Category Archives: Traffic

Norwood Road works finished!

Early this week Thames Water finished their mains water project on Norwood Road and have now left the area free of diverted buses, extra traffic lights , cones and one lane roads. We have almost forgotten what it’s like to be free of road works as Thames Water started digging up Norwood Road in May 2019 and before that roadworks on Leigham Vale from 2016.

Thames Water has offered the local community £2,000 compensation for the disruption to our town centre. One suggestion is to produce and  distribute a business /service  directory to all the households surrounding West Norwood to encourage people to return to their local shopping centre and local traders.

Replacement of our trunk water mains is important infrastructure work  BUT it will not reduce the numerous leaks in our local roads and pavements. Please continue to report these to Thames Water: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/contact-us/report-a-problem/report-a-problem-online or phone 0800 714 614 or facebook/twitter @thameswater

The original Thames Water Authority was privatised in 1989 and is now owned by Kemble Water Holdings. The largest shareholders are:

Canadian pensions group OMERS , BT Pension Scheme , the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the China Investment Corporation and the Kuwait Investment Authority.

See our recent earlier posts:

20/5/20

16/5/20

19/4/20

3/1/20

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Stop Press! Thames water update

Thames Water now need to work outside Elmcourt Rd during this weekend daytime Saturday (23rd ), Sunday (24th) & Monday (25th)   so there will be extra day time traffic lights in place.

Keep watching this space!

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New metal recycling centre

Southwark Metals have just submitted a planning application for a new metal recycling building at Windsor Grove SE27 9NT (next to our local Royal Mail  Sorting Office). The picture shows an architect’s image of how the building would look – it is to include a living green roof and one green wall.

The site is on the derelict scrap yard which had permission to process 25,000 tonnes a year but did not operate to this full capacity. The new proposal aims to process 35,000 tonnes per year. Local residents are concerned that the new plans will result in many more vans & trucks on Windsor Grove and neighbouring streets. The planning applications mentions 120 vehicles per weekday and 50 on Saturdays.

If you want to see details of the proposal and/or comment please use ref:  20/01066 at Lambeth Planning portal.

There is a petition opposing the plans  at: http://chng.it/2pGy2TsP

Waste sites, including scrapyards, are protected by planning rules in London as there are so few of them and London’s waste keeps growing.

See our earlier post 7/12/19

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Thames Water night working

Elmcourt Health Centre

During testing Thames Water have just discovered that one of the new water main valves needs replacing. The faulty valve is under Norwood Road near Elmcourt Health Centre SE27 9AQ. This weekend Thames Water need to close one lane of traffic, with 2-way lights, so they can dig down to reach the faulty new valve deep beneath the road.

Thames Water will replace the valve by working at night from Sunday 17th May 10.30pm to 5.30am for about two weeks. This will help Thames Water keep to their revised August 2020 end-date for the Norwood Road water-mains project.

There will be an extra set of traffic lights during these night time hours only.

Any problems please telephone Thames Water 0800 316 9800 quoting project BB279802

Thames Water are writing to residents in the local neighbourhood  with this
letter (pdf)

See our earlier posts:

19/4/203/1/2021/12/193/5/1923/1/19

Twitter: @thameswater

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Our ‘new normal’ streets

Social distancing will remain for some time. Lambeth council is adapting some hot spots where social distancing is difficult in order to make walking safer. One example is the pavement under Herne Hill bridge which has already been widened –see photo.

Please help by telling the council about places where busy pavements are too narrow to keep 2m apart. The council will prioritize suggestions which will have the greatest impact. You can let us know your suggestions by getting in touch with your local councillors or use this online map:

https://lambethtransportcovidresponsemap.commonplace.is/

The map shows that people in West Norwood have already noted about 20 hot spots on the Tulse Hill gyratory, Norwood Road, Knights Hill and York Hill. Have a look to see if you agree!

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End in sight for Thames Water roadworks

Thames Water have revised their plans for Norwood Road again and will now not finish until 19th August 2020. The works are considered essential works so they are continuing during lockdown but at a slower pace due to social distancing.

The last 200m of mains pipes from Chatsworth Way to Robson Road will not be completed by Thames Water. Live waste water and other pipes have been found too close to the water main making it too difficult to replace the main.

Currently we have 2 sets of lane closures on Norwood Road controlled by traffic lights.  Norwood Road at Knights Hill end will be re-opened to two-way traffic from the evening of Friday 24tH April. The traffic lights for the single lane outside Texaco garage will stay till the end of June. 

The final stage of the mains replacement project will attach the 630m of new pipe to the main at Tulse Hill , involving a temporary diversion of the main so there is no disruption to the water supply.  So from Monday 27th April there be lane closures again on Tulse Hill near its junction with Perran Road and some bus diversions around the one-way system. .

