Cemetery consultation

West Norwood Cemetery – the story so far

One of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ London cemeteries West Norwood Cemetery was opened in 1837. In 2016 a grant of £241,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund was awarded to Lambeth Council in partnership with the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery, to develop proposals to conserve and protect the cemetery for future generations.

Through out 2017 extensive specifically survey works were carried out in the cemetery to develop proposals to restore and provide improved access to historic monuments, to manage and conserve the natural and built environment, to improve facilities for visitors and develop an activities and volunteering programme.

Together these results have helped shape new, and exciting proposal that inform how further investment could be utilised.

Cllr Max Deckers Dowber has been part of the Steering Group set up to organise this work and we are keen, along with Lambeth Council, to share the progress made so far, to gather more views so that we are in the best possible position to incorporate such feedback into the official bid submission which we plan to submit in August 2018.

There will be a number of feedback sessions across SE27 between March 22 and April 22 2018 and you can access the public consultation questionnaire at www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations


Lambeth website is here – https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/births-deaths-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/deaths/the-south-metropolitan-west-norwood-cemetery

Project website is here – https://www.westnorwoodcemetery.org/


To offer your comments:

·  Complete the online West Norwood cemetery survey
·  Send your views by email to the team at norwoodhlf@lambeth.gov.uk.
·  Complete a paper survey, available from the West Norwood Cemetery office (located at the Cemetery entrance).
·  Go to one of the feedback sessions across West Norwood to meet the Project Team and see how the bid proposals are evolving:

Date Time Place
Sunday 1 April
12noon-2pm FEAST: West Norwood Cemetery (main entrance)

Thursday 5 April 10am-12noon West Norwood Cemetery, The Lodge (located near the main entrance)

Saturday 14 April 10am-12noon West Norwood Cemetery, The Lodge (located near the main entrance)

Tuesday 17 April 4-6:30pm West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre, Devane Way

The gathered feedback will be incorporated into the official bid submission to the HLF in August 2018.

Ira Court visit and cllr response

As local cllrs we were in Ira Court recently, talking to residents about the issues that matter to them. A number of issues came up which we have taken action on:
• We have raised the problem of the broken lift in block A with L&Q who issued a 24 hour emergency job to the contractor to fix. We have expressed our disappointment that residents had to wait 10 days with no lift.

• We also raised a complaint about the broken panels in the ceiling of block B and L&Q have assured us that this work will be scheduled as soon as possible.

• A number of EU residents living in Ira Court expressed their concerns about what a Conservative hard Brexit means for their future living and working here. We have written to every EU citizen living in Ira Court to explain the work that we are doing to fight to protect the rights of EU citizens.

• We have raised residents’ concerns about smoking and antisocial behaviour in the stairwells and corridors with the local Safer Neighbourhoods police team and will ensure this is on the agenda at their next panel meeting.

As your local Labour councillors, we are always happy to help, and we regularly doorknock in the ward to listen to residents’ concerns, hold advice surgeries for residents to raise individual concerns, organise drop-in consultation events and public meetings on local issues, and attend resident association meetings.