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.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Maintenance works to Lambeth Bridge


Ringway Jacobs on behalf of Transport for London (TfL) has been appointed to carry out essential night time maintenance works on Lambeth Bridge from the 27 to the 30 December 2010, subject to weather conditions.

The works, which have been scheduled to occur overnight, have been planned to take place between Christmas and new year, when traffic levels are around 20 per cent lower, to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum. These essential works will not only give road users, especially cyclists, a smoother drive, but they will also help reduce carriageway noise and the need for disruptive maintenance closures, benefiting local residents and businesses.

The following work will take place:

27 and 28 December 2010
Essential structural and maintenance repairs will be undertaken to the bridge. Lambeth Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic on the 27 and 28 December 2010 between 8pm and 5am on each day.

To maximise the use of the above traffic management, TfL will also be carrying out other maintenance works on each bridge, including graffiti removal, lamp column maintenance and paving works.

Signed diversions will be put in place to enable vehicular traffic to continue their journey. Buses which use Lambeth Bridge will be placed on diversion during the overnight closure. Passengers should check information at local bus stops for diversion details.

TfL is also currently planning to carry out additional work on Lambeth bridge during early 2011 to replace the expansion joints along the structure, helping to extend the life of the bridge. TfL will work to coordinate these works to ensure that any closures take place during the least disruptive times and do not clash with other works on the nearby road network.

Pictured: Parliament View residents might be affected by the necessary nighttime works

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Juxon Street resurfacing


Lambeth Council have announced they will be resurfacing Juxon Street and Pratt Walk in March 2011.

The works will create a smoother surface for cyclists and motorists.

Letters will be sent to affected residents in two weeks' time - the work is expected to last a week.
Councillors have welcomed the news but are still pushing hard for resurfacing of other local streets in a poor condition - namely Stannary Street, Wincott Street, Reedworth Street, and Chester Way.

Pictured: Ingram Close, with Juxon Street behind.

Newport Street nightclub rejected after residents' objections

Lambeth's Licensing Committee have backed local residents by rejected an application for a nightclub in Arch 145 Newport Street.

18 objections and two petitions against the application were received. Three residents joined Councillor Mark Harrison to speak at the meeting.

The Committee agreed that the pavement area adjacent to the venue was indistinct and inadequate, and was therefore not suitable for the number of people able to attend the venue to queue and go through the security procedures safely.

They also agreed that the arrival and departure of guests would result in noise causing a public nuisance to residents in Newport Street and Lambeth Walk.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Southwark Labour approve plans for swimming pool at Elephant & Castle

A period of public consultation for the proposed new Elephant and Castle leisure facility took place between 23 August and 8 October 2010 when Southwark Council asked local residents and leisure centre users what amenities and services they would like to see in a possible new facility. This resulted in an outstanding 1,300 responses from residents, leisure centre users, schools, and special interest groups.

Six months into the new Labour administration, Southwark is making another major step forward for the regeneration of Elephant and Castle by giving the green light for a new swimming pool and leisure centre.

The consultation on new leisure facilities at the Elephant and Castle has been a huge success. What people said they really want is a new swimming pool. The next most popular facilities were a gym, exercise studio and sports hall.

In the light of the consultation results the Southwark Cabinet has given approval to progress plans for a new leisure facility with a six lane 25m swimming pool, a learner pool, a four court sports hall, a gym, an exercise studio, a crèche and a café.

The regeneration of Elephant and Castle is a priority for Southwark Council and they are determined to keep up the momentum and deliver the transformation that local residents deserve.

To see the full results of the consultation or if you have any questions about the proposed leisure facility please visit www.southwark.gov.uk/elephantleisure

A new pool at Elephant & Castle will be a fantastic facility for residents of Kennington. It will add to the swimming options for North Lambeth residents; who currently can use Brixton Rec, will be able to use a brand new pool in Clapham which opens in November 2011, and who can look forward to a new pool built as part of the Doon Street development on the South Bank. Residents of Vauxhall and the riverside might find that the Queen Mother Sports Centre over the river on Vauxhall Bridge Road is the most convenient swimming pool close by.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Strong local reaction against proposed Newport Street nightclub


Local Labour councillors are supporting residents objecting to a nightclub opening in Arch 145, Newport Street.

The applicants have applied for a licence allowing alcohol sales, music, refreshments and entertainment until 6am at weekends and 4am on weekdays.

Councillors alerted local residents to the application by sending a letter. Lambeth's Licensing Department have received 18 objections, as well as a petition with 24 signatures, ahead of next Tuesday's Licensing Committee meeting.

Councillor Mark Harrison is planning to speak against the application next week. He said:

'Newport Street is a quiet residental street and is not appropriate for a late night club. Noise from the club and its customers risks disturbing residents of Newport Street, Lupino Court, Whitgift Street, and Gabriel House. I'm a supporter of our Vauxhall nighttime economy, but nightclubs can't be allowed to spread into quiet residential areas like this.'

Friday, 26 November 2010

New leaflet from Labour - 'Coalition Cuts Special'


Labour volunteers across SE11 are currently delivering a new leaflet, explaining the scale and impact of the government's cuts to Lambeth Council.

Everybody was expecting cuts to council funding, but the harshness with which the Lib Dem- Tory Coalition has targetted local government has taken everybody by surprise.

Lambeth will have to find £90 million in savings, from a budget of around £300 million. To make matters worse, the cuts are 'frontloaded' to the next financial year, meaning £40 million will have to be taken out of the budget by April 2010.

Labour councillors will be doing everything in our power to mitigate the effects of the cuts, but it is inevitable that there will be reductions in services, job losses, and difficult decisions.

Distressingly, cuts on this scale are not even necessary or sensible. As Lambeth's finance chief Paul McGlone explains:

'Like other countries, Britain has big debts from bailing out the banks to save our economy from collapsing. All parties supported that. But while Labour wanted to pay off the debt at a rate the country could afford, the Lib Dems and Tories have pushed through plans to cut services hard and deep - creating the risk of another recession and higher unemployment. It's like trying to pay off a mortgage in five years instead of over 25 - you wouldn't do it, and nor should the government'.

Suggestions for the Cycle Hire docking stations


Lambeth Council has received a large number of suggestions for new docking station sites. Dawn Rahman has kindly provided us with all of the suggestions and the outcomes, below.

To clarify, as requests went out to residents Dawn was already making site visits based on areas where she was aware that there were gaps in the current area and also where usage figures from Transport for London were extremely high. It has been good to see that in many cases residents were suggesting the same areas, or streets in close proximity. This helped to confirm that the Council was looking in the right area.

