Category Archives: Employment

Windsor Grove scrapyard

The developers of the derelict scrapyard at Windsor Grove SE27 9NT have submitted a very detailed Environmental Statement report to support their plans to demolish & rebuild a metal recycling facility on the site. The report concludes there will be no significant environmental effects from the development at Windsor Grove but the ecology/diversity will be improved and the sustainable transport will have health benefits.

Over 1,000 residents have already commented / objected to the plans. They were invited by a letter from the council [jpeg] to read & comment on the Environmental Statement by  Monday 8th February 2021.

Many residents oppose the plans due to the increase in hazardous traffic. The large HGV lorries will be asked to take the route, pictured,  and so avoid West Norwood town centre by driving through Crystal Palace or Streatham.

The consultant’s Environmental  Statement report for the developers is hundreds of pages long. Volume 1 is the introduction and nearly 200 pages. There is a summary in Chapter 13 of Volume 1.

To read and comment on the developers Environmental Statement  for Windsor Grove please input ref 20/01066 on the Lambeth Planning portal.

See our previous posts on 19/5/20 and 7/12/19

1 Comment

Filed under Employment, Environment, Home, Lambeth Council, Local Business, Parking, Planning, Planning Applications, Traffic, West Norwood

GNK on Norwood High St

GNK is a builders merchants at 80 Norwood High St SE27 9NW and due to its growing success has become too big for the limited size of its current site.
Local residents and Lambeth council have been concerned at the impact on pedestrian safety and traffic on Norwood High St due to the way vehicles enter & leave the premises. Excessive parking on Norwood High St itself often reduces this busy B232 road to one lane of traffic at many times of the working day.

Over the years the council tried to get GNK to implement the conditions of their original planning permission 10/02101 which do not permit reversing out of the site nor parking on the Norwood High St. Customers and delivery trucks are required to park off-road & on the site and turn and leave the site in forward gear.

In July 2020 the council refused GNK planning application 20/01734 to remove the condition preventing vehicles reversing into Norwood Rd. GNK have now appealed the council’s refusal to the independent Planning Inspector.  To comment on the appeal (make a representation) go to:
https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ and quote ref 3258370  before Monday 18/1/21.

For more information on the planning history of the site please go to Lambeth’s planning portal
https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and quote the address.  20/01734 has details of the appeal.

1 Comment

Filed under Employment, Home, Lambeth Council, Local Business, Parking, Planning, Traffic, West Norwood

A slot machine centre for West Norwood?

Admiral are in the slot machine business and  have applied for planning permission to turn the empty Ladbrokes betting shop, on the one-way system at Tulse Hill, into an “adult gaming centre” for over-18s.

Both betting shops & adult gaming have the same planning use – “sui generis” –  so there is no change of use.

What the planning decision will take into account is matters such as: an active shop front adding to the vibrancy of the area around Tulse Hill train station; any impact on transport;  any impact on crime & anti-social behaviour; any impact on “amenity” or character of the area and immediate neighbours.

To comment on this application before the decision is made please go online to the Lambeth Planning portal and use ref 20/02984  for 172-176 Norwood Rd SE27 9AZ. The decision is due to be made at the end of December.

Over 20% of the adult gaming centres in the UK are part of Luxury Leisure Talarius which uses the Admiral brand. Admiral say they offer the ultimate gaming experience, showcasing the best casino and classic slot games available on both the most technologically advanced slot machines and traditional “fruit machines.”

Local Labour councillors from Thurlow Park ward have already objected to Admiral’s planning application.

If Admiral get the go-ahead they will also need to advertise when they apply for a gambling license.  This licensing process gives local people 28 days to comment.

1 Comment

Filed under Employment, Home, Labour Councillors, Lambeth Council, Leisure, Local Business, Planning, West Norwood

Lambeth community directory

Lambeth has a diverse and active community & voluntary sector.

To find out about our local organisations use postcodes to search Integrate’s Community Directory: https://integrateagency.co.uk/voice/

To get listed on the directory email  contact@integrateagency.co.uk .

And join the Integrate mailing list for excellent regular email newsletters on advice, funding and training.

Age UK Lambeth have a specialist directory for organisations focussed on the social care sector: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/lambeth/our-services/mycommunity-directory/

Leave a comment

Filed under Arts, Charity, Churches, Community / voluntary, Education, Employment, Environment, Health, Home, Housing, Jobs, Kids, Leisure, Local Business, West Norwood, Youth

Shop Local

Station to station graphicOur local shops are re-opening after lockdown – with social distancing .  To keep West Norwood town centre thriving let’s all make our local shops our first choice!

We have a fantastic range of retailers and services in West Norwood – have a look at the  business directory online and see what’s on offer.

Twitter: @StationTStation

Facebook

Leave a comment

Filed under Employment, Home, Jobs, Local Business, West Norwood

£4.2m new business support funding

The council’s  Lambeth Local Economy Hardship Fund has new grants from £5,000 to £25,000 for the businesses, charities & not for profits that rely on bringing groups of people together. This sector faces the biggest threat for survival with the ongoing need for social distancing.

The fund has four different categories – Independent Hospitality Fund, Arts and Culture at Risk Fund, Charitable Organisations Fund and Shared Workspaces and Market Traders Fund. To apply for funding see:

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/information-for-businesses/local-economy-hardship-fund

The council has already paid out more than £44.31m of business rates grants and support to over 3,000 businesses and waived rents for many local charities and small businesses.

