NEW – the Thurlow speed check

There is growing concern among residents in Thurlow Park about road safety. We want our streets to be safe for everyone to walk and cycle so have developed this tool for residents to report dangerous driving and speeding.

This puts the power back into your hands – your reports will go straight into our inboxes and let us know every time there is an issue.

This information will really help us to take action. We can notify the police when there are regular dangerous incidents, use the data to identify hotspots where we can target speed checks and traffic enforcement, and we can easily produce evidence when we make the case for traffic calming measures or speed cameras. See –

We hope you find it useful – if you have any suggestions on how we can improve the site, please get in touch.

Community Speed Watch

Last week Max and Anna attended the Thurlow Park ward Safer Neighbourhood Team meeting and an item discussed was speeding on our local streets.

Though ‘Traffic Management’ on the following roads; Norwood Road, Robson Road and the Deronda triangle, including speed checks, and high vis operations (pulling cars over) took place, people were also asked whether they would want to become involved in Community Speed Watch. Please see –

Maybe this is something your street would like to become involved in?

Temporary closure of Tulsemere Road for Street Party

To enable a street party to take place, the Council of the London Borough of Lambeth have made an Order the effect of which will be to temporarily ban vehicles from entering Tulsemere Road on Sunday 7th December 2014.

An alternative route for affected vehicles will be available via Lancaster Avenue, Ardlui Road and Idmiston Road and vice versa.

4ALL Community Autumn Fair – on Saturday 20 September

A great community event with a friendly atmosphere. Meet local groups and charities, buy the work of local craftspeople and enjoy music performed by local schools. Plus: fun for children – fire engine – bike repairs – clown workshop – jazz band – tea + cakes – BBQ – raffle.

Saturday 20 September, 2 – 5 pm, at All Saints Church in Lovelace Road, West Dulwich, SE21 8JY.

The Community Autumn Fair supports 4ALL’s community activities in and around West Dulwich. Among other things, 4ALL runs two successful after-school clubs for young people living on local estates and, for older people, a lively community choir and a low-cost exercise class.

For more information call 07432 118 859 or email

Edible Living – free gardening sessions support food growing – Lambeth Living talk Thurlow Park’s Lairdale estate

New food gardens are growing in Lambeth estates with a little professional help from Ruth Arnott, who has been hired by Lambeth Living to help residents make their gardens sustainable. One estate to benefit is Lairdale Estate, where Andy Begley is the resident with ‘green fingers’. “You blink and the tomatoes grow,” he says with a big smile. “People on the Estate really enjoy gardening, we have been taking turns for watering and we had weekly meetings in the garden.”

Do you want to be a Street Champion?

Does your street suffer from litter, dumped watse or dog fouling? Would you, and your street, be willing to work with the council to be a stop to it?

We know from speaking to residents that living in a clean street encourages a sense of belonging and pride is important to lots of people. We are comitted to maintaining clean streets and we want to work with you to riase the standards and ensure you can be proud of where you live.

By working with your neighbours and the council to find the best solution for your street you can have a direct impact on these issues.

As a Street Champion you will have access to:
1. a number of courses such as Gardening Advice /Engaging with your neighbours and DIY skills
2. Receive publis recognition for your contribution with a meet the Mayor day
3. Become part of our ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaign
4. Receive a free Street Champion pack to identify you as a Stree Champion

Getting involved in your community can bring real benefits, so if you like to know more please contact us or you can email the council on

The Tulse Hill Tavern’s licence was approved on Tuesday 12 August as the Licensing Committee discussed the proposal. Residents were concerned about possible noise levels and we are pleased that the licence has been taken back to 1am when it was originally licensed until 3am, and that recorded music will be restricted to internal play only. A noise limiter will also be installed. Though some questions were raised about the lack of door staff the Licensing Committee were satisfied that this was sufficiently addressed by the representatives from Green King.

We are pleased that residents, business and the Council have worked together and listened to each other to bring a ‘high end’ establishment that will also hopefully see locally recruited staff. We look forward to the pub opening in November 2014.

Since June 2014 the Lairdale Residents Association led by Zarah and with the green gardening fingers of Andy have been working on their very own vegetable patch. As these pictures show there is plenty to show for their efforts – tomatoes, corn, salad, herbs, cucumber and aubergines. It’s a lovely way for those on the estate to get to know one another and to use up space that was not being used. Look out for more crops soon!

Residents, cafe and licensing working together

Yesterday it was agreed by the Licensing Committee that an application for the Chocolate & Champagne cafe – 463 Norwood Road – would been granted. The premises will be licenced from 7 am to 8pm during the week and 7 am and 11 pm over the weekends.

As residents have been concerned about the proposed licensing application due to historical problems on the site it’s great that the cafe, the residents and licensing have worked so closely together to find a solution which everyone was happy with.

The café will be run as a restaurant /cafe but it’s also a bakery. As the owner will be installing large bakery equipment in the basement there should be little excuse for late night noise. Otherwise, the terms and conditions of the license mean that there will be security staff needed on Friday and Saturday nights though within six months time – provided there are no complaints from the local community – this condition could be reviewed.

If you believe there are any activities going at Chocolate & Champagne that go beyond 8 pm on the weekdays or 11 pm on weekdays please let us know.