Before coming up with proposed sites Dawn was also bound by the following criteria:
1) Sites must be within the existing zone. Initially TfL had said they could consider small deviations from the zone, however this was later retracted due to various reasons which meant only the existing zone could be considered.
2) Any new site must be able to accommodate at least 20 docking points. This equates to a footprint of approximately 18m by 2m.
3) Extensions to existing sites must be able to accommodate at least 15 docking points.
4) The location of docking stations must not impede pedestrian flow
5) Lambeth's tree officer must be consulted about possible tree roots in close proximity to proposed stations, as these can cause problems at construction phase

A number of sites have now been passed to TfL for consideration. There are also a number of other sites from Phase A that are still being progressed. If all of these sites can get approval this will really help with current demand issues. All sites must gain planning and traffic regulation approval and only once this has happened can construction occur. There is also the possibility that sites could fall away at the construction stage due to unforseen circumstances such as tree roots, statutory services such as gas and electricity. However, the Council tries where possible to choose locations that aren't too close to trees or stat covers. Dawn appreciates that some residents will be disappointed that she have not put forward sites that they have requested. However unfortunately TfL have had to set limits on the number of sites put forward (due to funding limitiations). So Dawn has tried her hardest to take into considerations existing gaps in the network, current usage and ultimately locations that hopefully won't receive objections at the planning stage. Dawn is conscious there will still be some gaps in the network even if all of the proposed sites go through but hopefully there may be scope for further intensification if other boroughs can't fulfil their quota (i.e we can persuade TfL to let us have more sites in our areas using funding earmarked for another borough) It has been great to have so many positive response from the public, particularly as the timescales were very rushed due to TfL deadlines.





Inside existing zone

Cleaver Street/ Bowden Street - court footway - Awaiting planning approval
This site was looked at during phase a and has now gone forward for planning approval



Albert Embankment - Lambeth Bridge footway - Awaiting planning approval
This site previously aquired planning approval but there was a problem at the construction phase so some changes were made to location. This required going back to planning.

Oval tube area - carriageway (loss of 6 parking bays) -Due to go to planning soon
This site was looked at as part of Phase a and is currently being drawn up by TfL and will be submitted to planning shortly. However due to the size of this station (45 docking points) part of this will contribute to our phase b docking points requirements

Kennington Lane (underpass at Vauxhall Station) - footway - Due to go to planning soon
Due to current demand TfL have requested that this site be extended

Baylis Road (outside Lambeth North tube) - footway - Due to go to planning soon
Due to current demand TfL have requested that this site be extended

Vauxhall Walk - carriageway (loss of 3 parking bays) -Being put forward to TfL to consider
A number of requests were made for stations around this area, space at the end of Vauxhall Walk seemed the most appropriate location in terms of closeness to Spring Gardens, City Farm and also low parking stress

Lambeth Road (opposite China Walk estate) - footway - Being put forward to TfL to consider
Previous communications from residents show there is a demand for cycling facilities from China Walk estate residents. Ample footway space adjacent to Astbury House appears to be a good location

Kennington tube - footway - Being put forward to TfL to consider
A number of requests were made for a station around Kennington tube, Kennings Way, Cottingham Street. Space outside the row of shops under Penryn House opposite Kennington Tube appear to be an ideal space

Kennington Cross/Sancroft St - carriageway (loss of 3 parking bays) -Being put forward to TfL to consider
A number of requests for extensions to this site were received due to the high demand for bikes at this station. Parking stress is low in this area so could potentially accommodate the loss of 3 parking bays




Inside existing zone but not being progressed

Cleaver Square - Kennington Road entrance - Not being progressed
No sufficient space without removal of motor cycle parking. Close to Bowden Street
Oval -triangle between tube and Kennington Park - Not being progressed
This site got planning approval previously but was abandoned at construction phase due to problems when digging up the ground. Close to new Oval site
Lambeth Walk - Not being progressed - This site has not been progressed at the moment due to closeness of Lollard Street and Walnut Tree Walk location and also proposals for new site on Lambeth Road
Kennington Park Post Office extension - Not being progressed - No sufficient space to extend this without impeding pedestrians

Lambeth High Street - Not being progressed - This site has not been progressed at the moment due to closeness of proposed site on Albert Embankment nr Lambeth Bridge and Vauxhall Walk, and also closeness to existing site on Lambeth Road

Kennington Road (Shurguard Self Storage) - Not being progressed
No sufficient space to put one in here without impeding pedestrians

Vauxhall Station - Not being progressed
Another site close to Vauxhall station is already being extended

Reedworth Street/Kennington Road - Not being progressed
Suggestions for a docking station on the triangle of grass here. Unfortunately there is insufficient space to locate a 20 bike docking station in this area

Brook Drive -Not being progressed
No sufficient space to put on here on the Lambeth owned portion of the road. Have passed to TfL for Southwark to consider thei part of the road
Cottington Street - Not being progressed
No sufficient space without impeding pedestrians

Kennings Way - Not being progressed
See the site next to shops under Penryn House, this seemed to be a better site to progress as would not require removal of car parking and could help increase visitors to local shops

Kennington Park - Not being progressed
TfL have asked to try and keep stations out of parks due to closures at night etc which means access is not 24/7

The Cut - Not being progressed
We have previously tried to progress this but too many objections from local businesses and residents

Black Prince Road/Salamanca Place - Not being progressed
Doesn’t appear to be enough space plus proposed stations on Albert Embankment nr Lambeth Bridge will hopefully help fill this gap in network

Newport Street - Not being progressed
This site has not been progressed due to close proximity of site in Lollard Street,

Kennington Tesco - Not being progressed
This site has not been progressed due to this being an exisiting site and also good coverage close by in Vauxhall Street and Oval Way.

Kempsford Road/Wincott Street - Not being progressed
This site has not been progressed as although there is low parking stress on this section we need at least 3 parking bays in a row to facilitiate a 20 bike docking station. Currently there are only 2 and a half

Wincott Street/Kennington Road - Not being progressed
Suggestions to put docking station close to row of shops. Unfortunately this can't be progressed for the following reasons a) in front of the shops - this was looked at before but issues with tree roots meant we couldnt construct. b) alongside shops - insufficient width if put in would cause pedestrian obstruction

Stannary Street - Not being progressed
This site has not been progressed due to plans for stations near Kennington Tube and Cleaver Square which we hope will help improve current gaps in the network

Kennington Road (Texaco Garage) - Not being progressed
This site has not been progressed due to insufficent space without impeding pedestrian flow.





Outside of zone

South Lambeth Road / Miles Street / Fentiman Road crossroad
Not being progressed

South Lambeth Road - Goding Street
Not being progressed

Wilcox Close
Not being progressed

South Lambeth road - cl Estrela Bar
Not being progressed

Wandsworth Road, Sainsburys
Not being progressed

Brixton Station
Not being progressed

Battersea Park
Not being progressed

Kings College Hospital, Camberwell
Not being progressed

Clapham Common
Not being progressed

Brixton job centre
Not being progressed

Vauxhall Grove
Not being progressed

Claylands Road
Not being progressed

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Planning application for cycle hire docking station outside Broadgates Court


Pavement Outside 1-15 Broadgates Court London
10/03858/RG4

Installation on pedestrian footway of cycle hire docking station for the Transport for London Cycle Hire Scheme comprising a maximum of 17 docking points for scheme bicycles plus a terminal to secure and release bicycles and to provide registration and payment facilities and wayfinding mapping.

