Sonia Winifred at Devane Way road works
Construction work on the new Health & Leisure centre is due to finish early in 2014 and then work will start on ” fitting out” the inside of the building for the GP surgery, dentists, 10 station gym, 25m swimming pool, dance studio and community room .
In the meantime Devane Way, the road from Knights Hill, is currently being rebuilt to provide the main route to the Health & Leisure centre due to open in Spring 2014. There will also be a pedestrian route to the centre from Yeoman Close, off Canterbury Grove.
If you have suggestions for sports and health activities in the new centre please get in touch with your local councillors or via this web site.
Everyone has the chance to help choose a name for the fantastic new resource for the community of West Norwood.
West Norwood’s own leisure & health centre will include a 25m pool, 100 station gym, dance studio, meeting room , GP surgery and clinics . Building work is due to complete in just over one year’s time at the site on Devane Way – opposite West Norwood Rail station.
If you have suggestion for a name for the new centre please post it here and email by Thursday 7th February to firstname.lastname@example.org
Names suggested so far:
Great North Wood Centre or Hall
Meyers Centre or Hall
Plaskett Centre or Hall
Spielman Centre or Hall
Tite Centre or Hall
West Norwood Centre or Hall
West Norwood Health &Leisure Centre
West Norwood Meadows
Work should be completed in the next 2 months on the final details of the plans for the new leisure centre and health centre for West Norwood on land at the end of Devane Way off Knights Hill opposite West Norwood station. The new government has confirmed its support earlier this year for the funding but the Treasury has just added another step to check the project.
It is hoped that this new hurdle will not add any significant delays so construction work can start early in 2012. Work is already in underway to tackle the Japanese knotweed on the site as this weed can grown through concrete! (Building work will be starting on the nearby new primary school in October.)
Route to planned leisure & health centre
The planned leisure centre includes a 25m swimming pool, dance studio and 100 station gym with a community meeting space. The health centre will have a GP practice, clinics and dentists. There will also be a Lambeth council customer service area . For more details see:
Gabriel House SE27 0JF to become a primary school
West Norwood’s new primary school came a step closer to reality last month when councillors on Lambeth’s Planning Applications committee approved plans for the building in Wolfington Road.
Many residents will have seen the models and drawings for the school during extensive consultations over the past few months. The plan presented to the committee has not changed significantly and involves internal adaptations to Gabriel House, built nearly a century ago, plus a new, modern building on the back.
Two hostels owned by Lambeth Council will be demolished to make way for the school’s outdoor play area which will also extend down the tree-lined bank behind the current car park as far as Devane Way.
The vast majority of residents who commented on the plans support the scheme . Some people raised concerns about parking & traffic problems in Wolfington Road and the proposed loss of the footpath from Wolfington Road to Devane Way .
Cllr Pickard put these concerns to the committee and it was agreed to carry out a detailed assessment of usage of the footpath and amend the planning permission if necessary. It was also agreed to include traffic calming near the school entrance..
The new two-form entry school building, to be managed by Julian’s School, is due to open in 2012, Building work is due to start this summer.
Children will join the new school from this September – in temporary classrooms on the Julian’s site.
For details see item 13 on agenda of Lambeth Planning Committee 24th May 2011: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=600&MId=7595
The plans to replace Norwood Hall with a new health centre, customer centre and a leisure centre which will include a swimming pool, gym & dance studio are moving ahead and will be soon be at the planning application stage.
To see the latest plans for the swimming pool just drop in to West Norwood Library on Thursday 10 December 10am to 8pm or Saturday 12 December 10am to 4pm .
For more details of the project see the council’s Future Norwood web pages.
Local people often say West Norwood is a neglected part of Lambeth. For the last two years , with the support of hundreds of local people, Tessa Jowell and local councillor Jackie Meldrum have been campaigning for a community swimming pool for the area. A new leisure health and customer centre will provide great local services and give the West Norwood local economy a real boost.
Norwood Hall is on Devane Way opposite West Norwood station. [Map]