Can you help keep Lambeth’s streets weed free?

Lambeth council wants to phase out the use of glyphosate (or Roundup) from April 2021. While trying out non-herbicide methods of weed control this summer 2020 (corona virus permitting) the council will continue its normal weed control programme.

In the meantime if any group of residents wants to weed their street and keep it glyphosate-free this summer please get in touch before the end of Sunday 5th April using this online form: https://forms.lambeth.gov.uk/GLYPHOSATEOPTOUT/launch

If you contact your neighbours please do so online or phone in line with government instructions to stay at home and social distancing.

For more details see:

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/parking-transport-and-streets/streets-and-roads/opt-out-of-glyposhate-weed-spraying-on-your-street

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The show must go on!

Winning daffodils in 2019

The Lambeth Horticultural Society is based in West Norwood and runs the highly popular flower tent at The Country Show each July. They also put on a Spring and Autumn flower show competitions in St Luke’s church.

Due to the corona virus lockdown the 2020 Spring show goes online!

There are 3 flower categories: tulips, daffodils and mixed spring flowers. If you have taken up baking there is a hot-cross bun competition. And children can enter an animal made of recycling and a rainbow collage.

Send in photos before Friday 3rd April. So get snapping those spring flowers and send them in!

For details see:  http://www.lambethhorticulturalsociety.org.uk/flower-shows/

Entries will be posted on facebook and we can all help decide the winners!

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Stay At Home, Stay Safe

The first confirmed coronavirus case in the UK was 29th February. A month later we have at least 20,000 people testing positive in the UK . To stop the spread of coronavirus we must all stay at home. And if we have to go out – keep 2 metres apart from other people. And of course wash our hands!

All the detailed government guidance can be found online at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  Check this site regularly as there are frequent changes to the details of the guidance. Look at this site for advice if you have the coronavirus symptoms or feel unwell.

Lambeth council website has local information on coronavirus – see: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/elections-and-council/about-lambeth/coronavirus-covid-19-information There are pages on:  how council services have changed due to coronavirus; support if you have lost your job; help for vulnerable people; how to volunteer to help others; and the support available for businesses.

The council’s vulnerable people help line is 020 7926 2999.

In West Norwood we have lots of Covid19 mutual aid neighbourhood groups.  See: https://www.facebook.com/groups/214918153220011/

Please take care when sharing confidential information online about vulnerable people. Sadly we need to be alert to scammers even at this time. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/29/coronavirus-social-disease-fraudsters-adapt-old-scams

Your local ward councillors have many contacts with local organisations and local people. Do get in touch if additional help is needed.

For our contact details see: https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1

To contact Helen Hayes MP see: https://www.helenhayes.org.uk/get_in_touch

Stay safe. We can get through this together!

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Our local Children’s Centres

Lambeth Children’s Centres run a  wide range of free activities with babies & young children, midwifery services, advice sessions and much more. Ask your Health Visitor or baby clinic for details.

Or to help decide the sessions best for your family –  phone or drop in to one of our local centres:

Benton’s Lane SE27 9UD 020 3409 0704

Crown Lane School SW16 3HX 020 8761 7139

Hitherfield School SW16 2LW 020 8835 9569

Streatham Hub SW16 6HX 020 8835 9569

And see the timetables online:

Norwood activities timetable

Streatham activities timetable

Tulse Hill activities timetable

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Getting ready for Spring in Norwood Park

Getting ready for Spring in Norwood Park

Friends of Norwood Park are tidying up the Woodland walk, before the birds start nesting, on. All welcome to drop by – near the Finch Avenue entrance of Aubyn Hill SE27 9TX . The sun is due to shine but it will probably still be a bit muddy!
For details: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofNorwoodPark/

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Future West Norwood & Future Lambeth

The Lambeth Local Plan, together with the London Mayor’s Plan forms the statutory basis for making planning applications decisions..

Lambeth is reviewing its Local Plan in consultation with local people. And this is now the last chance to have a say before the Lambeth’s draft Local Plan is independently examined by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities &Local government (Robert Jenrick, MP for Newark, Nottinghamshire).  The deadline for comments is Friday 13/3/20.

See: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKLAMBETH/bulletins/27932c6

Developers consult on plans for Windsor Grove

The Local Plan is an important document for improving the supply of housing across the borough and addressing climate change: it is 544 pages  and covers lots of detail.

Policy PN7 is the overall policy for West Norwood/Tulse on page 430 and promises Norwood High Street will get its own Special Planning Document  later this year as the West Norwood Creative Business Cluster. Policy ED3 is Key Industrial business Areas – KIBAs on page 132 & 476. In light of the numerous  local Thames Water leaks, Policy EN6, on page 245, on drainage and water management will be of interest to West Norwood residents.

Comments on the draft Lambeth Local Plan can be emailed to: localplan@lambeth.gov.uk  by the 13th March deadline.

See our earlier posts: 15/11/2017

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Free early learning for two year olds

Some families can get up to 15 hours free early years learning for their two year olds with a day nursery, childminder, play group or Childrens’ Centre. The children learn to make friends and gain confidence that helps them get ready for school.

Families getting tax credits, benefits and  special needs may be eligible. Check on page 25 here.

Use the Families Information Service (FIS) to find early years & childcare to suit the needs of your family:

Family Information Directory

In the West Norwood area free 2 year old places are offered at: Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery, Abacus Early Learning Nursery, Chapel House Day Nursery, Bright Horizons Day Nursery & Preschool, Ana-Bela’s Day Nursery and local childminders.

All children aged 3 to 4 are eligible for 15 hours free early up to 38 weeks a year until they start the reception year at primary school.

To contact the FIS direct phone 020 7926 9558 or email fis@lambeth.gov.uk

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