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Councillors elected for new West Norwood wards

West Norwood’s elected councillors

On May 5th councillors were elected to represent the wards as newly defined by the Boundaries Commission. In West Norwood nine Labour councillors were elected to represent the 4 new wards – with number of the votes as follows:

Gipsy Hill:

Christine Banton 1,457

Rebecca Spencer 1,322

Knights Hill

Ibtisam Adem 2,317

Jackie Meldrum 2,314

Sonia Winifred 2,171

St Martins

Olga Fitzroy 1,261

Saleha Jaffer 1,217

West Dulwich

Judith Cavanagh 1,792

Fred Cowell 1,639

Lambeth now has 58 Labour councillors, 3 Lib Dem councillors and 2 Green councillors.

For full details of the results see:

https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/mgElectionResults.aspx?ID=46&RPID=60076488

To contact your newly elected councillors see contact details next week at:

https://beta.lambeth.gov.uk/about-council/councillors-and-mayor/lambeth-councillors

 

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Update on major developments

Marina Ahmad AM & Cllr Jackie Meldrum at Site 19

The 6 week public consultation on the policy to rebuild the heart of West Norwood town centre (Site 18) and of Knollys Goods Yard ( Site 19) ended on 22nd Feb.

In light of the potential ‘transformative impact’ nature of these site policies your local Labour councillors asked for these two sites to be withdrawn from the policy-making process. Councillors want a more detailed consultation with residents and businesses on the future of these two important sites to ensure the special character of West Norwood is respected.

Local people are not opposed to new buildings.  But there was tremendous opposition to the proposal for a tall tower in the town centre and 3 tall towers on Knollys Rd.  Many people are angry at the lack of public engagement while the plans were drawn up.

As the policies are part of a statutory process councillors submitted detailed queries and comments for Site 18 (pdf) and for Site 19 (pdf).

After the consultation ended the GLA agreed a large grant to help develop Site 19. It is published here.

The next step is for all the comments to be considered by the council and a revised policy published in winter 2022/23 for a further round of public consultation. The plans then go to the London Mayor to ensure a fit with the London wide plan. The council will formally adopt the site policies in winter 2023/24. For details see Lambeth’s 13/12/21  “Regulation 18 draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document” report.

See our previous posts

12/2/22

26/1/22

10/1/22

 

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Gipsy Hill small grants

A new small local grants scheme up to £5k for projects to  improve community health and wellbeing has opened. Only a simple form is needed and the deadline is 9th February.

 

 

Projects must aim to benefit one or more of these priority groups:

  • People from Black, Asian and multi-ethnic groups
  • Parents and carers on low incomes (particularly lone parent families)
  • Young families
  • Unemployed
  • People experiencing poor mental health
  • Isolated men (mainly single isolated men)
  • Older people
  • LGBTQ+
  • People with disabilities/and or suffering with poor health.

For more details see attached notes on the application form [word document]

Norwood Forum is managing the scheme:  https://www.norwoodforum.org/gipsy-hill-health-wellbeing-small-grants-fund-round-one

They have an online information session 6pm-7pm on Thursday 27 January. To get the zoom link please email info@norwoodforum.org

If your group is not on line please phone 07946 218 501 and we will pass on your contact details.

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Local under-fives activities

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 latest newsletter is here (pdf)

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Streatham Hill trial LTN consultation

The council is consulting on whether to make the Streatham Hill Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN)  permanent. Have your say by completing this online survey. The deadline is midday Sunday 19th December.

You can request a paper copy of the survey, before Sunday 28th November, by phoning 07999 405 331.

The aim of the LTN is to reduce traffic and improve the environment in the local area. To see details of the trial scheme look at:  https://streathamhilllowtrafficneighbourhoodproposals.commonplace.is/

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

See our earlier posts: 14/11/21

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Improving the streets west of Leigham Court Road

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.

During November and December the council is collecting residents views on traffic, clean air and climate change in the Streatham Wells neighbourhood. To have your say online complete the survey at: https://streathamwells.commonplace.is/proposals/review-our-aspirations  Or phone 07999 405 331 for a paper copy of the survey.

And use the online map to submit detailed comments at https://streathamwells.commonplace.is/proposals/streatham-wells-map

There will be more detailed plans on the Streatham Wells Low Traffic Neighbourhood available to comment on in the new year.

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October is Black History month!

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”

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Lambeth Heritage Festival

This September’s Lambeth heritage festival is a great mix of over 50 online or in-person events. There is something for everyone and most are free events.  A big thanks to Lambeth History Forum and Lambeth Archives for organising .

Check out the web page to see what’s happening and book:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKLAMBETH/bulletins/2ed6e7f

Sessions about  West Norwood include:

  • Sat 11th Sept 11am, in-person, tour of West Norwood Cemetery
  • Mon 20th Sept 7pm, online talk about Great North Wood
  • Sun 26th Sept 2pm or 3pm in-person tour of Park Hill at Henry Tate Mews, Streatham Common North, SW16 3HA

@LambethArchives

@LambethLHF

 

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Flower show 4th September

This year the free flower show is back  – in person  – at St Lukes church SE27 0HY. Lots of lovely flowers but also home baked cakes, art & handicrafts . If you are up for a challenge why not enter one of the many categories. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 1st Sept – 15p per entry.

For details see: https://www.lambethhorticulturalsociety.org.uk/flower-shows/late-summer-show-4-september/

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Planning applications in West Norwood

There is considerable interest from developers wanting to invest in sites across West Norwood

To help local people keep up with developers’ plans we are listing  all the planning applications for planning permission and appeals against council decisions in the West Norwood area on this web site: https://westnorwoodnews.com/local-planning-applications/

These lists are for information only.

Everyone is entitled to comment on planning applications for permission from the council to build new buildings or refurbish existing ones. To look at the details of a planning application and comment online go to https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and search on the planning reference.

If the council refuses planning permission, the applicant has up to 6 months to submit an appeal and get the independent Planning Inspector to take a fresh look at the application. To look at and comment on an appeal go to: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/

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