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Decision on Tennis Club site

Tennis club site

Developers are making a sixth attempt to build flats on the site of the West Norwood Tennis club. The council has turned down their plans 5 times and each time the developers have appealed to the Independent Planning Inspector who supported the council.

The council is likely to recommend accepting the sixth version of the plans (including 32 new homes, a gym, squash & tennis courts) to the Planning Committee on Tuesday 20th June 7pm at the Karibu Centre, Gresham Road SW9 7PH.

proposed view from Knights Hill

Local councillors and a group of residents remained opposed to the plans . Many people want to keep tennis courts on the site but think the proposed tennis club may be too small to be financially viable. As the development is car-free there are also concerns that extra parking by new residents & any club users will add to the pressures of parking in Cheviot Road and nearby streets. Please get in touch with Cllr Pickard if you intend to attend the Planning Committee: jpickard@lambeth.gov.uk

More details of the new homes and the management arrangements for the proposed new club are on the council Planning database – quote ref 16/01650 at https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/

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Changes to the 315 bus route

Cllr Jane Pickard at the York Hill stop

Cllr Jane Pickard at the York Hill stop

A proposal to extend the 315 bus route to Peabody estate ( near Tulse Hill station) means the 315 bus would no longer travel to Norwood High Street, Ernest Avenue and Knight’s Hill, including the stops for West Norwood Station and the present terminus at Cheviot Road.
The Mayor of London’s Transport for London (TfL) is now consulting on these proposed changes and there is a chance to see the plans and speak to TFL on Thursday 2nd July between 3pm and 8.30pm at Aspire Centre, 1 Park Hall Road SE21 8EH ( at end of Robson Road) and Thursday 16th July 3pm to 8.30pm at The Portico Gallery, 23c Knights Hill SE27 0HS.

More details and an online survey are at: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/route-315

Monday 10th August is closing date for this formal consultation

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Coffee at WNHLC

Cllr Jane Pickard at coffee van

Cllr Jane Pickard at coffee van

Blossom runs Wildebeest Coffee Van , a mobile coffee shop, and she has coffee on sale in the West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre for  a trial period  between 9am and 3pm Monday to Thursdays. Also look out for the Wildebeest van at street markets  http://www.wildebeestcoffeevan.co.uk/

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2014 Council Elections


Newly elected councillors Jane Pickard , Jackie Meldrum & Sonia Winifred at the count.

Newly elected councillors Jane Pickard , Jackie Meldrum & Sonia Winifred at the count.

All 3 West Norwood wards( Gipsy Hill, Knights Hill & Thurlow Park)  now have 3 Labour councillors each. Following the elections on 22nd May, with a 32% turnout,  Lambeth council has 59 Labour councillors, 3 Tory councillors and one Green councillor.

For details of the results see:


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Crystal Palace architects

Cllr Pickard at Crystal Palace park

Cllr Pickard at Crystal Palace park

Plans are moving ahead to rebuild a replica of the Crystal Palace in Crystal Palace Park.  Jane Pickard was at the consultation event on Saturday 1st March in the park. Jane said “If these ambitious plans are realised they will have a major impact on residents of West Norwood. The extra traffic will have to be carefully managed.”

There is a short online survey at: http://www.thelondoncrystalpalace.com/survey.html

Six renowned architects have already been shortlisted to work up more detailed plans.

The architects are:

David Chipperfield Architects http://www.davidchipperfield.co.uk/

Grimshaw  http://grimshaw-architects.com/

Haworth Tomkins Architects  http://www.haworthtompkins.com/

Marks Barfield Architects http://www.marksbarfield.com/#/projects/

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners  http://www.rsh-p.com/rshp_home

Zaha Hadid Architects with Anish Kapoor http://www.zaha-hadid.com/   and http://anishkapoor.com/

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Lidl gets thumbs down

Jane Pickard & Sonia Winifred at proposed Lidl site

Jane Pickard & Sonia Winifred at proposed Lidl site

Lidl applied to Croydon council for planning permission to turn the former car show room on Beulah Hill into a Lidl store. But the application was turned down  on 6th February . Croydon wanted the building to be smaller and fit in better with the Norwood Grove Conservation Area.  There are other concerns  about the lack of detail on managing traffic using the car park entrance on Crown Lane.

