Sorting office in Windsor Grove
Royal Mail wants to move its SE27 sorting office in Windsor Grove – so we have to travel nearly as far as Penge to the Royal Mail Anerley office at Blenheim Road SE20 8AA to collect undelivered mail & parcels.
Helen Hayes MP is hosting a public meeting this Monday , 10th April, at The Portico Gallery 23a Knights Hill SE27 0HS at 7pm to discuss the plans. Norwood Forum will be chairing the meeting.
See our earlier post 3/3/17 for more details and a petition opposing the closure.
The first Sunday of every month April to December is a West Norwood Feast day – that’s this weekend 2nd April!
Markets & activities are at Artisans’ Market (Chatsworth Way SE24 9HR), Food Fair (in the garden of St Luke’s church SE27 0DT), Retro Village (Rosebery’s 74-76 Knight’s Hill SE27 0JD), Family Hub (outside the West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre, Devane Way SE27 0DF) and Fresh & Green (along Norwood Road from the corner of York Hill SE27 9AF)
New this year is WiNGiT a performance space for under -20s by the Leisure Centre 1pm to 3pm.
And if you haven’t taken a cemetery guided tour yet – its 2.30pm on Sunday at the main gate .[ https://www.fownc.org/events/ ]
For details see: http://westnorwoodfeast.com/blog/
Cashco have new proposals to build a cash & carry warehouse, offices to let and 26 homes on the neglected corner site of Knights Hill and Chapel Road. You can see the plans and meet the developers on Wednesday 29th March between 3pm & 8pm at the Fire station 210 Knights Hill SE27 0QA
For more details and to comment online see: www.njlconsulting.co.uk/ norwood
Cashco intend to submit a formal planning application later this year – this will give another opportunity to comment formally on the plans.
Proposed new development
Sorting office in Windsor Grove
Royal Mail wants to close it sorting office at Windsor Grove SE27 9LS for SE27 addresses and move it into the Anerley office at Blenheim Road SE20 8AA. Increase in email means many fewer letters and the increase in on-line shopping means many more parcels are delivered to our homes. So Royal Mail is looking at bigger & fewer sorting offices and selling off the smaller ones.
Our local MP Helen Hayes & Cllr Jackie Meldrum met with Royal Mail to try to persuade them to keep the SE27 sorting office open. Moving it several miles away to SE20 in Anerley is much too far away. Royal Mail says the nearer sorting office at 20 Westow Hill SE19 3RS is just too small to take all the SE27 post.
Most of us use the sorting office to pick up parcels or registered letters delivered when no–one was at home. But Royal Mail do not have to consult us when they make changes to their sorting offices.
Royal Mail do have to consult their staff on changes and are currently talking to the CWU union. The union have set up a petition for people opposed to SE27 losing its local sorting office & parcel collection point. 1500 people have signed already. Online Petition
In April 2017 business rates will go up by an average of 35% across Lambeth following the government’s review of business rateable values. Restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops in Lambeth’s town centres are some of the worst affected businesses. Hear the views of local business owners on this video.
After talking to local businesses about this huge tax increase the council has written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The letter asks the government to urgently help businesses by introducing the massive rise over several years and give a better deal on transitional relief. Government should look again at the effectiveness of the business rates system for the longer term future.
To show your support for local businesses please sign this petition.
Businesses can check their new rateable value online at https://www.gov.uk/correct-your-business-rates
Cllrs Anna Birley & Lib Peck admiring Norwood’s Christmas tree
Don’t miss the West Norwood Christmas Lights on Saturday 10th December at St Luke’s church SE27 0HS. Light switch on at 4pm by Helen Hayes MP followed by carol singing, craft stalls, hot food, lanterns, Santa until 8pm. Organised by our volunteer powered West Norwood Feast with St Lukes church.
John of Bon Velo
West Norwood now has its own cycle shop – Bon Velo at 495 Norwood Road SE27 9DJ ( in the former Conservative Association shop) run by John & Karina. The shop sells a range of adult and children’s bikes and there is a cycle maintenance service too. Bon Velo also sells coffee!
Open hours: weekdays 9am to 6pm and Saturdays 10am to 6pm
For details see: http://bonvelo.co.uk, on Twitter and on Facebook