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Your favourite business deadline

Favourite Business AwardThursday 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.

See for details: http://www.southlondonbusiness.co.uk/west_norwoods_favourite_business.php

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Disturbances hit West Norwood

Tessa Jowell outside damaged  Money Shop

Tessa Jowell outside damaged Money Shop

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

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What a feast!

Norwood Feast

New Sunday markets in West Norwood .

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/

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New Sunday markets in West Norwood

Norwood Feast

Norwood Feast on show at 5th March community event

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.

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Looking for work in Norwood?

norwood jobs fairDrop into Norwood Jobs Fair on  Tuesday 25th of January between 11am and 3pm at the Old Library on Knights Hill –(a minute walk from the Post Office) . Meet employers, apply for jobs or volunteer placements. Update your CV.

All welcome.

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Tesco wins battle of Rose & Crown

Rose & Crown in 2004

Rose & Crown in 2004

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

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Norwood’s newest art gallery

Cllr Jackie Meldrum at the Portico Gallery

Cllr Jackie Meldrum at the Portico Gallery

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.

For more information on the Portico Gallery see http://www.porticogallery.org.uk . Harriet Muller also has her own web site at  http://www.harrietmuller.com

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Community oppose Tesco Express on Crown Lane

Campaign to oppose Tesco Express

Campaign to oppose Tesco Express

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 planning@lambeth.gov.uk 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.

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Pubs Update

Councillors gave planning permission for  a new 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 Attached photo – Jackie Meldrum reading licence notice displayed outside 13-17 Knights Hill

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

Cllr Jackie Meldrum reading licence notice displayed outside 13-17 Knights Hill

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.

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New pubs in West Norwood

Proposed pub site

Jane Pickard & Emmaus staff outside the proposed new pub

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 jmeldrum@lambeth.gov.uk

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