Thames Water are planning to replace their water mains that run under Norwood Road in West Norwood later this year. The works will be disruptive causing congestion in the town centre for many months.
Detailed plans are being drawn up to minimize disruption to traffic and bus routes.Local councillors have organised a public meeting on Wednesday 30th January at 7pm in the Community Room at the back of West Norwood Library, Norwood High Street SE27 9JX.
Councillors want to hear the concerns of local businesses and residents and ensure these views are considered during the planning phase of this essential project.
In the meantime please report any water leaks direct to Thames Water: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/sitecore/content/tw-live/tw-live/Report-a-leak Telephone 24/7: 0800 714 614
For several weeks clean water has been running out of the road where Norwood Road meets Robson Road. Eventually Thames Water started the repair on 29th October and say its due to be completed on Friday 2ndNovember. In the meantime traffic cannot turn right out of Robson Road onto Norwood Road and nor can traffic turn right into Robson Road from Knights Hill.
Water is also leaking out of Norwood Road at the junction of Avenue Park Road since the summer. Councillors have chased up Thames Water several times – the repair will involve a road closure and be carried out at night ( ref 5011 577 836) – but no repair date has been set yet.
It is clear that despite the fine imposed by OFWAT this summer Thames Water are still struggling to reduce leaks: https://www.ofwat.gov.uk/pn34-18-ofwat-confirms-package-payments-penalties-thames-water-following-leakage-failures/
With winter coming there will be more leaks and more icy trips & slips. Leaks can be reported 24/7 on 0800 714 614 or use the Thames Water online form: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/help-and-advice/Report-a-problem/Report-a-problem
SGN engineers are still trying to find the source of the gas leak near Tulse Hill station SE27 today when 17 homes were evacuated.
In the meantime Norwood Road from Station Rise to Elmcourt Road is completely close to traffic and pedestrians. Traffic is diverted via the South Circular and Lancaster Avenue.
#432 bus is diverted via Streatham to Crystal Palace. #2 buses stop at the Tulse Hill one way system.
For details see: https://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/news/local-news/live-updates-west-norwood-homes-1961683 @CroydonAd
For travel updates check : @SGNgas @TfL bus alerts and see https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/bus-service-changes
Cllr. Jackie Meldrum in front of new KFC site
Kentucky Fried Chicken have won planning permission to open a restaurant seating 30 people and a takeaway at 489-491 Norwood Road SE27 9DJ beside Ardarshi chemist. The Independent Planning Inspector has overruled Lambeth council and approved the planning application decision including opening hours to 3am on Fridays & Saturday night.
KFC is one of the most popular fast food chains in the UK with about 900 stores. It was forced to close over half its branches this month due to problems with chicken distributor. See: Guardian article
KFC closed its smaller premises at 527 Norwood Road about a year ago.
For details of the new premises use ref 17/01574 and 18/00497 at Lambeth Planning Portal
West Norwood has had a KFC for some years at 527 Norwood Road SE27 9DL which closed at the beginning of February. These new premises will be much bigger allowing for up to 30 customers to eat in the restaurant at any one time as well as serving takeaway hot food.
See our earlier post
17/9/17 and 17/8/17 and 2/5/17
A woman was struck by a vehicle just before 7am last Monday 11/12/17 outside Ladbrookes on Norwood Road SE27. Sadly she died as result of her injuries.
Initial investigations by the police suggest the woman was crossing the road when she was struck by a several vehicles which did not stop. Two drivers have been interviewed by the police.
Anyone with information or dashcam footage is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Merton on 020 8543 5157 or via @MetCC. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
There is increased interest from the private sector to invest in West Norwood. A public meeting is taking place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 28th November at the Salvation Army SE27 9AW for local people to discuss the latest plans including :
Norwood Road between Lansdowne Hill & York Hill and the old Laundry site; Knollys Goods Yard; Chapel Rd/Knights Hill corner & Norwood High Street.
KFC has many loyal customers
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) want to have a restaurant & take away in West Norwood at 489 -491 Norwood Road SE27 9DJ. However the council refused KFC planning permission and KFC have now appealed the council’s refusal.
Lambeth refuses planning permission for any new hot food takeaway within 400 metres or 10 minutes walking of a school. To date only one similar refusal has been over turned by the independent Planning Inspector – on condition the opening hours were from 5pm. KFC want to open 10.30am to 3am on Saturdays and 11am to 1am on Sundays. Weekday hours are not indicated but KFC say they will employ 35 staff so they would have extensive opening times.
Details of the appeal documents are on Lambeth planning portal if you use reference 17/01574 at https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application
Many people have strong views about KFC either way. If you want to comment for or against the appeal ( make a representation) quote ref 3178462 by 4th Oct 2017 at : https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/myportal/
See our earlier posts 17/8/17 and 2/5/17