The council is working in partnership with the Football Association to enlarge and astroturf the ball court in Norwood Park close to Elder Road. The detailed plans costing £430,000 can be seen at a public consultation event in West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre , Devane Way SE27 0DF on Monday 26th October from 6.30pm .
Football clubs will pay to use the new ball court marked out as one 9 a-side, two 7 a-side and three 5 a-side football pitches. The site will include a storage container for equipment. The new pitches are to act as a hub for sports organisations to run community football club sessions for: 8-12 year olds, 12 years upwards, women and girls , disabled people, young unemployed, football coaching qualifications and space for the Brixton Bulls Rugby club.
Regular sessions will be timetabled for free drop-in access by the local community.
BMX flatland riders call the ball court The Green Mile (TGM) and object to replacing the tarmac surface with astroturf. See comments on our previous blog dated 27th May 2015. Discussions are taking place with The Norwood School to find the riders an alternative venue .
Ball court Norwood Park
The tarmac ball court in Norwood Park , by Elder Road, is due to get an upgrade to astroturf. An artificial grass surface means the ball court can be used as a pitch for competitive junior and adult football matches and training for other sports.
The council has set aside £150k to invest in sport facilities in Norwood Park. Following talks with the Football Association, Friends of Norwood Park, The Norwood School and local community sports clubs there are 2 alternative options. One option is for a junior sized pitch 97.4m x 52m and the other for a full sized pitch 106m x 70m.
A meeting on Monday 1st June at 6:30pm at Norwood School, Crown Dale SE19 3NY will review the 2 options. Come along to find out more about the project.
Proposed new church
The World Wide Mission Fellowship want to replace their current 1897 building at 61 Elder Road SE27 9NB. However the plans for a new church building (planning application 13/05368) were rejected by the council in April 2014 due to the impact on parking, road safety & buses.
The church has asked the independent Planning Inspector to reconsider this decision. The Inspector welcomes written comments from the public. These must be received by Wednesday 10th September using ref APP/N5660/A/14/2223025 and can be submitted online: www.planningportal.gov.uk/planning/appeals/online/comment
The detailed plans can be seen via the Lambeth Planning Portal: http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/
The Knights Hill police team , councillors & Val Shawcross
The introduction of local policing by Ken Livingstone, with a dedicated local team out and about in every neighbourhood , has been welcomed by residents throughout London. The teams have been a success and helped create safer neighbourhoods and reduce crime.
Responsibility for policing in London lies with, the London Mayor . Police borough commanders are worried the massive cuts in public spending expected next year will have an impact on police numbers on the ground. We will post the latest news on this web site.
If you live between Elder Road, Crown Dale, Leigham Court Road, Knollys Road and Norwood Road (in Knights hill ward) your local team is the Knights Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team based at Gipsy Hill police station. Last weekend the police team met up with local ward councillors and Valerie Shawcross, our elected representative on the London Assembly. You can email Valerie about London and policing matters at Val@valshawcross.com.
For more information on the Knights Hill police team see http://www.met.police.uk/teams/lambeth/knightshill/index.php. Contact the team by email KnightsHill.firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 020 87212618 or 07920 233844. Of course in an emergency always call 999.
If you would like to know more about policing matters in your local area you can sign up to receive regular email/text alerts at http:///www.communitysafe.gov.uk. Email is free and text messages should cost no more than 10/12p per message. You can opt in or out of the service at anytime.
Road resurfacing on Crown Lane
The most severe winter weather for 30 years has had a terrible effect on road surfaces right across the country.
The council is using the latest technology to make quick patch repairs and over 1,000 have been filled since January. Larger patching, using traditional ‘hot rolled asphalt’, takes longer to do – so Ernest Avenue, Elder Road and Crown Dale will be done within the next few weeks. Crown Lane from Knights Hill to Leigham Court Road is due to be completely resurfaced by end of April and Robson Road soon after.
The Government has just announced an extra £100m to fix potholes, and Lambeth will get a share of that money. But too many of our local roads are still sub-standard and vulnerable to damage in freezing or very wet weather.
Unfortunately when the Lib Dems & Tories were running Lambeth the council used a cheaper road resurfacing material on many roads including Norwood High Street and Ernest Avenue in 2005. Stone mastic asphalt is cheaper but does not last long on roads used by heavy vehicles such as buses and HGVs. Cracks started to appear within a couple of years and have got much worse during this winter.
Road resurfacing costs £25-£30 per sq metre varying with the price of oil. Lambeth’s roads need quality investment not patching. Labour, if re-elected on May 6th, has promised to make the biggest-ever investment to replace Lambeth’s crumbling roads and broken pavements by selling off surplus council office blocks
In the meantime to report potholes requiring urgent repair please phone 020 7926 9000 or email Streetscene@lambeth.gov.uk giving details of the location. Red routes are the responsibility of the London Mayor’s Transport for London – call 0845 305 1234 to report any potholes on red routes .