Lidl may appeal agains the Croydon decision  or re-apply with new plans. For details of the scheme quote ref  13/03146/P at http://planning.croydon.gov.uk/DCWebPages/AcolNetCGI.gov?ACTION=UNWRAP&RIPNAME=Root.PgeResultDetail&TheSystemkey=137755


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Antic’s new bar & restaurant in West Norwood Licence

knowles sketch fuzzyAntic’s long awaited bar will give West Norwood’s evening economy a real boost.  Last November Lambeth council gave planning permission for a family friendly bar and restaurant at 294-296 Norwood Road -in the site of  This That and The Other store. Taking account of the flats above and nearby, the maximum opening hours were set as 9am to 11pm Sunday to Thursday and 9am to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Jane Pickard & Sonia Winifred at Knowles site

Jane Pickard & Sonia Winifred at Knowles site

Lambeth’s licencing committee will decide on the Antic’s licence details early in March.

If you have any views on the licence please get in touch with Labour Action team members  Cllr Jane Pickard  jpickard@lambeth.gov.uk  or Sonia Winifred ask@soniawinifred.co.uk

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Local Policing

The Knights Hill ward Safer Neighbourhood Panel is meeting on Thursday 5th September.

If you have any concerns about local crime and anti-social behaviour that you would like your ward councillors to raise at the Panel please email Cllr Jane Pickard asap – jpickard@lambeth.gov.uk

( The ward covers the area bounded by Crown Lane, Crowndale, Elder Road, Norwood High Street, Norwood Road, Knollys Road &  Leigham Court Road.)

For more information see:


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A Weekend of Open Air Cinema in Partnership with Picturehouse

Sonia Winifred & Jane Pickard outside site of new cinema

Sonia Winifred & Jane Pickard outside site of new cinema

West Norwood will soon be home to its very own Picturehouse cinema with works planned to start on the site in Nettlefold Hall in early 2014, but instead of waiting until the grand opening in 2015 West Norwood Feast and Picturehouse Cinemas have organised a three night, pop-up cinema event in the heart of West Norwood, in the grounds of St Luke’s Church SE27 0DT.

The evening screenings are:
Friday 13th September – The Life of Pi ,
Saturday 14th September – Some Like it Hot and
Sunday 15th September – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
This is a free ticketed event enabled by the generosity of Picturehouse Cinemas who kindly supplied the screen and equipment and with the support and organisation of the volunteers of West Norwood Feast. Tickets quickly sold out.

Detailed plans for the a joint public library and Picturehouse cinema in the Nettlefold Halls building at 1 Norwood High Street SE27 9JX are progressing and are expected to be available for public consultation at the end of this summer. This will allow the views of local people to be incorporated into the plans before the planning application is submitted in the autumn. A decision on the planning application could be made by the end of the 2013 and then construction work, lasting from between 12 to 18 months, would start early in 2014.

Picturehouse Cinemas, the UK’s leading independent cinema operator, is a stand-alone entity within Cineworld Group plc. Formed in 1989, Picturehouse provides cinemas in city-centre locations to serve local communities and offer a broader range of films. It owns and operates 21 cinemas and programmes an additional 40 independently operated venues throughout the UK.
Picturehouse draws on more than 18 years’ experience in tailoring diverse and commercially successful programmes, spanning art-house and independent features, world cinema and quality mainstream titles, as well as short films and touring seasons. The company prides itself on being at the forefront of digital cinema and other business and technical developments, such as pioneering a wide variety of live Screen Arts cinecasts of performance arts events, including from the National Theatre, the New York Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House, as well as regular filmmaker Q&As.

For more details see : http://westnorwoodfeast.com/blog

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Do you care about our local parks?

Cllr Jane Pickard in Tivoli Park

Cllr Jane Pickard in Tivoli Park

West Norwood has some lovely local parks -Norwood Park, Tivoli Park, Streatham Common and Brockwell Park. The council is looking at new ways of managing all the parks in Lambeth. To have your say about the future of our local parks you can fill in a survey online .

Or come to a local  event on Thursday 19th September 2pm to 4pm in The Old Library at 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY  (just up from the West Norwood Post Office)

For more details see www.lambeth.gov.uk/cooperativeparks

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