We are delighted to share that yesterday the businesses in West Norwood and Tulse Hill voted to form a Business Improvement District (BID). The vote was 76% in favour of the Station to Station project which encompasses over 300 businesses.
A BID is a not-for-profit collective of local businesses, enabling business to come together and collectively lobby for improvements, contribute to and spend a shared fund as well as take the lead in shaping the community to allow local businesses to thrive.
There are currently over 47 BIDs in London and in Lambeth there are BIDs in Vauxhall, Brixton, Streatham and Clapham. Improving the business community is a priority for us as your local Labour councillors. We campaigned for investment in local businesses and for the development of a BID as candidates in 2014 and have been working hard on delivering it since.
Cllr Fred Cowell as the West Norwood Neighbourhood Lead has been working really hard with local businesses and the Means consultancy, along with many other hard working volunteers from the business community, to make this happen. It has been hugely valuable to have a local neighbourhood lead councillor to drive this forward and ensure momentum. For example, in April the BID steering group were able to launch a fashion show in at the Portico Gallery, showcasing designs made in Norwood.
We are looking forward to working with the BID when it starts in work in September and hope to see many more successes in the future.
Max, Anna & Fred were joined by former Thurlow Park Cllr Ann Kingsbury, and Dulwich & West Norwood parliamentary candidate Helen Hayes as we all enjoyed the All Saints Church autumn fair. It was lovely to see all the various stalls and talk with local residents about what was happening in their area.
On Sunday 01 June 2014 Friends of Brockwell Park held their Annual Tree Celebration. Every year people pay to have trees planted to remember loved ones, celebrate family or in thanks of people’s service to the local community other events. Former Thurlow Park Cllr, Ann Kingsbury was given such an honour.
Labour candidates Anna, Fred and Max are honoured and privileged to have been elected to Lambeth Council. We are humbled and will work hard to support residents, their concerns and continue the excellent work of former councillor Ann Kingsbury who has worked tirelessly for the people of Thurlow Park ward.
Max, Anna and Fred met with the local the Portuguese Socialist Party in Norwood and discussed a number of issues impacting upon the local Portuguese community.
Meeting at Cafe Castelo we spoke with the owner, members of the Portuguese community and Alcino Francisco, leader of the Portuguese Socialist Party in London.
We will continue to support the Portuguese community in Thurlow Park and the wider West Norwood area and hope to build ever closer links with other groups in the ward over the coming months and years.
Thurlow Park ward Labour candidates (Max, Anna and Fred) have been working with residents of the Deronda Triangle Area Residents’ Association to support their work as they call upon the Mayor and Council to reduce the controlled parking hours from 10 hours (08:30 – 18:30) to 2 hours a day. Alongside residents we have been collecting signatures and making residents aware of the petition.
Parking is one of the many traffic related issues we hear about on the doorstep as we talk to residents. Since 2010 Labour have made a unprecedented capital investment in upgrading and improving Lambeth’s highways. Over 140 roads and pavements have beneffited from almost £50m worth of works. We will go further in the next four years and have committed to tackling pot holes and cracked and uneven pavments along more than 130 miles of roads and pavements.