Changes to ward boundaries for next year

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has published its draft of changes to ward boundaries to come into effect in 2022. The aim of the changes for each elected councillor to represent about the same number of resident electors. The LGBCE will be presenting its findings at an online meeting on Thursday 11th March 6pm to 7pm. To take part book your place here. For the West Norwood area the LGBCE has proposed:

  • a new ward named St Martins (2 cllrs) around Tulse Hill station
  • renamed Thurlow Park as Rosendale (2 cllrs)
  • moved some of Gipsy Hill ward (2cllrs)  into Knights Hill ward (3 cllrs) .

Residents, businesses, the council and political parties input a large number of suggestions to the LGBCE review of Lambeth. The council and others requested changes to wards named after people involved in slavery eg Lord Thurlow. 

If you have comments on the boundaries or the names please do get in touch with LGBCE by 12th April. For details go to the LGBCE website here.

See our earlier post 27/7/20

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Have you very slow broadband speeds?

Installing fibre optic cables in our streets

Residents have asked councillors what can be done about the very slow broadband speeds they have that make accessing the internet difficult. Unfortunately there are pockets of homes which have Exchange Only Lines (EOL).  These homes have a direct phone line to the nearest exchange and are not linked into the green cabinets in the streets. These lines have slow broadband speeds – under 5 mb/s and are currently not being upgraded to faster connections via cabinets or through fibre optic cables to the home.

Our local exchange is the Gipsy Hill Exchange in Park Hall Road. The further you are from the Exchange the slower your speeds!

If you know you have an EOL please get in touch with Cllr Jackie Meldrum at jmeldrum@lambeth.gov.uk . If we have more information on the location of EOLs hopefully we can find a solution to the slow broadband problem.

Openreach has been joined by Community Fibre and G.Network who are installing fibre optic cables in Lambeth’s streets.  Fibre optic cables will enable much faster broadband connections to the internet for almost all homes that pay for that connection often known as ‘Full Fibre’ or ‘Ultrafast’ broadband. Virgin Media use their own cable system for broadband but you need to have access to their cable network on your street.

Lambeth council is developing a digital & broadband strategy for the whole borough including its housing estates.

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Leigham Vale temporary lane closure

Closures on Leigham Vale

More Thames Water road works will close the northbound lane of Leigham Vale – from Knollys Road to Stockbridge Rd – from Monday  March 8th . If all goes well the works are expected to take three days.

These works join many more road or lane closures in West Norwood as Thames Water struggles to deal with leaks this winter.

You can report leaks to Thames Water online and check on updates to repairs at : https://www.thameswater.co.uk/leak/

This map indicates the local leaks displayed on the Thames Water website today. [Pic 2]

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Lancaster Avenue closed 13th to 21st February

To allow for installation of new gas mains pipes Lancaster Avenue SE27 9DQ will be closed from Saturday 13th February until 21st February at its junction with Norwood Road.

HGVs on the south circular road, that are too tall to go under the rail bridge on Thurlow Park Road, will have to take a long diversion along Norwood Road,  to Herne Hill, Denmark Hill, Champion Hill, Grove Lane, Lordship Lane to rejoin the south circular.

SGN gas mains replacement works at Norwood Road, York Hill and Harpenden Road are expected to complete in April 2021 . For more details see SGN’s letter to residents  [pdf]

For more on local road closures see our earlier post 10/01/21

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Covid-19 variant testing

Lambeth council is asking everyone, aged 16 or over, living or working in the area (pictured) between Norwood Rd and Leigham Court Rd & Valley Rd to get a Covid-19 test, whether they have been vaccinated or not. A variant first identified in South Africa has been detected in the local area. UK government data from various areas across the country shows that the variant is not currently spreading quickly and is being contained.

Tests ready to go out from the town hall

Tests ready to go out from the town hall

People in the area will receive full information on how to access the testing.

For more details see here.

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Check your right to vote on May 6th

Lambeth council has just written to every household with details of everyone with a right to vote. If any names are missed off the list there is time to get registered at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

The elections this year are on Thursday May 6th for the Mayor of London and the Greater London Assembly members.The government said on 5th February that the local elections will also go ahead see: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-55938380

British Citizens age 18 or over, Irish & EU citizens and most Commonwealth citizens living here are entitled to register & vote in these elections.

So why not be safe and vote early in this election and avoid any socially distanced queuing at the polling station? Apply to vote early by downloading this form:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote

If you have no access to a printer to print off the form please phone the Lambeth Election team at 020 7926 2254 option 3 during office hours.

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Block of 14 new flats on Norwood High St

The proposed block of flats

Developers have plans to demolish 90-96 Norwood High Street SE27 9NW  and build a 4 & 5 storey block on the corner with Rothschild Street. The new build will have 10 one-bed flats, 1 two-bed flat and 4 three-bed flats. The ground floor will remain in commercial use – in keeping with the council’s plans for a Creative Business Cluster along Norwood High Street.

The scheme includes a playground and a new mature tree – shown to be 4 storeys high in the drawings. There is no off-site parking but 20 secure cycle parking spaces. Other sustainable features include green living roofs,  bee hotel bricks and nesting boxes for swifts.

The flats are compact and there is no reference to affordable or social housing on or off-site.

To see more detail and comment online please quote planning ref  20/04374  at Lambeth Planning Portal.

The developers Design & Access statement includes a fascinating history of the area.

90-96 Norwood High St today

Since September 2020 the new planning class E replaces the old classes A1/2/3 & B1 for more information see here.

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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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Lambeth customer survey

Lambeth Customer Service Centre

Lambeth council is revising its customer service standards as part of the preparation for the return from lockdown.

To have a say on the draft standards please fill in this quick survey by Wednesday 27th January. Just click the purple button in the top left hand corner

https://beta.lambeth.gov.uk/

The council website is having a makeover. Please click the feedback hyperlink  to comment  on a particular web page.

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Broxholm Road to close temporarily

Thames Water are closing sections of Broxholm Road from January to March 2021 to install new water mains.

Their plan is to start by closing the section from Leigham Court Road to Glennie Road between the  25th January and 14th February. Residents in this section will have to park nearby whilst the road is closed. Due to delivery delays in Royal Mail post, Thames Water slipped the start date by one week to 25th January.  See Thames Water letter [pdf] delivered to residents this week.

Over the next couple of months Broxholm Road will be closed to traffic in short sections, one section at a time.

These works are part of  a programme of water mains replacements by Thames Water  in most of the roads  centred around  Royal Circus.

See our earlier post 3/1/21

Other local roads in the programme should be wide enough to allow for one lane to be kept open controlled by traffic lights.

Additional road works in the neighbourhood will cause more disruption.

  1. Gas mains are being replaced , starting with Ullswater Road  – see our post dated 10/1/21.
  2. Leigham Court Road will be closed for two days at its junction with Streatham High Road on 3rd & 4th February. The 417 bus will be on long diversion via the main roads.

Your local councillors are discussing the details of the scheme with Lambeth Highways team and the utility companies. We will update you when more information is available. Please email Cllr Pickard with any queries or comments: jpickard@lambeth.gov.uk

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