SE11 Action Team

A site for residents of Prince's Ward, SE11, in the London Borough of Lambeth. Check for updates from your Labour Action Team's campaigning, local information, and meetings.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Paul McGlone's speech at the opening of the Diamond Way Buddhist Centre at the Beaufoy Institute

Earlier this month the Beaufoy Institute reopened its doors after years of lying empty and neglected. It's now the home of the Diamond Way Buddhist Centre, after Lambeth Council took the decision to sell the site and use the proceeds to invest in our community's priorities. Lambeth's Cabinet Member for Finance Councillor Paul McGlone made the following speech at the event:

There is a saying attributed to Mark Twain that “History Does Not Repeat Itself, but It Rhymes”.

That is the sentiment I feel most today standing in this beautiful building that has many ‘ribbons of history’ that rhyme with Lambeth’s past, present and now its future around education, learning and arts.    

The lovely red-brick facade of the Beaufoy Institute has looked over Black Prince Road in Lambeth for more than a century, and has always stopped people in their tracks with its beautiful architecture and artistry.

I am personally fascinated with the connection of this building and the progressive Doulton family and the history of Lambeth Doulton ceramics and pottery.

My understanding is that this building was built using a patented Doulton Tile system, and a Doulton was one of the original school governors of the institute.

Others are best place to reflect on the heyday of the Beaufoy Institute as a place of learning. But I would like to introduce the friend I brought with me, Mr Roger Bowdery, who went to school here at the Beaufoy Institute 55 years ago!

The many wonderful connections with Lambeth’s past that connect with this building must be captured for the future, and I hope they are.  

But fast forward to more recent times and Lambeth Council’s involvement.

I first came to this building in 2007 when I was Cabinet Member for Regeneration and then in 2008 as Cabinet member for Children and Young People.

Having stood empty and neglected for some years, there was a strong proposal to turn it into a museum for a collection of De Mogan ceramics. But that proposition floundered.

This was followed with a very real proposal to turn the building into a school again, an Arts and Crafts Academy, with an educational sponsor and backing from the Prince of Wales Trusts. But that plan also faltered to.

In a different role in 2010, as Cabinet Member for Finance, I made the decision to disposal of the building and the adjacent property and land, with the expectation that the Institute building would have a new lease of life.

Sometimes in local government you have to realise that you have to ‘let go’ to allow better things to happened. And that is what has happened here. What has been achieved has benefited everyone.

Buy disposing of the property, the sale proceeds of approx. £7 million have allowed

1. The Beaufoy Trust, of which all Lambeth councillors have historically been ‘corporate trustees’, to be financially endowed with £1.2m of funds to use for updated philanthropic purposes, as the Beaufoy family originally intended.

2. From the £600,000 Section 106 contributions, local ward councillors (Stephen Morgan, Lorna Campbell and Mark Harrison) were clear they wanted the local community to share in the benefits.

So to support Lambeth's co-operative work to give citizens greater control over their neighbourhoods, decisions have been made to spend more than £200,000 on such things as computers at Durning Library, Lollard Street Adventure Playground, re-landscaping outside Coverley Point and work into the greening of Tyers Street.

3. Importantly, I recommended to the Cabinet in July 2012 that the balance of funds of £5.6m be ‘ring fenced’ and have now been invested directly in building Lambeth schools, thus benefitting future generations of young people.

4. And now finally, by you acquiring it and conversion into the London Diamond Way Buddhist Centre, the Beaufoy Institute building has a new lease of life.

This wasn't without its difficulties! Some have said that the planning application was the second most controversial one of recent times!

But the positive outcomes of Lambeth Council's decision to grant planning permission to Diamond Way Buddhist Centre to purchase the Beaufoy Institute are now self-evident.

I also know that Diamond Way Centre will work with the local community to ensure there is a community resource for all to share.

Equally, I know my colleague Councillor Lorna Campbell is pleased and has worked to ensure that the Buddhist Centre is part of the ‘Faiths Together in Lambeth’.

This is our borough-wide independent interfaith organisation that fosters constructive relationships among religious communities, and promotes interfaith involvement in civic life in Lambeth. This relationship is really welcome.

So in concluding, all I can say personally is that I wish this centre all the best for the future, and hope it will always be a place of peace, contemplation and learning.

Thank you.

