Leigham Vale road closure

burst-main-oct16A water main under Leigham Vale burst on the morning of Saturday 15th October flooding homes & businesses and cutting off the water supply to many homes. The water supply was restored later that afternoon. Anyone with property damaged by this flood should contact  Laura Edwards at Thames Water on 07747 644 661.


Leigham Vale from Norwood Road

Leigham Vale will be closed to through traffic while Thames Water repair the burst water main . They expect the repair to take at least two weeks working 8am to 7pm each day. Leigham Vale road is closed between the rail bridge and the junction with Kinfauns Road SW2 3JL.  The pavement should re-open for pedestrians by the end of Tuesday 18th  October.

For any water supply problems contact Thames Water on 0800 3169 800


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New school opens Sept 2017

Paxton school

Paxton school

Gipsy Hill School is a  new secondary “free school”  due to open with year 7 pupils only in September 2017. Part of the Gipsy Hill Federation of academy primary schools ( which includes Kingswood, Elm Wood, Paxton, Fenstanton, Crawford, Phoenix, Ilderton and Glenbrook schools) the new school will be a “all-through” school so pupils can progress directly from primary schools in the Federation.  James Hadley is the head teacher of  Gipsy Hill School due to open in temporary premises at the re-built Paxton School SE19 1PA. For further details of the new school prospectus see the school web site:   http://www.gipsyhillschool.london

Consultations are taking place on a permanent site for the new secondary school at Clarence Avenue SW4 8LD – http://www.gipsyhillschool.london/376/our-location/our-consultation

As Gipsy Hill School is a new school,  applications for school places in 2017/18 must be made direct to the school – by 31st October .

For details of all secondary schools in Lambeth see: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/apply-for-a-secondary-school-place-for-201718. The deadline for applications is Monday 31st October 2016.



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Have a say on Norwood’s Master Plan

vwnth-consultation-octoberLast chance to have a say on the Master Plan for West Norwood before its turned into a report this October. The report will outline plans for the future of shopping, housing and business in West Norwood town centre. Hundreds of people have already input to the Master plan – many online via https://westnorwoodandtulsehill.commonplace.is/

On Thursday October 6th at St Lukes Church SE27 0HS you can see the latest plans and speak to the team who have been working on the Master Plan for months.
There will be other opportunities – at West Norwood Feast on 22nd October and an exhibition in St Lukes Church from 3rd to 17th October.

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West Norwood to lose Knights Hill ward

Knights Hill, one of the  3 wards  in West Norwood,  is to move under the new  Streatham & Mitcham MP’s constituency according to latest proposals by the Boundary Commission. Check this map to see your new constituency  https://www.bce2018.org.uk/node/6485?postcode=SE270HS

The Boundary Commission is aiming to give each MP the same number of constituents, between 71,000 and 79,000. Despite London’s rising population that means a drop from 73 MPs in London down to 68 MPs.

Helen Hayes MP for West Norwood

Helen Hayes MP for West Norwood

The calculations are based on the number of registered electors at the end of 2015. In London a high proportion of people move each year and do not always re-register immediately.  A new process of registration had just been introduced for 2015 requiring new electors to provide their NI number for the first time. This also reduced the number of residents registered to vote.

Across the country it is estimated 2m voters were not counted in the figures used by the Boundary Commission.  The highly respected Electoral Reform Association argues the new boundaries for MP’s constituencies should be based on the number of residents not the number of registered voters – http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/boundary-reform#sthash.JSFDcjmb.dpuf

To comment on the proposals for the new constituencies for MPs go to https://www.bce2018.org.uk/node/add/informed-representation/6485

Deadline for comments is  5th December 2016.

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Autumn Fair time

4ALL’s popular annual Community Autumn Fair is this Saturday 17th September 2pm to 5pm at All Saints Church Lovelace Road SE21 8JY.
Crafts, artists, refreshments, music, local groups. All welcome.

4ALL Community Autumn Fair
Saturday 17 September 2016, 2.00-5.00pm

4ALL’s annual Community Autumn Fair is now an important part of the West Dulwich and wider Norwood calendar and a great opportunity for specialist businesses – crafts, foods, etc – to talk about and sell their products to people from every part of the community.

The proceeds support 4ALL’s community activities :  two after-school clubs for young people living on local estates and a  community choir and  exercise class for older people.

For details contact  Info@4-ALL.org.uk  @4ALLWD

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ID needed to use Recycling Centre

wp_20160807_13_20_07_richFrom Saturday 1st October use of the Recycling Centre in Vale St SE27 9PA  will be limited to Lambeth residents.

The Centre costs the council £286k per year to run & dispose of the recycling materials.  The disposal cost for wood is £70 per tonne and £37 per tonne for green garden waste.

Its estimated that at least 20% of the current users of the Recycling Centre are not Lambeth residents and that nearly 10% of are commercial traders.

From 1st October 2016 only residents able to produce ID with a Lambeth address, eg a council tax bill or driving licence, will be permitted to use the Recycling Centre.

A wide range of items can be recycled at Vale Street including  metal, wood, textiles, batteries, fridges, electrical items, light bulbs . For details see: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/places/lambeth-reuse-and-recycling-centre-vale-street

The Recycling Centre is open 8am to 5pm weekends and 7.30am to 4.30pm Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays. Its closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.


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Open House weekend 17th & 18th Sept

West Norwood cemetery

West Norwood cemetery

Over 750 buildings & places, not usually open to the public, are taking part in London’s 2016 Open House weekend .

In West Norwood  on Saturday 17th September we have our own clock museum , Clockworks SE27 0JW & tours of the West Norwood cemetery SE27 9JU. Free entry . All welcome.

For more information on buildings & places open over the weekend in Lambeth (and the rest of London)  see:




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