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Big changes for Tulse Hill?

Cllr Pickard at entrance to Knollys Goods Yard

Developers have plans to build a new village on Network Rail’s site at Knollys Goods yard off Knollys Road close to Cameron Place SW16 2HQ. They are giving local people a chance to see  their proposals between 11am and 3pm  on Saturday 2nd December at the Salvation Army248 Norwood Road SE27 0AW . Their ambitious plans include 500 homes at market rents, workspaces  and a new footbridge to Leigham Vale.

A decision on planning application 16/04089 to widen the road access to Knollys Goods Yard will be delayed until any decision on a planning application for Knollys Goods Yard

See our earlier post: 14/11/16

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Register to vote

Letters from Lambeth council are going out to every household in the borough about the electoral register. If there are no change to the people listed it’s still important to confirm the details –easiest online or by text using the security codes in your letter. If you don’t confirm the names will come off the register after a while. People who are British, European, Commonwealth or Irish citizens are entitled to register to vote. Being on the electoral register also helps getting credit eg a credit card.

Any people new to the property or reaching age 17 must register individually – the easiest way is online at: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

You can register to by post – but this is a slower two stage process.

The government has tightened up the rules making it harder for many people in Lambeth – especially those who move house a lot. This year a million people only just registered in time to vote in the general election in June. Many left it too late.

See our earlier post 15/5/17

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Decision on Tennis Club site

Tennis club site

Developers are making a sixth attempt to build flats on the site of the West Norwood Tennis club. The council has turned down their plans 5 times and each time the developers have appealed to the Independent Planning Inspector who supported the council.

The council is likely to recommend accepting the sixth version of the plans (including 32 new homes, a gym, squash & tennis courts) to the Planning Committee on Tuesday 20th June 7pm at the Karibu Centre, Gresham Road SW9 7PH.

proposed view from Knights Hill

Local councillors and a group of residents remained opposed to the plans . Many people want to keep tennis courts on the site but think the proposed tennis club may be too small to be financially viable. As the development is car-free there are also concerns that extra parking by new residents & any club users will add to the pressures of parking in Cheviot Road and nearby streets. Please get in touch with Cllr Pickard if you intend to attend the Planning Committee: jpickard@lambeth.gov.uk

More details of the new homes and the management arrangements for the proposed new club are on the council Planning database – quote ref 16/01650 at https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/

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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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School funding

school-meetingFair Funding for All Schools – Lambeth is holding a public forum on Wednesday 15th March 7pm at Sunnyhill School SW16 2UW . Parents, teachers, school governors are opposed to the government’s real terms cuts to the education budget which could be £485 per Lambeth pupil per year.

The event will be chaired by parents of Fair Funding for All Schools – Lambeth who are building a local coalition of parents, teachers and leaders against these devastating cuts. Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth council , local MPs Chuka Umunna &  Helen Hayes  and  Kevin Courtney from the NUT will be speaking.

For more information on school cuts see:

The Independent

The Standard

school-funding

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Leigham Vale burst water main

wp_20170107_10_39_51_proThames water are relining the water main under Leigham Vale after it burst in December and January . The works are expected to be completed towards the May 2017. Road diversions will continue whilst  Leigham Vale remains closed for the next few months.

Thames Water will be working Monday to Saturday and Sunday mornings to get this major piece of work done. To find out more you can drop in to Hitherfield Baptist Church, Hitherfield Road  SW16 2LN to meet representative of Thames Water on Thursday 16th February between 12.30 to 7.30.

Or phone Thames Water on 0800 316 9800  selection 1 quoting ref: BB 210376.

Local councillors & Streatham MP Chuka Umunna took Steve Robertson, Chief Executive of Thames Water on a walkabout of the houses flooded in December and demanded action to prevent houses flooding in future.  Our local MP Helen Hayes will be meeting Thames Water next month to discuss a wide range of water-related issues and the number of serious leaks this winter.

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Rail fares up 27%

Labour councillors at West Norwood station

Labour councillors at West Norwood station

To start off the new year 2017 train fares have gone up another 2.3% since last year. The total increase in rail ticket prices since 2010 is 27%  – far in excess of the inflation rate  & wage increases.

In West Norwood the train situation is made worse by very poor services  from Southern rail causing ever more misery & stress  to commuters reliant on trains to get to & from work.  For example during an hour this last Tuesday morning’s rush hour commuters said one train was cancelled and another doubly overcrowded as it had only 5 carriages instead of the normal 10 carriages.

The Southern rail situation is exacerbated by the government’s Transport Secretary cancelling plans, at the last minute,  to transfer responsibility for running London suburban train services to Transport for London (TfL)  and the Labour London Mayor.

Our MP, Helen Hayes, is a founding member of the newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group on Southern rail and campaigning for the government to remove the failing Southern rail service from Govia’s contract. You can help the campaign by recording your recent experiences of using Southern Rail in this short survey .

 

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