Category Archives: Lambeth Council

West Norwood Library

Old Library Centre SE27 0HY

The lending library based at 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY is temporarily closed between 2nd and 25tH October for refurbishment & redecoration of the Old Library Centre managed by local charity The Rathbone Society.

Until the library re-opens on Thursday 26th October please return & borrow books from one of Lambeth’ other libraries.

Black History events during October have moved to Upper Norwood Library at 39 Westow Hill SE19 1TJ.

The West Norwood library will be moving into the joint Library –Cinema building on Norwood High Street SE27 9JX in the new year 2018. It will then have all the facilities as one of Lambeth’s town centre libraries.

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KFC challenges Lambeth planning refusal

KFC has many loyal customers

Kentucky  Fried Chicken (KFC)  want to have a restaurant & take away in West Norwood at  489 -491 Norwood Road SE27 9DJ. However the council refused KFC planning permission and KFC have now appealed the council’s refusal.

Lambeth refuses planning permission for any new hot food takeaway within 400 metres or 10 minutes walking of a school. To date only one similar refusal has been over turned by the independent Planning Inspector – on condition the opening hours were from 5pm. KFC want to open 10.30am to 3am on Saturdays and 11am to 1am on Sundays. Weekday hours are not indicated but KFC say they will employ 35 staff so they would have extensive opening times.

Details of the appeal documents are on Lambeth planning portal if you use reference  17/01574  at https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application

Many people have strong views about KFC either way.  If you want to  comment for or against the appeal ( make a representation)  quote ref 3178462 by 4th Oct 2017 at :  https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/myportal/

See our earlier posts 17/8/17 and 2/5/17

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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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KFC refused planning permission

489 -491 Norwood Road

To help promote healthy eating the council has turned down KFC’s planning application to turn disused premises at 489-491 Norwood Rd SE27 9DJ (next to Adarshi Pharmacy) into a restaurant & take away.

Lambeth has a policy of refusing planning permission for any new hot food takeaway within 400 metres or 10 minutes walking of a school. Three such applications have been refused in Norwood & four elsewhere in the borough. To date only one decision has been over turned by the independent Planning Inspector – on condition the opening hours were from 5pm.

For more details see our earlier post 2/5/17 or use ref 17/01574 at Lambeth Planning Portal.

Lots of information online about fast food eg : Daily Mail

The NHS says 13 year olds need about 2300 nutritional calories a day. [See: NHS site]

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£1bn police cuts across London

Brixton Police Station

Brixton could be the only police station left in Lambeth as part of the government’s plans to cut the Metropolitan Police budget by a further £400m by 2020.

£600m has been cut since 2010 and means a thousand police officers have already disappeared from London’s streets.

There was a big and successful campaign to save Gipsy Hill police station in Upper Norwood a few years ago and our local police station is still open to the public a few days a week. (See our post 28/6/13) However this public facing desk will have to go together with most of our local beat officers if the Met’s proposals to meet the next round of cuts goes ahead. For details see:

https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/public_acess_strategy.pdf

Lambeth Labour councillors are calling on the government to reconsider their cuts to our police service. To support the campaign go to: https://www.change.org/p/sos-saveourstations

This is not just a London issue see: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4764324/40-police-stations-close-violent-crime-surges.html

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Lambeth Country Show

This weekend ( 15th & 16th July) is Lambeth Country Show weekend in Brockwell Park SE24 Free entry 12noon to 8pm.

Fantastic range of activities – something for everyone!

And of course the vegetable character competition – late entries accepted on Saturday morning [see pic below] .

For full details see: http://lambethcountryshow.co.uk/

There is no public car parking, except for blue badge holders, and most visitors walk or travel by bus to get there.

#LCS17

@LBLCountryShow

Vegetables competition

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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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