To see the proposal and comment visit Lambeth's Planning Database

Friday, 12 November 2010

Councillors survey Sullivan Road, Monkton & Oakden Streets this Saturday


Tomorrow local Prince's ward councillors will be surveying residents of Sullivan Road, Monkton Street and Oakden Street.

The survey has been delivered this morning, and councillors will be knocking on doors between 11am and 1pm tomorrow to collect the responses, and chat about any issues with residents.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Belated KOV Forum update



The SE11 Lurker has been doing an excellent job writing very detailed updates from last week's KOV Forum, but we thought we had better summarise the main issues from what what was a packed meeting.

Network Rail explained their plans to renovate Vauxhall Railway Station, making it more accessible to people with disabilities and hinting at a possible supermarket in one of the arches.

Brian Dickens from the Sports Action Zone updated the meeting on the activities happening on the Old Lilian Baylis site, and the fact that SAZ have the prospect of accessing around £2M from Communitybuilders funding. The Council's cabinet will be considering a proposal to split the site, handing over ownership of the sports facilities to a trust which will be able to bid for these grants. The split would leave the listed school buildings in the Council's hands.

An officer from Lambeth Council spoke about the Cooperative Council programme. The Cooperative Council Commission is finishing its evidence gathering and will be writing its report about how cooperative principles migth be applied in practice to Lambeth Council. It will report in the New Year, 12 pilot schemes will begin in February, and the Council will formally respond in May.

There was an introduction to the idea of setting up a Business Improvement District for Vauxhall. Currently businesses in Vauxhall are being consulted on the proposal, which would see every business in the area paying a levy to fund additional works and services to make the area better for business. BIDs currently operate in Waterloo and Bankside, as well as many other places across the country.

Finally Councillor Mark Harrison updated the meeting on the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area. The area from Lambeth Bridge to Battersea Power Station has been designated an opportunity area for major development by the Mayor of London. 16000 homes and 25000 new jobs are earmarked for the area. The latest news is that a Strategy Board has been set up to coordinate the project, consisting of the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, Wandsworth Council, Lambeth Council and major Nine Elms landowners. A detailed study into the infrastructure needed by the development, and the amount of money that can be raised from developers, has concluded that the scheme is viable, including the proposal to extend the Northern line to Battersea. Mark asked the meeting how local community groups would want to engage with the new Strategy Board over the coming years.

Pictured: Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre, where the meeting took place.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Fireworks!


Lambeth Council is continuing its tradition of providing a free firework display on Clapham Common on Guy Fawkes' Night.
Bring all the family along to Clapham Common on Friday 5 November - the fun starts at 7.30pm.
Because of the difficult financial situation the Council has scaled back its firework displays and the usual displays in Brockwell Park and Streatham Common will not be taking place. This means Clapham is likely to be even busier than usual, so please arrive early. There is no parking at the event so please use public transport, cycle or walk.
Please do not bring your dogs to the displays as loud noise levels and the presence of lots of people may prove too stressful for them. For more information on looking after your pets around fireworks see Lambeth's page on keeping your pets safe during fireworks.
Also please remember not to bring your own sparklers or fireworks to the Common during the event as they will be confiscated on safety grounds.

Friday, 29 October 2010

More Cycle Hire dockings needed


Over 60,000 people have registered and over a million journeys have been undertaken on the London cycle hire bikes - with an average of 15,000 journeys a day. Lambeth has the honour of boasting the most used docking station at Concert Hall Approach in Waterloo. Reports from TfL suggest that theft has not been an issue with only 3 bikes stolen to date, and concerns over anti social behaviour around docking stations has not been reported.

Due to the popularity of the scheme TfL are looking to intensify sites within the existing zone. Therefore officers at Lambeth have been tasked with identifying a further 100 docking points (that's spaces for bikes not 100 stations) by late November this year. These can be extensions to existing sites or completely new sites. The scheme works best when stations are approximately 300 m from other docking stations, as if stations are full/empty users don’t have too far to walk to the next station.

If you have any suggestions for new or extensions to existing sites please get in touch with Dawn Haines at Lambeth Council. Please note that before any sites can be implemented they have to go through both planning and traffic regulation processes. This means that formal consultation is carried out with those living in close proximity to sites.
Pictured: Labour activists in Stockwell are campaigning for the scheme to be extended southwards, but TfL want to intensify the number of bikes in the existing zone.

Licensing application for ABY Convenience Store, 297 Kennington Road

A New application for a Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of the below-mentioned premises was received by the licensing authority on 26th October 2010

Premises Address: ABY Convenience Store - 297 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4QE

Activities/times requested:

Supply of Alcohol (for consumption off the premises)
Sunday - Wednesday 07:00 - 00:00
Thursday - Saturday 07:00 - 02:00

Prior to determining this application, the licensing authority may accept written representations from Responsible Authorities and Interested Parties on the likely effect of the grant of this application in relation to the licensing objectives, which are:

· Preventing crime and disorder;
· Public safety;
· Preventing public nuisance; and
· Protecting children from harm.

Representations will be disregarded if they are deemed to be vexatious, frivolous, or irrelevant, or if they are received later than the 23rd November 2010

See the full application here

Find out more about the licensing process by reading our guide to licensing

Monday, 25 October 2010

Licensing application for Arch 145 Newport Street

A New application for a Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of the below-mentioned premises was received by the licensing authority on 21st October 2010

Applicants Name: CPNK Ltd

Premises Address: Starr Productions - Arches 145 Newport Street London SE11 6AQ

Activities/times requested:

Films
Friday & Saturday 18:00 - 06:00
Sunday - Thursday 18:00 - 04:00

New Year's Eve from the terminal hours to the start of licensable activities on New Years Day.

Live Music
Friday & Saturday 18:00 - 06:00
Sunday - Thursday 18:00 - 04:00

New Year's Eve from the terminal hours to the start of licensable activities on New Years Day.

Recorded Music
Friday & Saturday 18:00 - 06:00
Sunday - Thursday 18:00 - 04:00

New Year's Eve from the terminal hours to the start of licensable activities on New Years Day.

Performances of Dance
Friday & Saturday 18:00 - 06:00
Sunday - Thursday 18:00 - 04:00

Entertainment Similar to Music/Dance
Friday & Saturday 18:00 - 06:00
Sunday - Thursday 18:00 - 04:00

New Year's Eve from the terminal hours to the start of licensable activities on New Years Day.

Provision of Facilities for Dancing
Friday & Saturday 18:00 - 06:00
Sunday - Thursday 18:00 - 04:00

New Year's Eve from the terminal hours to the start of licensable activities on New Years Day.

Provision of Facilities for Similar Entertainment
Friday & Saturday 18:00 - 06:00
Sunday - Thursday 18:00 - 04:00

Late Night Refreshment
Friday & Saturday 18:00 - 06:00
Sunday - Thursday 18:00 - 04:00

New Year's Eve from the terminal hours to the start of licensable activities on New Years Day.

Supply of Alcohol
Friday & Saturday 18:00 - 06:00
Sunday - Thursday 18:00 - 04:00

New Year's Eve from the terminal hours to the start of licensable activities on New Years Day.

