Streetworks is the local community led project to improve the pavements and make West Norwood’s main shopping street more attractive to local people & visitors. https://www.streetworks.london/
Norwood Action Group has organised a public meeting at 7pm on Monday 10th September at Chatsworth Baptist Church in Chatsworth Way SE27 9HN to look at the results of the Streetworks project and the future of our shopping street. All welcome to come and have a say.
Town centres have always been retailing centres but the shift to online shopping means town centres are shifting towards more services to survive. With many independents providing a wide range of services already West Norwood is in better position than many places to take action to ensure the town centre remains the heart of the local community.
If you can find it online – Robert Peston’s 3 part History of Shopping is worth watching.
Leader of Lambeth council, Cllr Lib Peck & the council’s chief exec, Sean Harriss, are guest speakers at the Norwood Action Group (NAG) Annual General Meeting on Thursday (17/9/15) . Opportunity for questions and to vote for the NAG committee members. All welcome at 7pm meeting at Salvation Army, 246 Norwood Rd SE27 9AW. For details see:http://norwoodactiongroup.org
Developers are trying again, for a fifth time, to get planning permission to build 36 flats and new tennis facilities on the site of the Tennis Club in Cheviot Road SE27 0SR. Check out the details and comment, using ref 15/03867 at http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/
The fourth planning application 14/06822 was refused and the developers are appealing to the independent Planning Inspector to reverse Lambeth council’s decision. The arguments for and against the council decision will be heard in public by the Planning Inspector on Tuesday 4th August from 10am in the town hall in Brixton. The appeal ref is APP/N5660/W/15/3028118 and details are at: https://acp.planningportal.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?caseid=3028118
Residents oppose developers plans to build 47 homes in a block 4-6 storeys high on the empty site by Tulse Hill station in Avenue Park Road.
There is a public meeting on Monday 9th September at Chatsworth Baptist Church, Chatworth Way SE27 9HN at 7pm to discuss this development and other potential developments in West Norwood – organised by Norwood Forum and Norwood Action Group (NAG).
Cllr Peter Robbins, reponsible for housing and regeneration at Lambeth council, will also be speaking at the meeting and hearing the views of residents as part of the consultation on Lambeth’s latest Local Plan for the West Norwood area.
Unfortunately the Coalition government has recently reduced the powers of councils to influence new developments. By deregulating town planning rules the government is helping developers build without taking the views of local people into account.
As Christmas draws closer, so too do the events and festivities leading up to it. For shoppers in West Norwood, the advent of the festive season is heralded by the arrival of the Christmas lights – just in time for the 3rd /4th December weekend of Feast markets.
Come along to the area around St Luke’s church and Portico on Saturday 5pm to 8pm for carol singing, the fabulous Carribe Steel Band, a light installation, children’s christmas decoration and activities, neon ball juggling and street entertainment, and last but not least delectable winter warming food, mulled wine, snacks and treats. On Sunday between 10am and 4pm the Feast will have its Artisans market at Chatsworth Way, Garden Corner by York Hill, Food Fair at St Lukes church and Retro Village outside Rosebery’s the auctioneers on Knights Hill.
The Christmas lights will extend from Tulse Hill Station to West Norwood station. The original lights were funded some years ago by Norwood Action Group, local traders and the council. To give West Norwood’s shopping street a boost this year there is new lighting in the street trees – courtesy of the Mayor’s Outer London Fund – and a christmas tree outside St Lukes’s churchyard.
St Lukes Gardens & railings – a successful NAG project with NAG and the council
Norwood Action Group social Christmas drinks social evening
7.30pm on Tuesday 8th December at the Kahvah café 251 Norwood Road.
Norwood Action Group (NAG) provides a non-party political voice for residents on local issues as they bubble up. Because it meets monthly, NAG can be fast in reacting to events and is independent as it does not depend on funding from a public body. In this way, it differs from the Norwood Forum, which has the advantage of being bigger, able to reach more people with its support from Lambeth and meets several times a year to discuss more strategic local issues. NAG supports the forum, but believe both groups have a role to play.
Everyone is welcome to drop in on Tuesday and meet up with NAG members.
NAG started life in 1997 after a public meeting, held by the council to discuss parking ,which broadened into a series of demands for improvements to the town centre. Local people felt Norwood had suffered years of neglect.
In those first years, NAG was instrumental in negotiating the half-hour parking places in the town centre, introducing Christmas lights and a Christmas tree after many years of seasonal gloom, supporting the campaign by West Norwood Community Development to rescue the Old Library from dereliction and refurbish it as a youth and community centre, and pressing the council to appoint a town centre manager. We ran a gardens competition for several years and had a significant input into the UDP – Lambeth’s long-term development plan for the area.
Later successes have included the refurbishment of the memorial garden in front of St Luke’s Church with the restoration of the railings (a project run jointly with the church) [see photo] ; a survey exploring possible improvements to the area around Tulse Hill station, which produced many ideas now on the council’s agenda, and the campaign to resist a nine-storey block of flats being built on the site of West Norwood Tennis Club. NAG was also instrumental in getting a pedestrian phase at the Norwood Road/York Hill traffic lights and persuading the council to establish a new committee, which is about to start life, to enable the community to have a say in the running of the Old Library.