Category Archives: Environment

Improve our West Norwood streets

The council has proposed ideas to improve our streets in all 3 West Norwood wards ( Gipsy Hill , Knights Hill & Thurlow Park) . To comment go on line to:

Or come along to the Salvation Army Hall at 246 Norwood Road SE27 9AW on Saturday 24th March between 12noon and 3pm , or to Kingswood Primary School, 188 Gipsy Road SE27 9RD  between 1pm and 4pm.

The ideas include: controlling traffic in Glennie & Broxholm Roads, traffic calming on Auckland Hill, road humps on Robson Road. Please suggest other projects too!

Deadline for comments is Friday 6th April.


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Dog free park?

Our park covered in snow

The council is proposing some changes to the park  beside the leisure centre: fencing off the children’s play area to keep out dogs, bringing back meadow flower beds and a new shrub flower bed.

Drop in on Thursday 22nd March between 3pm and 6pm to the community room at the West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre  SE27 0DF to have your say or before the deadline of Friday 6th April  go online  at:

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West Norwood Gateway Garden

A new community garden will be built on Sunday 18th March ( snowed off on Saturday!)  between 10.30am and 2pm on corner of Chapel Road & Knights Hill SE27 0TL

All help welcome

The new West Norwood Gateway Garden, under the Community Freshview scheme, will replace a long standing eyesore popular with flytippers. The garden is designed by local resident and garden designer Tessa Parikian.  A team of volunteers from the neighbourhood and local businesses via the Station to Station Business Improvement District are supporting the project.

For details check out the “Greening West Norwood” facebook group at

If you and you neighbours are interested in a Community Freshview day for your street find out more about by phoning 020 7926 0524 or email


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KFC wins back West Norwood

Cllr. Jackie Meldrum in front of new KFC site

Kentucky Fried Chicken  have won planning permission to open a restaurant seating 30 people and a takeaway at 489-491 Norwood Road SE27 9DJ beside Ardarshi chemist. The Independent Planning Inspector has overruled Lambeth council and approved the planning application decision including opening hours to 3am on Fridays &  Saturday night.

KFC is one of the most popular fast food chains in the UK with about 900 stores. It was forced to close over half its branches this month due to problems with chicken distributor. See: Guardian article

KFC closed its smaller premises at 527 Norwood Road about  a year ago.

For details of the new premises  use ref 17/01574 and 18/00497 at Lambeth Planning Portal

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.

See our earlier post

17/9/17 and 17/8/17 and 2/5/17

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Clean Up London’s Air

The south circular – Christchurch Road & Thurlow Park Road is proposed as the southern boundary of a new Ultra Low Emission Zone –  ULEZ in October 2021. To have your say by 28th February on this proposal see:
In a ULEZ  to avoid paying a £12.50 daily charge diesel cars &  vans will have to meet the Euro 6 standard for NOx and particulates;  petrol cars & vans will have to meet Euro 4 NOx; and motorcycles & scooters will have to meet Euro 3 NOx . The daily charge for lorries and buses exceeding  Euro 1V is £100.
central London ULEZ will start operating in just over a year’s time in April 2019.  It will cover exactly the same area as the Congestion Charge Zone  and the current T-charge zone which is charging £10 a day for vehicles not meeting the Euro 4/V1 standards.
The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) across most of Greater London 24/7 has been operating since 2008. It charges the most polluting heavy diesel vehicles but London’s air is not clean enough – hence the need for Ultra Low Emission Zones.
To check the emission level of your vehicle enter the registration number here:

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Knollys goods yard

Cllr. Jane Pickard at the Knollys Road entrance

Developers want to build a new car-free “urban village” of over 500 homes to rent in West Norwood on a site with only one entrance – from Knollys Road.

They have already submitted a planning application to tunnel under the railway line at Knollys Road by Cameron Place. The developers are now talking about a foot bridge 10 metres high at the Leigham Vale end of the site.

Constructing tunnels & bridges is very costly and means the new high density  “village” is unlikely to meet Lambeth council’s target of 40% affordable homes.. The developers want to include some business space and make the whole site vehicle free.

Developers sketch of 9 storey housing

The private sector developers have employed a PR company which is claiming that a waste or recycling facility, industrial estate or haulage depot could be opened at Knollys Yard.  Lambeth Council has no plans to do this.

The Network Rail owned site, located between three raised railway tracks, is  currently used by scaffolding companies. The council is reviewing its planning policies, known as the Lambeth Local Plan and is considering whether to extend its policy of protecting existing employment sites (known as Key Industrial & Business Areas – KIBAs). Contrary to the claims on the PR company campaign, a KIBA does not mean that the site would be occupied by heavy industries. Of course any proposal for significant new business or industrial development at Knollys Goods Yard would require planning permission, full public consultation, and detailed analysis of the impact on traffic and neighbours.

There will be further public consultation on Lambeth Local Plan review later this year. For more details see:

See our earlier posts 14/11/16, 27/11/17 on Knollys Goods Yard

Please note there is also no truth in the mischievous twitter account suggesting a sex club for the site!

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Clean air buses

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is cleaning up London’s bus routes. In West Norwood our #2,  #415 and  #249 buses are some of the cleanest with  Euro VI Hybrid engines. The #3 and #68 are new routemasters and have  Euro VI engines.

Some of the older buses #417, #432 and P13 with Euro V diesel engines are retrofitted with ad blue to reduce nitrogen oxides and thus to meet Euro VI standard.

Your Labour councillors are campaigning for all West Norwood buses to have clean engines. To support our campaign email Florence Eshalomi, our representative on the London Assembly

The council works with the Mayor on cleaning up London and helps  to clean up our air by  promoting electric cars & charging points, more cycling and  more street trees.  Householder need to rethink wood burning stoves too. And we can all campaign to make sure the Conservative Brexit keeps Europe’s tough pollution controls.


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