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.

Saturday 19 December 2009

Community coffee morning announced!

Following the success of 2009's Prince's ward coffee morning, the councillors are delighted to announce a coffee morning for January 2010.
Residents of Prince's ward are invited to a community coffee morning on Saturday 23 January, from 11am to 12:30pm, at St Anselm's Church Hall , Kennington Cross.
It will be a chance for residents to meet their neighbours and local councillors, and to discuss issues affecting the area. Kate Hoey MP will also be attending.
We hope to see many residents there!

Renew your Freedom Pass

All Freedom Pass users will need to renew their cards in the New Year.
Nes passes will feature a passport sized photograph on the card itself rather than on a separate photocard and will take up to 10 working days to arrive.
To renew your pass you will need to take a passport sized photograph and proof of your current address to your local Post Office. Your new pass will then be posted to you.

Saturday 12 December 2009

Textile and electrical recycling service launched

Lambeth Council has launched a textile and 'WEEE' (waste electrical and electronic equipment equipment) recycling service. Clothes, shoes and electricals can now be collected from the doorstep of kerbside properties, rather than residents having to make a trip to a local reuse and recycling centre. To use the service call 020 7926 9000.

Labour-led Lambeth's efforts to boost recycling compare favourably to neighbouring Lib Dem Southwark. Southwark only recycles 20.89% of its waste, compared to Lambeth's 25.51%. With new trials of food and green waste collection, and a focus on recycling on council estates, Lambeth's recycling rate looks set to rise further.

Minister visits Ethelred's 'green roof'

Environment Minister Hilary Benn visited a pioneering eco-friendly housing estate in Lambeth on Monday to hear first hand how local people are working with us to tackle climate change.

In the week that world leaders meet in Copenhagen to hammer out a deal on climate change, the minister was keen to stress that the efforts of local communities like those in Lambeth are just as important in helping to reduce CO2.

The minister visited the Ethelred Estate in Kennington to see one of the estate’s green roofs, which are surfaced with sedum plants. The green roof is covered in a type of sedum grass instead of traditional flat roof surfacing and attracts wildlife such as birds and insects. It also improves air quality and absorbs rain water, so has a role to play in reducing urban flooding.

The Ethelred Estate is the UK's largest green roof project and covers 10 buildings, with more than 4,000 square metres of roof space covered in sedum plants.

Lambeth secured special government funding for the project, which cost £716,000, and have completed further green roofs in nearby Stockwell and a 'biodiverse brown roof' in Clapham.
The Ethelred roof project was a partnership between Lambeth Council and the Ethelred Tenant Management Organisation (TMO). Mr Benn met David Girdler, the Chair of the TMO, Councillor Lib Peck, Cabinet Member for and Housing and Regeneration on Lambeth Council, as well as our Environment Manager Jon Lissimore, local ward councillors and residents.

Mr Benn was also made an honorary Lambeth 'Green Community Champion'. Lambeth's Green Community Champions scheme is seeing hundreds of volunteers across the borough trained by the Council in sustainability issues, so they can help and inspire their neighbourhoods to be more environmentally sustainable.

For details on how to become a green community champion and for useful tips on going green go to our green champion page or email greenchampion@lambeth.gov.uk.

Photo and story from Lambeth Council's website.

Lambeth Youth Bank

Lambeth Youth Bank is a grant-giving organisation established to give grants to 11-25 year olds in Lambeth to help them run projects to benefit the local community.

LYB fund projects which are focused on achievening their goals.

They will give grants of between £250 and £1,000 for a project designed to benefit our communities in Lambeth.

If you are between 11-25 and have a project idea visit http://groundupdevelopment.org/lyb/ for more information.

Tuesday 8 December 2009

Noise service improved

Labour-run Lambeth Council has extended its noise nuisance service.

The hours the service operates in have been extended to:

Monday-Thursday - 9am through to 3am the next day.

Friday - 9am through to 5am next day

Saturday - 2pm through to 5am next day

Sunday - 2pm through to 3am next day

Two officers are on duty during these times to respond to complaints about noise happening at the time. The contact telephone number during normal office hours is 020 7926 6111. The out-of-hours contact telephone number is 020 7926 5999.

When you call it's likely you will need to leave a message. The officer should call you back and arrange to visit your home, usually within the hour. They have to visit your home to assess whether the noise is causing a nuisance to you. They can then take enforcement action against the person causing the noise.

