Category Archives: Lambeth Council

Starting secondary school in 2022

Children born between 1/9/2010 and 31/8/2011 must apply for a secondary school place in 2020  by Sunday 31st October 2021. See details and online application form for Lambeth schools here.

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 13th November.

Deadline for primary school admissions is  15th January 2022

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Lambeth Heritage Festival

This September’s Lambeth heritage festival is a great mix of over 50 online or in-person events. There is something for everyone and most are free events.  A big thanks to Lambeth History Forum and Lambeth Archives for organising .

Check out the web page to see what’s happening and book:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKLAMBETH/bulletins/2ed6e7f

Sessions about  West Norwood include:

  • Sat 11th Sept 11am, in-person, tour of West Norwood Cemetery
  • Mon 20th Sept 7pm, online talk about Great North Wood
  • Sun 26th Sept 2pm or 3pm in-person tour of Park Hill at Henry Tate Mews, Streatham Common North, SW16 3HA

@LambethArchives

@LambethLHF

 

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Planning applications in West Norwood

There is considerable interest from developers wanting to invest in sites across West Norwood

To help local people keep up with developers’ plans we are listing  all the planning applications for planning permission and appeals against council decisions in the West Norwood area on this web site: https://westnorwoodnews.com/local-planning-applications/

These lists are for information only.

Everyone is entitled to comment on planning applications for permission from the council to build new buildings or refurbish existing ones. To look at the details of a planning application and comment online go to https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and search on the planning reference.

If the council refuses planning permission, the applicant has up to 6 months to submit an appeal and get the independent Planning Inspector to take a fresh look at the application. To look at and comment on an appeal go to: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/

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Windsor Grove metal recycling turned down – Latest update 27/7/21

Protest outside town hall

After a lengthy meeting on the 13th July ending at 10.45pm councillors on Lambeth’s  Planning Committee agreed to refuse permission for the application 20/01066 to create a mega metal-recycling facility in Windsor Grove SE27 9NT. But the detailed reasons and the formal decision will be deferred to the next meeting.

West Norwood residents turned up with placards outside the town hall in Brixton before the meeting started at 7pm on Tuesday evening tonight.  The committee of cross-party councillors heard strong objections from residents, business, Helen Hayes MP  and local councillors . Helen Hayes handed in a petition with 5,500 signatures from people opposing the plans.

There is widespread opposition to the plans throughout the West Norwood community. Such a mega site would require a hundred super heavy trucks and vans going to and from the site each day: causing more air pollution, more noise and more traffic congestion in West Norwood’s narrow streets. A big thanks to Norwood Action Group for their regular newsletters over the last year and to  the #ScraptheYard campaign

Watch this space!

The meeting to finalise the decision was held on Tuesday 27th July and the planning application was unanimously refused by councillors. The reason for refusal was : The impact of the increased noise, traffic & pollution will impact on the  amenity of the area.  

See our previous posts on Windsor Grove:

20/1/21

19/5/20

7/12/19

To see other West Norwood planning applications and appeals, check our planning pages – updated monthly.

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More changes proposed to councillor wards

Proposed ward changes

The Boundary Commission is consulting on new proposals for changing wards in West Norwood – deadline 29th July . There are now three wards  propose each with three councillors.

The current Thurlow Park ward is expanded to include St Martins estate and named West Dulwich & St Martins.

Gipsy Hill ward expands a few streets north of the cemetery and  keeps its name. Knights Hill takes in the area around Harpenden Rd and is renamed West Norwood.

For more details see: https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/greater-london/greater-london/lambeth

To comment email  reviews@lgbce.org.uk  by Thursday 29th July

See our earlier posts:

5/3/21

27/7/20

The deadline for commenting on moving residents of Knights Hill & Gipsy Hill wards into the east part of Croydon North constituency currently represented by Steve Reed MP is 2nd August 2021. See our post 17/6/21

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Two MPs for West Norwood?

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.

For details and how to comment see:

https://www.bcereviews.org.uk/node/6485?postcode=SE270UW

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

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Have you had your covid 19 test?

Testing in Waylett Place

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:

Cllr. Jackie Meldrum gets tested

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Changes to ward boundaries for next year

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.

See our earlier post 27/7/20

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Have you very slow broadband speeds?

Installing fibre optic cables in our streets

Residents have asked councillors what can be done about the very slow broadband speeds they have that make accessing the internet difficult. Unfortunately there are pockets of homes which have Exchange Only Lines (EOL).  These homes have a direct phone line to the nearest exchange and are not linked into the green cabinets in the streets. These lines have slow broadband speeds – under 5 mb/s and are currently not being upgraded to faster connections via cabinets or through fibre optic cables to the home.

Our local exchange is the Gipsy Hill Exchange in Park Hall Road. The further you are from the Exchange the slower your speeds!

If you know you have an EOL please get in touch with Cllr Jackie Meldrum at jmeldrum@lambeth.gov.uk . If we have more information on the location of EOLs hopefully we can find a solution to the slow broadband problem.

Openreach has been joined by Community Fibre and G.Network who are installing fibre optic cables in Lambeth’s streets.  Fibre optic cables will enable much faster broadband connections to the internet for almost all homes that pay for that connection often known as ‘Full Fibre’ or ‘Ultrafast’ broadband. Virgin Media use their own cable system for broadband but you need to have access to their cable network on your street.

Lambeth council is developing a digital & broadband strategy for the whole borough including its housing estates.

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Covid-19 variant testing

Lambeth council is asking everyone, aged 16 or over, living or working in the area (pictured) between Norwood Rd and Leigham Court Rd & Valley Rd to get a Covid-19 test, whether they have been vaccinated or not. A variant first identified in South Africa has been detected in the local area. UK government data from various areas across the country shows that the variant is not currently spreading quickly and is being contained.

Tests ready to go out from the town hall

Tests ready to go out from the town hall

People in the area will receive full information on how to access the testing.

For more details see here.

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