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Nat West bank building

The Nat West building has been vacant for over 8 months since it closed in October 2012

It looks like it is going  to stay closed for some time as there are  substantial repairs needed before these premises will be put on the market .This area does have a lower footfall  than other Norwood Road locations closer to West Norwood and Tulse Hill rail stations and this again makes businesses less interested in leasing the ground floor at 270 Norwood Road.

There was a rumour that a betting shop was looking to lease the premises but there is no indication this is actually happening. Of course a betting shop would not need planning permission to go in to the Nat West building – as both banks and betting shops are in the same planning use class (A2). However any new betting shop would have to consult local people in order to get a gambling licence from the council.

Cllr Jackie Meldrum at 270 Norwood Road

Cllr Jackie Meldrum at 270 Norwood Road

Lambeth council would like to have more discretion to stop the plethora of betting shops in our high streets. Unfortunately the government recently rejected the argument that betting shops should have their own planning class as put forward by David Lammy, the MP for Tottenham. He has been campaigning for a change in the law as this would give councils much more control in their local area. The government’s new laws, which will apply for two years, allow businesses such as betting shops and money shops to open up in high street locations without the need for a public consultation. The Minister for Planning, Nick Boles MP, has dismissed residents’ concerns that this will drain the life from our high streets. Anyone feeling strongly  about this could contact the Minister at nick.boles@communities.gsi.gov.uk

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Centre 70 wins Community Award 2012

Presenting the awardCentre 70,  West Norwood’s local free advice service, won Lambeth’s  Commitment to the Community Award 2012. Mark Batten  and Brian Foxley were at the Lambeth Business Awards event to accept their  award – pictured with local councillor and Lambeth Deputy Leader, Jackie Meldrum.

Based at 16 Knights Hill near West Norwood station,  Centre 70 provides a wide range of advice & counselling services including debt and housing. For details of their opening times see:


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Slow Food Festival

Beamish & McGlueBeamish & McGlue , our local delicatessen, are presenting  West Norwood’s first Slow Food Festival  – a family friendly celebration of good food with cooking demonstrations, talks, a range of food stalls reflecting our rich culinary heritage , live  music and outdoor theatre performances.

The festival, funded by the London Mayor, will take place on Saturday 31st March 10am to 6pm in St Luke’s Church Gardens on Knights Hill SE27 0HS.

If you are interested in taking part in the Slow Food festival or want to book a stall please contact Sarah  07414 971 758  sarah@westnorwoodslowfoodfestival.co.uk

This spring weekend is a must for  inviting friends and family to see West Norwood at its best – with the Norwood Feast also due to return on Sunday 1st April!

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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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Brightening up Norwood Road shopping centre

Norwood Road consultation in action

Cllr Jackie Meldrum at a consultation session

The council is now looking at improving the roads and pavements in West Norwood town centre between Tulse Hill station and West Norwood station. An early version of the plans will be on show at The Feast on Sunday 3rd July in St Lukes Gardens 10am to 4pm. Over the next few months there will be more chances for everyone to contribute to the improvement plans.

Norwood Road is eligible for funding by the London Mayor’s £50 million high street regeneration fund to strengthen the vibrancy and growth of London’s high streets and local areas.

Improving the environment of Norwood Road is an important part of the proposals in the West Norwood Masterplan and will help attract private sector investment into the area. Current public sector projects include the new primary school in Wolfington Road and the new leisure & health centre in Devane Way. The masterplan can be seen via Lambeth’s Future Norwood web. pages.

For more information contact Michael Hunte in Lambeth’s Regeneration team at futurelambeth@lambeth.gov.uk

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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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Lambeth’s cooperative council challenges Cameron’s Big Society

Lambeth cooperative councilLambeth Council is launching detailed proposals that will see the South London authority become Britain’s first-ever cooperative council.

Lambeth’s cooperative council model – first trailed in the national media in February  2010, months before David Cameron announced his Big Society proposals – will see residents take on a bigger role in running and shaping local services.  The model contrasts with the Tory ‘EasyCouncil’ model in the London Borough of Barnet that aims to create two-tier services with substandard services for the majority and better options available only to those wealthy enough to pay for them. Find out more about the Council’s plans here.

While there are some similarities with the coalition Government’s Big Society proposals, Labour’s model in Lambeth takes a more thorough-going approach applying the cooperative values of fairness, accountability and responsibility across a broad range of services.  It is built on four years experience trialling the approach in specific services in Lambeth.

Read more here

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Update – new pub in Knights Hill

pub cafe

Jam Circus Pub

Last week planning permission was granted by Lambeth councillors to turn the derelict( near  Wolfington Road junction)  shop at 13-19 Knights Hill into a new pub.

Max Alderman of Antic Ltd (www.antic-ltd.com ) says it will be called Knowle’s of Norwood after the name of the original shop on the site. Knowle’s of Norwood will be a day and evening, family friendly, bar and restaurant similar to Jam Circus in Brockley – another area in south London  popular with families.
The pub is expected to open in late February/March 2010 . The next step is to apply to Lambeth council for a licence which will be advertised for 28 days and then be decided at a meeting of the Licensing Committee. Watch this web site for details.


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