GLA member Val Shawcross with local councillor Mike Smith on the campaign trail.
Remember to vote for your local GLA member on the 3rd of May.
West Norwood’s existing member, Val Shawcross is standing again and she is also Ken Livingston’s deputy for Mayor.
For more information on the candidates and the election including how to vote check the information booklet that should have been delivered to every household or download it from here: http://www.londonelects.org.uk/im-voter/information-booklet
Cllr Mike Smith at library closed for repairs
West Norwood Library & Nettlefold Halls remain closed since June 2011 as a consequence of damage from vandalism and theft. When repairs started, asbestos was found and this caused a long delay. The asbestos has now been removed but the building is still in a very poor condition and will take a lot of money to fix. A condition survey is being undertaken to identify what further work is needed. The survey should be completed during January 2012 and it is not possible to estimate an re-opening date for the West Norwood Library and Nettlefold Halls until this survey is done. In the meantime the building is secured to reduce the risk of further vandalism.
Cllr Nosegbe, chair of the Lambeth Libraries Commission, says “There will be a fully functioning library in West Norwood. Our libraries are essential, they are open to all and benefit everyone and we are working with the community to make sure a full library service is back serving our residents as soon as possible. The temporary library service currently available at the Lambeth Resource Centre is unsatisfactory. We want to deliver more for Norwood and we are looking at alternative sites, like the Old Library, for a better library service in the meantime. “
At a meeting in November with local residents there were lots of constructive ideas on what people wanted in their future local library in West Norwood. A consultation process about the future of the building is underway and the council is seeking the views of the community, residents, library users and members of the Friends groups.
The Libraries Commission looked at the future of Lambeth’s library service bearing in mind the council has much less money to spend. For details of the work of the Library Commission see http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/CouncilDemocracy/MakingADifference/LibrariesCommission.htm
To get involved in the future of all of Lambeth’s libraries contact the council by emailing LibrariesHaveYourSay@lambeth.gov.uk , text 07772 103 628 or phone 0800 013 1497 or 020 7926 6397.
The Friends of West Norwood Library welcome new members – email FWNL@hotmail.co.uk or see them on facebook.
West Norwood Tennis Club
Sunday 7th August is open day at The West Norwood Tennis Club. Come along between 12noon and 3pm to find out more about the club. The bar will be open!
This is a chance for people to meet club members, see the facilities and hear about the current set-up and future plans. You can also find out about the offer for non-members to use play tennis on the club courts for £5 per person on days the club is open. Usual opening days and times are Wednesday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am – 3pm.
The club is at 128 Knights Hill SE27 0SR (by Cheviot Road)
Residents frequently ask local councillors about playing tennis at the club. Cllr Mike Smith met with the club members recently and the club decided to hold this open day. All welcome to drop by on Sunday 7th August.
Mike Smith & Lorna Campbell checking for flytips
Many residents in the area are concerned about Fly-tipping, particularly the illegal dumping of commercial waste on local housing estates. This issue is frequently raised at resident meetings and despite efforts to identify those responsible, it is a persistent problem.
Last week local councillors arranged for Cllr Lorna Campbell, Cabinet Member responsible for environmental issues, to visit various fly-tipping ‘hot spots’ around the West Norwood. The council is trying to sort out this problem and to identify those responsible.
Local people also have a vital role to play in efforts to tackle illegal dumping of rubbish by reporting environmental crime. If you witness fly-tipping or other environmental crime, please report it to the council either online or by phone. Details of how to report are available here – http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/Environment/EnvironmentalCrime/Fly-tipping.htm
Mike Smith on the Activity Bus
A fun day was had by all at the Community Action Day event on 30th October held on Holderness Way. Residents, supported by local Labour councillors and Lambeth Living, organised the Action Day. It was a chance for neighbours to get to know each other and to get people involved in tacking local issues. With the rain holding off (for most of the day) families enjoyed activities ranging from tug-o-war and five aside football to face painting, bulb planting, a bouncy castle and computer activity bus. A live DJ entertained people while free food was available for all those who came along. Local MP Tessa Jowell and the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, Val Shawcross, attended the Action Day and chatted with residents and those organising the event.
Following the success of the community day, a meeting will be held to set-up a Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) on the estate. The TRA will give residents a greater ‘voice’ on issues affecting the lives of people on the estate and the area as a whole. If you would like to be involved in the Residents Association please contact Knights Hill Councillor, Mike Smith, at email@example.com.
Tivoli Community Garden
Green-fingered work has begun on the new Tivoli Community Garden with a raspberry bush planted in the fertile West Norwood soil! The site, previously a waste ground, is being transformed by local residents into a productive garden. The area was cleared, with the help of Lambeth Council, after a show of public support for plans to turn the derelict, overgrown site into an area where people can grow flowers, fruit and veg. The gardening group hope that the produce from the garden will be available for
the wider community, as well as those growing the food. With autumn upon
us the focus will be to plant cold weather vegetables, rotating to summer fruits and veg in the spring.
The Tivoli Community Gardening Group is free to join and open to all – with no previous experience of gardening necessary. For information about getting involved, please contact Cllr Mike Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07805945158. You can also join the group’s virtual site at http://www.projectdirt.com/group/tivoligardenscommunitygroup.