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.

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.

Reminder: meeting this week about Mighty Hoopla in Brockwell Park

As we blogged recently, Mighty Hoopla and a new funk, soul and jazz festival called Cross the Tracks have applied to hold events in Brockwell Park this June.

A reminder that they are holding a community drop-in session this week on Wednesday 27th February. They have two times you can visit, during the day and in the evening:

  • Time: Midday-3pm and 5-8pm
  • Location: The Half Moon pub, 10 Half Moon Lane SE24 9HU

There will be an additional community engagement session on Wednesday 13th March 5-8pm at Jubilee Community Hill, Tulse Hill Estate, London SW2 2LY.

If you can’t make either but would like to ask the organisers a questions, they say residents, businesses and community groups are welcome to email them at community@mightyhoopla.com

Private renters – have your say!

Private renting is an important issue for us – in the borough roughly a third of residents live in privately rented accommodation and in our ward we have dealt with many pieces of casework relating to the private rented sector, from damp and repairs to security of tenure.

Last year, we organised a survey and meeting for private renters in West Norwood. Many of you who attended told us that you weren’t always confident in asserting your rights to landlords, or that landlords weren’t aware of all of their responsibilities. Renters have told us in the survey and at our surgeries that rents are increasing and getting harder to manage.

We have been working hard to champion the private rented sector, so that the council makes fuller use of its powers to intervene when landlords don’t meet the standards they should, and provides the information and support that good tenants and good landlords need to improve the sector.

We’re proud that Lambeth Labour recently voted to call on the Government to end Section 21, and you can read Councillor Anna Birley’s blog about her experiences of Section 21 and renting locally. She is now the Private Renting Policy Lead for Lambeth. As part of this work, we have introduced tougher fines on rogue landlords, recruited more enforcement officers to drive up standards and moved ahead with a licensing scheme for landlords for flats with five or more renters.

But there’s more to do – and currently we are consulting on renters’ main priorities and challenges are to help shape the council’s next steps. The first outcome will be to draw up a private renters’ charter, to set out renters’ rights, give advice, support and guidance, as well as detail the council’s powers to intervene and will be published later this year.

Please share your experiences and views here >> https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/lblrenters

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.

Brockwell photo

  • 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/

Cemetery consultation

West Norwood Cemetery – the story so far

One of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ London cemeteries West Norwood Cemetery was opened in 1837. In 2016 a grant of £241,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund was awarded to Lambeth Council in partnership with the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery, to develop proposals to conserve and protect the cemetery for future generations.

Through out 2017 extensive specifically survey works were carried out in the cemetery to develop proposals to restore and provide improved access to historic monuments, to manage and conserve the natural and built environment, to improve facilities for visitors and develop an activities and volunteering programme.

Together these results have helped shape new, and exciting proposal that inform how further investment could be utilised.

Cllr Max Deckers Dowber has been part of the Steering Group set up to organise this work and we are keen, along with Lambeth Council, to share the progress made so far, to gather more views so that we are in the best possible position to incorporate such feedback into the official bid submission which we plan to submit in August 2018.

There will be a number of feedback sessions across SE27 between March 22 and April 22 2018 and you can access the public consultation questionnaire at www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations

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Lambeth website is here – https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/births-deaths-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/deaths/the-south-metropolitan-west-norwood-cemetery

Project website is here – https://www.westnorwoodcemetery.org/

UPDATE – 

To offer your comments:

·  Complete the online West Norwood cemetery survey
·  Send your views by email to the team at norwoodhlf@lambeth.gov.uk.
·  Complete a paper survey, available from the West Norwood Cemetery office (located at the Cemetery entrance).
·  Go to one of the feedback sessions across West Norwood to meet the Project Team and see how the bid proposals are evolving:

Date Time Place
Sunday 1 April
12noon-2pm FEAST: West Norwood Cemetery (main entrance)

Thursday 5 April 10am-12noon West Norwood Cemetery, The Lodge (located near the main entrance)

Saturday 14 April 10am-12noon West Norwood Cemetery, The Lodge (located near the main entrance)

Tuesday 17 April 4-6:30pm West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre, Devane Way

The gathered feedback will be incorporated into the official bid submission to the HLF in August 2018.