The Boundary Commission is proposing to split West Norwood into two constituencies – with an MP for Streatham and an MP for Norwood. The proposed divide is along Norwood Road , between Thurlow Park ward and Knights Hill & Gipsy Hill wards . The proposed Norwood borough constituency ( pictured) is composed mostly of Croydon neighbourhoods and stretches from West Norwood through Norbury, Thornton Heath & Norwood Junction station to Black Horse Lane.
The proposals are at the consultation stage with a deadline of 2nd August. The Boundary Commission will present their recommendations to parliament in July 2023.
The Boundary Commission is keeping the same number of MPs across the UK (650) but each constituency is to have between 69,724 and 77,062 parliamentary electors. London will get two more MPs up from current 73. The Commission says it tries to minimise disruption and take into account local ties, geographic factors and council boundaries.
Earlier plans to change constituencies in 2013 and 2018 were dropped. Will the Boundary Commission get it right this time?
In the meantime we are still waiting for the Boundary Commission to decide on new ward boundaries for Lambeth. See our earlier post 5/3/21
Lambeth & Wandsworth are running an enhanced covid 19 testing programme to test everyone in the two boroughs.
West Norwood has a free drop-in covid 19 testing centre at Waylett Place car park SE27 9AA (next to Iceland) . The last session will be 9am to 3pm on Monday 26th April. These tests are for people with NO covid 19 symptoms.
For more information on covid19 testing services in Lambeth see:
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has published its draft of changes to ward boundaries to come into effect in 2022. The aim of the changes for each elected councillor to represent about the same number of resident electors. The LGBCE will be presenting its findings at an online meeting on Thursday 11th March 6pm to 7pm. To take part book your place here. For the West Norwood area the LGBCE has proposed:
a new ward named St Martins (2 cllrs) around Tulse Hill station
renamed Thurlow Park as Rosendale (2 cllrs)
moved some of Gipsy Hill ward (2cllrs) into Knights Hill ward (3 cllrs) .
Residents, businesses, the council and political parties input a large number of suggestions to the LGBCE review of Lambeth. The council and others requested changes to wards named after people involved in slavery eg Lord Thurlow.
If you have comments on the boundaries or the names please do get in touch with LGBCE by 12th April. For details go to the LGBCE website here.
Lambeth council has just written to every household with details of everyone with a right to vote. If any names are missed off the list there is time to get registered at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
The elections this year are on Thursday May 6th for the Mayor of London and the Greater London Assembly members.The government said on 5th February that the local elections will also go ahead see: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-55938380
British Citizens age 18 or over, Irish & EU citizens and most Commonwealth citizens living here are entitled to register & vote in these elections.
So why not be safe and vote early in this election and avoid any socially distanced queuing at the polling station? Apply to vote early by downloading this form:
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.
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:
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.”