Petition against Barclays branch closure hits 400 in less than 24 hours

Since being launched yesterday afternoon, our petition against the closure of the last bank in West Norwood has hit 400. Can you help get it over 500 before the end of the day?

Sign here and share with your friends and neighbours:

Petition to save the last bank in West Norwood

Local councillors Anna, Fred and Peter, with Cllr Jane Pickard from Knights Hill and West Norwood activists were outside Barclays with the petition today, talking to people about what the closure could mean locally for traders and customers.

If you want to get involved in our campaign, get in touch!

Park events strategy scrutiny – public meeting

Each summer sees applications from event organisations to hold festivals, sports events or other activities in Brockwell Park. In the last few years, some of these have been of particular concern to the local community because of anxiety about noise, antisocial behaviour or the impact on the park. Many of you have also been in touch about the long term financial sustainability of the park, as it’s an invaluable local asset.

Last year, we worked very hard to mitigate these concerns with regards to Love Box and Field Day applying to come. We held a public meeting and knocked on many of your doors to listen to your concerns. We developed some red lines and put these across strongly to colleagues, officers and licensing committee. Some concessions were won, and we will continue to do this with the application from Mighty Hoopla this summer too.

However, there were some issues raised which couldn’t be dealt with via individual event applications because they were reflections on the wider framework policy for events in parks. We committed to campaigning for a review of the events strategy and to giving you an opportunity to input into this.

With that in mind, we are holding a public meeting on reviewing the events policy and the future of Brockwell Park on 11 March at 6.30-8.30pm at Rosendale Primary School.

Street parties – how to get your road closed for a get together

One of the things we love about Thurlow Park is the strong sense of community – and nothing says community like the many street parties that you organise across the ward each year.

A street party on Hexham Road

The council is happy to support street parties, but you have to make sure your application gets in in good time as road closures are reviewed in batches each month. The deadline for street parties in April is coming up – get your applications in by 6th March .

Lambeth defines a street party as an event which…

  • Is a residential get together on a single street. However there are occasions we will consider 2 road closures for a street party. There must be three named organisers who are over 18 and resident on the street to be closed (not from the same address)
  • At least one of the named organisers is present for the duration of the Street Party
  • Is not a public event and is only advertised directly to the residents on the street
  • Is not profit making and the activities are not commercial
  • Takes place on one day only between the hours of 10am and 7.30pm with the road being opened again to all traffic no later than 8pm

You can apply online here.

The road closure should be free, but there may be costs if you need the council’s contractors to bring over signs and barriers. Do get in touch if this is an issue – our details are on our contact page.

Deadline extended: Lambeth private renters’ survey

Calling all private renters in Thurlow Park and beyond – you have until 3rd March to have your say on renting and the kind of support you’d like from the council to improve the sector and help you resolve issues with your landlord!

It doesn’t take long – there’s a short online survey which you can fill out here. If this is a topic you’re passionate about, you can contact Cllr Anna Birley who as well as being a Thurlow Park councillor is also the Lambeth policy lead on private renting, on abirley@lambeth.gov.uk, or you can sign up to our Facebook group for private renters in the local area.

New play equipment at the West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre – consultation open

In a consultation last April, residents in West Norwood said that there should be more play equipment installed on the grounds of the West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre to provide more for the growing numbers of children using the outdoor area.

Having listened to views, the council has drawn up some proposals on new equipment that they hope to progress soon. These include:

  • Resurfacing
  • Fitting an embankment slide, steps and rope ramp
  • A jungle walk
  • Striding stilts
  • Swinging steps x 3
  • A gravity rider (can be used by children with mobility impairments)
  • A Quad Rider in the under 5’s area
  • An inclusive orbit (a roundabout, designed to be inclusive of wheelchair users and aimed at all ages)

The council hopes to go ahead with all of these suggestions, however, officers would be interested in the level of popularity each item receives, as it is possible final space planning may mean the need to exclude an item or two from the proposals at the final stages.

The consultation is open until 1st March and you can respond online here. You can also express interest in being part of a ‘friends’ group – a community group of users who help to protect and champion the facility.