Pictured: Prince's Labour candidates Chris Marsh, Joanne Simpson and David Amos with Leader of the Council Lib Peck outside the Beaufoy Institute

Monday, 21 April 2014

Tell the Kennington Association what Kennington wants

From the Kennington Association:

In July, Lambeth Council hope to introduce Community Local Infrastructure Plans (CLIPs), to decide on spending the neighbourhood share of Community Infrastructure Levies  paid by developers of new buildings. Kennington is likely to be bundled together with Oval and Vauxhall, who have already had consultations with residents about neighbourhood improvements like greening roads and traffic calming.

So what does Kennington want?

To obtain views, the Kennington Association (KA) is conducting a survey of Kennington opinion. Please follow this link to tell KA your views:

You can be anonymous if you like, but it will help KA to see how widespread suggestions are if you give your home postcode as part of the survey.

Best regards,

David Boardman (Chair of Kennington Association Planning Forum)
Kennington Association, 102 Lollard Street, London, SE11 6PX

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Primary school places for all in Lambeth

For the second year running Lambeth Council has been able to offer a primary school place in the borough to every child whose application was on time. Almost 90% received their first or second preference place.

This is despite a massive increase in demand for primary school places in the south of the borough over the past few years. Lambeth's met this increased demand by expanding schools and building new schools.

Maggie Harriott, Education Strategy Manager for Lambeth Council said:  "

'This is excellent news for every one of the 3193 children and their families who know where they'll be going to school in September. What's more, it means there are no families in Lambeth without an offer of a school place.'

There's been a small reduction of around 3% in first preference offers compared to last year's admissions but that's against a similar increase in overall applications in line with Lambeth's planned projections for school places.  There are a number of outstanding late applications yet to be processed but there is enough capacity in Lambeth schools to ensure all will receive an offer before the start of the next academic year.

Lambeth is one of the leading boroughs for online applications with nearly all applications made online  -   81% more than last year.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Lambeth Labour launch our manifesto for 2014

Lambeth Labour has launched our manifesto for the 2014 council election.

We're proud of our record running Lambeth Council over the past eight years, proud of what we've achieved locally in Kennington and Vauxhall, and are ambitious for what we want to achieve over the next four years.

Our pledges are to:

1.    Help you with the rising cost of living by freezing council tax for the sixth year in a row

2.    Boost jobs and grow local businesses by offering every young person access to job support, training or an apprenticeship

3.    Make Lambeth cleaner and greener by resurfacing 130 miles of roads and pavements and recycling more waste than ever before

4.    Create safer neighbourhoods and build the homes we need by campaigning to protect community police and building 1,000 new council homes

5.    Give young people the best start in life by offering free breakfasts in all our  primary schools

6.    Help to keep you healthy by getting more people involved in sporting activities and healthy exercise

Read the full manifesto here

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Half a million pounds to restore Kennington Park Flower Garden

From the Friends of Kennington Park:

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given a grant of £374,000 towards the restoration of the Flower Garden. Lambeth Council are contributing £82,000. The Friends have agreed to donate £2,500 for students from City & Guilds Art School to design and make a sundial to replace the one destroyed by vandals many years ago.

Adding in the notional value of future voluntary effort from the Friends, the total  project exceeds £500,000.

Many people have contributed over a long period to achieve this success. Using the earlier grant given to plan the restoration the Friends were able to consult widely last year in the park and with ‘stakeholders’. The views from park users have been reflected in the plans drawn up by the landscape architects and now approved.

A new entrance will be opened from the Green Link, which will be re-landscaped.

Paths will be re-laid and new boundaries will give clear sightlines. The lily-pond will be re-created; the pergolas and many existing features will be sympathetically restored and fresh planting introduced. There will be new garden furniture.

The work is planned to finish by late summer 2015. We will then embark on the Activity Plan drawn up by the Friends to raise awareness of the Flower Garden and widen the range of its users. A gardening instructor will help those who want to take an active part in maintaining the garden, supplementing the work of the contractor.

I want to thank everyone whose work has contributed to this success and Lambeth Council for supporting the Friends’ original initiative. Testimonials in support came from our MP Kate Hoey and a wide range of other individuals and organisations.

As the plans develop, we will publish updates to keep you in the picture.

