The council and the Football Foundation have plans to jointly invest over £350k in Norwood Park – by updating the tarmac pitch by Elder Rd SE27 9ND. The pitch will be astroturfed for all weather football as one 9-aside, two 7 aside or three 5-aside pitches and have new floodlighting so it can be used 8am to 10pm. There will be a locked container at the side of the pitch for equipment.
A planning application has just been submitted (ref 16/01130) for formal consultation. To see the details and comments go on-line : http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-applications/search-planning-applications.
Management of the pitch will pass to Norwood School who need the extra pitches for their pupils during the school day . Community sports clubs will book the pitches for weekends and evenings. There will some time slots for commercial lettings . This means the pitch will have enough income to cover the costs of maintaining the pitch & facilities in good condition. The pitch changing rooms & toilets will be in the school.
This pitch is the only sizeable level space in Norwood Park and local councillors want to see some free community access to for local people . The plan is for community use on weekdays 8am to 9am and 5pm to 6pm. A group of local people & pitch users will be set up to help manage the lettings with the school.