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The NAG public meeting of 26th November 2013 presented the topics of Shops & Jobs - and Bring your Great Ideas! The details of the meeting can be found on our 'Meetings' web page, but the "Great Ideas" project continues.
"12 Great Ideas!" is a grass-roots project to inform and incentivise the council to take what are mainly relatively easy and cheap steps to make our neighbourhood a better place to live.
By the very nature of public authorities, progress is usually slow, but there are already some positive signs .
The council is seeking funding from TfL for Public Realm improvements to continue from Robson Road to Tulse Hill, including a possible street market at Station Rise. Shop front improvements continue: Sainsbury's have agreed to repair and renovate the locally listed 1920's Woolworth facade above their Norwood Road shop; temporary cosmetic improvements are to be made to the shuttered shops adjacent to the pharmacy at 389-391 Norwood Road whilst longer term objectives are being pursued, though the Post Office has not improved their frontage despite incentives; conventional notice boards are 'in progress' rather than the more sophisticated electronic displays NAG has promoted.
Click button on left to view the "12 Great Ideas!" in full with some added comments as at February 2014. There will be periodic updates.
Update - 29th October 2014: Slow going (as it was bound to be), but real progress on 5 of the 12 (and small progress of the other 7).
Idea 3 - Several enforcement actions commenced at NAG's instigation helping to protect our neighbourhood from unpermitted development and misuse.
Idea 4 - Norwood Road public realm and Tulse Hill gyratory improvements are drawing nearer. Funding from TfL is expected to be approved in December with "visioning" to follow-on quickly. Traget completion of project - 2017.
Idea 5 - "Re-assembly" and improvement of the Waylett Place car park (see photo upper left for the land to be reclaimed) has come a lot closer now that Cllr Jeniffer Brathwaite is assisting NAG's idea by taking it to council cabinet for possible approval. This could see rejeuvenation of the area and parking for up to 54 cars instead of the current mere 10.
Idea 8 - Progress with creating a Neighbourhood Planning Forum is a bit closer with the area defined for probable acceptance by the council. Matters are hoped to continue more quickly from here on.
Idea 12 - Pedestrianisation of Station Rise at Tulse Hill for street market - this is now much more likely as it has been adopted into the Norwood Road improvements for consultation, which should commence quite soon.
Update - 31st March 2015: Still working at it behind the scenes. Now real progress on 10 of the 12! Latest news:
Idea 2 - Sainsbury's has now committed to repair and at least improve the upper facade. Hopefully it will be resotored to its white terracotta art deco pride. Some pavements are now being washed. Much still to do.
Idea 3 - Enforcement against illegal uses of buildings, many activated with success. 489/491 Norwood Road still problematic but improved with graphics on the shutters.
Idea 4 - ENORMOUS success! Consultation will start on 14th April on a £2mill TfL spend on Norwood Road from Barclays to Tulse Hill gyratory.
Idea 5 - Chances of success enahanced. Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite has adopted the proposal and is promoting it at council cabinet level. With the possibility of a cinema nearby a car park is bound to be well used by both daytime shoppers and evening cinema goers.
Idea 6 - Another success. The CPZ is due to be reviewed, consultation soon.
Idea 8 - Graham Pycock is leading the creation of the Norwood Planning Assembly (NPA). There is a real change of council policy to such initiatives and officer cooperation is now much valued and appreciated.
Idea 10 - Work is in progress to raise profile of the Brooks Laundry site in officer and councillor plans. Hopefully it's on its way forward from 'back-burner'. The NPA will have this as a key topic.
Idea 11 - Review of the Key Industrial & Business Area (KIBA). Early NPA discussions with officers have revealed a new willingness by officers to re-think the future of this area, blighted for almost 20 years.
Idea 12 - Street Market at Tulse Hill - now very much on the agenda due to the persistence of NAG and others. Part of the TfL works now beginning consultation.