Category Archives: Environment

Feast is back on Sunday

West Norwood Feast markets are back for real on 2nd August this Sunday 10am to 4pm. Come along and support our local independent businesses.

Things have changed around a little since last year and  Feast is now on three sites: Food Fair at St Luke’s Church ,  Artisans’ Market at Chatworth Way  and Village Green in Devane Way SE27 0DF . Due to social distancing there is no picnicing in St Luke’s Gardens.

For details see: https://westnorwoodfeast.com/feast-is-back-sunday-2-august/

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Suggestions for changing local ward boundaries

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is now looking at making changes to ward boundaries so that each councillor represents about the same number of resident electors.

Ward councillors in different parts of Lambeth represent varying numbers of residents as Lambeth’s population has increased over the last 20 years at different rates in different parts of the borough. Overall, by 2026, the Lambeth electorate is expected to increase by over 60,000 people.

To make suggestions for changes ( deadline 21st September) please check out the LGBCE web site:

https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/greater-london/greater-london/lambeth

In Norwood there are 3 wards: Gipsy Hill, Knights Hill and Thurlow Park each with 3 councillors.

For details of all Lambeth’s councillors see: https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=WARD&J=3

Ward boundaries were last changed 20 years ago by the LGBCE  For details of the current ward boundaries see:

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/elections-and-council/about-lambeth/ward-maps

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Norwood Road works finished!

Early this week Thames Water finished their mains water project on Norwood Road and have now left the area free of diverted buses, extra traffic lights , cones and one lane roads. We have almost forgotten what it’s like to be free of road works as Thames Water started digging up Norwood Road in May 2019 and before that roadworks on Leigham Vale from 2016.

Thames Water has offered the local community £2,000 compensation for the disruption to our town centre. One suggestion is to produce and  distribute a business /service  directory to all the households surrounding West Norwood to encourage people to return to their local shopping centre and local traders.

Replacement of our trunk water mains is important infrastructure work  BUT it will not reduce the numerous leaks in our local roads and pavements. Please continue to report these to Thames Water: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/contact-us/report-a-problem/report-a-problem-online or phone 0800 714 614 or facebook/twitter @thameswater

The original Thames Water Authority was privatised in 1989 and is now owned by Kemble Water Holdings. The largest shareholders are:

Canadian pensions group OMERS , BT Pension Scheme , the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the China Investment Corporation and the Kuwait Investment Authority.

See our recent earlier posts:

20/5/20

16/5/20

19/4/20

3/1/20

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Lambeth Country Show 2020

18th & 19th July will be the 2020 Lambeth Country show – online this year due to coronavirus.

https://lambethcountryshow.co.uk/virtual/

There will be plenty for everyone across the two days: music, workshops, shopping, community groups, animals, competitions and more.

Deadline for submitting photos for the competitions:

Flower Show  11pm Wednesday 15 July rules [ https://lambethcountryshow.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/LCS-Virtual-Flower-Show-Schedule-2020.pdf  ]

winning cake in 2019

Vegetable Sculpture: 3pm Friday 17 July – winner voted by the public up to 8pm on Sunday 19th:

Scarecrow, Recycled Garden & Best in Show: 3pm Friday 17 July

In the meantime watch compilations of the highlights of previous Country Shows:

https://www.facebook.com/lambethcountryshow/videos

@lambethcountryshow

#LCS20 #VirtualLCS #LCSintheHouse #LambethCountryShow

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Stop Press! Thames water update

Thames Water now need to work outside Elmcourt Rd during this weekend daytime Saturday (23rd ), Sunday (24th) & Monday (25th)   so there will be extra day time traffic lights in place.

Keep watching this space!

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New metal recycling centre

Southwark Metals have just submitted a planning application for a new metal recycling building at Windsor Grove SE27 9NT (next to our local Royal Mail  Sorting Office). The picture shows an architect’s image of how the building would look – it is to include a living green roof and one green wall.

