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Norwood Road night-time closures

West Norwood’s main shopping street will be closed to traffic at night-time 9pm to 6am from Monday 9th January to Saturday 21st January. Norwood Road between Chestnut Road and Avenue Park Road is being resurfaced over 10 working days. Everyone is requested not to park in Norwood Road during the works.

There are no works or road closures on Saturday or Sunday nights.

Buses & through traffic using Norwood Road will be diverted, mainly along Leigham Court Rd and the South Circular road.  Best places to catch a night-time bus will be near West Norwood Bus Garage or Tulse Hill one way system. Other local vehicles can use some of the side streets.  See details of diversions here [Word file] or here [pdf]

If you have any queries about (for example about noise, parking, access or delivery) about the night-time road closures please email  HIPresurfacing@lambeth.gov.uk or contact Ringway Jacobs, the contractor, on 0845 646 0059.

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Controlled parking zone for West Norwood town centre

The council is planning a controlled parking zone (CPZ)  for West Norwood’s town centre. An informal public consultation is due to start in July 2023 on the new West Norwood Central CPZ.

Implementation in December 2024. The attached map suggests how a CPZ might look for West Norwood town centre ( coloured green). The one hour 30 minutes free parking bays should be retained.

Other parts of Norwood are due for a CPZ a year later.

For more details of the new CPZ programme for the south of Lambeth see:  https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=8323

Two thirds of the borough of Lambeth is now a CPZ – where residents pay for a permit to park in the CPZ where they live. There is usually an hourly charge, typically £3.94 an hour, depending on the CPZ, for parking in marked non-resident parking bays. Diesels pay more. Details of Lambeth’s parking schemes are here: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/parking

The aim of CPZs is to reduce parking stress for local residents and businesses.

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Knights Hill reopen today

Traffic running normally today

Traffic is flowing northwards along Knights Hill again today. Shops in West Norwood are open for business – just in time for last-minute Christmas shopping in our local shops.

Previous closure

Due to a burst watermain last Sunday the road was closed causing massive disruption to residents and businesses.  Northbound buses were diverted by Streatham Common and Streatham High Road as Leigham Court Road was also closed due to a burst water main!  Homes had no water supply for several days.

To apply for compensation from Thames Water see: https://stationtostation.london/claim-your-road-works-compensation/

Please let us know how the watermain burst and / or the road closure affected you or your business – email jmeldrum@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillors will be meeting Thames Water early in the new year to agree on improvements for dealing with emergency road works and to demand Thames Water invests more in its mains pipes.

West Norwood has already had years of disruption from Thames Water installing new mains in Leigham Vale and Norwood Road.  See our many earlier posts including : 23/1/2019 7/2/2017

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LTN west of Leigham Court Road

Artist drawing outside Julians School

Streatham Wells LTN proposed map Have your say on the plans to trial the streets between Leigham Court Road and Streatham High Road SW16 as a Low Traffic Neighbourhood in 2023. This LTN is to be called Streatham Wells LTN.

Through traffic will go around the area marked by Leigham Court Rd, Streatham High Rd and Streatham Common North. See map:[ pdf ]

To look at and comment on details of the proposed scheme please go to: https://beta.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/streatham-wells-low-traffic-neighbourhood-0  The deadline for comments is 12 noon on Friday 23rd December.

The “Street Improvements” section includes plans to widen the pavement on Leigham Court Rd near Dunraven School and opposite the petrol station – removing parking from #153-213. A raised crossing is proposed for St Julians Farm Road opposite Julians school.

Reducing traffic in LTNs make the LTN area into a safer, healthier and more pleasant place for walking and cycling. Rat running traffic through the roads east of Leigham Court Road ( eg Knollys Road, Broxholm Road, Canterbury Grove, Leaf Grove ) may reduce too.

See our earlier post 14/11/2021

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Our bus stop back in Brixton!

The bus stop for West Norwood bound buses ( 2, 3, 196, 432) is back in Brixton town centre – outside Barclays bank .  Over 1,100 people signed a petition to get the bus stop back.

But check out Tory bus cuts in central London  – including the 45, 59 and 159 that  run in Lambeth. Deadline for consultation is  Sunday 7/8/22 . For  details see:
To oppose the bus cuts sign the petition here:
See our previous post: 26/11/21

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Still time to comment on controversial tower blocks for West Norwood

Commonplace website

It’s not too late to have your say on Lambeth’s ambitious draft policies for two major development sites in West Norwood . The deadline is Tues 22nd Feb.

The policies would provide hundreds of new homes including much needed subsidised “social housing“ alongside modern workspaces .

