Cllr Meldrum with our local team
Our local Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT) is a group of London Met police officers dedicated to serving the local community.
They work closely with residents, businesses, community leaders, the council and others to help find solutions to local problems and decide our policing priorities.
The team pop into St Lukes church SE27 0HS to chat informally with local people over a cup of tea between 12noon and 1pm. The dates in April are: Friday 5th April, Friday 12th April, Thursday 18th April and Tuesday 23rd April.
For details see: https://www.met.police.uk/a/your-area/met/lambeth/knights-hill/?introducingyoursaferneighbourhoodsteam=meetingandevents
Local 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
Lambeth council has made over £200m worth of savings since 2010 due to austerity measures imposed by central government. Staff numbers have already been dramatically reduced , 14 council office buildings have been cut down to just two, and many service have gone digital . But the budget cuts from central government keep coming… The council has to make another £43m of savings over the next 4 years – at the same time as providing the vital services that residents expect and to look after the most vulnerable people in Lambeth.
The council wants to hear from residents before it sets its budget in February. Please take part in the budget consultation ( deadline Monday January 14th ) https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SJTPS23?medium=email&source=GovDelivery%3E
Cllr. Andy Wilson
Cllr Andy Wilson , pictured, answers questions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOGpRhbXIpo
Cllr Jackie Meldrum with the Open House directory
This weekend, 12th & 13th May and next weekend, 19th & 20th May, provides a chance to meet many of our local artists as they open their doors and studios. It is your chance to see their work and maybe get a bargain or acquire a masterpiece!
The studios and homes are open from 11am to 6pm – just look out for the Artists Open House signs. Or check out the directory at: http://dulwichfestival.co.uk/artists-open-house/
Roseberys Auction House have a taster exhibition at 70 Knights Hill SE27 0JD if you are not sure where to start….
Labour councillors outside Lambeth Town Hall
Lambeth’s Labour party candidates won an unprecedented 4th term of office following their record breaking victory in 2014 . Labour won 57 of the 63 seats in the council elections on the 3rd May 2018.
For details see:
To find your councillors see:
Check out the Labour Party’s manifesto for Lambeth council elections on Thursday 3rd May at https://lambeth-labour-manifesto.org/
This manifesto has been drawn up with hundreds of local people to create a positive and ambitious vision for a better, fairer Lambeth that aims to improve the lives of all Lambeth residents.
It builds on Labour’s strong record over the last four years – including building the first new council homes in a generation, protecting our 23 fantastic children’s centres and paying every Lambeth employee at least the London Living Wage.
Labour promises are:
- Tackling Lambeth’s housing crisis – by completing our ambitious programme of 1,000 council homes and introducing a new private renters charter
- A cleaner and greener Lambeth – by keeping a full weekly bin collection, boosting recycling and improving air quality
- Delivering value for money – by keeping council tax one of the lowest in London
- A safer Lambeth – by tackling youth violence and fighting Tory police cuts
- A more equal Lambeth – by creating 1,500 apprenticeships and encouraging every Lambeth business to pay the London Living Wage
- Fighting against a Tory Hard Brexit – by campaigning to defend the rights of our EU friends and neighbours
Cllr. Jackie Meldrum in front of new KFC site
Kentucky Fried Chicken have won planning permission to open a restaurant seating 30 people and a takeaway at 489-491 Norwood Road SE27 9DJ beside Ardarshi chemist. The Independent Planning Inspector has overruled Lambeth council and approved the planning application decision including opening hours to 3am on Fridays & Saturday night.
KFC is one of the most popular fast food chains in the UK with about 900 stores. It was forced to close over half its branches this month due to problems with chicken distributor. See: Guardian article
KFC closed its smaller premises at 527 Norwood Road about a year ago.
For details of the new premises use ref 17/01574 and 18/00497 at Lambeth Planning Portal
West Norwood has had a KFC for some years at 527 Norwood Road SE27 9DL which closed at the beginning of February. These new premises will be much bigger allowing for up to 30 customers to eat in the restaurant at any one time as well as serving takeaway hot food.
See our earlier post
17/9/17 and 17/8/17 and 2/5/17