Serious incident on Norwood Road/ Lancaster Avenue last night

We want to reassure residents regarding the police activity in Norwood Road last night.

There was a stabbing on the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Norwood Road. The victim was a young man and his injuries have been declared non-life threatening. We wish him a speedy recovery, and wish to thank the staff and customers at Thai Duck Deli last night who reacted quickly and calmly to help the victim. Thank you also to the police and emergency services who responded quickly – despite significant central government cuts to funding, these services work incredibly hard to keep us safe every day.

A number of arrests have been made – it appears to have been a family dispute rather than gang related – but if you have information regarding the incident please contact the police.

Crime scene Norwood Road

Work begins on the Norwood Road zebra crossing

We are thrilled that work has started on the new zebra crossing on Norwood Road, next to Harpenden Road.

Road safety is our top priority and we have been really disappointed by the delays to the delivery of this scheme. Initially, a complaint held up the delivery, and then complications regarding road traffic orders. These have been resolved, and in the meantime we organised for the contractors to be on site every morning with stop/go signs to help students cross the road to school.

The zebra crossing was a key aspect of Streetworks, designed by the community in workshops and receiving significant support during extensive consultation. We worked with Elmgreen School as well as local groups like the Norwood and Tulse Hill Forums and the Business Improvement District to ensure residents had many opportunities to have their say including meetings, workshops, market stalls, in-person surveys, social media and letters through every local door.

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Results from the final consultation on plans for the new zebra crossing

 

Field Day FAQs

This an FAQ sheet on the key details of Field Day. For any further queries please look at the Field Day website.

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Cllr Fred Cowell speaking on behalf of residents at Field Day’s licensing hearing

The policies descried here are the result of careful work between Field Day, Lambeth Events, the

Brockwell Park Community Partners and local councillors. In Thurlow Park we held previous consultation sessions on events this summer, worked to modify the event through the Licensing Process and have committed to reforming the events policy.

 

There will also be a consultation period after the event to review how it went. This is intended simply to be a factual overview of what is happening in the park in the next few weeks.

This is not by any means complete or definitive but deals with the most commonly asked questions. We are also hosting an advice drop-in tomorrow Saturday 19th May between 10.30-12.30 at Norwood Lodge in the Park.

What is happening

Field Day is a three day music festival on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of June. It is the only commercial music event in the park this year. On the Friday it will have around 19, 000 people attending, Saturday 26, 000 and Sunday 15, 000.  In terms of numbers taken up this will be around the same size as the Lambeth Country show – although there are important differences between both events this is useful as a comparator of scale.

How will the event be set up

The event will be built in the park from Monday the 20th of May onwards. Most of the park will be unaffected during this period as the contractors will build the soundstages first. During this initial period delivery lorries will be turning into the park principally using the Herne Hill entrance. These will be Monday – Friday and limited to a window after 10 and before 3 so as to miss the school traffic and come at times where there is limited pedestrian traffic in the park. Any lories will be accompanied by a qualified banksmen – staff who is there to ensure pedestrian safety in the park and on the turn off from Norwood Road. A Traffic Order allows for the temporary closure of the slip-way between Norwood and Dulwich Road – that will be time limited to the specific times when deliveries are being made during the 10-3 delivery window, so it will not affect rush hour.

Will I still have access to the park

Until the 29th of May apart from three designated areas the majority of the park – over 90% of the park will be freely available. After the 29th of May – the Wednesday before the event a much larger section of the park will be closed. From the 31st of May to the 4th of June 31% of the park will be taken up with the festival. This will be removed on the 5th of June and by the weekend after the event the park will fully cleared.

Will there be road closures during the event

There will be a few roads that will be limited to resident access only during the event days and letters from Lambeth Council will inform residents in these roads about this and the procedure being used.  Most of the area will be unaffected there will be some special arrangements made during the exit times of the festival (see below). There will be no bus diversions and apart from a very short window of time at the end of the evening the roads will not be affected. There will be parking enforcement staff on call the whole day on the event days so that if there is illegal parking as a result of the festival it can be dealt with quickly. Based on previous festi

How will people get to the event

The vast majority of access to this event will be by public transport – this is based on the previous experience of the organisers and a mapping exercise of the location of people buying tickets. Herne Hill and Brixton Station will be the principle point of access and according to Transport for London planners – who have been consulted on this – both are able to handle the extra capacity for the event. There will be special designated routes, patrolled by festival security, with partial fences to assist access from Brixton station and Herne Hill station into the park. Security teams will then check everyone going into the event. There is a carefully designed flow system to stop large queues building up, a holding area with toilets at busy times and security teams patrolling the area. This is in part as a response to poorly managed events in the park previously and these plans were carefully designed in consultation with local councillors, park community groups and the local neighbourhood forum.

