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


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/


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.

The one-way system in Tulse Hill is changing to become a two-way system. This is phase two of the StreetWorks scheme. The project has seen the design work for this, with residents suggesting that the road between the station and Tulse Hill Hotel be closed to cars, but remain open to buses and bikes.

TFL are funding and managing this part of the project, and want to update the local community on what is happening. This will happen on Tuesday 05 December from 6:30pm registration for a 7:00pm start, and held at the Salvation Army, 246 Norwood Road. 

If interested do pop along. 

Temporaray traffic restrictions on Norwood Road and Ullswater Road

Thames Water are to carry out water main connection works which will lead to a temporarily ban vehicles from entering or exiting Ullswater Road at its junction with Norwood Road.

Alternative routes will be available for affected vehicles via (a) Norwood Road, Harpenden Road and Ulverstone Road and vice versa; (b) Norwood Road, York Hill and Harpenden Road and vice versa.

This will come into force on 23rd October 2017 and will continue for a maximum duration of 2 months (allowing for contingencies) or until the works have been completed whichever is the sooner.

Old Library sees refurbishment works underway

The Old Library West Norwood which currently delivers the West Norwood library service, has temporarily closed from Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 26th October whilst Rathbone carries out some refurbishing works.

Drop boxes are available on site for returned items which will be collected on a daily basis by library service couriers and discharged at other libraries.

Black History Month and other planned events at the library has been moved to other libraries including the Upper Norwood Library. Users and members of the public have been informed via libraries website, leaflets and social media.

Any concerns or enquiries please contact us and we’ll talk with library services. 

West Norwood’s second Free Film Festival of 2017 is coming to you soon and this time with a spooky twist! From 27 – 31 October there will be a mix of new releases and classic supernatural films, along with live bands, DJs and even a creepy local history walk. So rev up your broomsticks, climb out of your coffins and join in for a fun and frightening Halloween weekender!

Film Schedule:

Friday 27 October 8pm
Get Out @ Volcano Coffee Works 62 Tritton Road SE21 8DE

Saturday 28 October 7pm
St Luke’s Church, Norwood High Street SE27 0HS

Sunday 29 October 8:30pm
Dawn of the Dead
The Book and Record Bar 20 Norwood High Street SE27 9NR

Monday 30 October 8pm
It Follows
The ClockWorks 6 Nettlefold Place SE27 0JW

Tuesday 31 October 8pm
People’s Choice
The Great North Wood Pub 3 Knight’s Hill SE27 0HS

First come first seated until venue is full at all venues.

Further info. and tickets: West Norwood Free Film Festival website – http://www.freefilmfestivals.org/filmfestival/west-norwood/

Streetworks cycling consultation recently came to an end. 

Cyclist’s had contact the Streetworks team to talk about ways in which the road by Ira Court could be made safer as it was proving difficult for them to cycle along this stretch of road due to the new position of the car parking bays. The bays were pushing cyclists further out into the traffic.

As a community project Streetworks investigated this concern and one of the ideas that came forward from the consultation was to create car parking bays in between the trees – ensuring that walkers still have lots of space on the pavement, and cyclists aren’t being pushed out into traffic. 

The idea has now been modelled and though car parking spaces will have to be reduced form 8 to 6 it is felt this is a positive compromise in order to ensure that cyclists remain safe on the roads. 

If you woudl like more information please visit – https://www.streetworks.london/single-post/2017/09/30/Update-on-cycling-consultation

The plans can be seen here – https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/380d87_00eea753239446f3a23d2b738c65f84f.pdf

Help to shape the future of West Norwood Cemetery

As part of the engagement work around the future of West Norwood Cemetery Lambeth are holding drop-in sessions at the Portico Gallery on the following days next week:

Wednesday 13 September: 18:30 – 20:00  and
Saturday 16 September: 10:00 – 16:00

The consultation materials will be on display and questionnaires available. Lambeth officers will also be delivering a series of ‘bite-sized’ talks / PowerPoint presentations  during these drop-in sessions:

18:30 – 18:50:
The FoWNC – The Cemetery’s rich heritage,
Harrison Design Development – The Proposed Improvement Works
Lambeth Council – The HLF Project

19:30 – 19:50:
The FoWNC – The Cemetery’s rich heritage,
Harrison Design Development – The Proposed Improvement Works
Lambeth Council– The HLF Project

If you are unable to attend please complete the survey online – https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=150116749967 or email the project team at norwoodhlf@lambeth.gov.uk

The StreetWorks project has been busy of late working with cyclists regarding wider pavements near Ira Court, and the developing one way system by Tulse Hill. 

Furthermore, the StreetWorks project has been nominated for The Association for Project Management awards in the category of Social Project of the Year. This is for our work on project management training with young people in West Norwood and Tulse Hill. 

If you’d like more information please visit – http://www.streetworks.london/blog

In other news StreetWorks are going to be designing some posters and leaflets to give to businesses along Norwood Road – but would like it if someone locally could help. Do you have a flair for graphic design, and want to help explain the project to others in the area? Drop them an email at hello@streetworks.london.

Lambeth Council in partnership with the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery (FoWNC) has been successful in obtaining a Round One grant under the HLF Parks for People programme. 

The grant of £241,000 represents 52% of the development costs of a Round Two bid of £4,804,800 towards the total project cost of £7,165,333. 

The bid envisages capital investment in drainage, footpath, and roadway improvements, boundary wall, railings, and entrance gate repair/maintenance, landscape restoration, signage and furniture improvements, and works to monuments, perhaps including some of those in the Greek Cemetery.

In addition, the possibilities of building a visitor centre and of a second, pedestrian entrance to the cemetery at eastern end of Robson Road will be evaluated.

 The bid will also explore new ways of interpreting the history of the cemetery and also includes provision for training for staff and volunteers, and for apprentices in horticulture and in stone/monument repair/conservation. All-in-all then a comprehensive programme of works is envisaged that, together with an agreed way forward on monument restoration and grave re-use should ensure the future of the cemetery for years to come.

Project manager, Joahanne Flaherty has been appointed. Along with another officer Joahanne spoke to many local residents at the recent June 2017 WN FEAST about the project and its possibilities. 

In addition, Harrison Associates have been appointed as Consultants to the project.

Cllr Max Deckers Dowber is on the Project Steering Group along with members of the Scheme of Management Committee, the FoWNC, the local community and the Cabinet lead, Cllr Sonia Winifred. 

If you have any questions please visit – https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/births-deaths-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/deaths/the-south-metropolitan-west-norwood-cemetery-a

Norwood Road southbound, from Tulse Hill station to Elmcourt Road, will be closed from the evening of Monday 12th June till 30th July. 

This closure is for Thames Water to complete its work to reline the water mains for our local area. Southbound traffic from Brixton & Herne Hill will enter West Norwood via Lancaster Avenue. Southbound buses from Herne Hill (196, 322, 468, 690 & N68) will diverted along Croxted Road to Thurlow Park Road to turn into Lancaster Avenue.