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:
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:
Are you ready to send your children back to school after the coronavirus lockdown ? Not sure?
Lambeth council is holding an online question and answer session this Thursday 29th May at 1pm. For details & to book a place see: https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/coronavirus-back-to-school-discussion
Ed Davie, the councillor responsible for schools in Lambeth says: “As a parent of Lambeth primary and secondary school children I know how tough the last few months have been struggling with home learning, worrying about returning to school and just trying to get through each day. We want to listen to families, schools and unions to understand your concerns and support everyone to stay safe, healthy and learning”
There is clear evidence the coronavirus pandemic is adversely impacting the UK’s Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.
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:
For local advice & help during the coronavirus crisis please see:
Developers plan to demolish the grotty corner on Thurlow Park Road opposite the Tulse Hill Hotel and build 43 new homes in a block up to 7 storeys high. The proposal for the new block is for eight 3-bedroom homes, twenty seven 2-bedroom homes and eight 2- bedroom homes. 17 of the flats are to be affordable.
The site is close to Tulse Hill rail station and many bus routes so there is no off-road parking except for 2 disabled bays and plenty of cycle parking.
To see the plans in detail, comments from Thurlow Park ward Labour councillors & other residents and to submit an online comment go to Lambeth’s planning portal https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-applications/search-planning-applications and quote ref: 19/03669
Children born between 1/9/2008 and 31/8/2009 must apply for a secondary school place in 2020 by Thursday 31st October. See details and online application form for Lambeth schools at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/school-admissions/secondary-school-admissions-202021
Many schools have an extra “supplementary information form” that is sent direct to the school by a date before the 31st October.
The test day for schools using an admission test is on Saturday 9th November.
Deadline for primary school admissions is 15th January 2020.
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….