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Station to station graphicOur local shops are re-opening after lockdown – with social distancing .  To keep West Norwood town centre thriving let’s all make our local shops our first choice!

We have a fantastic range of retailers and services in West Norwood – have a look at the  business directory online and see what’s on offer.

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June 22nd is Windrush Day

Windrush Day posterBeginning in 2018, Windrush Day celebrates the Caribbean community and their contributions to British society since the second world war.

To pay  your respects to the people of the Windrush generation download this art pack for decorating your windows and doorsteps and check out online activities by Lambeth libraries

This year’s song for Windrush Day is Desmond Dekker’s  You Can Get It If You Really Want. To join in –  tune into Colourful Radio at 10.27am on Monday 22nd.

Check out the week long programme of online events at the Black Cultural Archives: https://blackculturalarchives.org/ww20

The Empire Windrush ship that brought some of the first Caribbean migrants had 1,027 passengers. Many of their relatives and descendants suffered under the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’.

Since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th, and the global response to this shocking incident, there is a renewed determination to tackle the inequality and discrimination faced by Black & Asian Minority Ethnic communities. Windrush Day is one part of this effort.

For details of Windrush Day in Lambeth see: https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/windrush-day-2020/

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£4.2m new business support funding

The council’s  Lambeth Local Economy Hardship Fund has new grants from £5,000 to £25,000 for the businesses, charities & not for profits that rely on bringing groups of people together. This sector faces the biggest threat for survival with the ongoing need for social distancing.

The fund has four different categories – Independent Hospitality Fund, Arts and Culture at Risk Fund, Charitable Organisations Fund and Shared Workspaces and Market Traders Fund. To apply for funding see:

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/information-for-businesses/local-economy-hardship-fund

The council has already paid out more than £44.31m of business rates grants and support to over 3,000 businesses and waived rents for many local charities and small businesses.

Cllr Matthew Bennett (pictured) the  councillor responsible for the local economy says “Our social, creative and community sectors play a critical role in Lambeth’s thriving local economy, support thousands of jobs and are an important part in what makes our town centres, and Lambeth as a whole, so vibrant. We have quickly put together a fresh package of support using government funding topped up from our own financial resources to protect our locally owned small businesses, leisure industry, cultural sector and charities.”

For more details see:

https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/support_for_at_risk_sectors/

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Back to school in June?

Are you ready to send your children back to school after the coronavirus lockdown ? Not sure?

Lambeth council is holding an online question and answer session this Thursday 29th May at 1pm. For details & to book a place see: https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/coronavirus-back-to-school-discussion

Ed Davie, the councillor responsible for schools in Lambeth says: “As a parent of Lambeth primary and secondary school children I know how tough the last few months have been struggling with home learning, worrying about returning to school and just trying to get through each day. We want to listen to families, schools and unions to understand your concerns and support everyone to stay safe, healthy and learning”

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Stop Press! Thames water update

Thames Water now need to work outside Elmcourt Rd during this weekend daytime Saturday (23rd ), Sunday (24th) & Monday (25th)   so there will be extra day time traffic lights in place.

Keep watching this space!

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New metal recycling centre

Southwark Metals have just submitted a planning application for a new metal recycling building at Windsor Grove SE27 9NT (next to our local Royal Mail  Sorting Office). The picture shows an architect’s image of how the building would look – it is to include a living green roof and one green wall.

The site is on the derelict scrap yard which had permission to process 25,000 tonnes a year but did not operate to this full capacity. The new proposal aims to process 35,000 tonnes per year. Local residents are concerned that the new plans will result in many more vans & trucks on Windsor Grove and neighbouring streets. The planning applications mentions 120 vehicles per weekday and 50 on Saturdays.

If you want to see details of the proposal and/or comment please use ref:  20/01066 at Lambeth Planning portal.

There is a petition opposing the plans  at: http://chng.it/2pGy2TsP

Waste sites, including scrapyards, are protected by planning rules in London as there are so few of them and London’s waste keeps growing.

See our earlier post 7/12/19

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Thames Water night working

Elmcourt Health Centre

During testing Thames Water have just discovered that one of the new water main valves needs replacing. The faulty valve is under Norwood Road near Elmcourt Health Centre SE27 9AQ. This weekend Thames Water need to close one lane of traffic, with 2-way lights, so they can dig down to reach the faulty new valve deep beneath the road.

Thames Water will replace the valve by working at night from Sunday 17th May 10.30pm to 5.30am for about two weeks. This will help Thames Water keep to their revised August 2020 end-date for the Norwood Road water-mains project.

There will be an extra set of traffic lights during these night time hours only.

Any problems please telephone Thames Water 0800 316 9800 quoting project BB279802

Thames Water are writing to residents in the local neighbourhood  with this
letter (pdf)

See our earlier posts:

19/4/203/1/2021/12/193/5/1923/1/19

Twitter: @thameswater

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Our ‘new normal’ streets

Social distancing will remain for some time. Lambeth council is adapting some hot spots where social distancing is difficult in order to make walking safer. One example is the pavement under Herne Hill bridge which has already been widened –see photo.

Please help by telling the council about places where busy pavements are too narrow to keep 2m apart. The council will prioritize suggestions which will have the greatest impact. You can let us know your suggestions by getting in touch with your local councillors or use this online map:

https://lambethtransportcovidresponsemap.commonplace.is/

The map shows that people in West Norwood have already noted about 20 hot spots on the Tulse Hill gyratory, Norwood Road, Knights Hill and York Hill. Have a look to see if you agree!

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Funding for Lambeth youth & play this summer

In 2020 we face an unprecedented crisis in the mental and physical health and wellbeing of children and young people and their families.

Lambeth’s  Youth and Play Team are asking organisations to send in proposals for summer activities to operate in full, partial and non-lockdown.

The funding available is in three streams: a locality, creative activities and small grants of £1,000.

If your organisation would first like to know more – book a place on this webinar on Tues May 12th 11am to 1pm .

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Recycling garden waste

Bank holidays in May are a great time to get gardening again. Gardening waste can be taken to our recycling centres at Smugglers Wharf SW8 or  Vale Street SE27. Both centres will reopen next week for essential journeys and with very limited access due to coronavirus. Smugglers Wharf access days depend on the number plate of your vehicle. Booking will be necessary at Vale Street.

Plan any recycling trip well in advance and check the web site for details :

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/places/lambeth-reuse-and-recycling-centre-vale-street

https://wrwa.gov.uk/centre-opening-times/

Garden waste can also be composted in your garden or collected via Lambeth’s paid for green bag service. Please do not put garden waste in green or black bins!

The latest government coronavirus guidance says it is reasonable for residents to undertake a journey to Recycling Centres if the waste or recycling can’t be stored on their property without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to the resident or other members of their household or harm to public health and amenity

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