely resurfaced by end of April and Robson Road soon after.
The Government has just announced an extra £100m to fix potholes, and Lambeth will get a share of that money. But too many of our local roads are still sub-standard and vulnerable to damage in freezing or very wet weather.
Unfortunately when the Lib Dems & Tories were running Lambeth the council used a cheaper road resurfacing material on many roads including Norwood High Street and Ernest Avenue in 2005. Stone mastic asphalt is cheaper but does not last long on roads used by heavy vehicles such as buses and HGVs. Cracks started to appear within a couple of years and have got much worse during this winter.
Road resurfacing costs £25-£30 per sq metre varying with the price of oil. Lambeth’s roads need quality investment not patching. Labour, if re-elected on May 6th, has promised to make the biggest-ever investment to replace Lambeth’s crumbling roads and broken pavements by selling off surplus council office blocks
In the meantime to report potholes requiring urgent repair please phone 020 7926 9000 or email Streetscene@lambeth.gov.uk giving details of the location. Red routes are the responsibility of the London Mayor’s Transport for London – call 0845 305 1234 to report any potholes on red routes .