We are very excited that West Norwood town centre will be welcoming a new restaurant. Opening early next year, 400 Rabbits will be opening their third restaurant in South London on Norwood Road, where Kahvah used to be.
Residents have often raised the lack of choice in the evenings in West Norwood, and along with the new cinema we welcome the new addition to our evening economy.
We also hear rumours of a new local brewery opening up soon near the bus garage…
And were delighted to welcome Sweet Carolina at their opening this week – on the corner of Bloom Grove and Knights Hill, opposite the library.
As well as many local businesses investing in improvements in store, including Champagne and Chocolate on the corner of Lancaster Avenue, Iceland and Greggs.
While there are many challenges for high street stores and independent businesses, we are pleased that West Norwood continues to grow as a town centre where people enjoy spending time and shopping locally. We continue to work closely with the Business Improvement District to support local businesses and will continue to stand up against potential Government business rates hikes which would create an even more challenging business environment for many.
Show your support for local businesses on the first weekend in December on Small Business Saturday by shopping in West Norwood and supporting our local independent businesses.
As many residents will be aware Lambeth Council is consulting on priorities for improving streets, open spaces and places in the Norwood area (Gipsy Hill, Knight’s Hill and Thurlow Park wards).
The consultation has been extended to Wednesday 04 January 2017.
When Lambeth Council gives planning permission for new developments, developers provide the Council with payments to fund local improvements and we want residents to benefit from this income, so Lambth are seeking your views to help guide future spend.
Priorities you may want to suggest can include, but are not limited to, improvements to your streets, open spaces and community places; or support for jobs, training and youth facilities.
Ideas from the West Norwood and Tulse Hill Masterplan refresh, Commonplace, StreetWorks and other consultations in Norwood will be included in the final survey results. We are now keen to hear your ideas about what should happen in the wider area, especially outside of the main town centres.
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.