Category Archives: Shopping

71 day diversion from York Hill for 315 bus

315 going up York Hill

When Thames Water start digging up Norwood Road to lay  a new water main they plan to close York Hill and Lancaster Avenue for 71 days. The 315 bus will be on diversion the long way round to Leigham Court Road via Knights Hill and Crown Lane.

As well as taking passengers to Streatham the 315 is a vital lifeline to many older people living in the streets  around  the top of York Hill.  This part of the route is hail and ride and does not have bus stops with diversion information. Please mention this important change to the 315 bus service to any neighbour who relies on this bus to get to and from West Norwood.

Thames Water are now expected to start their road works just after the May bank holiday. They will post leaflets and hold public meetings as soon as they can confirm a start date.

The start date has slipped from the one in our earlier post 15/3/19

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Feast is back this Sunday 7/4

Stalls near York Hill

West Norwood Feast is back on Sunday 7th April after its winter break ! The weather will be warmer at  a welcome 16 degrees C too!

Markets & activities at Artisans’ Market (Chatsworth Way SE24 9HR), Food Fair (in the garden of St Luke’s church SE27 0DT), Retro Village (Rosebery’s  74-76 Knight’s Hill SE27 0JD), Family Hub (outside the West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre, Devane Way SE27 0DF) and Fresh & Green (along Norwood Road from the corner of York Hill SE27 9AF)

Free music & kids activities at Portico from 10am, Food Fair from 12noon, Artisans Market from 10am, Family Hub from 11am. Picturehouse Cinema  is showing unique short local films at 11.30am . The Book & Record Bar has DJ  12noon to 2pm.

Activities on Sunday:

http://westnorwoodfeast.com/

@WN_Feast

@BooknRecordbar

@WestNorwoodPH

@PorticoGallery

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Norwood road works start 23rd April

Update 27.3.2019: It seems that the meetings mentioned below have been postponed. Still awaiting an update on this.

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:

23/1/19

25/3/17

7/2/17

18/10/16

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Barclays Bank to close in June

west-norwood-barclays-e1551454032330Local 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

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Uplift for Norwood High Street?

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: localplan@lambeth.gov.uk

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Meeting on Streetworks project

Streetworks is the local community led project to improve the pavements and make West Norwood’s main shopping street more attractive to local people & visitors. https://www.streetworks.london/

Norwood Action Group has organised  a public meeting at 7pm on Monday 10th September at Chatsworth Baptist Church in Chatsworth Way SE27 9HN to look at the results of the Streetworks project  and the future of our shopping street. All welcome to come and have a say.

Town centres have always been retailing centres but the shift to online shopping means town centres are shifting towards more services to survive.  With many independents providing a wide range of services already West Norwood is in better position than many places to take action to ensure the town centre remains the heart of the local community.

If you can find it online  – Robert Peston’s 3 part History of Shopping is worth watching.

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Our Kind of Norwood

Help shape the future of West Norwood by attending the Norwood Planning Assembly AGM and visioning event on Wednesday 25th April at 7pm at Portico Gallery 23 Knights Hill SE27 0HS. For details see:  https://www.norwoodplanning.org/

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