Jackie Meldrum at the temporary library in Parkhall Road
Repairs following the theft of the copper roof of West Norwood Library and Nettlefold Hall are underway . Unfortunately the repairs have revealed asbestos, a building material commonly used in the 1950s to 1970’s.
The council is taking sensible precautions to deal with the asbestos -unfortunately this means that the planned repair work is going to take longer than anticipated. In the meantime a temporary library is now operating Monday- Friday 10am to 4pm at 1 Parkhall Road SE21 8EH ( at west end of Robson Road beside the cemetery) where people can continue to borrow books until West Norwood Library reopens
Cllr Florence Nosegbe, councillor with responsibility for Libraries says “Please be assured that I want to see the library and halls reopened as soon as possible but Lambeth’s first priority is to make the building safe. We ask library users to bear with us, as the safety of those working on the site has to be our top priority.”
Local library users have set up a supporters group called Friends of West Norwood Library. They can be contacted at FWNL@hotmail.co.uk and via facebook. The Friends are encouraging as many people as possible to fill in the Library Survey – its online & will only take a few minutes to complete : http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/surveys/acs/libraries/libraries.htm
Scaffolding going up at West Norwood Library & Nettlefold Hall
Following theft of copper roof of the building on Norwood High Street that houses West Norwood library and Nettlefold Hall repairs are underway. Securing the site and erection of scaffolding is the first stage. The original roof has ordinary chipboard immediately under the copper covering . The exposed chipboard has crumbled making access to the roof difficult & unsafe. Scaffolding is required both inside and outside.
Once the roof is watertight again work will be needed to restore the electrics in the building. Lambeth council is keen to re-open West Norwood library as soon as possible.
In the meantime arrangements are being made to open alternative library services at The Lambeth Resource Centre, 1 Parkhall Road SE21 8EH (at the east end of Robson Road) . An opening date for the temporary library will be announced shortly.
Tarpaulins on Nettlefold Hall roof
Thieves have stolen much of the copper roofing on West Norwood Library and two weeks ago went as far as stealing from the roof of the chapel in the cemetery. The buildings have been left very vulnerable to the recent heavy rains and West Norwood Library & Nettlefold Hall are both closed temporarily to dry out and repair the electrics and stage fittings. Events and meetings are transferring to alternative venues. Funerals are continuing to take place in the chapel.
The price of copper has rocketed and thieves are stealing copper where they can find it regardless of the consequences. Thefts of vital signal wiring on railway and tube lines is now the cause of many train delay – as reported in the Evening Standard:
The police have set up a specialist unit to investigate thefts of metals such as copper & lead and the investigation on west Norwood’s copper thieves is ongoing . If anyone has seen any the thieves please contact the police or Crimestoppers at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org .
Councillors Jackie Meldrum & Jane Pickard at site of new school
Update: Due to public pressure the meeting at Nettlefold Hall extended opening to 9.30pm
The new primary school for West Norwood will be in Wolfington Road and this November everyone can have a say about the new plans. Drop in to Nettlefold Hall, upstairs from West Norwood Library, between 2pm and 9.30pm on Wednesday 24th November 2010 to meet the people working on the new school. The architects, Shepheard, Epstein & Hunter, want to know what you think of the plans before they submit a planning application to convert the office block on Wolfington Road into a new primary school.
This new primary school for West Norwood is due to open in September 2011 thanks to funding agreed by the Labour government before the May elections. Julian’s school will manage the two schools together and for the first year temporary classes will be on the Julian’s School site at the top of St Julian’s Farm Road. In the next week or so the school admissions pages on the Lambeth web site should have information on how to apply for reception places at the new school for the 2011/12 school year – before the closing date of 14th January . Click here for the admissions page.
There is an increasing demand for primary school places across London, particularly in West Norwood, and as a next step the council wants to rebuild the Julians School on Leigham Court Road as a 2-form entry school so doubling the number of places. The council is struggling to make £80m of cuts to its budgets and is looking for money from the government to rebuild Julians School. Like other councils Lambeth is waiting to hear about the new coalition government’s funding plans to help tackle the shortage of school places in London.
Local councillors, Jackie Meldrum and Jane Pickard, know how important it is to have a good local primary school and have been pressing the council to expedite plans for the new school. Families living just south of West Norwood station have struggled to find a primary school in easy walking distance. This new school will be a welcome addition to the West Norwood community.