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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.

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Update – new pub in Knights Hill

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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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Latest consultation on Norwood Hall project

The plans to replace Norwood Hall with a new health centre, customer centre and a leisure centre which will include a swimming pool, gym & dance studio are moving ahead and will be soon be at the planning application stage.

Norwood Hall Project SketchTo see  the latest plans for the  swimming pool  just drop in to West Norwood Library on Thursday 10 December 10am to 8pm  or Saturday 12 December 10am to 4pm .

For more details of the project see the council’s Future Norwood web pages.

Local people often say West Norwood is a neglected part of Lambeth. For the last two years , with the support of hundreds of local people, Tessa Jowell and local councillor Jackie Meldrum  have been campaigning for a community swimming pool for  the area. A new leisure health and customer centre will provide great local services and give the West Norwood local economy a real boost.

Norwood Hall is on Devane Way opposite West Norwood station. [Map]

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Shopping In West Norwood – Video Questionnaire

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West Norwood Business Club

Norwood Road shops

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 hmorgan-thomas@lambeth.gov.uk or by calling 020 7926 2471.

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