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 .
Campaigning for Sadiq Khan in West Norwood
The important elections for London Mayor are only a few weeks away. Make sure you have a right to vote on May 5th
Online registering is very easy and takes only a few minutes – you just need your NI number. See https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting , is the Labour candidate. Sadiq’s priorities for ordinary Londoners are affordable Housing , affordable Transport & effective Policing. For more information see his manifesto http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/themes/569cb9526a21db3279000001/attachments/original/1457451016/x160668_Sadiq_Khan_Manifesto.pdf?1457451016.
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Cllr Sonia Winifred on Holderness Way
The latest leaflet from the local Labour party has a message from our new MP Helen Hayes and information about the Labour supporters scheme.
Labour’s registered supporters are people who support Labour’s aims and values and want to make it official that they back Labour.
Registered Supporters can also have a bigger say in the future of the Labour party both nationally and at a local level. So they can have an individual vote at future Labour Party leadership elections and Londoners can vote for Labour’s candidate for London Mayor.
For details see: http://www.labour.org.uk/w/labour-party-supporters
New police shop in “the Streatham dip“
The London Mayor has closed and sold off the Streatham Police station at the corner of Shrubbery Road and opened a police desk at 328 Streatham High Road SW16 6HH . The new police shop is open to the public Monday-Wednesday 9-5pm, Thursday 12-8pm, Friday 9-5pm and closed at weekends. It has no disabled access facilities.
Gipsy Hill Police Station at 66 Central Hill SE19 1DT remains open to the public in the evenings on Wednesdays & Thursdays 7-8pm and Saturday afternoon 2-3pm
Brixton Road Police station SW9 7DD is open 24 hours a day
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Helen Hayes at the one way system
Following a campaign by local residents with Labour’s Assembly Member Val Shawcross, local councillors Anna Birley, Max Deckers-Dowber & Fred Cowell and former councillor Ann Kingsbury, Transport for London (TfL) has agreed to remove the one-way traffic system (gyratory) on the south circular road near Tulse Hill station. The project to return this junction to two-way traffic is at an early stage and will include extensive consultation with local businesses and residents in the coming months. TfL expect this project to take about 5 years and complete by 2020.
In the meantime the council has won £2million from the London Mayor to improve Norwood Road from Chestnut Road to Tulse Hill Station by 2017. The scheme will be designed through consultation and engagement with local people In 2015/16.
Helen Hayes says “I am pleased that local residents & businesses will be involved in re-designing this important junction which acts as a gate way to West Norwood.”
A number of gyratories are being removed across London eg Brixton, Stockwell, Vauxhall, Wandsworth, Aldgate, Swiss Cottage, Kings Cross and many more. Gyratories, introduced in the 1960s and 1970s, are being replaced to improve safety, cycling, improve traffic flow and create a healthier & more pleasant environment.
Look out for more information at the West Norwood Feast events (returning April 5th) !
Capital Clean-up, a partnership with the London Mayor and McDonalds, is calling on charities, community groups and local businesses to apply for grants between £500 and £1,500 to bring volunteers together to litter-pick, remove graffiti, create a community garden – or anything that creates cleaner, greener, and safer neighbourhoods. Last year Jubilee school in Tulse Hill won a grant to create a new garden at the front of the school.
Jubilee School’s new garden
Deadline for applications is: Monday March 24th
For details see; http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/environment/cleaning-london/capital-clean-up
If you are not a formally constituted group please get in touch and we will help find you find a partner organisation.
Gipsy Hill police station
Thanks to efforts of community campaigners and councillors in the Crystal Palace area the London Mayor has agreed to retain Gipsy Hill police station at 66 Central Hill SE19 1DT as a base for cross borough policing- the Crystal Palace area consists of the corners of 5 different boroughs.
The local Safer Neighbourhood Police teams will also work from Gipsy Hill police station which the Mayor has finally agreed to reopen as a non-urgent face to face police contact point on Wednesday & Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
For details see:
Lambeth has lost 214 police officer since 2010. To support Lambeth’s campaign to restore 100 police officers to the borough see: