Choose a tree to plant in February

As part of the Our Streets investment programme, we will be planting trees across the ward – and we want to hear from you! Help us to choose locations and species of trees using the form below. Please complete the form by 10th December.

We are working our way around the ward to identify empty tree pits that need a new tree, and to doorknock different streets and ask for residents’ suggestions. If you’d like us to doorknock in your street – please just get in touch! 

Temperatures are dropping – if you see someone sleeping rough, tell StreetLink

StreetLink exists to help end rough sleeping by helping members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them. 

If you see someone sleeping rough this autumn and winter, you can alert Lambeth, or other local authority if you’re out and about, by sending an alert to StreetLink using their website:

https://www.streetlink.org.uk/

You can also contact Lambeth’s Safer Streets Team directly who will offer emergency accomodation to any rough sleepers during cold weather, when the Met Office forecasts three or more nights of zero degrees celsius.

Telephone: 020 7501 0601 
Email: sstlambeth@cri.org.uk

If you are contacting the team with concerns about someone else, please provide details of where you have seen them and what they look like; the more information the better.

New restaurant getting a pizza the action in West Norwood

We are very excited that West Norwood town centre will be welcoming a new restaurant. Opening early next year, 400 Rabbits will be opening their third restaurant in South London on Norwood Road, where Kahvah used to be. 

Residents have often raised the lack of choice in the evenings in West Norwood, and along with the new cinema we welcome the new addition to our evening economy. 

We also hear rumours of a new local brewery opening up soon near the bus garage…

And were delighted to welcome Sweet Carolina at their opening this week – on the corner of Bloom Grove and Knights Hill, opposite the library.

As well as many local businesses investing in improvements in store, including Champagne and Chocolate on the corner of Lancaster Avenue, Iceland and Greggs. 

While there are many challenges for high street stores and independent businesses, we are pleased that West Norwood continues to grow as a town centre where people enjoy spending time and shopping locally. We continue to work closely with the Business Improvement District to support local businesses and will continue to stand up against potential Government business rates hikes which would create an even more challenging business environment for many. 

Show your support for local businesses on the first weekend in December on Small Business Saturday  by shopping in West Norwood and supporting our local independent businesses.

Helping London’s rough sleepers

Inspired by Mitzvah Day, we have been working with local volunteers, charities and community groups to collect donations for Linkey, a charity which helps rough sleepers in London.

Thanks to the many donations from local residents, and to Emmaus Lambeth on Knights Hill and the Hyderi Islamic Centre in Streatham who opened their doors to donations. A number of Thurlow Park activists helped to distribute items across London and at a soup kitchen in Croydon on 18th November.

Light checks on estates in Thurlow Park – keeping the ward safe in the winter

As the clocks change and the nights get longer, we are keen to ensure residents feel safe going to and from their homes. We have done a walkabout of every estate in our ward and spoken with residents about any faulty streetlights and dark corners.

As a result, officers are visiting each estate to audit which lights are not working and have begun the process of raising work orders for repairs to the contractors have so far been raised for streetlights needing fixing on Rosendale Gardens Estate, Lairdale and Guernsey Grove. 

We anticipate that the works will be completedfairly soon – on or before Friday 23 November 2018, and officers will carry out a post inspection shortly after completion.

If there is a lamppost you are concerned about, or a dark corner where you feel unsafe, please get in touch.