We had a packed meeting with traders and local residents last week to discuss the potential disruption from Thames Water mains replacements, and to develop a collective community response.
We covered concerns including interruption to business and loss of footfall, transport disruption, congestion, accessibility for older and less able residents, parking, impact on side roads, emergency services, business deliveries, risk of water disruption and ensuring the Feast can continue uninterrupted.
Next steps – we are seeking a meeting urgently with Thames Water to raise the concerns and will continue to involve residents, businesses and Station to Station (the BID). As soon as we have an update, we will circulate it and organise further public meetings.
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.
House prices are putting homeownership out of reach and by the end of 2021 it is predicted that almost one in four households will be renting privately.
Nowhere is this more acute than in London. In 2011-12 the proportion of private tenants in London rose above the proportion of social rented tenants for the first time since the mid-1960s, and this number continues to rise. A growing number of our residents in Thurlow Park, and across West Norwood and Herne Hill, rent privately.
Most private landlords want to ‘do the right thing’ by their tenants but they often lack the knowledge or support to get this right. Other landlords make the most of the unregulated nature of the private rented market. We know from our own experiences of renting locally, that the sector needs to improve. Too often at our advice surgeries hear stories from residents with issues ranging from damp and mismanagement, to excessive lettings agent fees and unfair evictions.
A third of private rented homes fail to meet the Decent Homes Standard and stagnant wages cannot keep pace with spiralling rents. The housing benefit freeze mean many in the private rented sector now face a substantial monthly shortfall between the housing benefit they receive and even the cheapest rents.
We believe the private rented sector must improve – so we are setting up a new group for private renters in West Norwood so that we can campaign for change. By coming together, we can share our experiences, support each other, and have a louder voice.
Please join our first meeting on 25th January to talk about how we can work together locally to improve the private rented sector. We have booked a space at Knowles of Norwood, 294-296 Norwood Road, from 7pm, and will be joined by a speaker from Generation Rent. Let us know you’re coming on Facebook.
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.
Key Industrial and Business Areas (KIBAs) are Lambeth’s ‘Locally Significant Industrial Sites’ (LSIS) as defined in the London Plan and represent the borough’s strategic reservoir of land for industrial and business use.
The key aspects for our neighbourhood KIBA is that no changes are proposed south of West Norwood Station. If you’d like to look at the review document please see the below link;
Have you spotted the new poem adorning West Norwood yet?
Thanks to the amazing people behind PoetrySlabs, London’s first catalytic poem is up at the Bzz Garage. “A Rare Bee” by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has been put up on the bus garage wall (corner of Ernest Avenue/Knight’s Hill SE27).
Coated in magical nano-titania spray, the poetic banner silently converts noxious exhaust fumes into water that gently waters the bee friendly garden below. An innovative solution to London’s air quality crisis!