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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Norwood Forum

Norwood Forum is holding a drop-in Open Meeting starting at 6.30pm on Wednesday 19th April at The Old Library 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY.  There will be several local groups joining the session: including the South London Theatre, Library, Streetworks and the Library of Things to discuss matters of local interest. All welcome. https://www.facebook.com/TheNorwoodForumWestNorwood/

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Closure of SE27 sorting office

Sorting office in Windsor Grove

Royal Mail wants to move  its SE27 sorting office in Windsor Grove – so we have to travel nearly as far as Penge to the Royal Mail Anerley office at Blenheim Road SE20 8AA to collect undelivered mail & parcels.

Helen Hayes MP is hosting a public meeting this Monday , 10th April, at The Portico Gallery 23a Knights Hill SE27 0HS at 7pm to discuss the plans.  Norwood Forum will be chairing the meeting.

See our earlier post 3/3/17 for more details and a petition opposing the closure.

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Beware weed trees

Sycamore seedlings are popping up everywhere this spring time. Pull them up while you can before they quickly turn into trees in the wrong places!

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Feast is back on Sunday

The first Sunday of every month April to December is a West Norwood Feast day – that’s this weekend 2nd April!

Markets & activities are at Artisans’ Market (Chatsworth Way SE24 9HR), Food Fair (in the garden of St Luke’s church SE27 0DT), Retro Village (Rosebery’s  74-76 Knight’s Hill SE27 0JD), Family Hub (outside the West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre, Devane Way SE27 0DF) and Fresh & Green (along Norwood Road from the corner of York Hill SE27 9AF)

New this year is WiNGiT a performance space for under -20s by the Leisure Centre 1pm to 3pm.

And if you haven’t taken a  cemetery guided tour yet –  its  2.30pm on Sunday at the main gate .[ https://www.fownc.org/events/ ]

For details see: http://westnorwoodfeast.com/blog/

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Chapel Road Site

Current site

Cashco have new proposals to build a cash & carry warehouse, offices to let and 26 homes on the neglected corner site of Knights Hill and Chapel Road. You can see the plans and meet the developers on Wednesday  29th March between 3pm &  8pm at the Fire station  210 Knights Hill SE27 0QA

For more details and to comment online see: www.njlconsulting.co.uk/ norwood

Cashco intend to  submit a formal planning application later this year – this will give another opportunity to comment formally on the plans.

Proposed new development

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