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Feast is back at Easter!

West Norwood Feast is back again in 2021 on Sunday April 4th between 10am and 4pm. The stalls will be hot & cold food stalls only: Food Fair stalls will be spaced out safely in St Lukes church gardens SE27 0DT and the Fresh n Green stalls in the Village Green around the Leisure Centre in Devane Way SE27 0DF.

Next month Feast is hoping, lockdown rules permitting,  to open its full range of stalls in the early May bank holiday weekend – Sunday 2nd May.

For more information see:

https://westnorwoodfeast.com/about/

@WN_FEAST twitter & instagram

@wnfeast facebook

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Windsor Grove scrapyard

The developers of the derelict scrapyard at Windsor Grove SE27 9NT have submitted a very detailed Environmental Statement report to support their plans to demolish & rebuild a metal recycling facility on the site. The report concludes there will be no significant environmental effects from the development at Windsor Grove but the ecology/diversity will be improved and the sustainable transport will have health benefits.

Over 1,000 residents have already commented / objected to the plans. They were invited by a letter from the council [jpeg] to read & comment on the Environmental Statement by  Monday 8th February 2021.

Many residents oppose the plans due to the increase in hazardous traffic. The large HGV lorries will be asked to take the route, pictured,  and so avoid West Norwood town centre by driving through Crystal Palace or Streatham.

The consultant’s Environmental  Statement report for the developers is hundreds of pages long. Volume 1 is the introduction and nearly 200 pages. There is a summary in Chapter 13 of Volume 1.

To read and comment on the developers Environmental Statement  for Windsor Grove please input ref 20/01066 on the Lambeth Planning portal.

See our previous posts on 19/5/20 and 7/12/19

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GNK on Norwood High St

GNK is a builders merchants at 80 Norwood High St SE27 9NW and due to its growing success has become too big for the limited size of its current site.
Local residents and Lambeth council have been concerned at the impact on pedestrian safety and traffic on Norwood High St due to the way vehicles enter & leave the premises. Excessive parking on Norwood High St itself often reduces this busy B232 road to one lane of traffic at many times of the working day.

Over the years the council tried to get GNK to implement the conditions of their original planning permission 10/02101 which do not permit reversing out of the site nor parking on the Norwood High St. Customers and delivery trucks are required to park off-road & on the site and turn and leave the site in forward gear.

In July 2020 the council refused GNK planning application 20/01734 to remove the condition preventing vehicles reversing into Norwood Rd. GNK have now appealed the council’s refusal to the independent Planning Inspector.  To comment on the appeal (make a representation) go to:
https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ and quote ref 3258370  before Monday 18/1/21.

For more information on the planning history of the site please go to Lambeth’s planning portal
https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and quote the address.  20/01734 has details of the appeal.

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Curnicks Lane

Planned flats

Developers have submitted another planning application to build seven bedsits and three 1-bed flats on the former workshops in Curnicks Lane SE27 0UT between Chapel Rd and Linton Grove.

Existing workshops

You can see the plans & comment by inputting ref 20/04185/P20 at the Lambeth Planning portal. Deadline for comments is Wednesday 6th January.

This planning application is being made under the new brownfield site rules.

To be eligible for the new rules the site must previously have been in use as Class B1 (office, research or light industrial). Last month the developers submitted planning application 20/03846 to prove to the council that the last use of this site was light industrial (B1c).

The government is continuing to cut back on planning rules and give the council and  local people less say over developers plans. This is one of the first planning applications in Lambeth made under the new brownfield site permitted development rights. If the developers submitted a standard planning application they would have to meet Lambeth’s agreed policies on minimum size of homes, children’s play space etc.

See our previous post 17/9/2019

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A slot machine centre for West Norwood?

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.

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Shop local for Christmas!

There will be over 45 stalls at the West Norwood Christmas markets this Saturday 12th Dec 11am to 3pm. Visit the stalls centred around Norwood High St beside St Luke’s church SE27 0DT.  There’s something for everyone!

And of course our local shops are open too . Check out the fantastic range  of retailers in West Norwood town centre in this business directory:

https://stationtostation.london/directory/

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What happens to our rubbish?

Paper for recycling

The waste in our bins is collected by Lambeth council and taken to Smugglers Wharf SW8 and processed for reuse, recycling or for turning into energy.

The next virtual tours ( on Zoom) of the plant at Smugglers Wharf are on Thursday 26th  Nov at 1pm and Wednesday 2nd Dec at 6pm . This is a chance to see how our rubbish is processed and put to further use.

To book you place see: https://wrwa.gov.uk/schools-adult-groups/online/

Western Riverside Waste Authority run Smugglers Wharf for the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea , Lambeth and Wandsworth

@WRWA

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Lambeth community directory

Lambeth has a diverse and active community & voluntary sector.

To find out about our local organisations use postcodes to search Integrate’s Community Directory: https://integrateagency.co.uk/voice/

To get listed on the directory email  contact@integrateagency.co.uk .

And join the Integrate mailing list for excellent regular email newsletters on advice, funding and training.

Age UK Lambeth have a specialist directory for organisations focussed on the social care sector: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/lambeth/our-services/mycommunity-directory/

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Staff wearing masks in shops & cafes

Social distancing is key to tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Do you want to see staff wearing face coverings in shops, pubs and restaurants in West Norwood?

Please complete this quick survey to let our local businesses know what local people think about staff who are meeting customers face to face.

https://poll.app.do/shop-staff-wearing-face-coverings

So far 53% said “it makes me uneasy and I might avoid that business” in response to the question: “How do you feel about visiting shops, restaurants or other businesses where staff choose not to wear face coverings, excluding staff behind screens ”

Station to Station is the business organisation for West Norwood businesses . They publish an excellent business directory of our local businesses:

https://stationtostation.london/directory/

Also see:  https://www.facebook.com/StationtoStationWNandTH

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Book for books!

West Norwood Library has reopened after lockdown Mondays to Saturdays 11am to 4pm . But to maintain social distancing you must make an appointment by phone.

Ring 020 7926 8034 to collect books ordered in advance

Ring 020 7926 8092 to make an appointment to use a  computer or study space and for photocopying., scanning & printing.

The Picturehouse Cinema is open with a separate entrance through its café area. See: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/west-norwood-picturehouse

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