Saturday 5 December 2009

Consultation on taxi fares and regulations

Transport for London (TfL) is planning to make changes to taxi fares and regulations for passengers travelling in London. The purpose of this email is to ask for your feedback on the plans.
You can read the consultation document outlining their proposals here.

The proposals include:

· Changes to taxi tariffs from April 2010
· Renewal of the provision for an emergency tariff increase if fuel prices rise;
· Provisions for fixed-fare sharing
· Provisions for exclusive fixed fare hirings
· Fare payment by bank card
· Taxi supply at night
· Information in the passenger compartment
· Receipts
· Taxi rank regulations

Please send councillors your comments by Wednesday 16 December 2009.

Ban on anti-social street drinking

New rules have been agreed that will help put an end to antisocial drinking on Lambeth’s streets.

The whole of Lambeth will now be covered by a Controlled Drinking Zone (CDZ) order that gives the police increased powers to deal with people drinking in public places. Lambeth Labour councillors voted to bring in the new powers, aimed at tackling anti-social drinkers, and they will come into force on 1 December.

The new powers will not make it illegal for people to drink in public, and there have been assurances that people will still be able to enjoy a drink in the borough’s parks and public areas – if they act responsibly.

A number of smaller CDZ have been introduced in parts of the borough already and have proved popular with people living and working close to those areas. The zone allows the police to confiscate alcohol and move people on if they are behaving in an antisocial way. Police will monitor how frequently and where the powers are being used and officers will be able to issue a £50 fixed penalty if they believe someone is acting in an anti-social manner due to alcohol. People could also be handed a fine of up to £500 if they do not comply with an officer’s request to surrender alcohol when Lambeth becomes a CDZ.

Sunday 22 November 2009

Improvements to the Ethelred Estate underway

Improvements to the Ethelred Estate and surrounding area's roads and pavements are continuing.

The work is part of the Better Neighbourhoods Programme. This has been set up by Labour to improve areas in Lambeth which were previously neglected.

The extra money has been made available because Labour has managed Lambeth Council’s finances prudently. Reserves have been built up, and now there are extra resources which we have chosen to spend on environmental improvements.

The Ethelred Estate and its surroundings is one of six areas chosen to receive intensive work under the scheme. Too often in the past the Estate has been overlooked and neglected, and local councillors wanted to change this.

The improvements include
-new pavements for Black Prince Road, Lollard Street, and Old Paradise Street
-resurfacing of Gibson Road (pictured)
-resurfacing of the car parks outside Malam House and Michelson House
-resurfaced pavements around the estate
-10 new trees planted
-repaired walls around trees

Councillors are keeping a close eye on the work, have undertaken a walkabout of the estate with the contract manager, and have asked that some refinements to the work be made. Please do let us know if you have any concerns or suggestions about the work, or if you have suggestions for where the new trees should be planted.

Monday 16 November 2009

Find out about plans to ban coaches

After extensive pressure from councillors, council staff have come up with a proposal that would stop coaches from parking on residential streets, including those around Vauxhall Gardens.

The officers will be presenting their ideas at the Vauxhall Gardens Estate Residents' Association Annual General Meeting on Thursday 19 November. The meeting will take place at the Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre on Vauxhall Walk.

VGERTA residents: the meeting starts at 7pm.
Non VGERTA residents: coach parking will be discussed at 8pm - you are very welcome to come along for this part of the meeting.

Thursday 12 November 2009

Tree of Hope lit up

Tuesday evening saw hundreds of Kennington residents flock to St Anselm's Church to watch as Kate Hoey MP switched on the 'Tree of Hope' lights.

The Tree of Hope is designed to improve Kennington Cross, increase the sense of community, and provide a positive focus after the tragic deaths of several young people in past few years.

The money has been raised by the Kennington Association, who have spearheaded the project.

Local councillors helped out by donating part of the 2008 'ward purse' fund towards the project.

If you have a good idea for the 2009 ward purse, please get in touch with your local councillors in the next month.

Sunday 8 November 2009

Premises Licence Application: Kurdish Cultural Centre KCC - 14 Stannary 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 30th October 2009

Applicants Name: Kurdish Cultural Centre KCC
Premises Address: Kurdish Cultural Centre KCC - 14 Stannary Street London SE11 4AA

Activities/times requested:

Monday - Sunday 12:00 - 00:00
Monday - Sunday 17:00 - 00:00
Live Music
Monday - Sunday 12:00 - 00:00
Recorded Music
Monday - Sunday 12:00 - 00:00
Performances of Dance
Monday - Sunday 17:00 - 00:00
Entertainment Similar to Music/Dance
Monday - Sunday 17:00 - 00:00
Provision of Facilities for Making Music
Monday - Sunday 17:00 - 00:00
Provision of Facilities for Dancing
Monday - Sunday 17:00 - 00:00
Provision of Facilities for Similar Ente
Monday - Sunday 17:00 - 00:00

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 27th November 2009

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

Wednesday 4 November 2009

Remembrance Sunday in Kennington

Remembrance Sunday is this Sunday, 8 November.

