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Dulwich Estate celebrates 400 years
And more can be found in its newsletter here.  This colourful mural is part of the anniversary enhancements.  Can we hope for such visual and colourful energy In West Norwood and Tulse Hill?

Dear neighbour,

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Town centre redevelopment
NAG has led a long campaign entailing much hard work against the planning application for the disused Brooks Laundry site to the west of Waylett Place.  At the Planning Applications Committee on 26th March, the application was soundly rejected with only one vote in favour.  Like us, the PAC had great concerns, and most crucially that it did not fulfil enough of the aims of Lambeth Policy PN7 which has as its fundamental, “a new heart for West Norwood”.
 

The irony was that the application was very strongly recommended for approval by Lambeth’s planning officers, various Lambeth teams having substantially influenced the application.  It seemed to be one of those cases where everyone in those groups could only see the positives, and it took the PAC to bring it down to earth.
 
The exercise was an unprecedented example of local cooperation, with Norwood Forum, Norwood Planning Assembly, local councillors and MP Helen Hayes all supporting NAG’s unremitting slog.
 

What for the future?  The developer must be wondering what’s going on within Lambeth, that officers strongly influence and recommend for approval, yet the PAC rejects.  Maybe the decision will be appealed, or maybe a new application that addresses the reasons for refusal.  The latter may well be for a larger portion of Site 18 as it’s believed that more of Site 18 is coming under single ownership.  Lambeth has now said that it seeks greater ‘site assembly’, either by direct acquisition or through partnership with other landowners.”
 
Other planning news
The application for the redevelopment of the workshops and church behind the Texaco was refused by planning officers under delegated powers who ‘threw the book at it’, which NAG could only agree with.  Whether influenced in any way by Lambeth’s acquisition of the B&Q site next door is unknown.  Whilst B&Q has a lease to 2034, often leases can be terminated in the event of redevelopment.  It’s known that B&Q is keen to stay in West Norwood.  Lambeth has stated that any early B&Q redevelopment would be “contingent on B&Q's agreement to vary their existing lease”.
 

What all these factors suggest is likely is a more coordinated redevelopment of much of the west side of Norwood Road (between Iceland and Knowles), and west to the York Hill Estate.  Whilst Policy PN7 defines objectives, West Norwood & Tulse Hill – A Manual for Delivery puts forward illustrated possibilities which officers seem rather keen on. 

Norwood Planning Assembly is working on bringing forward either a Neighbourhood Plan that will include specific proposals, or a Neighbourhood Development Order (NDO) specific to the site.  In addition, NPA has an event planned for 21st May to advance its Green Town Vision, more
here.

NAG works constantly and quietly behind the scenes on many planning matters that have a public impact.  One such is we engaged Lambeth Planning Enforcement on the illegal conversion to residential of the shop at 8 Norwood High Street.  We are happy to report that the owners have converted back to a shop at the front which has opened as Romi, barbers.  This may provide a catalyst for the resurrection of a marginal short parade of shops.  As these are now close to the vibrant South London Theatre, Library and Picturehouse, the outlook is brighter than before.
 
Meanwhile, the Royal Mail sorting office at Windsor Grove has for the time being escaped closure.  It’s believed the utter fiasco that followed the closure of East Dulwich and transfer into Peckham’s sorting office may have concentrated RM minds.  There’s been outrage at long outside queues in all weathers, with waits of sometimes an hour or more.  Sometimes the doors have been locked with people still waiting!  More
here. Prepare for more protests if West Norwood’s comes under closure threat once more.
 
At the end of Windsor Grove, West Norwood Car Breakers, one of the longest running local businesses, is closing.  They have lost the fight against the all year quagmire, believed caused by leaky brick conduit of the River Effra that lies at shallow depth beneath.  It’s rumoured that a recycling firm will move in and have a big spend on making this part of the KIBA useable.  Various plans have had romantic aspirations for this site, including a linear park walk to connect with Norwood Park – this overlooked that there’s Kingswood Primary School totally obstructing the route!
 
At the Tennis Club site, all is on hold till final details are agreed with Lambeth.  Work is not now expected to start till May at the earliest.  The project manager tells NAG that they will be looking to meet neighbours to create links for mutual understanding and benefit.
 
Norwood Forum newsletter
Our colleagues’
most recent newsletter also has comments on the Brooks Laundry application and other topics too.  In particular, their report on crime is very apposite.
 
Feast this Sunday!
Mild  and dry day forecast, so come out and enjoy the fun with all the family.  Programme
here.  It starts with The Pram Chorus!  PC is for mums, dads, grandparents, expectant mothers, nannies and anyone else looking after small people though you don't have to have a mini-chaperone.  This month our focus will be on fast fashion and the simple things you can do to lessen your impact on the environment.  Portico Kitchen has a pop-up shop Zero Waste providing bulk food into your containers.
 
Latest on the water-main replacement
Now expected to commence at the beginning of May, but to last till June 2020.  From Tulse Hill to Chestnut Road will be worked-on till early December.  December will see cessation and leaving as tidy as possible for the Christmas period, then recommencement in the New Year from Waylett to Robson, and commissioning of the entire works. 
The work will be extremely disruptive and so NAG asks you to be loyal to our local shops so that all survive in good fettle.  This is not the final timeline, but it gives an indication.  For the full SP, click here.  Illustrated here is just one of the eleven schematics.
 
Library 50th Anniversary Celebrations and Events
Yes, 50 years.  In April 1969 Princess Margaret opened this modernist building.  It was designed by Lambeth’s first borough architect Ted Hollamby, and even today people either love the Swedish influenced architecture, or not!  It does  sit comfortably into the setting of West Norwood Cemetery’s tree-line, rather than dominating.  It came under threat following the theft of roof copper made restoration expensive and redevelopment attractive.  6-storey flats with an Aldi beneath was considered by Lambeth.
 
There’s a
fun-packed six days for all the family at the library, from Wednesday 10th to Monday 15th April.  On the Saturday, NAG and companion local groups Norwood Forum and Norwood Planning Assembly will all have stalls where you can find out more about our current programmes.  You can even join NAG for a modest fiver a year to help this local group keep performing for you.
 
Also on the Saturday, West Norwood Cemetery has a free guided tour at 3pm.  More
here.
 
Cuppa with a Copper
Knight’s Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team host
these regular meetings for sharing information and concerns, and building community links.
 
Thurlow Park Safer Neighbourhood Team
…is holding its agm at Chatsworth Baptist Church Hall on 23rd April at 7pm.  Everyone welcome to support, and to share concerns.
 
Chatsworth Baptist Church
…is a busy community hub offering many and varied public service.  More
here.
 
Sorting office
parking danger
We reported that parking is at last again available immediately outside. HOWEVER, do not put wheels on the pavement otherwise you are likely to get a ticket.  This might ultimately be overturned as the pavement has fading markings to show what was permitted, but as the signage has gone, it’s a tricky situation that’s best avoided by keeping off the pavement.  Councillors are aware.
 
BID Station to Station agm
This was recently held though no report is currently available. S2S is currently very involved with several initiatives, in particular how the disruptive effects of the water-main replacement work can best be mitigated.  Another is a door-to-door flyer ‘Spring in Tulse Hill and West Norwood’, extolling many local resources and events, including Forum’s  Norwood Year of Culture - #NYOC19.
More here.
 
Mencap, end of an era
For 66 years, Lambeth & Southwark Mencap has operated from Knight’s Hill supporting many with difficulties but is closing due to cut-backs in local authority support.  It’s hoped that the 400 service users and the 75 staff will have alternatives offered. 
More here.  West Norwood has proudly been a centre for caring, with many local organisations, but all under pressure.
 
Another opening
Salon 21 is but a memory, it will shortly reopen as Jolie Nails & Spa, adjacent to Buywise, our local pet shop of 32 years

 

If you’ve ever wondered…
…how much it costs to advertise locally on one of the InLink pavement digital communication hubs, click
here.
 
Belair Park and Dulwich Park parking charges
On 30th March, there was a public meeting concerning Southwark’s intention to charge for parking. 
The poster says more about the initiative.
 
Lidl Moments…
…is the theme of a sumptuous brochure delivered door-to-door, but no information as to when then new store at Crown Point will open.  Lidl estate dept thinks around the end of this month.
 
Dulwich Colour Pavilion…
…at 30 feet high in the grounds of Dulwich Gallery it will indeed be colourful.  If crowd-funding can hit its target by 15th of April, it will be erected in May for community and cultural events and will continue through to October, following which it will move to a permanent home.  You can find
more here, and there's a link to pledge a contribution.  You pay nothing unless the target is reached.  If you like it, act now!
 
Project Smith…
… is all about people living in Lambeth who want to get involved in improving health and wellbeing where they live.  There is free training over a four day period which gains a qualification – Level 2 in Supporting Behaviour Change accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health.  More
here.
 
St Luke’s clock…
...is ticking away nicely again, on British Summertime, thanks to Dr James Nye of
The Clockworks workshop, museum and library.  His steadfastness is very much appreciated.
 
Old BT phone boxes
BT has a duty to maintain these in working order, though not necessarily in salubrious condition!  If you have one nearby that needs attention (or you think has outlived its usefulness), why not
drop us a line?
 
Lambeth Horticultural Society…
…has its Spring Show this Saturday 6th at 2pm at St Luke’s
Much more than flowers!  Newsletter here.
 
Invitation to stakeholder event:
Saturday 6th April 10am at Lambeth Town Hall.  “How to maximise benefits from major commercial events in parks” means events like Hoopla at Brockwell and Kisstory at Streatham Common.  They state stakeholders include residents, so if you have a view, go along to share it.  More
here.
 
Norwood & Brixton Foodbank…

April newsletter  How you can help.
 
Love Lambeth…
Community Round-Up.
 
West Norwood Free Film Festival
…is here again, starting this Saturday, in multiple venues with
wonderfully varied programming for all the family.
 
Finishing tomorrow at South London Theatre
…is a SLT Youth Group double billing of Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray and Katie Hims’ Variations
More.  Then of course new programme follows on.  Isn’t it time you visited our wonderful local theatre of more than 50 years?  You can find it at The Old Fire Station, 2 Norwood High Street.
 
Help us find Matthew Lieu
Police are looking for lost and vulnerable Matthew Lieu. Vulnerabilities include severe autism, epilepsy and heart problems. Of oriental appearance, he is 5'11” with blue and white tracksuit top, tracksuit bottoms. Not wearing shoes. Will be hungry and grabbing for food.  Call 999 if seen.


Now you see it (for over 100 years), now you don’t
The stout twenty foot oak post proudly bearing the escutcheon of Lord Thurlow for  a century, and latterly that of Tesco, a careless truck driver knocked it askew, and now it’s removed, gone for ever.
 
Improvements at West Norwood Station
Have you noticed the station tidying and brightening up?  Spring flowers blooming.  Sets you up for the day!  Thank you to volunteers Tim Bellenger and team.  The painted walls and old style community notice board in Hannen Street are yet more achievements. The notice board was made by Age UK community group,
Men in sheds.  Wish to support and follow FoWNS on Facebook?
 

NAG public meeting and agm
Due to unavoidable delays, this will now be in May.  We are hoping to have interesting speakers, subject to availability!


Best wishes from the NAG editorial team
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