Decision on Library-Cinema planning application

Planning notice outside Nettlefold Halls

Planning notice outside Nettlefold Halls

On Wednesday 13th October councillors will be deciding on the planning application for our proposed Cinema-Library at the Nettlefold Halls site, Norwood High Street SE27 9JX. The Committee meeting starts at 7pm in the Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road SW9 7PH, opposite Brixton Police station. (Due to the temporary closure of the Town Hall council meetings are taking place in a variety of venues.)   See the agenda online at

At 10am this Saturday, 10th October, the committee councillors will be visiting the site to better understand the plans.

The council has just published its proposals for the future of the borough’s libraries and parks following widespread consultation earlier in 2015. The report, which will go to cabinet for decision on Monday 12th October at a meeting in Dunraven School 94 Leigham Court Road SW16 2QB, confirms West Norwood library as a statutory town centre library. For details see

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Upgrade Norwood Park ball court

The council is working in partnership with the Football  Association to enlarge and astroturf the ball court in Norwood Park close to Elder Road. The detailed plans costing £430,000 can be seen at a public consultation event in West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre , Devane Way SE27 0DF  on Monday 26th October from 6.30pm .

Football clubs will pay to use the new ball court marked out as one 9 a-side, two 7 a-side and three 5 a-side football pitches. The site will include a storage container for equipment. The new pitches are to act as a hub for sports organisations to run community football club sessions for: 8-12 year olds, 12 years upwards, women and girls , disabled people, young unemployed,  football coaching qualifications and space for the Brixton Bulls Rugby club.IMG_20151003_135433660

Regular sessions will be timetabled  for  free drop-in access by the local community.

BMX flatland riders call the ball court  The Green Mile (TBG)  and object to replacing the tarmac surface with astroturf. See comments on our previous blog dated 27th May 2015. Discussions are taking place with The Norwood School to find the riders an alternative venue .



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Fun Palace day

fun palaceOn Saturday 3rd October West Norwood Library will be transformed into a Fun Palace. Drop in at 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY to create, share knowledge & skills and  learn something new. This is a free event for all ages showcasing the many groups and services available in the library with a chance to try new things combining science, arts and what you will. Look out for DIY face painting and Lego swap! Coding at 11am. DNA & construction at 2.30pm. To run an activity contact Zoe

Local author Stella Duffy is walking to all of Lambeth’s Libraries on Fun Palace Day planning to reach West Norwood at 4pm. All welcome to join Stella on part or all of this 12.98 mile walk. For details see:


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Jumble Trail

jumble trailThe West Norwood Jumble Trail is back by popular demand, taking to the streets of SE27 on Sunday 4th October between 11am and 4pm. The Jumble Trail is a huge community car boot sale in our neighbourhood. Residents set up stalls outside their homes for the rest of us to discover!

To register a stall sign up online . And see :


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South London Theatre closing

Costume & props sale

Costume & props sale

Our local theatre, the SLT, is closing for refurbishment. 500 people dropped in to the Vintage costumes & props sale last weekend raising £3k for the theatre.  The last performances until building work is completed will be 5th to 10th October 2015 .

During the works the show will go on at Stanley Halls, 12 South Norwood Hill SE25 6AB  (5 mins from Norwood Junction station)

For details see


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Find out about work of Centre 70

Brian Foxley of Centre 70

Brian Foxley of Centre 70

Centre 70 is our local advice centre at 46 Knights Hill SE27 0JD (opposite West Norwood train station) and has been helping local people since it started in 1970!  And many people need more help than ever . Drop in between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday 24th September  to Centre 70’s open evening at Portico Gallery , 23 Knights Hill SE27 0HS  to find out about the different ways Centre 70 provides support and how we can all get involved. This event will be hosted by our former MP Tessa Jowell  . For more information on the advice and counselling services at Centre 70 see: .

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Norwood Action Group

Leader of Lambeth council, Cllr Lib Peck & the council’s chief exec, Sean Harriss, are guest speakers at the  Norwood Action Group (NAG)  Annual General Meeting on Thursday (17/9/15) . Opportunity for questions and to vote for the NAG committee members. All welcome at 7pm meeting at  Salvation Army, 246 Norwood Rd SE27 9AW. For details see:

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