However the council plans propose four tower blocks for these West Norwood sites. The policy to rebuild Norwood town centre & shops between Lansdowne Hill and York Hill (site 18) includes a 12-storey tower.  A second policy, for the scaffolding yard off Knollys Rd (site 19),  includes three tower blocks between 12 and 20 storeys high and extra bridges over the railway.

Your local Knights Hill ward councillors have spoken to many residents and businesses alarmed by these proposals. We very much welcome more investment in West Norwood but do not see tower blocks as necessary or as fitting in with the neighbourhood. We want the council to take time to engage with local residents and businesses to discuss alternative options.

To have your say online on these draft policies  – go to https://lambethsadpd.commonplace.is/ and click on Site 18 and on Site 19. The Site Allocation Policy and Evidence sections summarise the main details of what is being planned.

These are just two of 14 sites in Lambeth being prepared for regeneration.

To date, the Norwood sites have topped the number of online responses – the two Norwood sites have more comments than all the other 12 sites together. They also propose more housing than the others and the tallest towers.

See our previous posts:

26/1/22

10/1/22

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Improving the streets around Lancaster Avenue

Update December 2022: See results of consultation report here

The council wants to make the streets between Elmcourt Road and Chatsworth Way /Idmiston Road a safer, healthier and more pleasant place for all through the Street Improvements project for West Dulwich. See map of proposed area.

During February 2022 the council is collecting residents views on traffic, clean air, street trees, EV charging, crossing points and climate change in the West Dulwich neighbourhood. To have your say use the online map to submit detailed comments at  https://westdulwich.commonplace.is/overview  Deadline is Friday 25th March.

There will be a community walkabout on Saturday 12th Feb at 3.30pm and an online workshop on Thursday 17th Feb. To take part you will need to book online via the commonplace web site.

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A new town centre for West Norwood

The heart of West Norwood town centre lies between York Hill and Lansdowne Hill.  It currently includes 80 homes, mostly above shops, a B&Q store, the Texaco garage, Knowles, Iceland plus many independent smaller shops. There has been talk about revamping the town centre for many years but the only recent development are the new flats above Iceland.

The council calls this area of the town centre Site 18 and is now consulting the community on fresh plans until Feb 21st. To see the details and make your views known go online to: https://lambethsadpdsite18.commonplace.is/ 

The new plans for Site 18 indicate 400 to 500 new homes including between 165 and 295 ‘affordable’ homes. The proposal is to divide the area into 14 blocks of 5 to 12 storeys to ensure its easy to walk or cycle around.  There is no mention of car parking. The ground floors would be mainly for employment use and at least 50% of the units facing onto Norwood Road would be shops. A new road linking Lansdowne Hill and York Hill would be required. The plan would set back the new shops so the pavement is wider and include a small public square opposite Chatsworth Way.

The site is complicated to rebuild as there are so many different land owners involved. So the site might be redeveloped piecemeal. Or the landowners might come together as a partnership to  re-develop the site as one build. Whichever way it goes it will mean several years of disruption and construction in the town centre.

Ideas from previous consultations on the future of the town centre are in West Norwood master plan [pdf] dated April 2017.

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More cycle hoops

Lambeth is installing 51 new cycle hangars across the borough. The hangars are secure on-street cycle parking at less than £1 a week. In the West Norwood area new cycle hangars are proposed for these locations:

  • Opposite 10 Barston Road
  • Outside 15 Bloom Grove x 2
  • Opposite 1 Guernsey Grove
  • Outside 26 Hawarden Grove
  • Outside 63 Knollys Road
  • Outside 108 Knollys Road
  • Outside 2 & 4 Thurlby Road

Residents living nearby get a letter [ pdf] with full details of the scheme and the statutory consultation.

Once the hoop is installed in March/April 2022 apply for a space online at  https://www.cyclehoop.rentals/

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Streatham Hill trial LTN consultation

The council is consulting on whether to make the Streatham Hill Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN)  permanent. Have your say by completing this online survey. The deadline is midday Sunday 19th December.

You can request a paper copy of the survey, before Sunday 28th November, by phoning 07999 405 331.

The aim of the LTN is to reduce traffic and improve the environment in the local area. To see details of the trial scheme look at:  https://streathamhilllowtrafficneighbourhoodproposals.commonplace.is/

Monitoring of the trial shows that traffic has reduced by 6,100 vehicles a day. Traffic has increased by 7% on Leigham Vale. Cycling has increased and air quality outside schools is within legal limits.

If the LTN is made permanent there will be improvements planned to boundary roads to improve cycling and walking, road layouts, signal timings, and green screens at schools

See our earlier posts: 14/11/21

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