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
Works are now under way to repave Norwood Road. The community-led Streetworks project came up with the design plans to change and improve Norwood Road following a series of workshops with local people.
The project is funded by Transport for London (TfL) who have set aside £7m to upgrade Norwood Road in West Norwood and the one-way system (gyratory) at Tulse Hill over a period of 5 years.
To find out more about what is happening and the next steps for changing the Tulse Hill one-way system do come along to one of the workshop style public meetings on Tuesday 28th Feb 6.30-8.30pm at City Heights Academy 3 Abbots Park SW2 3PW or on Tuesday 7th March
6.30-8.30pm at the Salvation Army 246 Norwood Rd SE27 9AW http://streetworksN2T.eventbrite.com
See our earlier posts 23/6/16, 9/2/16 and more.
Cllrs Jane Pickard & Sonia Winifred campaigning
Norwood Action Group have invited representatives of Southern Rail & Travelwatch to a public meeting on Wed 22nd February at 7pm in the Salvation Army Hall, 246 Norwood Road SE27 9AW.
This will be a great opportunity to hear directly from Southern Rail and ask questions about their plans to improve train services .
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 .
Transport for London (TfL) is making Oxford Street more friendly for pedestrians and changes to bus routes.
Part of the plan means the No 3 bus will run between Trafalgar Square and Russell Square instead of going via Regent Street. The route between Crystal Palace and Trafalgar Square stays the same.
Similarly the N3 bus will no longer go to & from Oxford Circus but run between Russell Square & Trafalgar Square and then the usual N3 route to & from Bromley North.
For more details see: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/bus-routes-3-137-and-n3/
The deadline for comments on the plan is Sunday 29th January 2017.
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
Developers have submitted planning application 16/04089 to widen the access to Knollys Goods Yard. This triangular shaped land is surrounded by railway tracks and has only one access point by Cameron Place SW16 2HQ, off Knollys Road. The plan is to turn the narrow one-way entrance, pictured above, into two-lanes with a raised pavement for pedestrians [see picture right]
For more information and to comment on the planning application quote ref 16/04089 on the Lambeth Planning Portal Deadline for comments is 30th November.
Developers are working on plans to develop a new neighbourhood in Knollys Goods Yard with work spaces and new homes. To attend a workshop discussing this new neighbourhood contact 020 7234 3337. There will be a public consultation event early in 2017.