Anna Birley, Labour’s candidate in Thurlow Park blogs about our plan for Norwood:
You’ll have noticed visible changes in West Norwood over the last four years –
- Work has begun to smarten up Norwood Road by resurfacing roads and widening pavements by St Luke’s Church
- The new leisure centre and swimming pool are approaching completion and will open soon
- New shops and businesses are choosing West Norwood - revitalising our high street and creating new jobs
- Every month the West Norwood FEAST brings a vibrant street market to Norwood Road
Behind the scenes we’ve been working hard too. After the Tories came to power in 2010, Lambeth lost a quarter of its police officers and the Tory mayor began to close police stations across the capital. Gipsy Hill’s police station was included in the proposed cuts but a campaign led by local Labour councillors forced the mayor to back down, saving the station from closure.
With libraries, there is a similar story. Across the borough, Lambeth Labour has kept every library open, despite Lib Dem-Tory cuts. We are investing in redeveloping the West Norwood library and have agreed a partnership with Picturehouse to open a new cinema. The joint cinema and library will be a great asset for the area – attracting more people to the high street, boosting local business and offering a valuable resource for local people.
Lambeth Labour have prioritised this regeneration of West Norwood and we’re really proud of our achievements. However, we still have huge ambitions for the area -
We’ll continue to smarten up West Norwood - we’ve pledged to tackle fly tipping, littering and dog foulers and will continue to invest in the pavements and roads in the area. We’ve secured £5m from Transport for London to improve the Tulse Hill gyratory and this, along with our pledge to become a 20mph borough, will make streets in Norwood safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
We’re also committed to ensuring West Norwood is a neighbourhood where residents feel safe. We can’t afford to stop putting pressure on the Tory mayor to give Lambeth its fair share of police officers. Although we saved the Gipsy Hill station from complete closure, its opening hours have been reduced so we will continue to campaign for a stronger local police presence and will clamp down on anti-social behaviour.
Labour will support local businesses to improve town centres across Lambeth – in West Norwood we plan to help businesses set up a Business Improvement District to continue regenerating the town centre and to bring new local jobs to the area. A Labour government in 2015 would cut then freeze business rates, further boosting West Norwood’s businesses.
We want to find innovative ways of working together with the community to transform our local high street into a thriving local economy – somewhere we can be proud of.