The GP building in Crown Dale is closed for refurbishment & extension till April 2022. It will reopen with more facilities & more services.
Crown Dale recently merged with Tulse Hill and the new combined practice, Northwood, will run from both sites. Whilst Crown Dale is closed all services are based at Tulse Hill. The combined practice has extended opening hours to provide mainly online and telephone access during lockdown.
Planning application 20/01079 has full details of the extended building at Crown Dale (pictured). It will include a new multi-purpose community room for classes organised by external organisations such as yoga, tai chi, exercises classes and Macmillan coffee mornings. Use Lambeth’s planning portal to see the planning application.
The Boundary Commission is proposing to split West Norwood into two constituencies – with an MP for Streatham and an MP for Norwood. The proposed divide is along Norwood Road , between Thurlow Park ward and Knights Hill & Gipsy Hill wards . The proposed Norwood borough constituency ( pictured) is composed mostly of Croydon neighbourhoods and stretches from West Norwood through Norbury, Thornton Heath & Norwood Junction station to Black Horse Lane.
The proposals are at the consultation stage with a deadline of 2nd August. The Boundary Commission will present their recommendations to parliament in July 2023.
The Boundary Commission is keeping the same number of MPs across the UK (650) but each constituency is to have between 69,724 and 77,062 parliamentary electors. London will get two more MPs up from current 73. The Commission says it tries to minimise disruption and take into account local ties, geographic factors and council boundaries.
Earlier plans to change constituencies in 2013 and 2018 were dropped. Will the Boundary Commission get it right this time?
In the meantime we are still waiting for the Boundary Commission to decide on new ward boundaries for Lambeth. See our earlier post 5/3/21
Thames Water started replacing water mains in the streets around Royal Circus SE27 from 25th January 2021 by closing Broxholm Road. Unfortunately the works at Broxholm Road took twice as long as planned. The road was finally due to be re-opened to through-traffic last weekend 23/5/21 after 4 months of closure.
Sections of Canterbury Grove have been closed since 15th February. The 315 bus is now diverted the long way round via Knights Hill, Crown Lane and Leigham Court Road whilst the section between Pyrmont Grove and Ivymount Road (pictured) remains closed till 20tH June.
In addition: St Julians Farm Road closed on 26th April for emergency works by Thames Water – with no date yet for completion. (pictured)
Having three through-routes from Leigham Court Road to Knights Hill/Norwood Road closed at the same time is having a major impact on traffic at busy times.
Knollys Road, Glennie Road and Egremont Road have all been severely impacted. And there is increased traffic on Leaf Grove, Cheviot Road, Roxburgh Road and Lakeview Road.
Thames Water is a key utility company and is permitted to do what is required to invest in our local infrastructure. Your local councillors have requested the council only gives permission for one planned road closure at a time.
Please look out for a new letter, requested by your local councillors, from Thames Water outlining the changes to their plans. Their last letter was delivered in January and talked about a five month programme of works . Residents will be living with disruption for another few months at least – as clearly Thames Water will take much longer to finish.
Lambeth & Wandsworth are running an enhanced covid 19 testing programme to test everyone in the two boroughs.
West Norwood has a free drop-in covid 19 testing centre at Waylett Place car park SE27 9AA (next to Iceland) . The last session will be 9am to 3pm on Monday 26th April. These tests are for people with NO covid 19 symptoms.
For more information on covid19 testing services in Lambeth see:
West Norwood Feast is back again in 2021 on Sunday April 4th between 10am and 4pm. The stalls will be hot & cold food stalls only: Food Fair stalls will be spaced out safely in St Lukes church gardens SE27 0DT and the Fresh n Green stalls in the Village Green around the Leisure Centre in Devane Way SE27 0DF.
Next month Feast is hoping, lockdown rules permitting, to open its full range of stalls in the early May bank holiday weekend – Sunday 2nd May.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has published its draft of changes to ward boundaries to come into effect in 2022. The aim of the changes for each elected councillor to represent about the same number of resident electors. The LGBCE will be presenting its findings at an online meeting on Thursday 11th March 6pm to 7pm. To take part book your place here. For the West Norwood area the LGBCE has proposed:
a new ward named St Martins (2 cllrs) around Tulse Hill station
renamed Thurlow Park as Rosendale (2 cllrs)
moved some of Gipsy Hill ward (2cllrs) into Knights Hill ward (3 cllrs) .
Residents, businesses, the council and political parties input a large number of suggestions to the LGBCE review of Lambeth. The council and others requested changes to wards named after people involved in slavery eg Lord Thurlow.
If you have comments on the boundaries or the names please do get in touch with LGBCE by 12th April. For details go to the LGBCE website here.
Residents have asked councillors what can be done about the very slow broadband speeds they have that make accessing the internet difficult. Unfortunately there are pockets of homes which have Exchange Only Lines (EOL). These homes have a direct phone line to the nearest exchange and are not linked into the green cabinets in the streets. These lines have slow broadband speeds – under 5 mb/s and are currently not being upgraded to faster connections via cabinets or through fibre optic cables to the home.
Our local exchange is the Gipsy Hill Exchange in Park Hall Road. The further you are from the Exchange the slower your speeds!
If you know you have an EOL please get in touch with Cllr Jackie Meldrum at email@example.com . If we have more information on the location of EOLs hopefully we can find a solution to the slow broadband problem.
Openreach has been joined by Community Fibre and G.Network who are installing fibre optic cables in Lambeth’s streets. Fibre optic cables will enable much faster broadband connections to the internet for almost all homes that pay for that connection often known as ‘Full Fibre’ or ‘Ultrafast’ broadband. Virgin Media use their own cable system for broadband but you need to have access to their cable network on your street.
Lambeth council is developing a digital & broadband strategy for the whole borough including its housing estates.
To allow for installation of new gas mains pipes Lancaster Avenue SE27 9DQ will be closed from Saturday 13th February until 21st February at its junction with Norwood Road.
HGVs on the south circular road, that are too tall to go under the rail bridge on Thurlow Park Road, will have to take a long diversion along Norwood Road, to Herne Hill, Denmark Hill, Champion Hill, Grove Lane, Lordship Lane to rejoin the south circular.
SGN gas mains replacement works at Norwood Road, York Hill and Harpenden Road are expected to complete in April 2021 . For more details see SGN’s letter to residents [pdf]
For more on local road closures see our earlier post 10/01/21