There are frequent complaints about the poor state of Ernest Avenue – in front of Norwood bus garage . So its great news that work is starting on rebuilding the surface of this road on Monday 29th July.
To enable the surface to be properly rebuilt Ernest Avenue will be closed from 29th July and the St Lukes church gyratory extended with traffic diverted one way down Rothschild Street. The engineers expect the works to take 3 months. Arrangements have been made for businesses and residents needing access to Ernest Avenue whilst it is closed to traffic. The bus stop at the side of the bus garage for buses going south up Knights Hill will be temporarily moved to Rothschild Street at the back of the bus garage. Buses going north will temporarily no longer stop outside the bus garage but pick up at St.Julian’s Farm Road bus stop (except for the 68 which picks up at West Norwood rail station).
Councillors Jane Pickard and Jackie Meldrum spoke with businesses on the diversion route last week and saw the marked up temporary bus stop and bus stands on Rothschild Street.
If you want to discuss access arrangements please email Ian Neville, the project engineer in charge of these works at email@example.com
Cllr Jane Pickard at the Nettlefold Halls building
Detailed plans for the a joint public library and City Screen 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.
The squatters occupying the Nettlefold Halls have been evicted.
Friends of West Norwood Library and Friends of West Norwood Cemetery, other local community representatives, local businesses and councillors are working with the council and City Screen on the plans. The library will have the same amount (or possibly more) floorspace than the previous service in the Nettlefold Halls. The plans will also allow for a Vistor Centre for the cemetery – once funding is obtained for this project – perhaps with a national Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
In the meantime a temporary library service continues to run from the Old Library at 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY opening daily at 10am (except Sundays & Tuesdays when the library is closed)
For more details on the library-cinema plans for West Norwood – see the council cabinet report on 10th June 2013:
West Norwood Fire Station will be moving in autumn 2014 to a new building under construction at 210 Knights Hill SE27 0JD. The current building at 445 Norwood Road SE27 9DQ is now up for sale by agents Dron & Wright. The site is 1,000 sq meters over 0.15 hectares and has already attracted interest from hoteliers & retailers. The Fire Station will continue to operate from Norwood Road until the move to Knights Hill.
Work is progressing well and should be complete in just over a year’s time on a new health & leisure centre opposite West Norwood rail station. Following campaigns by residents and councillors the council is working with the NHS to create a joint health & leisure centre which will including a 100 station gym, 25m swimming pool & dance studio as well as a GP surgery and clinics.
We are now looking for a new name for the centre. Any suggestions are very welcome!
Do you regularly travel to north London through Blackfriars by train? The government (Department for Transport) is currently consulting on proposals to combine Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchises.
The proposals mean our “Wimbledon Loop” service of four-trains-an-hour through from South London (Tulse Hill, Tooting, Streatham and beyond) to Thameslink, Farringdon and London St Pancras will terminate at Blackfriars. So anyone wanting to travel further north will have to change trains at Blackfriars. The proposed termination of the Wimbledon Loop at Blackfriars is caused by a massive upgrade to other parts of the Thameslink service for trains coming up from Brighton and Kent via London Bridge eg Blackfriars Station has been remodelled and the viaduct across Borough Market extended.
There is a public consultation until Thursday 23rd August 2012 and it’s important that Thameslink rail travellers comment on the proposed service changes.
For further information on the last-minute protest campaign to persuade government ministers to over-rule the plan campaign to terminate trains at Blackfriars station please email Cllr Jane Pickard [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Terminating our trains at Blackfriars is not necessary and is unfair to local people!
Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet in north London, is the Minister of State for Transport with responsibility for London – email: email@example.com
Dozens of children received “gold” medals and prizes after winning races at the Woodvale Estate on the same day as Mo Farah won his 2nd Olympic gold medal!
The Funday day had a barbeque, reggae and rock music, bouncy castle and other games and sports for children, including an ice-your-own fairy cake stall. The event on 11th August, organised by local residents and supported by Lambeth Living, attracted more than 400 people and raised around £100 from a raffle and tombola.
Keith Hill, Chair of Lambeth Living and former Streatham MP, drew the raffle. First prize was tickets to the Olympic Park donated by Lambeth Council.
Cllr Jane Pickard thanked Mary, Rose and other committee members for all their hard work which made this year’s Funday the biggest and best ever.
“We had good weather, loads of families came out and there was a really friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Well done to everyone,” said Jane.
Cllr Pickard at the Spring Flower Show in St Lukes
Saturday September 1st is an opportunity to show gardeners can be just as competitive as athletes this London Olympic summer! The Lambeth Horticultural Society annual Summer Flower Show has nearly 100 classes of show flowers, fruit and vegetables. There are also competitions for best crafts, floral art & photography and cookery. The ODDEST VEGETABLE competition is judged by the public!
The Show is held in West Norwood at St Luke’s Church, Knights Hill SE27 0HS – open to the public from 2pm
All are welcome to enter the competitions – apply by Wednesday 29th August. See the Lambeth Horticultural Society web site for details:
West Norwood shopping centre is at the bottom of a series of steep hills – York Hill, Lansdowne Hill, Knights Hill & Auckland Hill. So it’s great going downhill to go shopping but harder bringing your shopping back home up hill!
New benches have been strategically placed to create a rest stop for residents walking up, or down our hills.
Some residents do have concerns that the new benches will encourage anti-social behaviour.
Do the advantages of a bench, particularly for less mobile residents, outweigh the potential disadvantages? Do let Cllr Pickard know what you think [firstname.lastname@example.org ]