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gaijingirl

Well-Known Member
tbf.. it does have an extra veneer of depression about it - not sure why. I only went once and really felt it.

OTOH the Leisure Centre is good.. there's a lovely badminton club in there - very friendly.
 

Guineveretoo

Mostly bewildered
South Norwood is set for some regeneration money from the Council, and I hope/expect that the Stanley Halls development and reopening will be central to that.

There are currently no decent pubs in South Norwood though.

Urbanites tried to reclaim the Ship, but it was not a good experience, and, not long after that, it was sold, and is now being redeveloped, despite the best attempts of locals to block its destruction and reopen it as a pub.

Portland Road is not good at the moment. Lots of businesses have failed, and some of the new ones are struggling. There is a new cupcake cafe just next to the wonderful Thai restaurant, but it is not succeeding. There is also a new bagel shop just down the road, but it is not quite close enough to the station to pick up casual trade, so I don't think that is succeeding either. Most of the pubs on that road have gone, apart from the couple on the corner of the High Street, which are basically just football pubs and not very friendly.

The north part of South Norwood is doing a bit better, though, including a trendy cafe which has opened next to the lake and which is doing okay so far. But I think the folks of South Norwood go to Crystal Palace for their shops, pubs and restaurants. No-one seems to go to Portland Road.
 

BigMoaner

Don't kill the lion
there is a lovely french bakery opened up in SE25 called the IBS (sic) bakery, why they didn't chose the high street at either thornton heath or norwood junction area i don't know. it's lovely though. lovely cakes, coffee and fresh bread.
 

Guineveretoo

Mostly bewildered
there is a lovely french bakery opened up in SE25 called the IBS (sic) bakery, why they didn't chose the high street at either thornton heath or norwood junction area i don't know. it's lovely though. lovely cakes, coffee and fresh bread.
Where is it?
 

BigMoaner

Don't kill the lion
next door to the selhurst pharmacy, SE25 5QF (it won't show up on googlemaps yet, it's only a few weeks old)

the arse end of nowhere. why they chose such a nice little outfit to be opened there i don't know. sadly, due to location, i give it six months.
 

Guineveretoo

Mostly bewildered
next door to the selhurst pharmacy, SE25 5QF (it won't show up on googlemaps yet, it's only a few weeks old)

the arse end of nowhere. why they chose such a nice little outfit to be opened there i don't know. sadly, due to location, i give it six months.
Oh - right down there near the Two Brewers pub? I don't regard that as South Norwood - I would have called it Selhurst. Also, it is currently virtually impossible for me to get there, because of the closure of the Tenison Road bridge. I will try and check it out, though.
 

BigMoaner

Don't kill the lion
the area's strength is that it's affordable and off the beard's radar. i like the fact that i can make roots here as the housing is (relatively) cheap. a few coffee shops and posh restaurants and it'll just be like all the other places to the north, i.e. almost impossible to raise a family in unless in council flat or on serious wedge! careful what one wishes for!
 

Guineveretoo

Mostly bewildered
Yes - the co-op supermarket in front of the station is about to reopen as an Aldi. Locals biggest interest is simply in having a supermarket there again. It was very convenient - even had a car park, which I hope will reopen - and was easier to get round than the big supermarket, just because it was smaller. Also, the local businesses on Station Road have been badly hit by its loss combined with the closure of Tennison Road bridge.
 

Guineveretoo

Mostly bewildered
There's an Aldi in Penge I've been to a few times, and one in West Norwood.

They're better for non-food bargains than for food, I find...
 

Callie

Pivoting
Th Aldi is opening right next to the clocktower near Norwood Junction station. I hope they have better parking than the one at the junction in Anerley or whereever the hell that place is :D
 

Guineveretoo

Mostly bewildered
There's no Aldi in West Norwood.... :confused:
I guess it is more Streatham.

I am not sure exactly where it is, if I am honest. I drove there using googlemaps. Streatham I guess.

ETA Bugger. I meant Norbury not Norwood.

It is an Aldi, but it is not West Norwood.

Fucking useless, me.

Never ask me for directions!
 

Guineveretoo

Mostly bewildered
Nor is there one in Penge - the one you refer to is in Anerley :p
Am I getting them mixed up? The one I am thinking of is definitely in Penge, but perhaps it is a Lidl?

