Category Archives: Labour Councillors

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

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Consultation on Lambeth’s budget 2019/20

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

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Local artists weekend

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….

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Labour’s record 4th term

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:

https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/mgElectionResults.aspx?ID=35&RPID=33201035

To find your councillors see:

https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=WARD&VW=LIST&PIC=0

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Council elections 3rd May

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:

  1. Tackling Lambeth’s housing crisis – by completing our ambitious programme of 1,000 council homes and introducing a new private renters charter
  2. A cleaner and greener Lambeth – by keeping a full weekly bin collection, boosting recycling and improving air quality
  3. Delivering value for money – by keeping council tax one of the lowest in London
  4. A safer Lambeth – by tackling youth violence and fighting Tory police cuts
  5. A more equal Lambeth – by creating 1,500 apprenticeships and encouraging every Lambeth business to pay the London Living Wage
  6. Fighting against a Tory Hard Brexit – by campaigning to defend the rights of our EU friends and neighbours

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KFC wins back West Norwood

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

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Knollys goods yard

Cllr. Jane Pickard at the Knollys Road entrance

Developers want to build a new car-free “urban village” of over 500 homes to rent in West Norwood on a site with only one entrance – from Knollys Road.

They have already submitted a planning application to tunnel under the railway line at Knollys Road by Cameron Place. The developers are now talking about a foot bridge 10 metres high at the Leigham Vale end of the site.

Constructing tunnels & bridges is very costly and means the new high density  “village” is unlikely to meet Lambeth council’s target of 40% affordable homes.. The developers want to include some business space and make the whole site vehicle free.

Developers sketch of 9 storey housing

The private sector developers have employed a PR company which is claiming that a waste or recycling facility, industrial estate or haulage depot could be opened at Knollys Yard.  Lambeth Council has no plans to do this.

The Network Rail owned site, located between three raised railway tracks, is  currently used by scaffolding companies. The council is reviewing its planning policies, known as the Lambeth Local Plan and is considering whether to extend its policy of protecting existing employment sites (known as Key Industrial & Business Areas – KIBAs). Contrary to the claims on the PR company campaign, a KIBA does not mean that the site would be occupied by heavy industries. Of course any proposal for significant new business or industrial development at Knollys Goods Yard would require planning permission, full public consultation, and detailed analysis of the impact on traffic and neighbours.

There will be further public consultation on Lambeth Local Plan review later this year. For more details see: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/lambeth-local-plan-review-2017

See our earlier posts 14/11/16, 27/11/17 on Knollys Goods Yard

Please note there is also no truth in the mischievous twitter account suggesting a sex club for the site!

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