Cllr Matthew Bennett (pictured) the  councillor responsible for the local economy says “Our social, creative and community sectors play a critical role in Lambeth’s thriving local economy, support thousands of jobs and are an important part in what makes our town centres, and Lambeth as a whole, so vibrant. We have quickly put together a fresh package of support using government funding topped up from our own financial resources to protect our locally owned small businesses, leisure industry, cultural sector and charities.”

For more details see:

https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/support_for_at_risk_sectors/

Leave a comment

Filed under Charity, Community / voluntary, Employment, Home, Jobs, Lambeth Council, Local Business

Job vacancies in care sector

To help tackle corona virus in London more care workers are needed to support people leaving hospital.

Proud to Care London is a recruitment web site for the care sector that links people into crucial jobs, providing much needed care and support to people in our communities. It has been developed as a partnership with councils across London.

If you are interested in working in care & supporting people in their own home, in a care home or other residential setting, please check out www.proudtocareLondon.org.uk and see people talk about the work.  Many jobs can be flexible and part-time.

There are six main job roles that people can register interest in: care workers, care managers, social workers, OTs (occupational therapist), chefs and cleaners. You will be supported with free online training, checks such as DBS, advice on job roles and matched with local jobs. You can register your interest by completing a short online survey.

Caring is a frontline job and care workers need to be healthy to support those most vulnerable in our communities. On 15th April the government published details of their plan for coronavirus safety in the care sector on 15th April. For details see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/national-action-plan-to-further-support-adult-social-care-sector

For people preferring to volunteer during the corona virus crisis please see the Mutual Aid facebook site : https://www.facebook.com/groups/214918153220011/

or register with Lambeth council: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/forms/volunteer-to-help-your-community

Leave a comment

Filed under Charity, Community / voluntary, Employment, Health, Home, Jobs

Country Show 20th and 21st July

This year’s big day out at the Lambeth Country Show 12noon to 8pm is over this weekend  21st & 22nd July at Brockwell Park SE24 . Bring friends & family too. There is something for everyone! Disability access details : https://lambethcountryshow.co.uk/accessibility/

The Main stage hosts  musicians– Bukky Leo & Black Egypt , Vanessa Haynes, MF Robots, Imagination, Dawn Penn, SISTA Women in Reggae, Denis Alcapone, Twinkle Brothers & General Levy.

‘Flower walkers’ from the show in 2016

Activities include entertainments, farm animals, health & well being, flower show, sports, technology, performances, crafts, over 200 market stalls,  food & drink and of course show piece entertainments at the Arena. New for this year is Longbow Archery and Crossbows, Ancient Artillery, Warrior Training and Medieval Sword School.

To avoid single use plastics there is £2 deposit ( returnable) on reusable cups.  Lots of free water fountains.

This year there are safety searches at  4 entry points (Herne Hill , Lido, Tulse Hill, Norwood Road). Last entry 7.30pm. Avoid queues at peak time 3pm to 5pm. Entry is free and un-ticketed.

To get to the Country Show  please walk, cycle or travel by public transport ( 68 or 196 bus from West Norwood) . The only parking is for Blue Badge holders who apply in advance. Cycle parks inside Herne Hill & Tulse Hill entrances.

For full details see web site: https://lambethcountryshow.co.uk/ or download the app for i-phone or android – search for Lambeth Country Show 2019.

@lblcountryshow

#LCS19

Leave a comment

Filed under Arts, Charity, Community / voluntary, Employment, Environment, Health, Kids, Lambeth Council, Leisure, Local Business, Parks, Shopping

Community Connectors

Training as Community Connectors

Do people come to you for advice and information? Do you link others in your local community to activities and organisations? If so why not be trained as a Community Connector?

Project Smith offers Community Connector training & support to give volunteers the knowledge & skills to help other people:  things to do, places to go to access help & support and general wellbeing.

The training takes place over 4 days 9.30am – 3pm. The dates are  on Wednesday 26th June, Wednesday 3rd July, Thursday 4th July and Wednesday 17th July. You need to attend all 4 days to become a Community Connector. You get a Royal Society Level 2 Qualification in Supporting Behaviour Change on completion of your training.

Community Connectors say: “I’ve learned so much through the Connectors programme that I feel like a walking/talking community notice board,” “Since becoming a connector, I’ve helped others, made new friends, feel better about myself, and even found job opportunities through networking.”

Project Smith is a Lambeth council/NHS project and aims to: support people to manage their own health and wellbeing by having access to the right information and assistance, help people avoid crisis and build stronger community ties.

For more information email: jennifer.burgess@nhs.net

@ProjectSmithLam

Leave a comment

Filed under Charity, Community / voluntary, Crime, Education, Employment, Environment, Health, Housing, Jobs, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Parks, Police, West Norwood

Barclays Bank to close in June

west-norwood-barclays-e1551454032330Local Barclays bank customers received a letter today saying their branch will be closed on 21st June 2019. They are told to go to 136 Streatham High Road SW16 1BN instead.

Cllr Jane Pickard (pictured with the letter)  said:

“Barclays is the last bank in West Norwood and a vital part of the mix of services in our main shopping street providing banking for local businesses and residents. The Barclays ATMs are always busy giving us access to cash 24/7. We cannot afford to let it close.”

Local Labour councillors have started a campaign to stop the closure. Sign the petition here.

And write to Barclays – their business case for the closure is set out here.

Local people were furious when West Norwood’s Nat West branch closed in October 2012 – the building eventually re-opened as Pedders Estate Agents.

See our earlier posts  5/11/12  & 6/11/13

Leave a comment

Filed under Employment, Jobs, Labour Councillors, Local Business, Planning, Shopping, Uncategorized, West Norwood