Yours sincerely


Westminster Tower Public Exhibition 24 April

From CLS Holdings:
You are invited to attend a public exhibition detailing proposals for a forthcoming planning application to refurbish our existing offices and convert some to residential accommodation at Westminster Tower on the Albert Embankment.
Before a planning application is submitted to Lambeth Council, you have an opportunity to see the plans and comment on the proposals. The exhibition will include images and detailed information of the plans. Members of the project team will be available to answer any questions.
Our proposal
We are proposing to refurbish the existing Westminster Tower office building, which is now inappropriate for the modern office environment. Additionally, we propose a change of use of some of the office space to housing including shared ownership housing.
The redesign has been carried out to improve energy performance of the building and the built environment on the Albert Embankment. We will also be improving the frontage and façade of the building. The façade will now be mainly Portland Stone to recognise and reflect the character of the Southbank area.
About CLS
Westminster Tower has been owned since the 1990s by Three Albert Embankment Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of local property investor CLS Holdings plc. CLS has its headquarters located in Vauxhall where it has been investing for over 20 years.
We hope you will be able to come along to our exhibition – we look forward to hearing your views.
If you are unable to attend and would like more information please contact us via email, letter or Freephone.
Find out more
Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB.
Thursday 24 April 2pm-8pm.
Contact us
Freephone: 0800 458 6976
Write to: New Westminster Tower, FREEPOST RTGB-KBZB-ZSKJ, Your Shout, 1-45 Durham Street, London SE11 5JH

Your councillors have asked for more information about why the building is not suitable as a modern office, what its current and recent occupancy has been, and how the loss of employment space can be justified.

Friends of the Durning Library AGM, Monday 14 April 2014, 6.45 for 7.15pm

There will be an update on developments during the past year. The meeting will start at 7.15pm, and the AGM will follow at about 7.50 pm.

6.45 for 7.15pm at the Durning Library
Light refreshments. Everyone welcome. No admission charge, but a £2 donation towards costs is invited.

Moffat Health Centre to close - services to move to Monkton Street

Letter from Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust:

I am writing to inform you that some health services currently provided at the Moffat Health Centre, 65 Sancroft Street SE11 5NG will be moving to Lambeth Community Care Centre, Monkton Street SE11 4TX as of Monday 28 April 2014.

We have decided to offer Early Intervention and Prevention Services, Stop Smoking and Foot Health services from the Monkton Street site where consultation rooms are currently under-utilised.  Extra Foot Health services will also continue to be run from Mawbey Brough Health Centre.

By moving services to Monkton Street we will be able to make better use of the facilities and to provide a much better experience for our patients and staff.

Staff currently operating from Monkton Street will not be adversely affected in any way by this decision. Neither will there be any adverse impact on the Amputee Rehabilitation Unit as services will be carried out in the consultation rooms on the ground floor.

If you require any other information please get in touch with Angela Dawe, Operations Director, Community Health Services by telephone on 0207 188 7708 or email:

Kind regards

Angela Dawe
Director of Operations
Community Health Services
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
160 Tooley Street
London SE1 2TZ

Your councillors have asked for details about the future of the Sancroft Street building

Sunday, 23 March 2014

David, Chris and Joanne show Council Leader Lib Peck round Kennington and Vauxhall

Yesterday your Labour candidates for Prince's ward showed Leader of Lambeth Council Lib Peck around our area.

David Amos, Chris Marsh and Joanne Simpson took Lib to see parts of Kennington and Vauxhall she didn't know so well, pointed out some of the successful community initiatives and new developments in the area, and highlighted some of the campaigns they are running.

David, Chris and Joanne took Lib to see Ariel Court, Falstaff Court, Brangton Road and Aveline Street - where they are pushing Lambeth Living to install double glazed windows. They discussed some of the issues facing local shopping clusters like Kennington Cross, Vauxhall Street and Lambeth Walk. They celebrated the fact that well-loved heritage buildings like the Durning Library and the Beaufoy Institute are seeing huge investment for the future. And they visited fantastic community success stories at VGERTA's Glasshouse Walk playground and the Lollard Street Adventure Playground.

Vauxhall Gyratory System and Bus Station update

Following a meeting at the Kennington, Oval & Vauxhall Forum we wanted to update you on plans for the Vauxhall Gyratory & Bus Station.

As far as Lambeth Labour councillors are concerned, all viable options for transforming the Vauxhall gyratory are open, and we are open to hearing people's ideas.

Currently TfL are testing options to see if they will work - the two previously circulated to KOV, and they are now exploring a third which introduces two way working and preserves the central bus station function.

There is still a huge amount of work to be done before the Autumn in working through these options and we welcome and will be seeking people's views in the meantime. And just to underline, TfL and Lambeth are committed to full and genuine consultation before any decision is made.

