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:
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.
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/
After a lengthy meeting on the 13th July ending at 10.45pm councillors on Lambeth’s Planning Committee agreed to refuse permission for the application 20/01066 to create a mega metal-recycling facility in Windsor Grove SE27 9NT. But the detailed reasons and the formal decision will be deferred to the next meeting.
West Norwood residents turned up with placards outside the town hall in Brixton before the meeting started at 7pm on Tuesday evening tonight. The committee of cross-party councillors heard strong objections from residents, business, Helen Hayes MP and local councillors . Helen Hayes handed in a petition with 5,500 signatures from people opposing the plans.
There is widespread opposition to the plans throughout the West Norwood community. Such a mega site would require a hundred super heavy trucks and vans going to and from the site each day: causing more air pollution, more noise and more traffic congestion in West Norwood’s narrow streets. A big thanks to Norwood Action Group for their regular newsletters over the last year and to the #ScraptheYard campaign
Watch this space!
The meeting to finalise the decision was held on Tuesday 27th July and the planning application was unanimously refused by councillors. The reason for refusal was : The impact of the increased noise, traffic & pollution will impact on the amenity of the area.
The deadline for EU citizens living in the UK to apply for SETTLED STATUS is Wednesday 30th June Settled status gives EU citizens the right to continue living here as part of our community, work, study, access services and travel abroad.
Please check with your EU friends, family members and neighbours, that whatever their age, years in the UK or country of birth – they have applied for Settled Status. We do not want to see another Windrush deportation scandal.
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.