Prior to determining this application, the licensing authority may accept written representations from Responsible Authorities and Interested Parties on the likely effect of the grant of this application in relation to the licensing objectives, which are:

· Preventing crime and disorder;
· Public safety;
· Preventing public nuisance; and
· Protecting children from harm.

Representations will be disregarded if they are deemed to be vexatious, frivolous, or irrelevant, or if they are received later than the 18th November 2010

See the full application here

Find out more about the licensing process by reading our guide to licensing

Councillors have written to residents living close by to ensure they are aware of the application and offering advice on the licensing process.

Licensing application for Tesco, 38-40 Kennington Park Road

A New application for a Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of the below-mentioned premises was received by the licensing authority on 21st October 2010

Premises Address:
Tesco Stores Limited - 38-40 Kennington Park Road London SE11 4RS

Activities/times requested:

Supply of Alcohol
Monday - Saturday 06:00 - 23:00

Prior to determining this application, the licensing authority may accept written representations from Responsible Authorities and Interested Parties on the likely effect of the grant of this application in relation to the licensing objectives, which are:

· Preventing crime and disorder;
· Public safety;
· Preventing public nuisance; and
· Protecting children from harm.

Representations will be disregarded if they are deemed to be vexatious, frivolous, or irrelevant, or if they are received later than the 18th November 2010.

See the full application here

Find out more about the licensing process by reading our guide to licensing

Friday, 22 October 2010

Brook Drive parking survey tomorrow


Labour's SE11 Action Team will be out on Brook Drive tomorrow, carrying out a survey on parking.

Some residents have complained that it is difficult to park at weekends, because of the Imperial War Museum's visitors taking advantage of the unregulated parking.

We're aiming to find out whether other residents share these concerns, and how many residents are affected. If there is a clear problem we will lobby Lambeth Parking to alter the Controlled Parking Zone.

We'll be knocking on doors tomorrow afternoon, and delivering the questionnaire if residents are out. Simply return the questionnaire to have your say.

Renovated Ethelred Towers unveiled


Most residents of Kennington will have noticed that a local landmark is beginning to reveal the end results of its facelift.

Brittany Point is the first of the three Ethelred Towers to have its scaffolding removed after a refurbishment lasting more than a year.

Millions of pounds has been spent transforming the three towers, with new windows, cladding, bathrooms and kitchens. The towers are now radically more energy efficient and should raise the quality of life for residents.

And most SE11 residents will also agree that the new bright and clean cladding is a dramatic improvement to the tired brown concrete which went before!

See the plans for Lambeth High Street Recreation Ground

On Wednesday the plans for Lambeth High Street Recreation Ground were exhibited.

Visit the Friends' website to see them.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Thames Tunnel consultation event at Albert Embankment


At the request of local councillor Mark Harrison, Thames Water have organised an additional public consultation event for their plans for the Thames Tunnel and its proposed construction site on the Albert Embankment foreshore.

The Thames Tunnel consultation exhibition will be held on Saturday 6 November (10am - 4pm) at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, 18 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TJ(pictured).

The venue is close to two combined sewer overflows, adjacent to Vauxhall Bridge, which the Thames Tunnel needs to intercept.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to ask the project team about any proposed site or any of the tunnel route options.
Councillors will be writing to residents of 93 Albert Embankment to ensure they are aware of the event.

The 'Thames Tunnel' is a massive infrastructure project which will divert sewage from the River Thames.
Currently London's Victorian sewers carry untreated sewage directly into the river whenever there is heavy rain. The proposed Tunnel will run underneath the river, intercepting the sewer overflows and carrying sewage directly to the sewage treatment works in east London.

Building the Tunnel will be massively costly and challenging, and will require many large construction sites along the route of the river.

Unfortunately two 'Combined Sewer Overflows' reach the river at Vauxhall. A construction site will be needed to connect the sewers with the Tunnel.

Thames Water have decided their preferred site is here, on the riverside of Tintagel House and 89 Albert Embankment. (Their non-preferred sites are the riverside of MI6, the riverside of St George Wharf, and a site at Claylands Road in Oval.)

The whole site would need to be used for construction for three years. Thames Water are likely to require some permanent aboveground structures on the site after the construction work has finished. In order to accommodate these structures, they propose to extend the existing river wall to create a new area of hard-standing.

You can download a pdf explaning the proposals for Vauxhall in more detail here


Information on all the construction sites and the consultation process is available at http://www.thamestunnelconsultation.co.uk/

Young people's volunteering event at City Hall



Monday, 18 October 2010

Kennington Park bombing memorial

Saturday was the 70th anniversary of one of the worst single incidents in the Blitz, when over 100 people sheltering in the Kennington Park air raid shelter were killed when a bomb hit. There was a moving and well-attended ceremony in the park in which four rose bushes were planted close to the memorial stone.
The Last Post is played

Chair of the Friends of the Park Gordon Johnson, Mayor of Lambeth Cllr Raj Patil, and local resident Jean McCarthy

Cllr Rachel Heywood, Cllr Raj Patil, Cllr Mark Harrison, Cllr Jane Edbrooke, and Cllr Florence Nosegbe

A representative of the families affected by the bombing plants a rosebush

The Mayor Lambeth, Cllr Raj Patil makes a speech by the memorial





Friday, 15 October 2010

Plans for Lambeth Rec exhibited next week


The newly-formed Friends of Lambeth High Street Recreation Ground have been working hard during the year consulting park users and working with the Council's architect on the plans for a major refurbishment of the park.

The architect's proposals are now ready to be exhibited next Wednesday, 20 October 2010 at 125 Lambeth Walk from 8am until 8pm. 125 Lambeth Walk is the headquarters of the Whitgift Estate Residents' Association, next door to the SureStart office, facing onto the 'market square' off Lambeth Walk.

All are welcome to come and look at the plans and put forward their views.

The Friends would be keen to encourage people with an interest in the group to join as members (it's currently free!) and will be consulting residents on their plans to change the name of the park to 'Old Paradise Gardens'.

You can find out more about the Friends and their activities on their website.

Nominate a Lambeth staff member who has made a difference


Do you know of a Lambeth Council employee who has made a difference to you by living the Lambeth Promise and going beyond your expectations?

Perhaps it's your local rubbish collector, street cleaner, park ranger, teacher, social worker or librarian.

We want you to tell us which employee you think lives the Lambeth Promise so that they can be recognised and applauded for the great work they do.

You can nominate them for a making a difference award by filling in the Council's online nomination form.

If your nominee is shortlisted you and they will be invited to a lunch-time awards ceremony in early 2011.

All nominations must be received by January 2011.

Val Shawcross' annual report


Lambeth & Southwark is represented on the London Assembly by Val Shawcross.

Val has just released her annual report to constituents, which you can download here.

Visit Val's website for information and news relating to the work of the London Assembly and the Mayor - especially transport and policing issues.

Pictured: Val with Councillor Mark Harrison at the Sports Action Zone, Old Lilian Baylis School.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Licensing


Lambeth Council is responsible for licensing all premises within the borough that sell or supply alcohol, provide regulated entertainment, or sell hot food or drinks between 11pm-5am (late night refreshment). The licences that these premises must hold are known as Premises Licence (or, for members clubs only, Club Premises Certificates).

Local residents and businesses (also known as 'interested parties') have been given powers under the licensing legislation, allowing them to make representations and request reviews of Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates. The Council will also investigate complaints relating to licensed and unlicensed premises.

For the purposes of this legislation, the following qualify as interested parties:
-an individual living in the vicinity of the premises
-an individual involved in a business in the vicinity of the premises
-a body representing persons in either of the above categories
-a ward councillor > this means Lorna Campbell, Mark Harrison or Steve Morgan can represent you at the committee if you would like

If you want to object to a licensing application your objection must relate to one of the following licensing objectives:
-Preventing crime and disorder
-Public safety
-Preventing public nuisance
-Protecting children from harm
Your objection must relate to at least one of these objectives or it cannot be considered.

When premises first apply for a licence (or if they subsequently apply to vary their licence, or if the licence is reviewed), local residents and businesses may comment by making representations, supporting or opposing the application.

Applicants for Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates are legally required to advertise their application in two ways: They will display a statutory notice at or near the premises, which is visible from the outside. This notice will be printed on blue A4 paper, and will give details about the applicant, the activities applied for and the deadline for representations. The notice must remain in place for a period of 28 days. They will also advertise in the public notices section of a local newspaper, giving the same details as outlined above. This advert must appear within 10 working days of the application being made.

Details of current applications will also be displayed on the Lambeth website, and significant applications in Prince's ward will be highlighted on this website.

Interested parties may make representations in respect of an application, in writing, by the date listed on the statutory notice (which will usually be 28 days after the application was made). Late representations, or representations which are vexatious, frivolous or irrelevant, will be disregarded. Representations can be submitted in the following ways:
By email - licensing@lambeth.gov.uk
By letter - Licensing, 5th floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SP

You must give your name and full address in your representation. Lambeth Council are not able to consider anonymous representations. It should also be noted that applicants will have access to any representations that are made in respect of their application, to allow them the opportunity to respond to the points raised. Applications which attract valid representations will be referred to a hearing of the Licensing Sub-Committee. The applicant and anyone who has made a valid representation will be invited to attend the hearing and present their case. The Sub-Committee will then decide whether or not to grant the application, and whether to add conditions to any licence granted.

If there are no objections then the licence will be granted automatically.

Your ward councillors can advise you about making an objection and can make representation on your behalf.





Complaints about licensed premises

Lambeth Council will investigate allegations of unauthorised licensable activities within premises in the Lambeth area. This may include premises that are not authorised to provide any licensable activities, or premises that are operating in breach of their licences or certificates.
Complaints may be made:
By email - licensing@lambeth.gov.uk
By letter - Licensing, 2 Herne Hill Road, London, SE24 0AU
In person - between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, at the above address
By telephone - 020 7926 6108
By fax - 020 7926 6130

There are some matters which the Council are not able to investigate:
Issues relating to crime and anti-social behaviour should be reported to the Metropolitan Police, or to your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team.
Issues relating to planning consents should be reported to the Planning Service. Licensing and Planning operate as separate regulatory regimes, and businesses carrying on licensable activities will require both a licence and appropriate planning consent before they are legally entitled to operate.
While the Licensing Act 2003 does include public safety and public nuisance within its remit, it is not the primary legislation in respect of these issues. In the first instance, issues should be reported to either the London Fire Brigade, or our Health & Safety, Food Safety or Noise/Pollution sections, as appropriate.
Any issues relating to fire safety are now controlled under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, for which the London Fire Brigade are the enforcing body.

Reviews
While the regulatory bodies will use their powers to ensure that licensed premises operate in accordance with the provisions of the law and with any conditions attached to their licence(s), there may be occasions when concerns exist over the operation of a premises which cannot be resolved either through mediation or enforcement. In those situations, a responsible authority or an interested party may request that a licence is reviewed.
The grounds upon which a review is requested should relate to one or more of the licensing objectives, set out above. Anybody requesting a review will be expected to produce evidence to demonstrate the extent of the problem that forms the grounds for review. It is also worth noting that the review process is intended to be used as a last resort, and that attempts to resolve the problem should have been made through other avenues (e.g. informal approaches and intervention by other Council services such as the Council's Noise Control Service) before a request for a review is submitted.
Reviews can be requested by completing a prescribed review application form, giving details of the person(s) requesting the review, and the grounds upon which the review is requested. It will also be necessary to give notice of the review to the licence-holder, and to the responsible authorities, by sending them a copy of the completed application form.
If a request for a review is accepted, the licensing authority will advertise the review in the area around the premises to enable other interested parties to make representations. A period of 28 consecutive days will be allowed for this, with representations made in the same way as outlined above.
Applications for review will be determined at a hearing of the Licensing Sub-Committee. The person who requested the review, the licence-holder, and anyone else who has made a valid representation will be invited to attend the hearing and present their case. The Sub-Committee will then decide whether or not to amend the licence, or, as the case may be, suspend or revoke it. All parties will have a right of appeal against any decision made.

Temporary road closures- Newport Street and Vauxhall Walk


LONDON BOROUGH OF LAMBETH

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES NEWPORT STREET AND VAUXHALL WALK

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, to enable traffic calming works to be carried out the Council of the London Borough of Lambeth, intend to make an order the effect of which would be at certain times to ban vehicles from entering that length of :-

(a) Newport Street which lies between Black Prince Road and a point 40 metres north-
east of Black Prince Road (an alternative route for vehicles would be available via
Black Prince Road, Lambeth High Street and Whitgift Street);
(b) Vauxhall Walk:
(i) between Black Prince Road and the north-eastern kerb-line of Jonathan
Street; and at certain other times
(ii) between the south-western kerb-line of Jonathan Street and Glasshouse Walk,
an alternative route for vehicles would be available via Black Prince Road, Tyers
Street, Jonathan Street and Vauxhall Walk.

2. Whenever the bans referred to in paragraph 1(b) (i) or (ii) above applies, (a) the one-way working in Vauxhall Walk would be suspended; and (b) the one-way working in Tyers Street between Black Prince Road and Jonathan Street would be suspended.

3. The bans and suspensions would only apply at such times and to such extent as shall be indicated by the placing of the appropriate traffic signs.

4. The order would come into force on 2nd November 2010 and would continue for a maximum duration of 2 months or until the works have been completed whichever is the earlier.

Dated 15th October 2010

Martin Sachs
Head of Transport & Highways

Further cycling improvements in Vauxhall Gardens


LONDON BOROUGH OF LAMBETH

CHANGES TO ONE-WAY SYSTEMS VARIOUS ROADS

(Note: This notice is about exempting pedal cyclists from the one-way systems in Aveline Street, Brangton Road, Frazier Street, Glasshouse Walk, Juxon Street, Newburn Street, Orsett Street and Wynyard Terrace.)

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Council of the London Borough of Lambeth on the 6th October 2010 made the Lambeth (Prescribed Routes) (No. 2) Traffic Order 2010, under sections 6 and 124 of and Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The Order will come into force on 16th October 2010.

2. The general nature and effect of the Order will be to exempt pedal cycles from the existing one-way systems in Aveline Street, Brangton Road, Frazier Street, Glasshouse Walk, Juxon Street, Newburn Street, Orsett Street and Wynyard Terrace and allow them to proceed contra flow to the one-ways. This will be achieved by banning motor vehicles from proceeding in those roads in a certain direction (instead of the existing ban on all vehicles) and providing advisory cycle lanes at certain points on those roads.

3. The Order is to facilitate cyclists by allowing them to proceed contra to the one-way systems and so avoid the need to take lengthier and hazardous alternative routes.

4. If you have any enquiries, please telephone Lambeth Council's Transport and Highways Group on 0207 926 1240.

5. Documents giving more detailed particulars of the Order are available for inspection between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm (except bank holidays) on Mondays to Fridays until the last day of a period of six weeks beginning with the date on which the Order is made at the offices of Lambeth Council’s Transport and Highways Group, 3rd Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London SW9 9SP. Please telephone 020 7926 9000 and select the Transport and Highways option to arrange a viewing.

6. If any person wishes to question the validity of the Order or any of its provisions on the grounds that it or they are not within the powers conferred by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, or that any requirement of that Act or of any instrument made under that Act has not been complied with, that person may, within 6 weeks from the date on which the Order is made, apply for the purpose to the High Court.

Dated 15th October 2010

Martin Sachs
Head of Transport and Highways


LONDON BOROUGH OF LAMBETH

PROPOSED CHANGES TO ONE-WAY SYSTEM IN PART OF VAUXHALL WALK

(Note: This notice is about a proposal to exempt pedal cyclists from the one-way system in Vauxhall Walk between Black Prince Road and Glasshouse Walk. Objections or other representations 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 (Prescribed Routes) (No. -) Traffic Order 2010, under sections 6 and 124 of and Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

2. The general nature and effect of the Order would be to exempt pedal cycles from the existing one-way system in that length of Vauxhall Walk which lies between Black Prince Road and Glasshouse Walk and allow them to proceed contra flow to the one-way. This would be achieved by banning motor vehicles from proceeding in that length of Vauxhall Walk in a certain direction (instead of the existing ban on all vehicles) and providing an advisory cycle lane at certain points on that road.

3. The proposed Order is to facilitate cyclists by allowing them to proceed contra to the one-way system and so avoid the need to take lengthier and hazardous alternative routes.

4. If you have any enquiries, please telephone Lambeth Council's Transport Strategy Group on 0207 926 1240.

5. Documents giving more detailed particulars of the proposed Order are available for inspection between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm on Mondays to Fridays inclusive (except on Bank Holidays), until the last day of a period of six weeks beginning with the date on which the Order is made or, as the case may be, the Council decides not to make the Order, at: the offices of Lambeth Borough Council's Transport and Highways Group, 3rd Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SP. To arrange a viewing please contact 020 7926 9000 and select the Transport and Highways option.

6. All objections and other representations relating to the proposed Order must be made in writing and all objections must specify the grounds on which they are made and should be sent to Barbara Poulter, Transport and Highways Group, London Borough of Lambeth, 3rd Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SP, by 5th November 2010.

Dated 15th October 2010

Martin Sachs
Head of Transport and Highways


LONDON BOROUGH OF LAMBETH

CHANGES TO EXISTING PARKING PLACES IN OVAL WAY AND VAUXHALL STREET AS PART OF THE LONDON CYCLE HIRE SCHEME

(Note: This notice is about the conversion of certain existing parking places in Oval Way and Vauxhall Street to London Cycle Hire docking station parking places.)

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Lambeth Borough Council in conjunction with Transport for London on 6th October 2010 made the London Borough of Lambeth (London Cycle Hire Scheme) (Parking Places) (No. 2) Order 2010, the Lambeth (Kennington) (Parking Places) (No. 4) Order 2010 and the Lambeth (Free Parking Places) (Limited Time) (Revocation Order) (No. 1) Order 2010, under sections 6, 45, 46, 49 and 124 and Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The Orders will come into force on 18th October 2010.

2. The general effect of the Orders will be to:-
(a) reduce the length of certain existing on street parking places in Vauxhall Street; and
(b) revoke an existing free limited time parking place in Oval Way,
so as to provide new cycle docking station parking places for the London Cycle Hire Scheme.

3. The Orders are necessary to provide additional cycle hire docking station parking places.

4. If you have any enquiries about this matter, please contact the Council’s Transport Strategy Team on 020 7926 9003.

5. Documents giving more detailed particulars of the Orders are available for inspection between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm (except bank holidays) on Mondays to Fridays until the last day of a period of six weeks beginning with the date on which the Orders are made at the offices of Lambeth Council’s Transport and Highways Group, 3rd Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London SW9 9SP. Please telephone 020 7926 9000 and select the Transport and Highways option to arrange a viewing.

6. If any person wishes to question the validity of the Orders or any of their provisions on the grounds that it or they are not within the powers conferred by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, or that any requirement of that Act or of any instrument made under that Act has not been complied with, that person may, within 6 weeks from the date on which the Orders are made, apply for the purpose to the High Court.

Dated 15th October 2010

Martin Sachs
Head of Transport and Highways
Pictured: Glasshouse Walk

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Proposed one-way street between 9-20 Albert Embankment


Lambeth Council is proposing to introduce one way working on the service road that allows access to No. 9-20 Albert Embankment, and an associated speed reduction measure at its junction with Salamanca Street. These proposals are part of the wider package of public realm improvements introduced at White Hart Dock and in Black Prince Road and Salamanca Street/Place.

The service road is no longer considered suitable for two-way working and often gets congested when larger vehicles meet each other. It is therefore proposed to introduce one- way working along the length of the service road with access for motor vehicles being from Black Prince Road. The one-way working would not apply to cycles and there will be no changes to any other roads in the area.

Lambeth Council are also proposing to introduce a raised table at the service road’s junction with Salamanca Street.

All residents and businesses in the are should receive a consultation letter and questionnaire. If you would like your councillor to email you a copy just email mharrison@lambeth.gov.uk

Friday, 1 October 2010

Safer Neighbourhoods Update


Yesterday the Prince's Safer Neighbourhoods Panel met.
News included:
- A suspected prolific drug dealer in the area has been evicted after a police investigation assisted by the community
-There has been a major spike in burglaries in Prince's ward but this was down to one individual operating in one block of flats who has now been arrested
-There has been an increase in theft from motor vehicles
-The operators of the CCTV cameras on the Ethelred Estate have received a commendation from the Borough Commander for their work in assisting the police
-There have fewer incidents related to status dogs and dangerous dogs than this time last year
-PC Steve Lockyer has been promoted and is moving on from Prince's ward. PC Colin Buchan will also be moving on fairly soon. We will have two replacement PCs.
-Our ward priorities are now drugs, rough sleepers and antisocial street drinkers, theft from motor vehicles, and youth engagement.
Find out more about our Safer Neighbourhood Team here

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Vauxhall City Farm and the Cooperative Council


This morning Leader of Lambeth Council Steve Reed paid a visit to Vauxhall City Farm to discuss issues affecting charities and voluntary groups, as part of the consultation process on the 'Cooperative Council'.
Along with local councillor Mark Harrison Steve met Farm director Linda Craig and chair Faith Boardman. The councillors learnt a lot about the good work the Farm does, some of the issues it is facing in the future, and how some of ideas in the Cooperative Council white paper might work in practice.
Pictured: Faith Boardman, Mark Harrison, Linda Craig and Steve Reed, next to the chicken coop (co-op?!)