The site is on the derelict scrap yard which had permission to process 25,000 tonnes a year but did not operate to this full capacity. The new proposal aims to process 35,000 tonnes per year. Local residents are concerned that the new plans will result in many more vans & trucks on Windsor Grove and neighbouring streets. The planning applications mentions 120 vehicles per weekday and 50 on Saturdays.

If you want to see details of the proposal and/or comment please use ref:  20/01066 at Lambeth Planning portal.

There is a petition opposing the plans  at: http://chng.it/2pGy2TsP

Waste sites, including scrapyards, are protected by planning rules in London as there are so few of them and London’s waste keeps growing.

See our earlier post 7/12/19

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Thames Water night working

Elmcourt Health Centre

During testing Thames Water have just discovered that one of the new water main valves needs replacing. The faulty valve is under Norwood Road near Elmcourt Health Centre SE27 9AQ. This weekend Thames Water need to close one lane of traffic, with 2-way lights, so they can dig down to reach the faulty new valve deep beneath the road.

Thames Water will replace the valve by working at night from Sunday 17th May 10.30pm to 5.30am for about two weeks. This will help Thames Water keep to their revised August 2020 end-date for the Norwood Road water-mains project.

There will be an extra set of traffic lights during these night time hours only.

Any problems please telephone Thames Water 0800 316 9800 quoting project BB279802

Thames Water are writing to residents in the local neighbourhood  with this
letter (pdf)

See our earlier posts:

19/4/203/1/2021/12/193/5/1923/1/19

Twitter: @thameswater

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Our ‘new normal’ streets

Social distancing will remain for some time. Lambeth council is adapting some hot spots where social distancing is difficult in order to make walking safer. One example is the pavement under Herne Hill bridge which has already been widened –see photo.

Please help by telling the council about places where busy pavements are too narrow to keep 2m apart. The council will prioritize suggestions which will have the greatest impact. You can let us know your suggestions by getting in touch with your local councillors or use this online map:

https://lambethtransportcovidresponsemap.commonplace.is/

The map shows that people in West Norwood have already noted about 20 hot spots on the Tulse Hill gyratory, Norwood Road, Knights Hill and York Hill. Have a look to see if you agree!

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Recycling garden waste

Bank holidays in May are a great time to get gardening again. Gardening waste can be taken to our recycling centres at Smugglers Wharf SW8 or  Vale Street SE27. Both centres will reopen next week for essential journeys and with very limited access due to coronavirus. Smugglers Wharf access days depend on the number plate of your vehicle. Booking will be necessary at Vale Street.

Plan any recycling trip well in advance and check the web site for details :

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/places/lambeth-reuse-and-recycling-centre-vale-street

https://wrwa.gov.uk/centre-opening-times/

Garden waste can also be composted in your garden or collected via Lambeth’s paid for green bag service. Please do not put garden waste in green or black bins!

The latest government coronavirus guidance says it is reasonable for residents to undertake a journey to Recycling Centres if the waste or recycling can’t be stored on their property without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to the resident or other members of their household or harm to public health and amenity

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Impact of coronavirus on our diverse communities

There is clear evidence the coronavirus pandemic is adversely impacting the UK’s Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Councillor Winifred

Local West Norwood councillor Sonia Winifred is Lambeth’s lead for Equalities and Culture and has written to key stakeholders outlining her concerns. Sonia says: “Whilst I am pleased to hear the government will launch an inquiry into the disproportionality of BAME deaths due to COVID-19, I would urge the government to approach this as a matter of priority. Lambeth is recording the relevant equalities data in all of the support services that we are providing and for example  making sure our BAME business community is accessing the support for business we have put in place locally , as well as accessing the government’s scheme.”

To see Sonia’s open letter in full see:
https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/action-needed-to-tackle-covid-19-inequalities/

For local advice & help during the coronavirus crisis please see:
https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

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