When Scandals took over the business from Southern Pride in Norwood High Street residents asked local councillor Jackie Meldrum for help. Although the building backs on to industrial land it does have residential neighbours who want a good night’s sleep and there had been problems in the past. Jackie advised residents to write to Lambeth Council with their concerns about the licence for late night music, dancing and alcohol.
And last week councillors on Lambeth’s Licensing committee listened to local residents and finally agreed a licence for Scandals on condition that the hours of operation were reduced to closing at 1am on weeknights and 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.
For more information about Scandals see their web site: http://www.clubscandals.co.uk
Businesses are important to the future of West Norwood and will be welcomed particularly if they take on empty premises and get on well with their neighbours!
To find out how licensing works check out Lambeth’s web 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.
London has a major shortage of primary school places for young children starting school. In Lambeth, the area hardest hit is West Norwood and the council is working hard to find the funding to expand existing schools and build a new one.
Lambeth is working with Hitherfield, Sunnyhill and Elmwood schools to provide extra reception classes for the school year from September 2010 to 2011. The aim is to meet the growth in demand until more permanent solutions are in place.
Looking ahead, the council is seeking government funding for a new primary school in West Norwood and is in talks with a number of landowners about possible sites. If it goes ahead, the new school could be open by 2013 and earlier on a temporary site.
Lambeth would also like to rebuild and expand Julian’s School. Work could start in 2011, if funding is confirmed.
Finally, the former Norwood Park School in Gipsy Road, which was the temporary home of the new Elmgreen secondary school for the last two years, is being refurbished as Kingswood’s Early Years Centre, due to open in September 2010. This will house reception classes, a children’s centre and nursery and will enable Kingswood to expand to three-form entry from September 2010.
There’s lots of information about primary schools in the booklet “Starting School in Lambeth” For a copy of the booklet go to www.lambeth.gov.uk/eadmissions or look in your local library. The deadline for applying for a reception place in the 2010 to 2011 school year is 1st February 2010.
Make your views known – sign the e-petition for more primary school places HERE.
In early November local entrepreneurs from across West Norwood met for the second West Norwood Business Club. The meeting, held at the Kahvah café on Norwood Road, involved lively networking sessions and valuable speeches and advice on the issues facing local business owners.
A wide range of businesses were represented, from industrial services to creative industries. This shows the vibrancy of the business and wider community in West Norwood and underscores the opportunity for Lambeth to promote the area as a business and cultural hub, to help realise the area’s economic potential.
The business club heard from 3 expert speakers, giving valuable and practical advice such as how to secure a business loan during the recession, when many commercial banks are reluctant to provide finance, even to profitable businesses.
You can find out more about the West Norwood Business Club and about future meetings by emailing Huw Morgan-Thomas, Lambeth’s Enterprise Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 020 7926 2471.
Cllr Jackie Meldrum supports the petition to save Kahvah
This week Cllr Jackie Meldrum handed in a petition to the Lambeth Mayor from hundreds of local residents who support the planning application (ref 09/02740) for 521 Norwood Road (Kahvah) to become a restaurant.
To ensure a shopping centre is mainly shops Lambeth has a rule that only 2 out of any 5 successive premises may prepare hot food. The empty Wimpey next door to 521 and the nearby KFC mean the planners have to refuse permission for 521 to prepare and serve hot food.
Jackie is hopeful that, due to the high level of local support, the councillors on the Planning Committee will make an exception in the case of 521 Norwood Road at their meeting on Tuesday 3rd November 7pm in the Town Hall.
It would be helpful if you would let Jackie or Mr Sheraz at 521 Norwood Road know if you, as one of the petitioners, would be attending the meeting on 3rd November. You can also let the members of the Planning Committee know your views directly by contacting the chair Cllr Toren Smith ( email@example.com 07946 218 109) or the clerk of the committee, Antoinette Duhaney (firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7926 3133) both at Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW.