Over 70 representatives of local community groups from areas between Lambeth Bridge and Clapham Town gathered at the Lost Theatre on Wandsworth Road to discuss the major redevelopment of the Vauxhall- Nine Elms- Battersea area.
The Vauxhall Nine Elms and Battersea Opportunity Area stetches from Lambeth Bridge to Battersea Power Station, and has been earmarked by London's Mayor for major redevelopment - including 16000 new homes and 25000 new jobs. Major investment in infrastructure will be required to make the plan a reality. A Strategy Board for the project has recently been set up, consisting of the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, Lambeth Council, Wandsworth Council, and major Nine Elms landowners.
The focus of the meeting was how community groups would interract with the new Strategy Board. It was agreed that a Lambeth Community Forum should be set up, involving all local groups, with the opportunity for those with special interests in particular areas like transport and housing to work in more detailed sub-groups which will work closely with officers delivering the project.
If your community group has an interest in the redevelopment of the area and you would like to be involved in the Forum please get in touch with your councillor.
Pictured: an audience of 70 community activists and local councillors listen to Maureen Johnston (KOV Forum), Sue Foster (Executive Director at Lambeth Council), Cllr Sally Prentice (Cabinet Member responsible for Planning), and Zbig Blonski (Planner at Lambeth Council).