Meet local artists in their studios

Over 200 local artists are opening their studios this weekend as part of Dulwich Festival. Browse, chat or buy ceramics, fine art, glass, photography, sculpture, prints, textiles and more.

For detail see: https://dulwichfestival.co.uk/artists-open-house 20 & 21st May 11am to 6pm

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Are you registered to vote on June 8th?

The prime minister unexpectedly called a snap general election for June 8th. Nearly 1 million extra people have registered to vote since the election was called. See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-39837917 People who are British, Commonwealth or Irish citizens are entitled to vote for MPs in general elections

Lambeth sent out poll cards last week to everyone who registered to vote a while ago. If you registered recently you should get a poll card soon. But the easiest way to make sure you are registered to vote is to register or re-register online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote It takes just a few minutes and you just need your NI number.

Monday 22nd May is the deadline to register in time for the June 8th general election.

If you would prefer to vote by post you must get a signed form to Lambeth council, Olive Morris House SW2 1RD by 5pm on Tuesday 23rd May. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 31st May.

For more details see: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/elections-and-council/elections/elections-guide

Helen Hayes was elected MP for Dulwich & West Norwood in 2015 and Helen is standing again on June 8th : http://www.helenhayes.org.uk/about

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A new plan for Crystal Palace park

Restoring south terrace

Bromley council has responsibility for Crystal Palace park and is consulting on a Regeneration Plan to create a long term sustainable business model for the park. (The London Mayor is responsible for the National Sports Centre in the park) Bromley wants to improve & increase usage of the park, generate some capital receipts and create income generating activity.

The council will decide on the plans this summer following an extensive consultation programme. To see the latest versions of the plans drop in to the Crystal Palace Information Centre by Penge Gate SE20 8DT on Friday 19th May 2pm to 6pm or Saturday 20th May between 10am and 2pm.

£2.4m of improvements are underway – including conservation of the dinosaurs, the sphinxes, south terrace steps and a new skate park & new café.

For more information see: http://www.crystalpalaceparkregeneration.com

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Decision on Tennis Club site

Tennis club site

Developers are making a sixth attempt to build flats on the site of the West Norwood Tennis club. The council has turned down their plans 5 times and each time the developers have appealed to the Independent Planning Inspector who supported the council.

The council is likely to recommend accepting the sixth version of the plans (including 32 new homes, a gym, squash & tennis courts) to the Planning Committee on Tuesday 11th June 7pm at the Karibu Centre, Gresham Road SW9 7PH.

proposed view from Knights Hill

Local councillors and a group of residents remained opposed to the plans . Many people want to keep tennis courts on the site but think the proposed tennis club may be too small to be financially viable. As the development is car-free there are also concerns that extra parking by new residents & any club users will add to the pressures of parking in Cheviot Road and nearby streets. Please get in touch with Cllr Pickard if you intend to attend the Planning Committee: jpickard@lambeth.gov.uk

More details of the new homes and the management arrangements for the proposed new club are on the council Planning database – quote ref 16/01650 at https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/

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A new bigger KFC for West Norwood

489 -491 Norwood Road

KFC propose to move into the two storage premises at 489-491 Norwood Road SE27 9DJ and have submitted a planning application to the council. West Norwood has had a KFC for some years at 527 Norwood Road SE27 9DL which closed at the beginning of February. These new premises will be much bigger allowing for up to 30 customers to eat in the restaurant at any one time as well as serving takeaway hot food.

KFC have to get planning permission to change the premises from storage use to a restaurant & take away. As they are proposing to sell hot food after 11pm they will also need a Night Café licence. The council has a policy to prevent new hot takeaways opening premises within 400 metres of a school. As the nearest school, Elmgreen, is nearly 500 metres away , this policy does not apply in this case.

To see more details and to comment on the planning application go to the Lambeth Planning portal https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and use reference : 17/01574 . The closing date is 29th May.

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John D Fraser 1934-2017

John FraserJohn Fraser was the Labour Member of Parliament for the London seat of Norwood for more than thirty years from 1966 until 1997 when the constituency was merged with neighbouring Dulwich.

A solicitor by training, he worked as a senior partner at the law firm Lewis Silkin LLP, and was a councillor on Lambeth Borough Council from 1962 and the London Borough of Lambeth from 1964.

John was a much loved and respected local MP, taking pride in diligently representing and serving the local community in which he lived and brought up his family. John had extraordinary language skills and was able to greet constituents in almost all of the many languages spoken in the rich and diverse constituency he served. John’s sharp mind and excellent people skills led to him being appointed Under Secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry in 1966, Under Secretary of State for Employment in 1974-1976, and Minister of State at the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection from 1976-1979.

John will be greatly missed by his family and friends, the local Labour Party, the Norwood community and the wider Labour movement.

The funeral will take place on Friday 5th May 2017 at 11am St Simon and St Jude Roman Catholic Church , Hillside SW2 3HL

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Burst water mains

Burst on Knights Hill in January

Why have so many of Thames Water’s water mains burst this winter? Find out at a meeting on Tuesday 25th April at 7pm at Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road SW9 7PH (by Brixton Police station) .

Councillors will be questioning representatives of Thames Water about the causes and effects of recent bursts in West Norwood and other parts of Lambeth . And how Thames Water responded to residents and businesses affected by flooding. They will also consider the longer term plans for maintenance and investment in the water mains network. The meeting will begin with an informal surgery-type session from 6-7pm when members of the public can speak with councillors.

All welcome to attend. The agenda papers will be published in the week prior to the meeting at:

http://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=775&MId=10100&Ver=4

This investigation is part of a London-wide scrutiny approach involving several boroughs and the Greater London Assembly’s Environment Committee, which is expected to result in a joint report with a series of recommendations.

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