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Decision on Library-Cinema planning application

Planning notice outside Nettlefold Halls

Planning notice outside Nettlefold Halls

On Wednesday 13th October councillors will be deciding on the planning application for our proposed Cinema-Library at the Nettlefold Halls site, Norwood High Street SE27 9JX. The Committee meeting starts at 7pm in the Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road SW9 7PH, opposite Brixton Police station. (Due to the temporary closure of the Town Hall council meetings are taking place in a variety of venues.)   See the agenda online at http://bit.ly/1LgGgAJ

At 10am this Saturday, 10th October, the committee councillors will be visiting the site to better understand the plans.

The council has just published its proposals for the future of the borough’s libraries and parks following widespread consultation earlier in 2015. The report, which will go to cabinet for decision on Monday 12th October at a meeting in Dunraven School 94 Leigham Court Road SW16 2QB, confirms West Norwood library as a statutory town centre library. For details see http://bit.ly/1j5HAvi

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Library-Cinema plans

cinema jul15The planning application for West Norwood’s library – cinema in the refurbished Nettlefold Hall at 1 Norwood High Street SE27 9JU has just been submitted.  The plans are for a refurbished library,  4-screen cinema, community space and a café/bar.

Check out the details, and comment online, by using ref 15/04179  via Lambeth’s Planning Portal. The Design Statement has  a brief history of the site as well as describing the new facilities.

The joint library- cinema project is a partnership between Lambeth council and Picturehouse Cinemas . Works to the refurbished building are due to finish sometime in 2017.


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A new cinema for West Norwood


Jackie Meldrum at the site of the library/cinema

Our joint library-cinema project moves an important step forward this month. Picturehouse cinemas are organising two consultation events for  us all to see the plans for refurbishing the Nettlefold Halls at 1 Norwood High Street SE27 9JX. Drop in to the Portico Gallery at 23 Knights Hill  SE27 OHS on evening of Thursday 23rd April between 6pm and 9pm. Or take more time on Saturday 25th April between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

The proposal is for Picturehouse to extend the building and share it with a town centre Lambeth council library

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Cinema plans

Cinema designThe council has been working on  plans with City Screen , who run independent cinemas including Clapham Picture House, for a possible cinema in the Nettlefold Hall / Library Centre – beside the cemetery entrance.

Friends of West Norwood Library have arranged  to give local people  a chance to see and comment on the plans at an early stage.

Just drop in to The Old Library, 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY on Saturday 20th October between 1pm and 4pm

The Nettlefold Hall / Library Centre has been closed after thieves stole the copper roof in June 2011. The latest plans are that   West Norwood Library goes  back into the Nettlefold and shares the space with a  4 screen cinema,  café and bar.

For detail see: http://www.facebook.com/FOWNL


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Future of West Norwood Library

Mike Smith at Children's Library in Nettlefold Hall

Mike Smith at Children’s Library in Nettlefold Hall

There has been a great response to the  council’s consultation on the future of the borough’s libraries  – and West Norwood library in particular where local people & ward councillors want to see the library back in the Nettlefold Hall building on Norwood High Street ( beside the cemetery ) as soon as possible. One of the outcomes of the consultation is that an independent cinema company is showing interest in getting involved.

A local Independent Cinema

Greenwich Picture House – A local Independent Cinema

Everyone in West Norwood is keen to see the shopping centre improved and have more places to go out in the evenings. A cinema, perhaps including  a café/bar, could make a big difference to West Norwood . We already have  the new swimming pool  under construction – would you  welcome a cinema in part of the Nettlefold Hall building as part of  more changes to West Norwood?  To let local councillors have you views please email  Cllr Mike Smith    {msmith10@lambeth.gov.uk}

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Library consultation

Local councillors at the library building

Local councillors at the library

Your local councillors want a fully functioning library service for West Norwood. Our local library has long been at the centre of the community and a place to borrow books, hold meetings & social events or look up planning applications, to see friends, study, or even take a class or see a show.

Last year’s theft of the copper roof at West Norwood Library caused a great deal of damage and, to make matters worse, the subsequent discovery of asbestos has resulted in more delays and expense. The council is now awaiting detailed costs of the work to put this right. It will then have to identify funding for what could be extensive and expensive repairs.

Extensive repairs needed

Extensive Repairs Needed

In this current squeeze on council finances a creative and flexible approach will be needed to maintain West
Norwood’s Library services as with all services across Lambeth.

From now until 20th April, the council is holding a borough-wide consultation on the proposals for the future of the library service.

For details of those proposals & consultation see: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/CouncilDemocracy/Consultations/ACSConsultations/LibrariesConsultation.htm

For  National Libraries Day local groups have organised an event to support the re-opening of the library – this Saturday 4th February at 2pm outside West Norwood Library.

There will be a public meeting on the evening of Thursday 8th March at Elmgreen School, Elm Court Road, SE27 9BZ ( 6pm for 6.30pm start) as part of the council consultation.

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What’s the future of West Norwood Library?

Councillor Smith outside closed library

Cllr Mike Smith at library closed for repairs

West Norwood Library & Nettlefold Halls remain closed since June 2011 as a consequence of damage from vandalism and theft. When repairs started, asbestos was found and this caused a long delay. The asbestos has now been removed but the building is still in a very poor condition and  will take a lot of money to fix. A condition survey is being undertaken to identify  what further work is needed. The survey should  be completed during January 2012 and it is not possible to estimate an re-opening date for the  West Norwood Library and Nettlefold Halls until this survey is done.  In the meantime the building is secured to reduce the risk of further vandalism.

Cllr Nosegbe, chair of the Lambeth Libraries Commission, says  “There  will be a fully functioning library in West Norwood. Our libraries are essential, they are open to all and benefit everyone and we are working with the community to make sure a full library service is back serving our residents as soon as possible. The temporary library service currently available at the Lambeth Resource Centre is unsatisfactory. We want to deliver more for Norwood and we are looking at alternative sites, like the Old Library, for a better library service in the meantime. “

At a meeting in November with local residents there were  lots of constructive ideas on what people wanted in their future local library in West Norwood. A consultation process about the future of the building  is underway and the council is  seeking the views of the community, residents, library users and members of the Friends groups.

The Libraries Commission looked at the future of Lambeth’s library service bearing in mind  the council has much less money to spend. For details of the work of the Library Commission see http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/CouncilDemocracy/MakingADifference/LibrariesCommission.htm

To get involved in the future of all of Lambeth’s libraries contact the council by emailing  LibrariesHaveYourSay@lambeth.gov.uk , text  07772 103 628 or phone  0800 013 1497 or 020 7926 6397.

The Friends of West Norwood Library welcome new members – email FWNL@hotmail.co.uk or see them on facebook.

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