We aren't wedded to the creation of a high street exactly as sketched out in the Vauxhall Supplementary Development Plan. We are committed to creating a district centre for Vauxhall which ties together the area, and provides quality public space, shops and restaurants. As mentioned above, there will be further discussion with residents, businesses and commuters about their priorities and how best they see this happening prior to consultation that TfL and Lambeth will be undertaking the Autumn.  The exact form of the Vauxhall district centre will be determined by decisions which are made on the gyratory and the bus station.

Licensing applications for three events in our parks

There are three current licensing applications for two one day events in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, and one two event in Kennington Park.

Applicants Name: London LGBT Community Pride Community Interest Company

Premises Address: Pride In London - Spring Gardens Vauxhall London
Activities/times requested:

29 June 2014

Sunday   12:00  - 20:00

Live Music
Sunday   12:00  - 22:00

Recorded Music
Sunday   12:00  - 22:00

Performances of Dance
Sunday   12:00  - 20:00

Entertainment Similar to Music/Dance
Sunday   12:00  - 22:00

Supply of Alcohol
Sunday   12:00  - 20:00

Please direct any queries in respect of this application to the following case officer:
Mrs Esther Jones
Telephone: 020 7926 6144 Email:

Representations will be disregarded if they are deemed to be vexatious, frivolous, or irrelevant, or if they are received later than the 7th April 2014

Applicants Name: Vauxhall Trust CIC
Premises Address: Vauxhall Trust - Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Vauxhall Walk, London  

Activities/times requested:

26 April 2014

Monday - Sunday   10:00  - 00:00

Monday - Sunday   10:00  - 00:00

Live Music
Monday - Sunday   10:00  - 00:00

Recorded Music
Monday - Sunday   10:00  - 00:00

Performances of Dance
Monday - Sunday   10:00  - 00:00

Supply of Alcohol
Monday - Sunday   10:00  - 00:00

Please direct any queries in respect of this application to the following case officer:
Mrs Sarah Williams
Telephone: 020 7926 6141 Email:

Representations will be disregarded if they are deemed to be vexatious, frivolous, or irrelevant, or if they are received later than the 10th April 2014

Applicants Name: Carnaval De Cuba
Premises Address: Carnaval De Cuba - Kennington Park Kennington Park Road London  

Activities/times requested:

26 and 27 July 2014

Saturday and Sunday   12:00  - 19:00

Saturday and Sunday   12:00  - 19:00

Live Music
Saturday and Sunday   12:00  - 20:00

Recorded Music
Saturday and Sunday   12:00  - 20:00

Performances of Dance
Saturday and Sunday   12:00  - 20:00

Supply of Alcohol
Saturday and Sunday   12:00  - 20:00

Please direct any queries in respect of this application to the following case officer:
Mrs Esther Jones
Telephone: 020 7926 6144 Email:

Representations will be disregarded if they are deemed to be vexatious, frivolous, or irrelevant, or if they are received later than the 8th April 2014

Friday, 14 March 2014

Road and pavement renewals for 2014/5 - Vauxhall Gardens wins big!

The council have just announced which carriageways and footways are to be renewed in the next financial year.

The carriageways that will be renewed in our area are:

Distin Street
Glasshouse Walk
Goding Street
Jonathan Street
Laud Street
Worgan Street

The footways that will be renewed in our area are:

Glasshouse Walk
Goding Street
Laud Street
Vauxhall Walk
Walcot Square
Worgan Street

The following Carriageways are on the backlog list. This means they did not make the cut this year, but will hopefully be done if we have any spare cash, or if not in a future year.

Renfrew Road
Walcot Square
Wickham Street
White Hart Street
Brook Drive                    
Vauxhall Walk    
Sancroft Street
Glyn Street                    
Newport Street                
Chester Way
St Mary's Walk                
Bowden Street

The following Footways are on the backlog. This means they did not make the cut this year, but will hopefully be done if we have any spare cash, or if not in a future year.

Denny Crescent
Jonathan Street
Tyers Street
St Mary's Garden
Distin Street
Bowden Street
Brangton Road
Cleaver Street

If your street is missing from the list above then here is why;

“Lambeth roads (carriageways/footways) are given a condition score out of 10 (10 being the worst). Only roads with a condition score of 6 or higher are further analysed for resurfacing works. A final score is then calculated using the condition score and criteria such as the parameter of the road in relation to its distance from schools, hospitals and A/B road linkages, also taking into account traffic sensitivity and planned utility work etc.  A planned works list is created and the road is positioned (on the list) based on the final weighted score achieved.”

