Category Archives: Local area

Food vouchers for the West Norwood Community Shop

Hidden away in West Norwood, behind the Vale Street recycling centre is our local Community Shop. This provides quality food at low prices to those who need it most. They do this by taking surplus food from manufacturers and retailers that would otherwise go to waste. The food is sold to members at up to 50% off the usual retail price. To join

If you care for a child or children and they receive free school meals, or you are on any means tested benefit, then the Community Shop is currently offering free £15 food vouchers per child, per week, for six weeks! To get your vouchers, just head down to the shop with proof of free school meal eligibility or your benefits.

The shop’s address is Vale Street, Gipsy Hill, London, SE27 9PA. If you have any questions please email communications@companyshopgroup.org.uk.

The West Norwood Community Shop

Summer children’s football coaching at Hillside Gardens Park

The Friends of Hillside Gardens Park will be holding their popular summer football coaching sessions again this year. There will be three weekly sessions with the first on Saturday 22 August at 2pm. There will be more sport, including football, at the annual Hillside Gardens Park sports day on Saturday 12 September. The sessions are free and open to all children aged 7 to 12 years. You can sign up for each session here.

Note that there was initially a session planned for 15 August, but that has been cancelled. Go to the Brixton Chamber Orchestra concert instead!

Streatham Hill Low Traffic Neighbourhood

Earlier this year the council held an initial consultation on the idea of a ‘low traffic neighbourhood’ in Streatham Hill. A low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) aims to remove or reduce the volume of non-local traffic passing through, while maintaining access for motor vehicles. There are several reasons for doing this:

  • Reduce carbon emissions and help address the climate emergency.
  • Improve air quality. (Air pollution causes thousands of premature deaths each year in London.)
  • Reduce noise levels.
  • Allow children to play in the street again.
  • Reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads. (Currently around 200 people in Lambeth are killed or seriously injured by motor vehicles each year.)

On Friday, the council decided to implement emergency versions of several LTNs, including the one in Streatham Hill. As well as LTNs, ‘healthy routes’ will be implemented to help people to travel safely on foot and by cycle.

The Streatham Hill LTN is scheduled to be implemented as the fourth emergency LTN (after Oval, Railton and Ferndale), with design starting on 8th June and implementation from 6th July. A statutory consultation period starts on 22nd June. A consultation on plans for the permanent Streatham Hill LTN is due in autumn 2020.

A map illustrating the current situation in Streatham Hill. The red and orange lines indicate roads that have a high proportion of through traffic. (Click to enlarge image.)

Hillside Gardens Park improvements

Our splendid local park – Hillside Gardens Park – will soon be having various improvement works carried out, starting at this end of this month with re-paving of the footpaths. During the spring work will be carried out to improve the play area and the tennis courts.

A document detailing proposed improvements can be downloaded here. Mocked-up images of the new play area can be found here. The team planning the work are seeking feedback on the proposals by 2 February 2020. Feedback can be sent to Rob Kelly, the project manager at rkelly2@lambeth.gov.uk. For more details see this letter and the Friends of Hillside Gardens Park website.

Aerial view of the proposed improvements
Aerial view of the proposed improvements

Brixton Chamber Orchestra – free concert and party

The Brixton Chamber Orchestra will be putting on a free open-air concert at Cressingham Gardens Estate on Saturday 31 August 2019, from 3pm until 5pm. The 30-piece orchestra will play “Euro-Classics, fresh pop covers & Samba dances”.

The concert/party will take place on the ‘mounds’ – the hillocks on the Brockwell Park side of the estate. There will be children’s activities, including a bouncey castle. Early-birds will be provided with food from a Caribbean barbecue (please make a donation), but otherwise, bring a picnic.

Nature garden update

The Palace Road Nature Garden is looking magnificent after all the hard work put in recently by the Friends of Hillside Gardens Park (and Palace Road Nature Garden) and The Conservation Volunteers. If you haven’t been there recently, you’re in for a treat!

The new pond is looking great, with a variety of wetland plants and flowers and dragonflies zipping about.
A log cabin has been going up over the past week, next to the mural and performance area.

Hillside Gardens Park Annual Sports Day

The Friends of Hillside Gardens Park are holding their annual sports day on Saturday 18 May. There will be events for all ages and abilities, including those who just want to drink tea and eat cake! Everything will be free of charge. Check out the picture below for timings.

There should be no need to book, for most events, but some may be very popular. To be sure you can get to do the event that you are interested in, book here: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/HillsideGardens/Events/Event/1f398361-d0bf-440c-8e0f-4bac8a550380


New bollard on Palace Road

At the end of January a new bollard appeared on Palace Road, just outside the Palace Road Nature Garden. It is beside the gate that blocks the road to motor traffic, but obstructs wide cycles (such as tricycles), mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

What is it for? We asked the council and they replied that someone had been driving a Smart car through this gap, leading to complaints by “a number of” residents – hence the new bollard. As for non-motorised road users who can’t get through the gap any more, they are advised by the council to “use the footpath running parallel”. This may well be illegal, of course.