It will be marked in Kennington at a ceremony at the War Memorial at Kennington Park.
A procession to the War Memorial will leave St Mary's Newington on Kennington Park Road at 10:30am.

Planning consultations

Three planning consultations are currently open for the area's residents.

An exhibition of proposals for the redevelopment of New Covent Garden Market at Nine Elms will take place between 4 and 7 November.

The Mayor of London's draft Planning Framework for Vauxhall is now available for consultation. The closing date for responses is 29 January. The KOV Forum will be hosting a public presentation on this, date to be announced shortly.

Finally, Lambeth Council is currently undertaking consultation on the Kennington conservation area. There will be a public meeting at 6pm on Monday 9 November, at Alford House, Aveline Street.

Sunday 1 November 2009


Lambeth Council is continuing its tradition of providing free firework displays in three of its largest parks on Guy Fawkes' Night.

Bring all the family along to Brockwell Park, Streatham Common or Clapham Common on Thursday 5 November - the fun starts at 7.30pm.

The fireworks are provided by Festival Fireworks a UK company with an international reputation. Festival have displayed in over 10 different counties winning several prestigious competitions along the way - so the Lambeth displays will be world class.

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.

There is no parking at any of the events so please use public transport or walk to the displays. Clapham Common tube station will be closed from approximately 6.30pm to 9pm, so please find alternative routes. Also please remember not to bring your own sparklers or fireworks to any of the parks during the event as they will be confiscated on safety grounds.

In the run up to Guy Fawkes night the Council urges traders to act responsibly when selling fireworks to members of the public. It is an offence for shopkeepers to sell fireworks to under 18s. If caught businesses could face prosecution and a fine. Lambeth Council's Trading Standards team and the Fire Service will make spot checks on premises that sell fireworks in the weeks leading up to Fireworks night. The teams will also advise businesses and carry out checks to make sure there are no illegal fireworks, such as bangers and mini-rockets being sold.

Fireworks safety
Most injuries caused by fireworks are to children under the age of 15 - often leaving them scarred for life. Although lovely to watch, fireworks are not toys. Even sparklers can cause terrible injuries very quickly, burning at a temperature of 2000°C - that's 20 times as hot as boiling water.

Be responsible
Throwing fireworks or setting them off in a public place is an offence
It is now illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am. Breaking this curfew can lead to a fine. However on Thursday 5 November your display can continue until midnight.

To avoid serious injury, make sure you follow the fireworks code:
Only buy fireworks marked with the British Standard Kitemark BS7114
Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
Keep fireworks in a closed box, and always follow the instructions carefully when using them
Light them at arms length using a taper and stand well back
Never go back to them once they are lit. Even if it hasn't gone off, it could still explode
Never throw fireworks and never put them in your pocket
Take care with sparklers - never give them to children under five. Even when they have gone out they are still hot so put them in a bucket of water after use
Keep your pets indoors throughout the evening
Build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges
Don't leave bonfires unattended. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with water
Always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of emergency.

Kennington Park nature trail opening

On Saturday the Mayor of Lambeth, Christopher Wellbelove, officially opened the park's new nature trail.

The trail aims to draw attention to the wide variety of natural habitats in the park, and provides a tool for educational activities.

The picture shows Gordon Johnson (Chair of the Friends of Kennington Park), Kate Hoey MP and Cllr Christopher Wellbelove opening the main noticeboard of the nature trail.

Saturday 31 October 2009

Premises licence application: Samsun Kebab, 177 Kennington Lane

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 2009

Premises Address: Samsun Kebab - 177 Kennington Lane London SE11 4HQ

Activities/times requested: Late Night Refreshment

Monday - Thursday 23:00 - 02:00
Friday - Sunday 23:00 - 03:00

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 2009

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

Tory Mayor targets fare rises on London's poorest

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced eye-watering increases to tube and bus fares, after mismanaging Transport for London's finances.

The highest rises (20%) have been for bus fares, hitting London's poorest people hardest.

