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Cinema plans

Cinema designThe council has been working on  plans with City Screen , who run independent cinemas including Clapham Picture House, for a possible cinema in the Nettlefold Hall / Library Centre – beside the cemetery entrance.

Friends of West Norwood Library have arranged  to give local people  a chance to see and comment on the plans at an early stage.

Just drop in to The Old Library, 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY on Saturday 20th October between 1pm and 4pm

The Nettlefold Hall / Library Centre has been closed after thieves stole the copper roof in June 2011. The latest plans are that   West Norwood Library goes  back into the Nettlefold and shares the space with a  4 screen cinema,  café and bar.

For detail see: http://www.facebook.com/FOWNL

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Future of West Norwood Library

Mike Smith at Children's Library in Nettlefold Hall

Mike Smith at Children’s Library in Nettlefold Hall

There has been a great response to the  council’s consultation on the future of the borough’s libraries  - and West Norwood library in particular where local people & ward councillors want to see the library back in the Nettlefold Hall building on Norwood High Street ( beside the cemetery ) as soon as possible. One of the outcomes of the consultation is that an independent cinema company is showing interest in getting involved.

A local Independent Cinema

Greenwich Picture House – A local Independent Cinema

Everyone in West Norwood is keen to see the shopping centre improved and have more places to go out in the evenings. A cinema, perhaps including  a café/bar, could make a big difference to West Norwood . We already have  the new swimming pool  under construction – would you  welcome a cinema in part of the Nettlefold Hall building as part of  more changes to West Norwood?  To let local councillors have you views please email  Cllr Mike Smith    {msmith10@lambeth.gov.uk}

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Library consultation

Local councillors at the library building

Local councillors at the library

Your local councillors want a fully functioning library service for West Norwood. Our local library has long been at the centre of the community and a place to borrow books, hold meetings & social events or look up planning applications, to see friends, study, or even take a class or see a show.

Last year’s theft of the copper roof at West Norwood Library caused a great deal of damage and, to make matters worse, the subsequent discovery of asbestos has resulted in more delays and expense. The council is now awaiting detailed costs of the work to put this right. It will then have to identify funding for what could be extensive and expensive repairs.

Extensive repairs needed

Extensive Repairs Needed

In this current squeeze on council finances a creative and flexible approach will be needed to maintain West
Norwood’s Library services as with all services across Lambeth.

From now until 20th April, the council is holding a borough-wide consultation on the proposals for the future of the library service.

For details of those proposals & consultation see: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/CouncilDemocracy/Consultations/ACSConsultations/LibrariesConsultation.htm

For  National Libraries Day local groups have organised an event to support the re-opening of the library – this Saturday 4th February at 2pm outside West Norwood Library.

There will be a public meeting on the evening of Thursday 8th March at Elmgreen School, Elm Court Road, SE27 9BZ ( 6pm for 6.30pm start) as part of the council consultation.

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What’s the future of West Norwood Library?

Councillor Smith outside closed library

Cllr Mike Smith at library closed for repairs

West Norwood Library & Nettlefold Halls remain closed since June 2011 as a consequence of damage from vandalism and theft. When repairs started, asbestos was found and this caused a long delay. The asbestos has now been removed but the building is still in a very poor condition and  will take a lot of money to fix. A condition survey is being undertaken to identify  what further work is needed. The survey should  be completed during January 2012 and it is not possible to estimate an re-opening date for the  West Norwood Library and Nettlefold Halls until this survey is done.  In the meantime the building is secured to reduce the risk of further vandalism.

Cllr Nosegbe, chair of the Lambeth Libraries Commission, says  “There  will be a fully functioning library in West Norwood. Our libraries are essential, they are open to all and benefit everyone and we are working with the community to make sure a full library service is back serving our residents as soon as possible. The temporary library service currently available at the Lambeth Resource Centre is unsatisfactory. We want to deliver more for Norwood and we are looking at alternative sites, like the Old Library, for a better library service in the meantime. “

At a meeting in November with local residents there were  lots of constructive ideas on what people wanted in their future local library in West Norwood. A consultation process about the future of the building  is underway and the council is  seeking the views of the community, residents, library users and members of the Friends groups.

