Thames Water will begin digging up Norwood Road on Tuesday 23rd April – just after the Easter bank holiday. The works will be done in sections starting at Tulse Hill station end. The works cause traffic disruption for over 7 months in West Norwood’s main shopping street.
To find out more please meet the people planning the project from Thames Water, the council and Transport for London between 1pm and 4pm on Monday 1st April at West Norwood Library, Norwood High Street SE27 0JX or in the evening at Salvation Army, Norwood Rd SE27 9AW on Tuesday 2nd April 5pm to 8pm .
These works are the third part of a £14m project to replace our local trunk water mains installed in 1870.
See our earlier posts:
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
Thames Water are planning to replace their water mains that run under Norwood Road in West Norwood later this year. The works will be disruptive causing congestion in the town centre for many months.
Detailed plans are being drawn up to minimize disruption to traffic and bus routes.Local councillors have organised a public meeting on Wednesday 30th January at 7pm in the Community Room at the back of West Norwood Library, Norwood High Street SE27 9JX.
Councillors want to hear the concerns of local businesses and residents and ensure these views are considered during the planning phase of this essential project.
In the meantime please report any water leaks direct to Thames Water: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/sitecore/content/tw-live/tw-live/Report-a-leak Telephone 24/7: 0800 714 614
Norwood High Street is part of the West Norwood town centre for planning application decisions – which means it should mainly be retail ( A1 use) . Many of the shops on Norwood High Street north of Windsor Grove and Rothschild Street are not prospering and there are many closed up shop premises.
In the draft Local Plan the council is proposing to turn part of Norwood High Street, south of the railway bridge to Windsor Grove and Rothschild Street, into a Creative Enterprise Zone – CEZ. This would encourage any new developments to have creative industries on the ground floor and maybe flats above. The CEZ does not affect the shops around the Chapel Road – Gipsy Road junction.
There are a range of other proposed local changes to policies in the draft Local Plan eg policy PN7 West Norwood and ED3 Knollys Goods Yard
The council’s policies used to assess planning applications are all published in the Local Plan which contains a full range of policies covering the whole borough eg affordable housing, schools & open space.
The Local Plan is being updated and the latest draft is published for consultation See: https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/lambeth-local-plan-oct-2018/
Deadline is 17th December. Comments can be made to: email@example.com
Filed under Employment, Environment, Housing, Jobs, Lambeth Council, Local Business, Parking, Planning, Shopping, Traffic, Transport, West Norwood
Our library is closed this week to prepare for opening over the road in Norwood High Street SE27 9JU on Friday 9th November from 10am and will be sharing the building with a 4 screen Picturehouse cinema & cafe.
This Lambeth library will be operate 54 hours a week and be open every day. Library times are: Mondays 1pm to 8pm; Tuesdays 10am to 8pm; Wednesdays 10am to 6pm; Thursdays 10am to 8pm; Fridays 10am to 6pm; Saturdays 10am to 6pm; Sundays 1pm to 5pm.
Our library will have 35,000 books, free IT facilities with Wifi and over 30 computers to use, a special children’s area, study space, full time library staff, regular activities for all ages and much more.
The West Norwood Library & Picturehouse building is fully wheelchair accessible with a lift and 3 disabled parking bays. Every screen will have an infrared system to play audio-described tracks (when provided by the film’s distributor) through hprovided headphones.
Children’s area in new Library
Cllr Sonia Winifred ( pictured) says: “I’m delighted that the West Norwood Library & Picturehouse is opening 9th November. It’s taken a little longer than we had hoped but now it’s ready for all to enjoy. I am sure it will soon become central to West Norwood’s community life.”
For details of the cinema programme see: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/West_Norwood#this-week. Opening films are Widows (15) and Wildlife (12A) . Standard adult tickets £11.10 to £14.10 . Members get discounts and there is still time to sign up as a Founder Member.
For several weeks clean water has been running out of the road where Norwood Road meets Robson Road. Eventually Thames Water started the repair on 29th October and say its due to be completed on Friday 2ndNovember. In the meantime traffic cannot turn right out of Robson Road onto Norwood Road and nor can traffic turn right into Robson Road from Knights Hill.
Water is also leaking out of Norwood Road at the junction of Avenue Park Road since the summer. Councillors have chased up Thames Water several times – the repair will involve a road closure and be carried out at night ( ref 5011 577 836) – but no repair date has been set yet.
It is clear that despite the fine imposed by OFWAT this summer Thames Water are still struggling to reduce leaks: https://www.ofwat.gov.uk/pn34-18-ofwat-confirms-package-payments-penalties-thames-water-following-leakage-failures/
With winter coming there will be more leaks and more icy trips & slips. Leaks can be reported 24/7 on 0800 714 614 or use the Thames Water online form: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/help-and-advice/Report-a-problem/Report-a-problem
The weekend of 22nd & 23rd September is London Open House – a chance to visit great architecture for free throughout London. In West Norwood we can visit:
Cheviot Gardens 36 Cheviot Rd SE27 0SU 1pm to 5pm
36 St Faith’s Road SE21 8JD 10am to 5pm. Tours on the hour 11am to 4pm
The Clockworks 6 Nettlefold Place, SE27 0JW 10am to 6pm . Hourly tours
West Norwood Cemetery Norwood High Street SE27 9JU 1pm to 5pm Tours at 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm meet inside main cemetery gate
South London Botanical Institute 323 Norwood Road, SE24 9AQ 1pm-to-5pm
Crystal Palace Subway Crystal Palace Parade SE19 1LG 10am to 5pm
For details of 100’s of buildings across London open for Open House see: https://openhouselondon.org.uk/
Or download the free app for i-phones or Android
Or pick up a booklet in the library
Filed under Arts, Charity, Community / voluntary, Education, Environment, Housing, Leisure, Libraries, Local Business, Parks, West Norwood