COUNTDOWN TO ACTION
Norwood Forum and Norwood Action Group are involved with the grassroots community campaign to stop Southwark Metals moving to West Norwood. As the deadline to object to the planning application is Saturday 29 May, the campaign is having an extra strong push to raise awareness on what this will mean for West Norwood, the wider community, Lambeth, and indeed South London.
Your help is needed at every level, not least in sharing information about the campaign on how every resident and business can make a difference - if they act now.
Why should you care? #ScrapTheYard
The unnecessary transit of scrap metal the entire length of Lambeth would impact air quality, as well as endanger the health and physical safety of local residents and over 3,500 schoolchildren.
If successful in its planning application for a scrap metal sorting yard at Windsor Grove, Southwark Metals would add a quarter of a million extra vehicle miles in Lambeth each year compared to its current location. This is directly at odds with Lambeth Council’s implicit commitment to its residents to tackle pollution with its Climate Change Emergency, launched in July 2019, yet Lambeth is seriously considering it.
There are two schools adjoining the site at Windsor Grove and another five within a half-mile radius. In all, seven schools with over 3,500 children. Windsor Grove is a small cul de sac located beside a residential area of West Norwood, SE27 with access unsuitable for a business of Southwark Metals’ type and size. The area is already frequently blocked, so the proposal would disastrously further impact local traffic and bus services, and the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and schoolchildren. Read more background here
4: DEMONSTRATE #ScrapTheYard
There will be a public protest outside the Yard gates on Windsor Grove, SE27 9NT at 4pm Thursday 27 May. There will be parents and school children and residents. Helen Hayes, our local MP, will be there. Bring a sign. Make a placard! Object/Sign/Share and ... Demonstrate!
3: SHARE #ScrapTheYard
Spread the word any way you can - social media, emails, newsletters, WhatsApp groups, etc, etc. Ask all your friends, neighbours, school parents and staff to join in. People Power will win through. Find the campaign on:
Email: Find all information you need including the campaign flyer and a map of truck routes through South London for your emails and newsletters on our Facebook, Twitter and Webpage - links all above.
Hashtag: Please use #ScrapTheYard
Forgive us the repeat Time is short and your community needs you #ScrapTheYard
What is Norwood Forum?
We are a volunteer-led organisation covering the three Norwood wards of Gipsy Hill, Knight's Hill, and Thurlow Park. Our focus is to celebrate our wonderful neighbourhood and its vibrant, diverse but cohesive community whilst making a positive difference to the quality of life for people who live and work here. We can only do this with your help. You are a member of the Forum by receiving this newsletter, please share and encourage your friends and neighbours to sign up to here too.
We really appreciate and enjoy your feedback on items raised in the newsletter. We can be contacted by email and are regularly out and about at West Norwood Feast and other community events.
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