Pictured: Glasshouse Walk's road and pavement will both be renewed

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Formal notice to install secure bike parking in Brook Drive

(This notice is about the Council's proposal to reduce the length of certain parking places in Brook Drive, Luxor Street and Railton Road to allow for the installation of secure bicycle parking structures in those lengths of road instead. Objections may be made – see paragraph 6.)
1.   NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Council of the London Borough of Lambeth propose to make the Lambeth (Camberwell) (Parking Places) (No. *) Order 20** , the Lambeth (Kennington) (Parking Places) (No. *) Order 20** and the Lambeth (Poets' Corner) (Parking Places) (No. *) Order 20**  under sections 45, 46, 49 and 124 and Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
2.   The general effect of the Orders would be to reduce the length of the existing parking places in:-
(a)   Brook Drive outside Nos. 60/62 Brook Drive by 5 metres;
(b)   Luxor Street outside No. 32 Luxor Street by 2.5 metres; and
(c)   Railton Road outside Nos. 151/153 Railton Road by 5 metres,
to enable the provision of new secure bicycle parking structures outside (i) Nos. 60/62 Brook Drive; (ii) No. 32 Luxor Street; and (iii) Nos. 151/153 Railton Road.
3.   The Orders are necessary to provide secure bicycle parking for residents who do not have the space and/or ability to securely park bicycles in or within a reasonable distance of their residence.
4.   If you have any enquiries about this matter, please contact the Council's Transport Strategy Team on 020 7926 0677.
5.   Documents giving more detailed particulars of the proposed Orders are available for inspection between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm (excluding bank holidays) until the last day of a period of six weeks beginning with the date on which the Orders are made or, as the case may be, the Council decide not to make the Orders, at the offices of Lambeth's Borough Council's Transportation Group, 2nd Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SP.  To arrange a viewing please contact 020 7926 0209.

6.   All objections and other representations relating to the proposed Orders must be made in writing and all objections must specify the grounds on which they are made and should be sent to Barbara Poulter, Transportation Group, London Borough of Lambeth, 2nd Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SP, by 28th March 2014.  Any objection may be seen by, or be communicated to, any person who has an interest in this matter.

Photo: secure bike parking elsewhere in Lambeth - London Cycling Campaign

A place for everyone: Lambeth secondary schools offer every child a place for this September

For the second year running, every child whose application was on time has received an offer of a secondary school place in Lambeth, new figures have revealed.

More than 85% of parents who applied to a secondary school in the borough have been offered a place at their first or second-choice schools.

On the day that parents across London are told which secondary schools their children have been offered, Lambeth Council has revealed that it dealt with 2,419 applications this year, an increase of 147 on 2013. The proportion of applications made online rose from 50.8 per cent in 2013 to 97 per cent this year.

Overall, the number of children being offered places at their first or second-choice schools also rose this year; 1,629 children were offered a place at their first-preference school, 46 more than last year, and 442 were offered their second preference – 72 more than in 2013. The Council has confirmed that there are also enough spaces in Lambeth schools to support all late applicants.

The landmark achievement contrasts starkly with the picture in 2005, when over 570 pupils in the borough were left 'in limbo' without places allocated for their secondary education.  Parents had to fill out separate application forms for each local authority which handled admissions for their chosen schools.

There was no co-ordination of dates or offers between authorities so some parents held on to more than one offer for weeks or months until they had heard back from all the authorities they had applied to before deciding which offer to accept.  Consequently, allocation of surplus places to other children was delayed creating anxiety and uncertainty for pupils and their families.

The introduction of the Pan-London Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme in 2005 has seen the application process simplified and an increase in the number of pupils who receive an offer from one of their preferred schools.

Welcoming the figures, Cllr Rachel Heywood, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said:

"These figures are a testament to the hard work of Lambeth's education services in making sure as many children as possible can go to the schools of their choice in September. Ensuring that, for the second year in a row, every child in the borough has a place waiting for them is a tremendous achievement.

"This has always been an enormously difficult time for families, anxiously waiting to find out where their children are going to end up next. But it is clear that the days of 'gambling' a child's future on a better offer that might or might not come through the post are over.

"Our children can now look forward to the next stage of their education with confidence."
Promoted by Cllr Lorna Campbell, Cllr Mark Harrison, and Cllr Stephen Morgan, of Prince's Branch Labour Party (Vauxhall Constituency and Lambeth Borough) all at 264A Rosendale Road, SE24 9DL