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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
Lambeth council has just written to every household with details of everyone with a right to vote. If any names are missed off the list there is time to get registered at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
The elections this year are on Thursday May 6th for the Mayor of London and the Greater London Assembly members.The government said on 5th February that the local elections will also go ahead see: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-55938380
British Citizens age 18 or over, Irish & EU citizens and most Commonwealth citizens living here are entitled to register & vote in these elections.
So why not be safe and vote early in this election and avoid any socially distanced queuing at the polling station? Apply to vote early by downloading this form:
There will be over 45 stalls at the West Norwood Christmas markets this Saturday 12th Dec 11am to 3pm. Visit the stalls centred around Norwood High St beside St Luke’s church SE27 0DT. There’s something for everyone!
And of course our local shops are open too . Check out the fantastic range of retailers in West Norwood town centre in this business directory:
Norwood’s Children Centre is up and running after lockdown with most activities now based at 18 Benton’s Lane SE27 9UD just off Gipsy Rd .
‘Stay and play’ and other face to face sessions are social distancing so you have to book your place on 020 3409 0704. Other “virtual” activities are one to one telephone calls and some group sessions are via facebook.
For details of the Norwood Children’s Centre programme see [attached pdf]
Please phone 020 3409 0704 for advice on what sessions might best suit your child.
Lambeth’s Family Information Service online directory has lots more information on a wide range of activities and services for children: