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Norwood Action Group (NAG) Update

Our friends over at NAG latest up date.

Thursday evening saw the tennis club community room busier than it’s been for a long time.  Due to NAG’s newsletter and leafleting in the immediate vicinity enough people have viewed the plans to gain a collective view.

The plan is undoubtedly better than the earlier ones that failed:  the height is now no more than the sheltered housing being built behind; there is a mix of private and social housing, mainly one bedroom but some two and three bedroom; the space given to sports in total is increased though outdoor sport space is less than the existing layout; there is only disabled parking provision.

The basement and groundfloor are given-over entirely to sport and necessary ancillaries, plus a small café is included – outside will be two tennis courts.  In addition there will be community space and children’s play area.  Although these latter areas are for the benefit of the residents of the flats, there may be some flexibility for the wider community due to the integration of the sports club and café into the development.

To be known as West Norwood Sports Club, it will be a members’ club open to all.  The developers have yet to have detailed talks with a prospective private operator.  A sound business plan and skilled operation are essential to the project’s success.

It’s worth stating that the most frequently heard objection on the evening was “there’s no on-site parking” – however, this is not a valid objection at the planning application – there is no longer a requirement for developers to provide this.

Please send your comments to NAG by email so we can collate, either by replying to this one, or from the contact button top left on our website .

Other News:

  • Finishing work is still continuing at a snail’s pace on the public realm works around St Luke’s.  There are ongoing adjustments to the phasing on the traffic signals.  Completion date?  Who knows?  We welcome it!
  • The new fire station is expected to be in use on 1st November.  Plans for current fire station unknown.
  • Sainsbury’s have at least removed the shrubs and other vegetation growing out of the cracks in the  locally listed Woolworth upper façade.  NAG will campaign for proper renovation.
  • Thurlow Park Safer Neighbourhood Team is holding a crime prevention hour at Chatsworth Baptist Church on Thursday 4th September at 7pm.  All are welcome but places are limited so to book email or phone 07920 233 843.
  • ‘Unlimited Meanwhile’ are developing an app to help people find vacant commercial space in West Norwood whether for pop-up or permanent use, cultural or commercial.  If you are interested in forming a pilot group go along to The Portico Gallery at 10am on Thursday 11th September
  • On Wednesday 8th October at 6-8pm there’s a ‘visioning event’ at The Book & Record Bar at 20 Norwood High Street by West Norwood Business Association.  It will seek to influence the town centre establishing priorities and issues for Tulse Hill and West Norwood as well as focussing on the proposed Business Improvement District.  More information in September.

So much happening!


Rob Andrew
on behalf of Norwood Action Group Committee

NHS Lambeth CCG Governing Body Meeting in Public – 12 – 4pm, Wed 3 Sept.

Please find attached details of the Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Governing Board meeting, held in public on WEDNESDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2014.

All staff and members of the public are welcome to attend.

 The meeting will take place at Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk,
 London SE11 6DN from 12pm to 4pm.

Papers for the meeting will be available online after Wednesday 27th
August 2014 at

An invite to the meeting and directions for getting to Roots & Shoots are attached.

Photo’s of West Norwood

We’re looking for photo’s of West Norwood to use on our website and we’re asking local residents to send over their most loved views, locations etc for us to share.

Norwood Road

So if you would like to see your pictures on here please send to info@norwoodforum,org




Norwood Market – A Norwood Forum Survey

Q1. Would you like to see a new regular market in the West Norwood/Tulse Hill area?
Yes [  ]
No [  ]
Q2. If there was a choice between Station Rise (Tulse Hill Station) and Chatsworth Way (limited to small section between Dalton Street and Norwood Rd), which do you think is the best site for a new market?
Station Rise [  ]
Norwood Road end of Chatsworth Way [  ]
Q3. What kind of market do you think it should be (selling which type of goods),
Q4. . How frequent do you think it should be (daily, weekly, monthly)?
Daily [  ]
Once a month [  ]
Twice a month [  ]
Weekly [  ]


please forward completed survey to

Looking for space to rent or buy?

Do you want space in West Norwood?
We need you! To attend a focus group to pilot an ‘app’ for West Norwood. We want to know:
·        what type of space you’re looking for?
·        if you have budget or looking for something free?
·        why West Norwood?

If you are interested in the re-use of empty spaces on a meanwhile basis and for community benefit join us at 10am onThursday 11th September @ The Open Works, (Portico Gallery 23a Knights Hill SE27 0HS) to have a conversation about how are we developing the app and how it can be useful for you!
Rsvp to let us know you’re coming! And feel free to spread the word!
About us…
Unlimited Meanwhile is designing a simple, secure and sustainable app that facilitates the matching of empty commercial properties with people from communities looking for affordable space. The search function will allow people to search for space by criteria, category and location.
Link to Unlimited Meanwhile website here

Norwood Forum AGM Weds 16th July

Our AGM is looming over the horizon and we’re looking for new committee members who can commit to the Forum for 12 months.  If you live or work in one of the 3 wards (Gipsy Hill, Knights Hill and Thurlow Park)  that make up the Norwood Forum and want to get involved then please contact us at and we’ll be very happy to send out nomination forms. 

Some of the events that we’ve been involved with over the past 12 months include Norwood Park Dog show, Falconry show,  Holiday Club at Emmanuels Community Centre during the 6 weeks holidays, Warm and Well events working with Lambeth Age Uk.  We’ve also worked with the local Norwood Pensioners group at their annual Christmas party (which is always great fun)! You can find us most months at the West Norwood Feast, where we have a community stall.

We get involved in local issues which are decided by local people and work with many different groups in the area including the Friends of West Norwood Library, Friends of Norwood Park and Norwood Action Group (NAG). We’re looking to expand our community engagement and invite local business’s and community groups to join us.

West Norwood is a fantastic place to live and work, why not join up with us to make it even better.

AGM Agenda 16 July 2014  Candidate Notes AGM NOMINATION FORM COMMITTEE



Would you like to meet the prospective Councillors  for the up and coming local elections on the 22nd May. Do you have questions you would like to ask?

Please click on the links below to see who is standing for election in your ward.



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Gipsy Hill Ward, Tues 6 May,

Thurlow Park Ward, Weds 7th May 

Knights Hill Ward Thurs 8th May

Norwood Forum are hosting 3 hustings (one for each ward).  All 3 hustings will be held at 7pm at St Lukes Church, Knights Hill, SE27.

You can submit questions to us prior to the hustings either by message on here or contact us by email at

"The Voice of Norwood"