South London Theatre
Congratulations to Bob Callender and his team for winning £1.6million from the the Heritage Lottery Fund for the SLT, West Norwood’s own thriving repertory community theatre, based in the Old Fire Station at 2a Norwood High Street SE27 9NS. The much needed money will restore the building which is one of the few surviving original horse drawn carriage fire stations. The South London Theatre puts on 22 shows a year and will have to move to temporary venues fom April 2015 until works complete in 2016.
For more on the history of the building see: http://www.hlf.org.uk/news/Pages/WestNorwoodOldFireStation.aspx#.U-qx-_ldXIU
Follow the SLT on twitter @SLTheatre or see: http://www.southlondontheatre.co.uk
Cllr. Jackie Meldrum in Norwood High Street
Following the rebuild of Ernest Avenue (in front of West Norwood bus garage) and the new pavements around St Lukes church – work on resurfacing Norwood High Street, by contractors CVU, is planned between Friday 14th February and Friday 28th February.
Norwood High Street lies between Robson Road and Chapel Road and is part of the one-way system around St Lukes church – so there will be a series of traffic and bus diversions to allow the road resurfacing works to be done.
If there any difficulties contact Lambeth Highways engineers: email@example.com or phone 07940 578880 or 020 7926 9000. If you are a twitter user then follow @mywestnorwood for the latest news.
Tessa Jowell outside damaged Money Shop
Ward councillors and local MP Tessa Jowell visited West Norwood businesses following the disturbances on night of Monday 8th August. Everyone is keen to get back to business as usual.
Attempts made to break into several shop premises in Norwood Road and the door of The Money Shop was broken down. The break in was recorded on CCTV and the police have posted pictures of suspects: http://www.flickr.com/photos/metropolitanpolice/6025500434/in/set-72157627267892973/. What happened in West Norwood was opportunistic attempts to rob a few shops, rather than the overwhelming looting seen elsewhere.
The police are now making hundreds of arrests of people involved in looting across London and courts are sitting for long hours to process the cases quickly. To get up to date advice and information directly from official police sources you can subscribe to the Community safe web site and choose the information alerts for the areas you are interested in. http://www.communitysafe.gov.uk.
The good news is that following the widespread recent public disorders of this week there has been a fantastic response from Lambeth residents offering to come & help clean up. The council is now co-ordinating a Volunteering Speed Dating event next week. If you have been inspired by the recent community responses or you have always just wanted to volunteer then come along talk to like minded people. Just drop in between 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday 17th August at The Assembly Hall in Acre Lane SW2 1RW (between the Town Hall & Tesco). For details see: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/News/2011/120811VolunteeringSpeedDating.htm
Cllr Jenny Brathwaite at floral tribute
Just after 4am on Friday night ( 5/8/11) Daniel Famakinwa age 20 , of Manor Park in east London was shot at the bus stop near Waylett Place, off Norwood Road. Sadly he died shortly afterwards in hospital.
Three men arrested in connection with this murder have been released. Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode said: “”I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time, and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, to come forward as you may hold significant information.”
Anyone with any information to help the police investigation can phone the police on 020 8721 4868 . Or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and remain anonymous (not give their name or address). Crimestoppers is an independent charity.
See BBC News
Scaffolding going up at West Norwood Library & Nettlefold Hall
Following theft of copper roof of the building on Norwood High Street that houses West Norwood library and Nettlefold Hall repairs are underway. Securing the site and erection of scaffolding is the first stage. The original roof has ordinary chipboard immediately under the copper covering . The exposed chipboard has crumbled making access to the roof difficult & unsafe. Scaffolding is required both inside and outside.
Once the roof is watertight again work will be needed to restore the electrics in the building. Lambeth council is keen to re-open West Norwood library as soon as possible.
In the meantime arrangements are being made to open alternative library services at The Lambeth Resource Centre, 1 Parkhall Road SE21 8EH (at the east end of Robson Road) . An opening date for the temporary library will be announced shortly.
Cllr Jackie Meldrum at a consultation session
The council is now looking at improving the roads and pavements in West Norwood town centre between Tulse Hill station and West Norwood station. An early version of the plans will be on show at The Feast on Sunday 3rd July in St Lukes Gardens 10am to 4pm. Over the next few months there will be more chances for everyone to contribute to the improvement plans.
Norwood Road is eligible for funding by the London Mayor’s £50 million high street regeneration fund to strengthen the vibrancy and growth of London’s high streets and local areas.
Improving the environment of Norwood Road is an important part of the proposals in the West Norwood Masterplan and will help attract private sector investment into the area. Current public sector projects include the new primary school in Wolfington Road and the new leisure & health centre in Devane Way. The masterplan can be seen via Lambeth’s Future Norwood web. pages.
For more information contact Michael Hunte in Lambeth’s Regeneration team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 .