Rose & Crown in 2004
Tesco got permission for its plans to adapt the derelict Rose & Crown pub on Crown Lane into a Tesco Express on Wednesday 15/9/10. They intend to open the shop in December 2010
After 2 hours of talking at Lambeth’s Planning Committee local businesses & residents, supported by Cllr Jane Pickard, finally extracted a concession from Tesco. Tesco will now have to submit their transport plans for the shop to the council for approval. Over 800 residents signed a petition opposing changing the pub into another Tesco. A smaller number of local residents do support Tesco’s plans.
Unfortunately the planning laws mean any pub can become a shop without planning permission from the council & local community. The Closed Pubs web site says 25 pubs are closing every month – their web site keeps a list of these lost pubs http://www.closedpubs.co.uk
Campaign to oppose Tesco Express
Tescos want to open a Tesco Express in December 2010 on the site of the Rose & Crown pub at 4 Crown Lane . The pub closed over a year ago.
Local residents and businesses are opposed to having another Tesco’s in the neighbourhood. There are 9 local shops in the immediate area of Crown Point that are likely to be badly affected by a new Tesco. Do let local councillor Jane Pickard know what you think about another Tesco. Jane’s email is JPickard@lambeth.gov.uk
This proposal is similar to the Tescos on the former Jack Stamps pub at 551 Norwood Road . Planning laws do allow pub premises ( use A4) to change into a shop (use A1) without the need for a planning decision.
Tescos have applied for planning permission ( ref 10/ 01604) to alter the existing ground floor rear extension – raising the flat roof, remove the external staircase and balustrade, blocking up of an existing door and window at first floor level. See Lambeth council web site for details.
It is not too late to send in comments to Lambeth Planning. Write to Andrew Byrne at Phoenix House SW8 2LL or email email@example.com quoting the planning ref 10/ 01604. Your local councillors have asked for the decision on the planning application to be taken in public where there will be another opportunity for residents and local businesses to put their views forward.
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 .
Jane Pickard & Emmaus staff outside the proposed new pub
The derelict shop at 13-19 Knights Hill, between Emmaus and the new Ladbroke’s betting shop , applied for planning permission to become a bar-restaurant in summer 2008. The final decision will be made on Wednesday 16th December 2009 at Lambeth’s planning committee at 7pm in Lambeth Town hall . For details of the committee papers see: http://tinyurl.com/yah4558
These meetings are open to the public who may speak in favour or against the proposals.
The shop has been derelict since it was last used as a Job Centre about 10 years ago. The owners plan a pub similar to Westow House at 79 Westow Hill, The EDT in Lordship Lane and Jam Circus in Brockley Road. See their web site for details : http://www.antic-ltd.com.
And the new owners of Southern Pride on Elder Road are applying for a licence under the name of Scandals Bar & Club http://www.clubscandals.co.uk/index.php. For details of the licence see http://tinyurl.com/ycxxkd4
Closing date for public ‘representations’ is 28th December 2009.
We still wait to see what happens to The Gipsy Queen on Norwood High Street and The Rose & Crown on Crown Lane which both remain closed.
If you comment on either of these developments please do copy in Cllr Jackie Meldrum at firstname.lastname@example.org