Category Archives: Environment

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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Save our trees

Cllr Jackie Meldrum watering a tree

Hundreds of young trees were planted in our streets, estates & parks in the last couple of years. These trees need our help if they are to survive the 2018 drought.

If you live near a new tree please help water it when you can. The best time to water is early morning or late evening into the plastic watering tube at the base.

The council’s new-tree contractor has doubled the usual amount of water  – to the equivalent of 3 watering cans a week. The trees  need more in this hot dry summer!

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Leigham Court Road burst

Another Thames Water main burst on Wednesday afternoon by St Peters Church on Leigham Court Rod SW16 2SD . Water gushed down to Valley Road  lifting up the road surface in places and causing traffic chaos locally.

Broxholm Road & Glennie Road were cut off to through traffic putting pressure on Knollys Road & Canterbury Grove during the evening rush.  417 and 315 buses are diverted. For details see:   https://www.trafficdelays.co.uk/london-buses/

Thames Water has been fined £120m by OFWAT for the excessive number of leaks. All its water rates customers payers will get a refund of about £15 in 2019/20 : https://corporate.thameswater.co.uk/Media/News-releases/Thames-Water-reaches-agreement-with-Ofwat-on-rebate-to-customers

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Solar power to West Norwood

Our local Norwood School &  Repowering London are starting a community solar power project. To find out more come along to a meeting on Wednesday 18th July 7pm to 8.30pm at The Norwood School, Crowndale SE19 3NY.

All profits from the scheme go straight to the community who get to choose how the money is spent. Norwood’s young people will also benefit from training opportunities.

For details contact : zaira.rasool@repowering.org.uk

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