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.

Our support for the Norwood Planning Assembly

Today, Lambeth Council will consider the application from the Norwood Planning Assembly to designate West Norwood and its surrounding neighbourhood as a neighbourhood planning area. This means local people get a greater say in how the area develops.

As your local councillors, we have been very proactive in working with the Norwood Planning Assembly volunteers and the wider community to develop the proposal – in particular, in his role as Norwood Area Lead, Fred has been busy liaising with officers, providing feedback from residents, helping to agree boundaries with other neighbourhood planning groups in Herne Hill and Tulse Hill, involving stakeholders like Brockwell Park and providing support in developing the final plans.

We have submitted the following statement on behalf of the West Norwood councillors in support of the final proposals being considered by the council today –

Norwood Planning Assembly Application for Designation


1. This is a combined submission from all Norwood Councillors in the three wards making up the Norwood area – Gipsy Hill, Knights Hill and Thurlow Park wards – to the application for the Combined Neighbourhood Area and Forum Application submitted by the Norwood Planning Assembly (NPA) on 8 March 2017 for designation for a local plan under the 2011 Locality Act.

The NPA and its composition

2. The NPA is formed of two longstanding local groups the Norwood Forum and the Norwood Action Group (NAG). These groups have a strong local presence and have since the summer of 2015 engaged in constructive work to make the plans for the local community known to the wider area. This has included a range of activities including public meetings and engagement through different networks and they have work closely with the Masterplan refresh process from 2015-2016 and used the data gathered in this process to inform their application, which as a consequence has a strong evidence base.

3. They have a presence across all three wards and Councillors have worked with members from this group. The requirement that membership be drawn from different places in the neighbourhood area concerned and from different sections of the community in that area has been fulfilled by the NPA in the preparation and submission of this application.  All other requirements for designation under the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 section 61F(7)(a) are met by the text of this application.

The area for designation

4. Part of the process described in paragraph 3 above was the negotiation and confirmation of precise boundaries of the area beginning in 2016. This took the administrative unit of the Norwood Ward boundaries as a starting point and then worked to assess whether these related to planning considerations and the public identification of the area.  The boundaries represent an accurate picture of the Norwood Area.

5. After consultation the and public engagement the following boundaries were agreed with other neighbourhood forums

a. In the South of the area – the boundary traverses a significant part of the South of Gipsy Hill Ward, which falls into the Upper Norwood and Crystal Palace forum. This boundary reflects both surveys of the area and the work that other forums. It also would pose no real impediment in planning terms.
b. In the North of the area  – this area covers the streets in the Brockwell Park and Rosendale Road area of the Ward.  Door knocking, residents association consultations and survey data placed this area in Herne Hill and as a consequence will come within the Herne Hill local plan.  

6. The NPA has agreed MOU’s with the Tulse Hill forum who are working on a neighbourhood plan to the west of the proposed designated area and with Brockwell Park Community Partners (which given the final boundaries is no longer relevant).  

7. The boundaries represent an area that would be known and recognised as West Norwood and the final boundary has been arrived at through a process characterised with high levels of public engagement.  


8. Norwood Councillors support the designation of the NPA and the boundaries of their local plan set out in their designation documents.

Making West Norwood’s streets cleaner

We are disappointed that despite the investment in new pavements, in some areas Norwood Road is impacted by dumped rubbish. Flytipping and commercial waste left on the pavements sometimes stains them and is unpleasant when people are shopping, living, working and travelling locally.

We have been working with residents to identify the hotspots and have organised for Lambeth’s commercial waste officer to visit businesses to make sure they have the right arrangements in place for rubbish collections. We are also looking to get particularly damaged areas of new paving jet washed. 

If you regularly see an area on Norwood Road or the Tulse Hill gyratory where rubbish is dumped, please do get in touch.