KFC challenges Lambeth planning refusal

KFC has many loyal customers

Kentucky  Fried Chicken (KFC)  want to have a restaurant & take away in West Norwood at  489 -491 Norwood Road SE27 9DJ. However the council refused KFC planning permission and KFC have now appealed the council’s refusal.

Lambeth refuses planning permission for any new hot food takeaway within 400 metres or 10 minutes walking of a school. To date only one similar refusal has been over turned by the independent Planning Inspector – on condition the opening hours were from 5pm. KFC want to open 10.30am to 3am on Saturdays and 11am to 1am on Sundays. Weekday hours are not indicated but KFC say they will employ 35 staff so they would have extensive opening times.

Details of the appeal documents are on Lambeth planning portal if you use reference  17/01574  at https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application

Many people have strong views about KFC either way.  If you want to  comment for or against the appeal ( make a representation)  quote ref 3178462 by 4th Oct 2017 at :  https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/myportal/

See our earlier posts 17/8/17 and 2/5/17

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Register to vote

Letters from Lambeth council are going out to every household in the borough about the electoral register. If there are no change to the people listed it’s still important to confirm the details –easiest online or by text using the security codes in your letter. If you don’t confirm the names will come off the register after a while. People who are British, European, Commonwealth or Irish citizens are entitled to register to vote. Being on the electoral register also helps getting credit eg a credit card.

Any people new to the property or reaching age 17 must register individually – the easiest way is online at: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

You can register to by post – but this is a slower two stage process.

The government has tightened up the rules making it harder for many people in Lambeth – especially those who move house a lot. This year a million people only just registered in time to vote in the general election in June. Many left it too late.

See our earlier post 15/5/17

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Open House 16th & 17th September

Clock Museum

This coming weekend is a great opportunity to visit, for free,  buildings & places, most not normally open to the public, across London.

In West Norwood we have our Clock Museum at 6 Nettlefold Place, SE27 0JW on Saturday 11am to 6pm – tours every hour. And 90 minute tour of  the cemetery  on Saturday 2pm, 2.30pm and 3pm – meet at main gate  on Norwood High Street SE27 9JU

See details of over 800 of sites and download the  app from https://openhouselondon.org.uk/

@OpenHouseLondon

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Closure of SE27 sorting office

 

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Local people at the protest in April

To support the local campaign to keep the Royal Mail sorting office & parcel pick up point for SE27 in SE27 please join Helen Hayes at a protest this Saturday 9th September – at 2.30pm outside 4 Windsor Grove SE27 9LS.

This is our last chance, following on our petition and protest in April, to tell Royal Mail we want to keep the SE27 sorting office local and in SE27! Royal Mail are due to make a final decision this month on whether to move the SE27 sorting office to Blenheim Road SE20 8AA 19 near Penge.

See our earlier posts 3/3/17 & 7/4/17

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KFC refused planning permission

489 -491 Norwood Road

To help promote healthy eating the council has turned down KFC’s planning application to turn disused premises at 489-491 Norwood Rd SE27 9DJ (next to Adarshi Pharmacy) into a restaurant & take away.

Lambeth has a policy of refusing planning permission for any new hot food takeaway within 400 metres or 10 minutes walking of a school. Three such applications have been refused in Norwood & four elsewhere in the borough. To date only one decision has been over turned by the independent Planning Inspector – on condition the opening hours were from 5pm.

For more details see our earlier post 2/5/17 or use ref 17/01574 at Lambeth Planning Portal.

Lots of information online about fast food eg : Daily Mail

The NHS says 13 year olds need about 2300 nutritional calories a day. [See: NHS site]

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Thames Water works update

Canterbury Grove

This month Thames Water is due to complete its water mains replacement programme in West Norwood and it will now not be necessary for a second closure of Norwood Road southbound. Leigham Vale will reopen to traffic, after 8 months of closure, by the end of August.

Work should finish this week replacing the water mains in Canterbury Grove.

To report any water leaks contact Thames Water:

24 hour phone line: 0800 714 614

Online: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/Help-and-Advice/Report-a-problem/Report-a-problem?type=leak

@thameswater & use #tweetaleak

See our earlier post 4/6/17

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£1bn police cuts across London

Brixton Police Station

Brixton could be the only police station left in Lambeth as part of the government’s plans to cut the Metropolitan Police budget by a further £400m by 2020.

£600m has been cut since 2010 and means a thousand police officers have already disappeared from London’s streets.

There was a big and successful campaign to save Gipsy Hill police station in Upper Norwood a few years ago and our local police station is still open to the public a few days a week. (See our post 28/6/13) However this public facing desk will have to go together with most of our local beat officers if the Met’s proposals to meet the next round of cuts goes ahead. For details see:

https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/public_acess_strategy.pdf

Lambeth Labour councillors are calling on the government to reconsider their cuts to our police service. To support the campaign go to: https://www.change.org/p/sos-saveourstations

This is not just a London issue see: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4764324/40-police-stations-close-violent-crime-surges.html

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