I know there is one in Anerley - where the pub burned down on that crossroads - but I think I am getting my Aldis and my Lidls confused.

I think the one in West Croydon, near the Employment Tribunal and in the middle of all the riots, is an Aldi, too, but now I think I should do some googling and find out :)

The one at Norwood Junction station is definitely an Aldi. I was there yesterday.

ETA - Yep, the one in Penge is definitely a Lidl.
 

Guineveretoo

Mostly bewildered
Th Aldi is opening right next to the clocktower near Norwood Junction station. I hope they have better parking than the one at the junction in Anerley or whereever the hell that place is :D
If they keep the car park from when it was a co-op, it is a bit bigger than the one at the crossroads, which also suffers from being not only a crossroads, but a traffic light controlled one, so it is almost impossible to get in or out of the car park!
 

Guineveretoo

Mostly bewildered
The co-op closed because it was badly run and managed and staffed, so that it often didn't have stock. The freezers kept breaking down until they gave up and just took most of them away. Most of the tills didn't work or weren't staffed, so that there were mostly queues even when it wasn't busy.

Basically, the co-op clearly decided it didn't want to keep the shop going, and let it run down until they were able to sell it.

The staff there were really unhappy, and they also told me that there were a lot of shop lifters, because of being near the station, I suppose, or perhaps because they are near a football ground. Either way, they lost a lot of stock that way, and had to employ security guards as well. And cars kept being burnt out in the car park, because it wasn't sufficiently overlooked and didn't have cctv. And they had to pay someone to staff that, as well, during opening hours, because it was so close to the station that commuters would have filled it up otherwise. So, that cut into their profits, too.

All in all, not a good experience for the co-op. But I used it regularly, because it was so convenient, and I believe in co-ops, too.

We can only hope that the Aldi folks have been told about all the problems and are ready to deal.
 

ska invita

back on the other side
Norwood Junction is a great station - loads of trains to london bridge (10 an hour supposedly) including fast trains and now the east london line - may even join the thameslink routes one day

But i wanted to write about Portland Road - it does have a unique feel of all London streets. Compared to other similiar streets it does seem to have an unusually high amount of shop fronts. Was it ever a major shopping street?
Its a narrow road with a fair amount of traffic and no parking - maybe thats partly the problem? I cant picture it ever functioning in a world that doesnt need so many local shops
That said i quite like the atmosphere around it - its quite mellow
 

Guineveretoo

Mostly bewildered
This is today and tomorrow. Looks fantastic - and there are still tickets available, if you are quick!
It is also a chance to see your wonderful Stanley Halls in all their glory!

The Invention Festival that was a sell-out success in February opened up the entire labyrinth of the Stanley Halls to art and performance with shows in Kitchens, Stairwells and Toilets. The Festival is being repeated with companies currently in the building inventing for performances on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June.

The February show was one of the highlights of a great month with the halls taking on a big theatrical event atmosphere that we have been working to bring to South Norwood. "The first night that really made the halls feel like a proper theatre."

Details of the seven companies performing and tickets are on the website.
http://www.stanleyhalls.org.uk/invention-festival/
 

Guineveretoo

Mostly bewildered
Norwood Junction is a great station - loads of trains to london bridge (10 an hour supposedly) including fast trains and now the east london line - may even join the thameslink routes one day

But i wanted to write about Portland Road - it does have a unique feel of all London streets. Compared to other similiar streets it does seem to have an unusually high amount of shop fronts. Was it ever a major shopping street?
Its a narrow road with a fair amount of traffic and no parking - maybe thats partly the problem? I cant picture it ever functioning in a world that doesnt need so many local shops
That said i quite like the atmosphere around it - its quite mellow
I find Portland Road fascinating - there are loads of boarded up shops, including quite a few where the original shop signs are showing through. it must have been a busy shopping street at some point. I guess when all shops were little shops, and people didn't drive!

When I moved in here in 2001, there were loads of pubs on the road, too, but most of them have closed!! :(

Not at all sure what is going to happen to it now, but the council are, theoretically, putting funding to try and regenerate the area, so you never know....

Have you come across this group, who are trying to build the community feel?

http://www.peopleforportlandroad.org.uk/
 
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