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Screen Lambeth - Archives Open Day



Screen Lambeth: the hidden worlds of film and home movies

Date: Saturday 25 September 2010
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: Lambeth Archives, Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Road, London SE5 9QY
Cost: Free
Map of Minet Library

Lambeth Archives open day is an annual opportunity to get to know one of the less-well known but arguably one of the most fascinating of Lambeth Council's services. The council's archives at the Minet Library close to Myatt's Fields hold the historical records of the council and of local organisations and businesses, over 50,000 photographs, several thousand old maps, the local newspapers aback to the 1840s and much, much more, all providing a remarkable window into Lambeth's past.

Each year the archives open day takes a theme to allow it to present some of its riches. This years open day, 'Screen Lambeth', explores the local history of cinema going, film locations and home movies with a mixture of film screenings, illustrated talks, practical workshops and advice.
Hard on the heels of the BBC series, 'The Home Movie Roadshow' Lambeth Archives is assembling the experts to help owners of local home movies understand the importance of those old films tucked away in the attic.

David Cleveland, former director of the East Anglian Regional Film Archive, will be giving a talk in the morning on the value of home movies and how it is important to collect and preserve these as documents of life in the twentieth century. He will be illustrating his talk with extracts from some of the home movies from the 1950s that have been donated to Lambeth Archives.
If you have old movie footage that you are not sure what to do with, then bring it along to David's workshop in the afternoon when he will be offering advice on how to care for your old home movies.

There will be other film screenings and talks running through the day. For more details visit: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/LeisureCulture/LocalHistory/LambethArchivesOpenDay.htm

Freshview in Prince's - 22 October


Freshview is coming to Prince's and Oval wards on 22 October.
The scheme is run by the council in partnership with lots of different agencies including Community Payback, the Metropolitan Police, Safer Lambeth and Transport for London. Every month the council and all the agencies work together for an entire day to tackle specific problems and freshen up the area of a local ward.
Freshview aims to:
-Improve environmental quality
-Reduce anti-social behaviour
-Increase community engagement and partnership working.
Activities that can happen during Freshview include:
-Free bulky waste collections for residents in selected streets
-Issuing fines for littering and waste
-Removing flyposting and graffiti
-Community service by Youth Offending and Community Payback teams
-Confiscating illegal goods and firearms
-Removal of nuisance vehicles
-Inspections of commercial premises
-Improving street lighting
-Cutting back trees and hedges
-Deep cleansing of problem hotspots
-Information stall providing feedback for residents, and much more.
If you have suggestions for clean up tasks that need doing please get in touch with your councillors as soon as possible!

Free volunteering training from LVAC


Lambeth Voluntary Action Council’s Active Citizens Hub has an exciting range of courses designed to empower and motivate you to make a positive impact on your community. Our courses are free, and there is no limit to the amount of courses you can attend! All you have to do is fill out the booking form (email: Active.citizen@lambethvac.org.uk ) and return to the Active Citizens Hub to secure your place.

Community Advocates
(3 day course with graduation event and membership to the Community advocates network)
21, 22, 24 September 2010 and 16, 17, 19 November 2010
(9.30-4.30)

Community Advocates for young people
9, 10, 11 March 2011
(9.30-4.00)

Introduction to being a magistrate
5 October 2010 (9.30-1.00)

Introduction to being a school governor
7 October 2010 (9.30-1.00)

Introduction to being a trustee
20 October 2010
(9.30-1.00)

Good Governance
(2 day course)
9-10 November 2010
(9.30-4.30)

Volunteering with young people
8 February 2011 (9.30-1.00)

Introduction to Residents and Tenants Associations
15 February 2011 (9.30-1.00)

Health and social care for community representatives
17 March 2011 (9.30-4.00)

Active.citizen@lambethvac.org.uk or
020 7737 9467 to book now!!!

Open Day at the Cottington Community Garden



Residents of the Cottington Close Estate have been working hard over the past year to create a community garden on their estate.

Why not go along to their open day on Saturday 25 September, 11am-4pm?

There will be stalls and activities, and teh chance to get involved in what is a fantastic project.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Ward Purse 2010 launched


As you might have seen in this week's Lambeth Life, the 2010 'Ward Purse' scheme has been launched.

The scheme gives local ward councillors £12000 to distribute to community projects in their area.

Last year Councillors Steve Morgan, Lorna Campbell and Mark Harrison agreed to spend the money on:

-planting to improve 'Tolpaide Square' on the Ethelred Estate

-furniture for Vauxhall Gardens Estate RTA's Carmelita Community Centre

-equipment and plants for a community garden at Arden House

-works to improve Kennington Cross

In 2008 we gave given money to the Kennington Association's 'Tree of Hope' project (pictured).

We are now asking community groups and residents for ideas for this year's Ward Purse.

Projects need to be for capital items (eg improvements to buildings, not paying for staff), and be between £1000 and £12000 (ideally not more than £6000).

Please get in touch with us if you have a project idea as soon as possible - we will be aiming to make our decisions before November.

This weeked: Activate sports festival in Kennington Park


The Activate Festival is back again for 2010 and is even bigger and better than last year. This free festival is your opportunity to 'have a go' at over 25 Olympic and Paralympic sports including tennis, rowing, cycling, martial arts and athletics. (full list of sports below).

Other sporting activities will come in the shape of a climbing wall, a BMX track and a football kick out. With activities suitable for young and old, Activate is designed to get you up and active and having fun - whatever your age or ability.

Local sports clubs will also be on-hand across the whole weekend to offer training and advice. They will have information on how to get involved in all the sports on offer for those who want to continue doing their chosen sport after the Festival.

Activities will be divided into:

demonstrations, where experts in different sports put on exhibitions and show you how its done

have-a-go, your chance to give a new sport a try or brush up your skills if you've been away from it for a while

competitions (pre – registration required), Summer World Cup Finals (football), Disability Football Tournament and Skills sessions.

Full list of sports and activities
Tennis
Basketball
Netball
Disability Football
Football
Duathlon
BMX
Fencing
Rowing (indoor)
Climbing
Sailing (simulation)
Tag Rugby
Boccia
Volleyball
Athletics (sprinting)
Handball
Taekwondo
Kung FU
Tai Chi
Judo
And a number of other dancing to music disciplines

Healthy lifestyle
As well as all the sporting activity, if getting fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is your thing, special trainers from NHS Lambeth and Lambeth Community Health will be offering free health advice.