The Libraries Commission looked at the future of Lambeth’s library service bearing in mind  the council has much less money to spend. For details of the work of the Library Commission see http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/CouncilDemocracy/MakingADifference/LibrariesCommission.htm

To get involved in the future of all of Lambeth’s libraries contact the council by emailing  LibrariesHaveYourSay@lambeth.gov.uk , text  07772 103 628 or phone  0800 013 1497 or 020 7926 6397.

The Friends of West Norwood Library welcome new members – email FWNL@hotmail.co.uk or see them on facebook.

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Temporary library needed for longer

Jackie Meldrum at the temporary library in Parkhall Road

Jackie Meldrum at the temporary library in Parkhall Road

Repairs following the theft of the copper roof of West Norwood Library and Nettlefold Hall are underway . Unfortunately the repairs  have revealed asbestos, a building material commonly used in the 1950s to 1970’s.

The council is taking sensible precautions to deal with the asbestos  -unfortunately this means that the planned repair work is going to take longer than anticipated. In the meantime a temporary library is now operating Monday- Friday 10am to 4pm at  1 Parkhall Road SE21 8EH ( at west end of Robson Road beside the cemetery) where people can continue to borrow books until West Norwood Library reopens

Cllr Florence Nosegbe, councillor with responsibility for Libraries says “Please be assured that I want to see the library and halls reopened as soon as possible but Lambeth’s  first priority is to make the building safe. We ask library users to bear with us, as the safety of those working on the site has to be our top priority.”

Local library users have set up a supporters group called Friends of West Norwood Library.  They can  be contacted at FWNL@hotmail.co.uk   and via  facebook.   The Friends are encouraging as many people as possible to fill in the Library Survey – its online  & will only take a few minutes to complete : http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/surveys/acs/libraries/libraries.htm

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Copper thefts from West Norwood Library roof

West Norwood Library & Nettlefold Hall

Scaffolding going up at West Norwood Library & Nettlefold Hall

Following theft of copper roof of the building on Norwood High Street that houses West Norwood library and Nettlefold Hall repairs are underway. Securing the site and erection of scaffolding is the first stage. The original roof has ordinary chipboard immediately under the copper covering . The exposed chipboard has crumbled  making access to the roof difficult & unsafe. Scaffolding is required both inside and outside.

Once the roof is  watertight again work will be needed to restore the electrics in the building. Lambeth council is keen to re-open West Norwood library as soon as possible.

In the meantime arrangements are being made to open  alternative library services at The Lambeth Resource Centre, 1 Parkhall Road SE21 8EH  (at the east end of Robson Road) . An  opening date for the temporary library will be announced shortly.

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Copper thieves hit West Norwood again

Tarpaulins on Nettlefold Hall roof

Tarpaulins on Nettlefold Hall roof

Thieves have stolen much of the copper roofing on West Norwood Library and two weeks ago went as far as stealing from the roof of the chapel  in the cemetery. The buildings have been left very vulnerable to the recent heavy rains and West Norwood Library & Nettlefold Hall are both closed temporarily to dry out and repair the electrics and stage fittings. Events and meetings are transferring to alternative venues. Funerals are continuing to take place in the chapel.

The price of copper has rocketed and thieves are stealing copper where they can find it regardless of the consequences. Thefts of vital signal wiring on railway and tube lines is now the cause of many train delay – as reported in the Evening Standard:

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23919674-tube-commuters-face-delays-after-thieves-steal-cabling.do

The police have set up  a specialist  unit to investigate thefts of metals such as copper &  lead and the investigation on west Norwood’s copper thieves is ongoing . If anyone has seen any the thieves please contact the police or Crimestoppers at  http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org .

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