Yet despite the fare rises the Mayor has announced:
- reduced bus services
- reduced Tube services (in outer London)
- deferral of all Metronet station renewals
- delays to Victoria line upgrade
- deferral of step-free access

Boris is putting fares up apparently to balance the books, yet he has wasted money by:
- scrapping the Western Extension (£70m)
- abandoned plans to charge 4x4s more (£50m)
- replacing bendy buses with single deckers (£30m extra year)
- Total: around £150m

Cllr Mark Harrison said 'Boris Johnson has shown his true Tory colours by hitting the poorest people hardest with his fare increases. Bus users in south London have already been let down by him cancelling the Cross River Tram project - now they are hit with inflation-busting fare rises.'

Saturday 17 October 2009

Busy Saturday in Prince's ward

Today was a busy day for Labour councillors in Prince's ward.

We started with a campaigning session on the Vauxhall Gardens Estate, visiting people in Edward House, Newburn House, and Dunmow House. Issues raised included the need for improved cleaning and refurbished kitchens.

At lunchtime we visited the White Hart Dock, on the Albert Embankment, for the opening of a new public art installation. There has been a dock on site for over 600 years, but it has sat virtually unnoticed behind high walls for decades. The art project uses a boat theme to draw attention to the dock, with large hull-shaped arches over the dock, boat sculptures with benches along the side, and boats floating within the dock itself. The opening ceremony is the culmination of several years of work from Lambeth Council and the artists who created it. It was funded by developers of new buildings along the riverside through 'Section 106' planning gain.

Finally we walked over to the Prince's East Residents' Association's street party in Oakden Street. The Association represents residents living in streets in the east of the ward - including Wincott Street, Reedworth Street, Oakden Street and Monkton Street. The Association have been working closely with the Olive School, which is a relatively new occupant of the school on Oakden Street and caters for children who have been unable to win a place in mainstream secondary schools in Lambeth. The street party was a big success - with a barbecue, stalls, and face-painting.

1) Lorna, Mark and Steve try out the bench at White Hart Dock
2) Face-painting at the Prince's East street party

Friday 16 October 2009

Labour's rent cut taking effect in November

Lambeth Housing tenants should be receiving a letter informing them that the 3% rent reduction will be implemented in their November rent accounts.

As the rent reduction is being backdated to April, this means the average tenant will be receiving more than £50 as a welcome bonus as winter sets in.

Lambeth residents got this because of tough and persistent lobbying of government from Labour's councillors and MPs.

Councillor Mark Harrison said, 'it's good to see the reduction we won during the Prince's ward by-election in June being implemented.'

Monday 12 October 2009

Worried about dogs? Help Lambeth Council to examine the issues

Are you worried about sharing public spaces such as parks and streets with dogs? What are your experiences? What makes a responsible dog owner, and what issues do they face?

If you have an opinion on any of these issues, Lambeth Council's Scrutiny Commission wants to hear from you.

The Commission was set up to take a look at how to deal with the rising number of incidents involving dogs, and at how to support our many responsible dog owners. It does not have an anti-dog agenda - the members recognise the valuable role played by dogs in many people's lives and of the responsible dog-owning majority in the borough as well.

The Commission is an investigative panel made up of four Lambeth councillors. These are Councillor Diana Braithwaite, Councillor David Malone. Councillor Imogen Walker, and Councillor Clare Whelan.

"In order to prepare our report and make recommendations to Lambeth Cabinet, the panel needs to consult and collect evidence from witnesses and experts," said Councillor Walker, the chair of the Commission.

"That means hearing from as wide a range of people as possible, and especially from our residents. Please come to the public meeting at the Town Hall in Brixton at 7 pm on October 14," she urged.

"If you cannot attend the meeting, the Commission would still like to know your feelings on this subject-your views are very important to us", said Councillor Walker.

The commission has also produced a short questionnaire, which is available on request by telephoning 020 7926 2510, emailing scrutiny@lambeth.gov.uk or by writing to Freepost, RSAZ-KRRX-UXHJ, Scrutiny team, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton, SW2 1RD.

Saturday 10 October 2009

North Lambeth Expo a big success!

Today's North Lambeth Expo was a great success. Hundreds of visitors came to Waterloo Action Centre to find out more about the wealth of community actitivities taking place in Kennington, Vauxhall, Oval and Waterloo.

There was great news for Vauxhall Gardens Estate Residents' Association, who won a public vote for a £500 grant to enable them to buy chairs for the new Carmelita Centre on Vauxhall Walk.