These qualified trainers can help with advice about controlling your weight, getting fitter, stopping smoking or having a healthier diet.

If you are aged 40 to 74 without a history of cardio-vascular disease, the Lambeth NHS Health Check outreach team can run checks to help identify potential risks of heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol at an early stage. This free service can help spot the early signs of problems. So even if you're feeling well, it’s worth having your NHS Health Check now.

Where and when
Venue: Kennington Park Road, SE11 4BE
Bus: 3, 36, 59, 133 155, 159, 185, 333 and 436
Location map for Kennington Park
Date: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September 2010
Time: 12 noon to 5pm
Cost: free

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Tideway Tunnel consultation begins - big potential impact on the Vauxhall riverside

Thames Water has begun a public consultation on the construction of the 'Tideway Tunnel', a massive infrastructure project which will divert sewage from the River Thames.

Currently London's Victorian sewers carry untreated sewage directly into the river whenever there is heavy rain. The proposed Tunnel will run underneath the river, intercepting the sewer overflows and carrying sewage directly to the sewage treatment works in east London.

Building the Tunnel will be massively costly and challenging, and will require many large construction sites along the route of the river.

Unfortunately two 'Combined Sewer Overflows' reach the river at Vauxhall. A construction site will be needed to connect the sewers with the Tunnel.

Thames Water have decided their preferred site is here, on the riverside of Tintagel House and 89 Albert Embankment. (Their non-preferred sites are the riverside of MI6, the riverside of St George Wharf, and a site at Claylands Road in Oval.)

The whole site would need to be used for construction for three years. Thames Water are likely to require some permanent aboveground structures on the site after the construction work has finished. In order to accommodate these structures, they propose to extend the existing river wall to create a new area of hard-standing.

You can download a pdf explaning the proposals for Vauxhall in more detail here

Local councillors have just learnt of the plans and will be contacting Thames Water to suggest a consultation event takes in Vauxhall, and to ask more questions about the temporary and permanent effects of the construction works.

Information on all the construction sites and the consultation process is available at www.thamestunnelconsultation.co.uk

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Don't forget this Saturday is:


Saturday, 12pm to 5pm, Vauxhall Spring Gardens
Your Labour councillors for Prince's and Oval wards will be running a Labour councillors' stall.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Improving the environment in SE11

Councillors are regularly asked to help residents chase the Council and other agencies to sort out local environmental issues. We thought we would round up some of the work we have done over the past few months on the map below:


View Summer 2010 in a larger map

We're happy to help with any environmental issue you might have. Alternatively, you can email Lambeth's Streetcare directly, but feel free to copy us in to keep us informed, and ask us to chase jobs up if they haven't been completed on time.

Ban on coach parking appears to be working





The Vauxhall Gardens Estate, 1pm, Saturday 28 August.

What is unusual about these photos? There is not a coach to be seen.

Residents who in the past have been plagued by lines of coaches parked bumper to bumper will be delighted that the ban on coach parking, introduced this May, appears to be working.

After a shaky start, when residents and councillors had to chase council officers several times about the enforcement of the ban, it now appears to have had an effect.

We can't afford to be complacent, and councillors will be keeping a close eye on the situation to ensure enforcement of the ban continues and the problem does not return.


Thursday, 26 August 2010

Consultation on refurbishing Elephant & Castle leisure centre

Southwark Council have launched a consultation on the future of the leisure centre at Elephant & Castle.

The centre is in need of refurbishment, and Southwark want to establish what facilities potential users of the centre would most value.

The centre is the closest leisure centre and swimming pool to most residents in Prince's ward.

Fill out the consultation here

Licensing variation - Hidden nighclub, Tinworth Street


A Variation application for a Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of the below-mentioned premises was received by the licensing authority on 24th August 2010

Applicants Name: SE11 Limited
Premises Address: Hidden - Arches 100 To 102 Tinworth Street London SE1 5EQ
Variation requested:

To vary the layout of the premises as follows; in accordance with the drawings attached to the application drawing No. 1003/01.

The addition of a new internal bar in the dance area

The addition of a small external bar area on the raised timber decking area to the font of the premises.


Prior to determining this application, the licensing authority may accept written representations from Responsible Authorities and Interested Parties on the likely effect of the grant of this application in relation to the licensing objectives, which are:

· Preventing crime and disorder;
· Public safety;
· Preventing public nuisance; and
· Protecting children from harm.

Representations will be disregarded if they are deemed to be vexatious, frivolous, or irrelevant, or if they are received later than the 21st September 2010.

If a valid representation (or more than one) is received and is not withdrawn, this application will be referred to a hearing of the Licensing Sub-Committee for determination. If no representations are received, the application will ordinarily be determined by the relevant Licensing Officer.

Applications for new Premises licences, and variations and reviews of existing ones, will be placed on the Councils website for inspection; the address at which these may be accessed is www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/Business/LicencesStreetTrading/AlcoholEntertainmentLateNightRefreshment/CurrentApplications.htm

Ward Councillors

The applicant is required to advertise their application, both at the premises, and in the ‘public notices’ section of a local newspaper. This is to alert persons living in the vicinity of the premises, or with business interests that may be affected by the application, to the application and allow them an opportunity to make representation.

Ward councillors can make representations in writing and/or at a hearing on behalf of a resident or local business if specifically requested to do so. Additionally, ward councillors are now able to make representations in their own right if they have concerns about any premises, regardless of whether they live or run a business in the vicinity of those premises. Councillors may also apply for a review of an existing licence if problems at that specific premises which justify intervention are brought to their attention.

If you require any further information on this application, or guidance on the process of making a representation, please contact licensing@lambeth.gov.uk

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Night buses from West End to improve


Transport for London have announced changes to buses which should greatly improve the service Kennington residents get at night from the West End.
The 159 is to become a 24 hour bus, running an extended route from Paddington to Streatham. It means we will have a direct bus link to Paddington for the first time.
A new night bus route (the N109) will be introduced to replace the N159, running from Oxford Circus to Croydon town centre, along the same route as the N159.
This means Kennington residents will have three routes to chose from to get back from the West End at night - the 3, the N109, and the 159.
The changes will take place on Saturday 28 August.
Full details are here

Fire Risk Assessments published in full by Lambeth Living

Last year's appalling fire at Lakanal House in Southwark was a horrible reminder that keeping residents safe from fire has to be the top priority for any landlord.

Since the fire Lambeth Living has embarked on a full fire inspection of every block of flats they manage, starting with the tallest structures.

Each inspection report and action plan is being published on Lambeth Living's website.

Reports for ten blocks in Prince's ward are available to download here.

Pictured: Coverley and Haymans Point have been inspected and the report is available to download.
Promoted by David Amos and Joanne Simpson of Prince's Branch Labour Party (Vauxhall Constituency and Lambeth Borough) all at 264A Rosendale Road, SE24 9DL