Will the area be secure while the festival is on

An independent security company Showsec is providing security both inside and outside the event. Due to conditions imposed by councillors and Lambeth’s Licensing Committee there will be more security at this event than at any event in the park before. This will include regular patrols around the park to check for drugs, extra CCTV cameras in the area – some of which will be streamed directly to the Metropolitan Police, stewards on streets across all of the entrance and exit routes (Norwood Road, Brixton Water Lane, Dulwich Road). Over 50 toilets are located on or around the routes people will be taking to enter an exit the festival. There is an extensive drug and alcohol search policy for all festivalgoers, with an enhanced security plan, which has been approved by the police.

When does it close 
Music stops at 10:30 on a Friday and Saturday and 9:30 on Sunday and the park has to be vacated from these times. This is later than what the community would have wanted but the Council’s Licensing Committee had to act in accordance with the law and stated policy.

How will people leave the event

Through the two main exit’s – Brixton Water Lane and Herne Hill these routes will be segregated from the main traffic route. These will be stewarded at all key points and toilets and rubbish stations will be on route.  This should confine people to these two main routes although it is anticipated that there will be some movement up Norwood Road to Tulse Hill station and provisions have been made accordingly During the egress stage – and at this point only – normal traffic will be restricted at the junction of Dulwich and Norwood Road and on Brixton Water Lane but buses and emergency vehicles will still have full access. The organisers of Field Day project that egress of the entire site should take between 40 minutes and one hour. This is not a fixed time, it is a projection by the organisers but it is hoped that on Friday and Saturday the main group of people will have dispersed by around 11:15-11:30.
Community management during the event 
Unlike previous events there is a whole team looking after the wider community outside the festival gates. There will be a community hub run by Field Day in Railton Road. During the operational hours of the festival on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd you can call 0203 886 0739 about any issue regarding, waste management, noise, anti-social behaviour or indeed any aspect of conduct on festival. All calls to this number will be recorded to allow teams to respond to them in full. Even if you have to leave a voice message this will be responded to.  In relation to the set up of the festival any procedure please contact you local councillors and Kelly@fielddayfestivals.com . This is the fastest way to get a response. A log of all complaints received by Field Day will be forwarded to the events team so that their responses can be monitored. Noise monitoring has been set up at various points around the site set above the ground to monitor noise levels.

Waste management and cleaning of the surrounding area

Field Day are providing large numbers bins along the exit and entry ways and have contracted with Veolia to provide an enhanced street cleaning service on every day the festival is running. This waste will be disposed of independently to all other public waste and the normal park bins and waste disposal will not be used. The festival are going to be using shatterproof plastic glasses and have committed to fully recyclable and biodegradable packaging and cutlery. After the event there will detailed information made available about the levels of recycling undertaken

Park recovery after the event

A detailed inspection is being done of the entire site this weekend before the site is handed over, and an inventory has been done of all trees, saplings, benches and other fixed features of the park at risk from the festival. After the event a full audit will be taken with Brockwell Park Community partners, specialists from the council and local Councillors. Field Day are responsible for restoring the park to its original condition and paying the full cost for doing so. This is completely independent of all income to the park and the council.

Advice drop-in: Field Day in Brockwell Park

Field Day will be beginning to set up their event in Brockwell Park soon, so we have organised a drop-in advice morning to show you the maps and plans, discuss any concerns, take your comments back to the event organisers, and make sure you know how to get in touch.

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  • When? Saturday 19 May, drop in anytime between 10.30 and 12.30
  • Where? Norwood Lodge – the building in the corner of Brockwell Park by Norwood Road and Brockwell Park Gardens

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/769095176811997/

Remembering Tessa Jowell – our thanks and love

We are so sad that our former MP Tessa Jowell has passed away. She did so much for the local area and our local residents still remember her often and fondly. She was well liked, hard working and personally behind the building of some of the amazing schools and sure start centres in the constituency.

