Category Archives: Environment

Uplift for Norwood High Street?

Norwood High Street is part of the West Norwood town centre for planning application decisions –  which means it should mainly  be retail ( A1 use) . Many of the shops on Norwood High Street north of Windsor Grove and Rothschild Street are not  prospering  and there are many closed up shop premises.

In the draft Local Plan the council is proposing to turn part of  Norwood High Street, south of the railway bridge to Windsor Grove and Rothschild Street, into a Creative Enterprise Zone – CEZ. This would encourage any new developments to have creative industries on the ground floor and maybe flats above.  The CEZ does not affect the shops around the Chapel Road – Gipsy Road junction.

There are a range of other proposed local changes to policies in the draft Local Plan eg policy PN7 West Norwood and ED3 Knollys Goods Yard

The council’s policies used to assess planning applications are all published in the Local Plan which contains a full range of policies covering the whole borough eg affordable housing, schools & open space.

The Local Plan is being updated and the latest draft is published for consultation See: https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/lambeth-local-plan-oct-2018/

Deadline is 17th December. Comments can be made to: localplan@lambeth.gov.uk

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Improving our local streets

All are welcome to drop in to see the council’s plans to improve our local residential streets in Knights Hill ward on Monday 10th December between 3.30pm to 7pm at Macintosh Court, 269 Leigham Court Road SW16 2SB. A paper feedback survey will be available at this event.
Safety improvements are proposed for Glennie & Broxholm Rd and Knollys Rd, York Hill & Royal Circus and Knights Hill, Cheviot Road, Roxburgh Rd , Bewlys Rd , Leaf Grove & Lakeview Rd . And to the zebra by West Norwood station, to Devane Way and Thornlaw Road. There is an upgrade proposed to the green space at Tivoli Road- Holderness Way junction.
In March 2018 there was a strong response to the council’s request for ideas on how to improve our Norwood streets. Speeding traffic is a high priority for residents of Knights Hill ward. These ideas have been investigated and developed into plans and the council is now looking for final feedback before turning these plans into action in 2019.

For details see: Lambeth website

You can complete the survey online here – deadline Friday 28th December.

See our earlier post 21/3/18

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Support Tivoli Park

Our local Tivoli Park has a Friends Group who work with residents, community groups and the council  on improving the park. During a walkabout last month ( pictured) the play ground,  boundary planting for Dassett Road back gardens and more seating was discussed.

The Friends are meeting on Saturday 24th November 2pm at the Fire Station on Knights Hill SE27 0QA

Come along and hear about the playground improvements  and Nature Vibezzz who have plans for a Heritage Lottery Project and Knights Hill Woods.

All welcome and refreshments!

For details  see:

https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Tivoli-Park-113670895333531/

https://knightshillwoodstivoliparkproject.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/free-nature-activities-at-tivoli-park-knights-hill-wood-west-norwood-lambeth/

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More leaks

For several weeks clean water has been running out of the road where Norwood Road meets Robson Road. Eventually Thames Water started the repair on 29th October and say its due to be completed on Friday 2ndNovember. In the meantime traffic cannot turn right out of Robson Road onto Norwood Road and nor can traffic turn right into Robson Road from Knights Hill.

Water is also leaking out of Norwood Road at the junction of Avenue Park Road since the summer. Councillors have chased up Thames Water several times – the repair will involve a road closure and be carried out at night ( ref 5011 577 836)  – but no repair date has been set yet.
It is clear that despite the fine imposed by OFWAT this summer Thames Water are still struggling to reduce leaks:  https://www.ofwat.gov.uk/pn34-18-ofwat-confirms-package-payments-penalties-thames-water-following-leakage-failures/

With winter coming there will be more leaks and more icy trips & slips. Leaks can be reported 24/7 on 0800 714 614 or use the Thames Water online form: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/help-and-advice/Report-a-problem/Report-a-problem

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London Open House 2018

Cheviot Gardens

The weekend of 22nd  & 23rd September is London Open House – a chance to visit great architecture for free throughout London. In West Norwood we can visit:

Saturday

Cheviot Gardens 36 Cheviot Rd SE27 0SU 1pm to 5pm

36 St Faith’s Road SE21 8JD 10am to 5pm. Tours on the  hour 11am to 4pm

The Clockworks 6 Nettlefold Place, SE27 0JW 10am to 6pm . Hourly tours

West Norwood Cemetery Norwood High Street SE27 9JU 1pm to 5pm  Tours at 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm meet inside main cemetery gate

Sunday

South London Botanical Institute 323 Norwood Road, SE24 9AQ 1pm-to-5pm

Crystal Palace Subway Crystal Palace Parade SE19 1LG 10am to 5pm

For details of 100’s of buildings across London open for Open House  see: https://openhouselondon.org.uk/

Or download the free app for i-phones or Android

Or pick up a booklet in the library

Twitter: @openhouselondon

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Meeting on Streetworks project

Streetworks is the local community led project to improve the pavements and make West Norwood’s main shopping street more attractive to local people & visitors. https://www.streetworks.london/

Norwood Action Group has organised  a public meeting at 7pm on Monday 10th September at Chatsworth Baptist Church in Chatsworth Way SE27 9HN to look at the results of the Streetworks project  and the future of our shopping street. All welcome to come and have a say.

Town centres have always been retailing centres but the shift to online shopping means town centres are shifting towards more services to survive.  With many independents providing a wide range of services already West Norwood is in better position than many places to take action to ensure the town centre remains the heart of the local community.

If you can find it online  – Robert Peston’s 3 part History of Shopping is worth watching.

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Our Norwood Park

If you love our local park with its amazing views, trees, play areas, outdoor gym & café why not meet up with The Friends of Norwood Park?

The Friends are a group of local residents who have a say on how the council runs the park and get involved in future plans. Lambeth has 15 green flag parks – can Norwood Park be the next? http://love.lambeth.gov.uk/green-flag-2018

On Monday 17th September at 7pm all are welcome to join the Friends at The Hope, 49 Norwood High Street SE27 9JS  http://www.friendsofnorwoodpark.co.uk/

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