The Norwood Forum met on the 17th December in West Norwood; Niranjan Francis as a local resident and small business owner and Matthew Bennett as a local resident attended the meeting along with many members of the local community and members of the council.
The Forum heard from John Readman and other council officers about the Youth Services available at the Old Library Centre in West Norwood and how we might look at increasing access for the wider community. It was also pointed out that the facilities at the Park Campus are available for use by members of the wider community in West Norwood and Gipsy Hill.
Inspector Nick Fallowfield provided an update on crime and what the local police are doing to tackle the recent increase in burglaries in Norwood.
There then followed an update by Martin Sachs, the Head of Transport & Highways for Lambeth who reassured residents that the borough was well prepared for the forecast snow and also addressed a number of issues about streets and pavements across the Norwood area. There was also a discussion about the council’s consultation for a major 20mph zone in Gipsy Hill to increase road safety.
There was a final debate about the new money secured by Lambeth to provide for a new primary school in Norwood after investment in recent years in new secondary schools like the Elmgreen school and where that school might be located in addition to the leisure centre and health centre which will be built at Norwood Hall. There was a firm consensus in support of the Norwood Hall development and a hope that the council will be able to bring forward firm plans for a new primary school shortly.
The meeting was well attended by local residents and it was good to see such a strong level of public input and debate on the area and what could be done to deliver further improvements.
The next forum meeting is on 18th March 2010, 7pm in the Lower Nettlefold Hall, West Norwood.