Our corner of Dulwich and West Norwood was just a tiny part of her incredible work as an MP – at a national level she will be remembered for Sure Start, equalities legislation, creating a regulator for the media, and getting the 2012 Olympics and much, much more. Her work on achieving “better, longer lives for people with cancer” by securing investment and innovation, since her diagnosis, has been inspiring and moving. Tessa was a force of nature and the announcement since the announcement of her death that research funding will be doubled and testing improved is testament to that.

Tessa was a huge inspiration to us, in encouraging us to stand in 2014, helping us campaign, showing us the ropes, and by being such a great political role model. She was always warm, full of advice, kindness, compassion and humour. On a personal level, Tessa was a friend, ready with a hug or wise word to encourage us. We’ll miss her hugely.

There will be a book of condolences for anyone wishing to share their memories and best wishes at Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton. Our thoughts and love are with her family.

Thank you for re-electing your local Labour team in Thurlow Park!

Thank you to the almost two and a half thousand local residents who voted for us at the recent local elections – we are grateful that you have put your trust in us to continue working hard in Thurlow Park. We love this ward and are looking forward to the next four years of working with you to make it an even better place.

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You can see the full breakdown of results here.

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We stood on our record of the past four years, and on five ambitious local pledges for the next four years:

  1. Prioritise road safety: We will continue to invest in roads and pavements, remove the Tulse Hill one-way system, and campaign for further safety measures.
  2. Secure investment: We will be a positive voice for Thurlow Park so that we can continue to secure millions of pounds investment in improvements in the ward.
  3. Support town centres: Having set up West Norwood’s BID, we will continue to help our town centres to thrive, including creating a new market by Tulse Hill station.
  4. Invest in the public realm: We will tackle flytipping & antisocial behaviour and improve the public realm on local shopping parades with new trees, bins & benches.
  5. Tackle air pollution: We will improve air quality by working with schools to plant green screens, campaigning for cleaner buses and encouraging walking & cycling.

As part of Lambeth Labour, we stood on an ambitious manifesto for the borough too. You can read the full manifesto here. Some of the pledges we are really excited to champion include –

  • Cracking down on rogue landlords and improving private renting
  • Supporting those residents who are struggling to make ends meet with new employment opportunities and expanding further our work on the London Living Wage
  • Welcoming refugee families to Lambeth
  • Tackling homelessness and building new homes at council rent, as well as innovative new community-led housing and new ways to give our existing tenants and leaseholders more say on improvements on their estate
  • Boosting recycling, electric vehicle charging points, another 1,000 trees by 2022, and a ban on single use plastics for the council and its contractors
  • Becoming carbon neutral by 2050 and divesting our pension fund from fossil fuels
  • Fighting Tory police cuts and a community-focused approach to tackling youth violence and knife crime
  • Continuing to lead on tackling violence against women and girls
  • Introducing tougher sanctions on our estates for noisy and nuisance neighbours and improving the borough-wide antisocial noise service
  • Fighting for fair funding for schools, supporting youth projects and creating over 1,500 apprenticeships for Lambeth’s young people
  • Tackling loneliness with a new good neighbour befriending scheme, training new mental health champions, innovative projects to improve health and wellbeing like the Daily Mile in schools and Health Parks
  • Creating affordable workspace and supporting local businesses
  • Fighting for better train services and helping people walk and cycle more safely.

Although long, it isn’t an exhaustive list and we would love to hear from you about what you’d like us working on and championing. Comment below or email us with your ideas!

Norwood Road – bollards, trees, benches and grot spots

A public consultation is now underway on the proposed location of trees, benches and bollards which will go in along Norwood Road between Robson Road and Tulse Hill station under the Streetworks project.

Please advise Streetworks of your views on the types of trees and possible locations, and also on sites for bins and bollards.

Identified actions needed to tidy up the street scene includes repainting all the post boxes, removing redundant street furniture e.g. relocating the temporary bike rack outside The Old Library,  and relocation of commercial waste bins.

You can email your thoughts to hello@streetworks.london