West Norwood’s centre for Betterstart activities for children under-five and their parents is at 18 Bentons Lane SE27 9UD. You will get a warm welcome and a mixed programme of drop-ins and courses. See latest timetable (pdf).
Due to covid, masks must be worn indoors and numbers are limited to up to 15 adults to allow for social distancing.
Telephone reception at 020 4542 3520 for friendly advice on sessions and to book a place.
The council is consulting on a major new policy direction for West Norwood & Tulse Hill and proposes three residential towers in the land known Knollys Goods Yard or Knollys Triangle or Site 19.
The policy for Site 19 proposes to build a car free scheme of 400 homes above “clean” industrial units on the land off Knollys Rd. This is currently an industrial site between 3 railway lines accessable only from Cameron Place.
The new homes will help meet Lambeth’s target of 1,300 new homes a year. A target of 50% affordable homes on Site 19 means it would contribute to helping house the 30,000 households on the council’s housing waiting list.
Three towers are proposed: one of 20 storeys and two of 20 storeys. See picture of proposed view from Tulse Hill station
Two new bridges are proposed to improve access : a footbridge to Leigham Vale and a new road bridge from Knollys Rd close to York Hill. See map below.
Lambeth is installing 51 new cycle hangars across the borough. The hangars are secure on-street cycle parking at less than £1 a week. In the West Norwood area new cycle hangars are proposed for these locations:
Opposite 10 Barston Road
Outside 15 Bloom Grove x 2
Opposite 1 Guernsey Grove
Outside 26 Hawarden Grove
Outside 63 Knollys Road
Outside 108 Knollys Road
Outside 2 & 4 Thurlby Road
Residents living nearby get a letter [ pdf] with full details of the scheme and the statutory consultation.
Monitoring of the trial shows that traffic has reduced by 6,100 vehicles a day. Traffic has increased by 7% on Leigham Vale. Cycling has increased and air quality outside schools is within legal limits.
If the LTN is made permanent there will be improvements planned to boundary roads to improve cycling and walking, road layouts, signal timings, and green screens at schools
Residents have started a petition to restore the missing bus stop in Brixton town centre for the 2, 432, 415 and N2 buses.
The bus stops in Brixton were temporarily re-arranged during covid 19 lockdown and the stop for buses to Tulse Hill & West Norwood disappeared so passengers now have to walk to the next stop on Effra Road. This bus stop is often very crowded & by a narrow busy pavement. It is too far for many disabled people and a struggle for anyone carrying heavy shopping.
To support the petition, deadline Jan 30th 2022, please go to:
Our representative on the London Assembly Marina Ahmed is also talking to Transport for London about the missing bus stop – contact Marina directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter @LabourMarina
Developers are appealing to the Independent Planning Inspector against Lambeth’s refusal of planning permission in July 2021 for a mega–metal recycling centre in Windsor Grove.
Local people are encouraged to take part in the Planning Appeal and any comments must be in writing and reach the Inspector by 14th December 2021. The Inspector will take account of all previous comments submitted for the refused planning application ref 20/01066.
Residents can also attend the Inspector’s enquiry hearing scheduled to start on 1st March 2022.
Local people strongly oppose the mega-metal recycling centre at Windsor Grove for many reasons but in particular as it is far too close to housing in Windsor Close (see photo) and the increased traffic from vans & heavy trucks visiting the site is totally unsuited to West Norwood town centre. Southwark Metals intend to recycle over 10% of London’s waste metal at this West Norwood site.
The council wants to make the streets between Leigham Court Road and Streatham High Road a safer, healthier and more pleasant place for all by creating a Low Traffic Neighbourhood called Streatham Wells.
Ivymount Road SE27 is due to be closed to traffic for 6 weeks until just before Christmas so Thames Water can replace the water mains. See letter to residents here.
Later this month works will also start on new water mains under Royal Circus road which will be reduced to one lane of traffic. The 315 bus will continue to use Canterbury Grove and York Hill. In the new year 2022 Thames Water will close Pyrmont Grove for about 4 weeks. Thames Water hope to finish their water mains replacement project in the streets around Royal Circus by March 2022!
This year Lambeth libaries and others are putting on a fantastic wide range of events – online and face to face – so there is something for everyone. Check out the brochure and book through eventbrite.
In West Norwood there are two children events in West Norwood Library SE27 9JX at half term:
Tuesday 26th October at 2.30pm a workshop with Venessa Taylor author of Baller Boys
Saturday 30th October at 2pm Serlina Boyd talks about her new book – Cocoa Girl Awesome Hair
And between 10am and 5pm Saturday 9th October a pop-up market of art, fashion jewellery, hair & skin care in the library – cinema community hall.
Our local councillor Sonia Winifred, Lambeth cabinet member for equalities & culture says: “Please take this wonderful opportunity to learn about and celebrate African Caribbean Heritage and culture which is influencing and enriching our lives”