Thursday 12th January is the deadline for voting for your favourite West Norwood business . Look for the pink poster in your favourite business… To vote – text 60777 with Westnorwood & number of the business on the poster. The results will be announced on 31st January.
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Ward councillors and local MP Tessa Jowell visited West Norwood businesses following the disturbances on night of Monday 8th August. Everyone is keen to get back to business as usual.
Attempts made to break into several shop premises in Norwood Road and the door of The Money Shop was broken down. The break in was recorded on CCTV and the police have posted pictures of suspects: http://www.flickr.com/photos/metropolitanpolice/6025500434/in/set-72157627267892973/. What happened in West Norwood was opportunistic attempts to rob a few shops, rather than the overwhelming looting seen elsewhere.
The police are now making hundreds of arrests of people involved in looting across London and courts are sitting for long hours to process the cases quickly. To get up to date advice and information directly from official police sources you can subscribe to the Community safe web site and choose the information alerts for the areas you are interested in. http://www.communitysafe.gov.uk.
The good news is that following the widespread recent public disorders of this week there has been a fantastic response from Lambeth residents offering to come & help clean up. The council is now co-ordinating a Volunteering Speed Dating event next week. If you have been inspired by the recent community responses or you have always just wanted to volunteer then come along talk to like minded people. Just drop in between 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday 17th August at The Assembly Hall in Acre Lane SW2 1RW (between the Town Hall & Tesco). For details see: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/News/2011/120811VolunteeringSpeedDating.htm
Congratulations to all who made the first Norwood “Feast” on Sunday 3rd April a fantastic success, bringing more than 2,000 people pouring into 4 markets in the centre of West Norwood . Brilliant planning & marketing by local residents working with Space Makers and support from Big Yellow Storage & the council combined with good weather resulted in a great market day.
Norwood Feast is a set of markets dotted through the town centre on the first Sunday of every month,
There is a second-hand goods/retro clothing market outside Rosebery’s auctioneers on Knight’s Hill, food stalls and children’s entertainment in St Luke’s Church garden, an arts and crafts fair at the end of Chatsworth Way and plants, fruit and vegetables on the corner of York Hill and Norwood Road. Local shops joined in: Beamish and McGlue served hog roast outside their shop on the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Kahvah welcomed a record number of customers in its Norwood Road café. O Girasol was also doing a roaring trade and B&Q staff reported a large increase in business.
Fringe events included guerrilla gardeners who planted around trees in Norwood Road , trampolining for children and cemetery tours for adults..
Shoppers came from a wide area of south London – Lewisham, Balham and Mitcham as well as Streatham, Dulwich and Crystal Palace. Jane Pickard, local councillor for Knight’s Hill, said: “The markets are a huge success and I look forward to the next events in May & June.”
The next feast event will be Sunday 1st May 10-4pm. Get there early as some stalls sold out by lunchtime!
Prospective stall holders should look up FAQs on http://westnorwood.spacemakers.org.uk/
Local residents have got together with Space Makers to regenerate West Norwood’s shopping streets with new monthly markets starting Sunday 3rd April 10am to 4pm
Four market areas are planned: Artisans market at Chatsworth Way, Garden Corner by York Hill, Food Fair at St Lukes church & Retro Village outside Rosebery’s the auctioneers on Knights Hill.
Come along and see West Norwood’s entrepreneurs in action! And street entertainers for all!
For more details see http://westnorwood.spacemakers.org.uk/
Local residents have said they want a better shopping experience in West Norwood and Lambeth council has commissioned Space Makers to get things moving.
Tesco got permission for its plans to adapt the derelict Rose & Crown pub on Crown Lane into a Tesco Express on Wednesday 15/9/10. They intend to open the shop in December 2010
After 2 hours of talking at Lambeth’s Planning Committee local businesses & residents, supported by Cllr Jane Pickard, finally extracted a concession from Tesco. Tesco will now have to submit their transport plans for the shop to the council for approval. Over 800 residents signed a petition opposing changing the pub into another Tesco. A smaller number of local residents do support Tesco’s plans.
Unfortunately the planning laws mean any pub can become a shop without planning permission from the council & local community. The Closed Pubs web site says 25 pubs are closing every month – their web site keeps a list of these lost pubs http://www.closedpubs.co.uk
Portico Gallery on Knights Hill, near Wolfington Road, is holding an exhibition of paintings by Harriet Muller from Saturday 11th September to Saturday 25th September.
Opening hours are 10am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday.
Tescos want to open a Tesco Express in December 2010 on the site of the Rose & Crown pub at 4 Crown Lane . The pub closed over a year ago.
Local residents and businesses are opposed to having another Tesco’s in the neighbourhood. There are 9 local shops in the immediate area of Crown Point that are likely to be badly affected by a new Tesco. Do let local councillor Jane Pickard know what you think about another Tesco. Jane’s email is JPickard@lambeth.gov.uk
This proposal is similar to the Tescos on the former Jack Stamps pub at 551 Norwood Road . Planning laws do allow pub premises ( use A4) to change into a shop (use A1) without the need for a planning decision.
Tescos have applied for planning permission ( ref 10/ 01604) to alter the existing ground floor rear extension – raising the flat roof, remove the external staircase and balustrade, blocking up of an existing door and window at first floor level. See Lambeth council web site for details.
It is not too late to send in comments to Lambeth Planning. Write to Andrew Byrne at Phoenix House SW8 2LL or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the planning ref 10/ 01604. Your local councillors have asked for the decision on the planning application to be taken in public where there will be another opportunity for residents and local businesses to put their views forward.
Councillors gave planning permission for anew pub at 13-17 Knights hill – to be called Knowles of Norwood, which is the original shop name and still incorporated into the tiles of the entrance. The owners need to get a licence specifying the hours they can sell alcohol & have music etc. To see details of the licence application check out the council’s web page:
The deadline for comments is Wednesday 20th January 2010
Southern Pride is re-opening as Scandals club and councillors will decide on the details of their alcohol and entertainment licence at a meeting on Tuesday 19th January at 7pm in the Town Hall in Brixton.
The derelict shop at 13-19 Knights Hill, between Emmaus and the new Ladbroke’s betting shop , applied for planning permission to become a bar-restaurant in summer 2008. The final decision will be made on Wednesday 16th December 2009 at Lambeth’s planning committee at 7pm in Lambeth Town hall . For details of the committee papers see: http://tinyurl.com/yah4558
These meetings are open to the public who may speak in favour or against the proposals.
The shop has been derelict since it was last used as a Job Centre about 10 years ago. The owners plan a pub similar to Westow House at 79 Westow Hill, The EDT in Lordship Lane and Jam Circus in Brockley Road. See their web site for details : http://www.antic-ltd.com.
And the new owners of Southern Pride on Elder Road are applying for a licence under the name of Scandals Bar & Club http://www.clubscandals.co.uk/index.php. For details of the licence see http://tinyurl.com/ycxxkd4
Closing date for public ‘representations’ is 28th December 2009.
We still wait to see what happens to The Gipsy Queen on Norwood High Street and The Rose & Crown on Crown Lane which both remain closed.
If you comment on either of these developments please do copy in Cllr Jackie Meldrum at email@example.com