Robson Road will remain closed to north/west bound traffic. So the Herne Hill bound 322 bus will remain on diversion.

Thames Water intend to deliver a letter very soon with details of their plans to all households in the local area.

Thames Water is a private company owned by a series of investment companies through Kemble Water Holdings Ltd. It is regulated under the Water Industry Act 1991.

See our earlier posts:

3/1/20

21/12/19

3/5/19

23/1/19 

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Thames Water is back for Monday 6th Jan!

322 bus

Latest: Thames Water plans have changed and there will be no temporary bus stops in Norwood Road as mentioned below.

Roadworks and disruption will return to West Norwood late on Sunday 5th January at 10pm till June 2020. See attached letter.

Robson Road will be closed except for left turning traffic. So the northbound 322 (to Herne Hill & Clapham) will have to take the long way round via Rosendale Road, the south circular and back to West Norwood along Lancaster Avenue where there will be a temporary bus stop. Bus stops R and W on Robson Road will be closed for 6 months.

Chestnut Road will be closed at its junction with Norwood Road until 14th February. The vegetable stall will be stay put (but will first be taking a few days holiday). Lansdowne Hill will be partially closed at its junction with Norwood Road.  Leigham Vale will remain closed too.

Bus stops on Norwood Road will change temporarily. The ones outside Sainsbury’s &  Efe’s will move a bit north to Greggs & Knowles.  The one outside former-Barclays/Decorators Merchants will be closed.

Thames Water are relaying a modern water main under Norwood Rd as part of a £14m project. Hopefully the work will be completed on time in 6 months by June 2020. Residents  & businesses can pop in and meet the Thames Water team at the Robson Road portacabins  during office hours.

In the meantime please report any leaks in other local streets direct to Thames Water  telephone 0800 714 614 or https://www2.thameswater.co.uk/leak/

See our earlier posts:

21/12/19, 27/5/19, 3/5/19, 9/4/19, 15/3/19, 23/1/19

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Thames Water closedown for Xmas

Today Thames Water have packed up for Christmas  leaving Norwood Road free of roadworks for a couple of weeks.

York Hill and Lancaster Aveneue are reopening so the 315 bus can return to its normal route both up and down York Hill.

Please do support our local shops – lots of things for Christmas –  and free home deliveries by cargo bike https://stationtostation.london/cargobike/

Of course Thames Water will be back on 6th January for another 6 months. Details in this letter  [pdf] to residents.

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Windsor Grove scrapyard

Southwark Metals are developing plans to modernise the derelict scrapyard at the bottom of Windsor Grove SE27 9NT off Norwood High Street and next door to the Royal Mail SE27 sorting office.

Before they submit a planning application Southwark Metals want to consult local people and are holding an exhibition next week at St Luke’s church SE27 0DT. All welcome to drop in and have a say on Monday 9th December 5pm to 8pm or Wednesday 11th December 11am to 3pm

Cllr Jackie Meldrum visited the Southwark Metals site, off Old Kent Road SE15, in the summer ( pictured) as they want to move their business to West Norwood. Old Kent Road is part of the A2 and the

Cllr Jackie Meldrum at Southwark Metals

main London to Dover road and much busier than West Norwood.  So there are concerns about increased  traffic accessing the proposed site for a metal recycling centre in Windsor Grove.

Waste sites, including scrapyards, are protected in London as there are so few of them and London’s waste keeps growing .

For details see:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/waste#planning-for-londons-waste

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Curnicks Lane development

Curnicks Lane

Developers want to turn the empty workshops on Curnick’s Lane, off Chapel Rd, into 10  bedsits or flatlets. These will probably be for private rent.

They have applied for ”permitted development“ approval to turn the light industrial buildings into homes. The council has to make a decision within 56 calendar days or the permission is automatically given. The only basis for objections must be on flooding, pollution or transport grounds. To see details of the proposals use ref 19/02821 at Lambeth’s planning portal:     https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/

Once the change of use from industrial to residential is agreed the developers will have to apply for planning permission in the normal way to make any changes to the outside of the building eg add any new windows and door ways. Comments and objections can then be made in the normal way.

The Tory government uses permitted development rights to relax planning regulations so that developers can bypass local planning policies such as minimum size of homes or provide affordable housing as part of the development or pay a contribution to the cost of local schools and other public services. These permitted development rights to convert light industrial buildings into residential are temporary rights for a period of three years from November 2017. There is a good summary of permitted development rights here.

Permitted development rights were given temporarily to convert office blocks into homes in May 2013. The government made office to residential permitted development  permanent from April 2016.

Lambeth council is currently updating its local planning policies in consultation with local people . The next stage of consultation will be towards the end of this year:

[https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/have-your-say-on-the-draft-revised-lambeth-local-plan-october-2018]

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