Join our meeting on improving the private rented sector in West Norwood

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.

If you can’t make it, we still want to hear about your experiences – positive and negative – and your ideas to improve private renting for everyone. Please fill in our survey and let us know your views.

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. 

KIBA site – West Norwood update

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; 

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Summary_of_KIBA_Changes.pdf

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!

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
Ghostbusters
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