Have you visited our monthly ASB surgery on the Peabody Estate yet?

Anti-social behaviour and crime are the top concern for many residents on the Peabody Estates – both Rosendale Road and Peabody Hill. It is very important to us that residents are, and feel, safe in their homes and neighbourhoods, and have been working hard to tackle this issue. 

It’s a complicated issue, and no one agency on its own is going to be able to resolve it. So, we have been developing a multi-agency approach,

regularly coordinating meetings which bring together Peabody, the police, the council, community and youth groups, and local residents. We have ensured that Peabody prioritise our estate, and over the last year we have secured wardens who regularly patrol. 

To complement this, we have started a new anti-social behaviour and community safety surgery and walkabout. Every month, one of your local Labour councillors, the community safety officer from Peabody and the Peabody estate manager will be on site on the last Monday of the month from 10.30-12.30. 

Residents can make an appointment to see us at the community centre, organise for us to visit your home, or drop-in to see us. It’s an opportunity to raise any issue with us and get the support you need to resolve it. We also do a walkabout and visit any parts of the estate which residents have flagged for concern.

This week, our session included a walkabout of Blocks E and F, and a letter delivery to residents in those blocks reminding them of their responsibilities to be considerate neighbours. We also met with the local police who were visiting some households, and had a drop-in surgery where we discussed issues from domestic violence to noise complaints with residents. 

Join our meeting on improving the private rented sector in West Norwood

House prices are putting homeownership out of reach and by the end of 2021 it is predicted that almost one in four households will be renting privately.

Nowhere is this more acute than in London. In 2011-12 the proportion of private tenants in London rose above the proportion of social rented tenants for the first time since the mid-1960s, and this number continues to rise. A growing number of our residents in Thurlow Park, and across West Norwood and Herne Hill, rent privately.

Most private landlords want to ‘do the right thing’ by their tenants but they often lack the knowledge or support to get this right. Other landlords make the most of the unregulated nature of the private rented market. We know from our own experiences of renting locally, that the sector needs to improve. Too often at our advice surgeries hear stories from residents with issues ranging from damp and mismanagement, to excessive lettings agent fees and unfair evictions.

A third of private rented homes fail to meet the Decent Homes Standard and stagnant wages cannot keep pace with spiralling rents. The housing benefit freeze mean many in the private rented sector now face a substantial monthly shortfall between the housing benefit they receive and even the cheapest rents.

We believe the private rented sector must improve – so we are setting up a new group for private renters in West Norwood so that we can campaign for change. By coming together, we can share our experiences, support each other, and have a louder voice.

Please join our first meeting on 25th January to talk about how we can work together locally to improve the private rented sector. We have booked a space at Knowles of Norwood, 294-296 Norwood Road, from 7pm, and will be joined by a speaker from Generation Rent. Let us know you’re coming on Facebook.

If you can’t make it, we still want to hear about your experiences – positive and negative – and your ideas to improve private renting for everyone. Please fill in our survey and let us know your views.

Join us this Saturday at our stall at the 4all Autumn Fair

The 4all Autumn Fair is an annual fixture in the Thurlow Park diary – a great afternoon of activities, community groups, craft stalls, music, games for children and a BBQ, tea and cake. It takes place at All Saints Church on Lovelace Road from 2-5pm on Saturday 23rd September. 

Your local councillors will be at the Fair to listen to your ideas and concerns for the local area, and to provide any support or advice you may need. 

Community Shop recently launched its latest Impact Report, tracking the positive outcomes it is achieving in the communities it serves. Now operational across four sites Community Shop – including in West Norwood – is helping to build stronger individuals and more confident communities.

“We welcome and are grateful for the support we have received from you, and Lambeth Council as a whole, and we hope that we can continue to build on our relationships in order to keep delivering fantastic results for the people of West Norwood.”

Highlights from the report include:.

• 98% of members report feeling that they have access to the tools and skills they need to achieve their life goals all or some of the time since joining Community Shop.

• 83% of members report feeling more positive about the future all or some of the time since joining Community Shop.

• 93% of members reported feeling that their mental wellbeing is improved all or some of the time since joining Community Shop.

• Community Shop calculates over 3,832,500 meals have been made using food from its stores in 2016.

https://www.companyshop.co.uk/community-shop/news-and-enquiries/news-centre/community-shop-launches-2016-impact-report/

Royal Mail sorting office closure

Royal Mail have announced their intention to close our local sorting office meaning residents would have to travel to Penge. There is no direct public transport there and elderly residents and those with mobility issues will be detrimentally affected in West Norwood.

We have spoken with our local MP Helen Hayes who has been incredibly responsive. We will join her in March to meet with Royal Mail managers and with the postal Union CWU to discuss.

Please get in touch if the closure will affect you, your business or your neighbours.

Join Lambeth’s Equality Commission tonight to discuss participation and representation

Lambeth has surged ahead in so many ways in recent years: our population is growing, employment is rising and our schoolchildren continue to achieve record-breaking exam results. The enormous investment pouring into the borough is changing lives for the better.

Despite this growth, we are acutely aware that Lambeth remains one of the most deprived areas of the country – Lambeth is the 8th most deprived borough in London and the 22nd most deprived in England. Deprivation brings significant challenges in health, education and employment for everyone. And, for some of our people, the problems are even more severe. Some of our communities still suffer even greater levels of poverty and inequality; they still face barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential.

We have established an Equality Commission, which will identify these barriers and tackle them head-on.

Tonight, the commission is hosting an open community meeting to explore issues around participation, representation and community leadership. Come and tell us what you think are some of the main causes of inequalities in relation to these issues – we want to better understand the effects of inequality in this area as well as identify solutions.

Anyone is welcome to attend, but you must register first. You can register to attend here. The meeting is at 6pm tonight at Streatham Library, 63 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 1PN.