Clean Up London’s Air

The south circular – Christchurch Road & Thurlow Park Road is proposed as the southern boundary of a new Ultra Low Emission Zone –  ULEZ in October 2021. To have your say by 28th February on this proposal see: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/environment/air-quality-consultation-phase-3b/?cid=airquality-consultation
In a ULEZ  to avoid paying a £12.50 daily charge diesel cars &  vans will have to meet the Euro 6 standard for NOx and particulates;  petrol cars & vans will have to meet Euro 4 NOx; and motorcycles & scooters will have to meet Euro 3 NOx . The daily charge for lorries and buses exceeding  Euro 1V is £100.
central London ULEZ will start operating in just over a year’s time in April 2019.  It will cover exactly the same area as the Congestion Charge Zone  and the current T-charge zone which is charging £10 a day for vehicles not meeting the Euro 4/V1 standards.
The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) across most of Greater London 24/7 has been operating since 2008. It charges the most polluting heavy diesel vehicles but London’s air is not clean enough – hence the need for Ultra Low Emission Zones.
To check the emission level of your vehicle enter the registration number here: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/vrm-checker-ulez

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Knollys goods yard

Cllr. Jane Pickard at the Knollys Road entrance

Developers want to build a new car-free “urban village” of over 500 homes to rent in West Norwood on a site with only one entrance – from Knollys Road.

They have already submitted a planning application to tunnel under the railway line at Knollys Road by Cameron Place. The developers are now talking about a foot bridge 10 metres high at the Leigham Vale end of the site.

Constructing tunnels & bridges is very costly and means the new high density  “village” is unlikely to meet Lambeth council’s target of 40% affordable homes.. The developers want to include some business space and make the whole site vehicle free.

Developers sketch of 9 storey housing

The private sector developers have employed a PR company which is claiming that a waste or recycling facility, industrial estate or haulage depot could be opened at Knollys Yard.  Lambeth Council has no plans to do this.

The Network Rail owned site, located between three raised railway tracks, is  currently used by scaffolding companies. The council is reviewing its planning policies, known as the Lambeth Local Plan and is considering whether to extend its policy of protecting existing employment sites (known as Key Industrial & Business Areas – KIBAs). Contrary to the claims on the PR company campaign, a KIBA does not mean that the site would be occupied by heavy industries. Of course any proposal for significant new business or industrial development at Knollys Goods Yard would require planning permission, full public consultation, and detailed analysis of the impact on traffic and neighbours.

There will be further public consultation on Lambeth Local Plan review later this year. For more details see: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/lambeth-local-plan-review-2017

See our earlier posts 14/11/16, 27/11/17 on Knollys Goods Yard

Please note there is also no truth in the mischievous twitter account suggesting a sex club for the site!

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Clean air buses

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is cleaning up London’s bus routes. In West Norwood our #2,  #415 and  #249 buses are some of the cleanest with  Euro VI Hybrid engines. The #3 and #68 are new routemasters and have  Euro VI engines.

Some of the older buses #417, #432 and P13 with Euro V diesel engines are retrofitted with ad blue to reduce nitrogen oxides and thus to meet Euro VI standard.

Your Labour councillors are campaigning for all West Norwood buses to have clean engines. To support our campaign email Florence Eshalomi, our representative on the London Assembly  Florence.Eshalomi@london.gov.uk

The council works with the Mayor on cleaning up London and helps  to clean up our air by  promoting electric cars & charging points, more cycling and  more street trees.  Householder need to rethink wood burning stoves too. And we can all campaign to make sure the Conservative Brexit keeps Europe’s tough pollution controls.

@FloEshalomi

https://facebook.com/FlorenceEshalomi/

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Thames Water bus diversions

Traffic has increased on Leigham Court Road due to the closure of Streatham High Road (southbound only)  between St Leonards Church and Leigham Court Road until Friday 9th February.

All the southbound buses going in the direction of Croydon are diverted along Leigham Court Road and Streatham Common North. HGV trucks are diverted along the south circular – Christchurch Road.  

Thames Water is carrying out emergency sewage repairs 5 metres deep. The works site is opposite Pratts & Payne SW16 1HJ.

For more details call Thames Water waste team 0845 9200 800  quoting ref 0042/79 QKYS.

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Private renting?

If you rent privately in West Norwood why not drop in to Knowles ( 294 Norwood Road SE27 9AF)  at 7pm on Thursday 25th January.

A new  group is being set up for private renters  to share experiences and ideas on how to improve the private rented sector. And someone from Generation Rent , the national campaign organisation for private renters.

London’s housing crisis means more and more people are private renters putting up with rising rents, high letting agent fees, overcrowding, rogue landlords, poorly maintained homes, rent hikes & unfair evictions.

Labour councillors believe that private renting must improve. By coming together we have a louder voice to campaign for better standards. Join local Councillor Anna Birley at the first meeting of West Norwood’s new private renter group. If you cannot make this meeting get in touch and complete a simple survey at:  http://thurlowparklabour.org/post/169770662017/join-our-meeting-on-improving-the-private-rented

@genrentuk

@ThurlowLabour

@NorwoodKnowles

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Only one week left!

Cllr Winifred with Lambeth’s Starting School booklet

The deadline to apply for a reception place in a Lambeth primary school for
the school year starting September 2018 is midnight Monday 15th January.
Reception places in 2018/19 are for children born between 1 September 2013
and 31 August 2014.

The application form and proof of parents and child’s current address are
essential part of the application. It is also important to name your top 6
preferred schools.

To apply online and for more details see:
https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/apply-for
-a-primary-school-place-for-201819

Families will be offered a school place on April 16th . Late and invalid
applications will not be actioned until after April 16th.

Sonia Winifred, local Labour councillor, says ” I work in primary schools
and know how easy it is for parents with hectic lives to forget deadlines.
Do remind friends and neighbours about the January 15th application
deadline.”

OFSTED has rated 96% of Lambeth schools rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.
See: http://love.lambeth.gov.uk/lambeth-primary-pupils-beat-national-average

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Carol services

This Sunday 17th of December many of our local churches are holding a carol service: All Saints SE21 8JY at 4pm  St Luke’s SE27 0HS at 6.30pm, Lansdowne Evangelical SE27 0AR at 6.30pm, St Peters SW16 2SD at 6.30pm, Chatsworth Baptist SE27 9HN at 7pm and Christchurch SE19 1DP at 8pm. All welcome.

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