Cllr Pickard on the tarmac pitch
The council and the Football Foundation have plans to jointly invest over £350k in Norwood Park – by updating the tarmac pitch by Elder Rd SE27 9ND. The pitch will be astroturfed for all weather football as one 9-aside, two 7 aside or three 5-aside pitches and have new floodlighting so it can be used 8am to 10pm. There will be a locked container at the side of the pitch for equipment.
A planning application has just been submitted (ref 16/01130) for formal consultation. To see the details and comments go on-line : http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-applications/search-planning-applications.
Management of the pitch will pass to Norwood School who need the extra pitches for their pupils during the school day . Community sports clubs will book the pitches for weekends and evenings. There will some time slots for commercial lettings . This means the pitch will have enough income to cover the costs of maintaining the pitch & facilities in good condition. The pitch changing rooms & toilets will be in the school.
This pitch is the only sizeable level space in Norwood Park and local councillors want to see some free community access to for local people . The plan is for community use on weekdays 8am to 9am and 5pm to 6pm. A group of local people & pitch users will be set up to help manage the lettings with the school.
There has been consultation with Friends of Norwood Park, community groups and future users of the pitch . See our earlier posts: 27/5/15 and 4/10/15
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 .
Saturday 18th July is our annual local dog show in Norwood Park at Norwood organised by The Friends of Norwood Park and sponsored by Paxton Vets.
The dog show starts at 2pm and registration takes place from 12.45pm. The show finishes at 4pm.
This year’s fancy dress theme is Superhero. Other classes include: Cutest Puppy, Golden Oldie, Best in Show, Dog Most Like its Owner, Luckiest Rescue, and Best Trick. Its £1 entry fee per dog per class with money raised going back towards funding future events in the park.
All welcome. The Hungry Hippo Cafe will organising a BBQ
For more information visit: http://www.friendsofnorwoodpark.co.uk/articles.html
A mid-summer week of unique dining experiences in West Norwood from Saturday 13th June to Sunday 21st June. Special menus and events have been curated for West Norwood Food Week ranging from free family picnics to Feasty experiences to fine dining tasting menus. To find out more and to book your place see: http://westnorwoodfoodweek.grubclub.com/
The week’s events:
- A Taste of Victorian History – Foodie Cemetery Tour in West Norwood
- Remember Your Childhood With a Free Family Picnic
- Share a Bangladeshi Family Feast at Lal Baag
- A British Celebration Supper at the Tulse Hill Hotel
- Summer Sharing Feast under the Stars at the Great North Wood
- Share an Italian Summer Dinner at The Garden Gastro Bar
- A DIY DJ evening, with local craft beers and paella at the Book and Record Bar
- A Summer Afternoon of Art in the Park and Picnicking in Norwood Park
- A Taste of the Caribbean – A Midsummer Evening at the Portico Gallery
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.
Practising for the dog show
Show off your dog at the Norwood Park dog show on Saturday 20th September. Fancy dress this year is Hollywoof – dress as a film or tv celebrity! If your dog won’t dress up how about: cutest puppy, golden oldie, best trick, luckiest rescue, best in show? Just be there at 12noon to enter your dog – £1. All welcome to see the show starting at 1pm. Bouncy castle and other attractions.
For details see http://www.friendsofnorwoodpark.co.uk
See & handle birds of prey in Norwood Park this Saturday afternoon 2pm to 4pm on 9th August – organised by Friends of Norwood Park with help from Norwood Forum.
The Hawking Centre are bringing a team of birds – from owls to hawks – to Norwood Park, by the play ground and Hungry Hippo cafe on Salters Hill SE19 1DZ.
Entry is free and donations to Friends of Norwood Park are welcome.