Pictured: KOV Forum Chair Maureen Johnson, Lambeth Mayor Christopher Wellbelove, Cllr Mark Harrison, Cllr Rachel Heywood, Cllr Diana Braithwaite, and Cllr Lorna Campbell at the North Lambeth Expo.

Friday 9 October 2009


Lambeth Council's planning database is the place to find details of all planning applications in our area.

To view a list of all the new applications and decisions for this week you can download the weekly planning list . You can download lists from previous weeks.

Wednesday 7 October 2009

North Lambeth Expo- this Saturday!

North Lambeth EXPO 2009
10 October 2009
Waterloo Action Centre, Baylis Road, London SE1 7AA

Showcasing many of the brilliant organisations that support the local community and offering local people the opportunity to talk to people that are influencing decisions about the local area. So bring family and friends, there will be food, music, prizes and grants – you can vote for which local organisations should get funded!

Saturday 3 October 2009

Let us know how Council money should be spent

Local councillors are asking residents to suggest the best options for spending £12 000 earmarked for Kennington and Vauxhall. Labour has decided to continue a scheme which gives councillors a pot of money to distribute in their ward.

Last year councillors chose to fund:
-The Tree of Hope project – which will light up the large tree at Kennington Cross as a symbol of hope against violent crime in the area
-A project at Archbishop Sumner’s School to erect a greenhouse in their eco-garden
-The Creative Sparkworks project at the Old Lilian Baylis, providing art, craft & media activities for young people
-Initial security works to the disused Victorian gentlemen’s convenience at Kennington Cross, so that further work can proceed to convert the space into an arts centre.

Councillor Steve Morgan said ‘last year’s projects were really successful, and we want to make sure this year’s will be just as good. Please let us know if you have an idea for funding by getting in touch’.

Pictured: Labour councillors in front of the tree which will be list up this Autumn, in part thanks to Ward Purse money

Saturday 19 September 2009

Quango overrules councillors and approves tower

Councillors have expressed disappointment at the decision of the Planning Inspectorate to approve a 23 storey residential tower at 81 Black Prince Road.

The developers took the decision to appeal after councillors rejected the proposal at a planning meeting in February.

Councillors rejected the proposal because of:
  • The harm that would be caused to the setting of the World Heritage Site
  • Impact on the setting of listed buildings and adjoining conservation areas
  • Poor quantity and quality of the proposed amenity space.
  • Overbearing impact of the proposed development and the creation of a sense of enclosure.

The inspector argued that:

  • Protected views of Parliament would not be affected
  • Southbank House is robust enough not be dominated by existing taller buildings surrounding it, and that there would 'be little impact on the settings of either Southbank House or the Vauxhall Gardens Conservation Area'. 'The proposal will break the continuity of scale along the Albert Embankment but will be perceptibly in the background of the Fire Brigade building, and not challenging it'.
  • Play and amenity space can be provided off site in the neighbouring Pedlars Park and Lambeth High Street Recreation Ground.
  • Flats in 9 Albert Embankment would not be adversely affected by loss of light or outlook.
  • 'The surrounding streets are already ‘enclosed’ by buildings and the existing 5/6
    storey building on the site contributes to that feeling of enclosure'. The new building would have 'little material effect on the existing sense of enclosure in surrounding

Councillor Mark Harrison said 'it's a shame that planning rules mean that an unelected quango can overrule the decision taken by councillors. Local people felt this building was too tall and too dense.'

Wednesday 16 September 2009

Vote for your preferred project

Lambeth Council is inviting residents to decide how the council spends some of its budget in 2010/11.

As part of the Lambeth Community Action Fund, £250,000 has been allocated to local projects and the local community will choose which ones get the money.

This is the first ever participatory budgeting scheme run by the council. The scheme is called "Your borough, your budget, your choice!".

Participatory budgeting involves local people directly in making decisions on the spending priorities of the council.

"This new initiative will give citizens a greater say on how council funds are allocated to community projects," said Councillor Jim Dickson, Lambeth cabinet member for finance and resources.

"I urge all residents to get involved in deciding which projects are funded - your choice will really make a difference."

The council has shortlisted twelve projects, which have been divided into three bands of £125,000, £75,000 and £50,000. People can vote for one project from each of the three bands. The winning projects will be announced at the end of October 2009.

Only Lambeth residents on the electoral register are eligible to vote. Voting takes place between 14 September 2009 and 18 October 2009.

There are several ways to make your choice, including online at www.lambeth.gov.uk/yourchoice, by post using the voting card that you'll find inside the current issue of Lambeth Life or by text to 07786 206 955.

To text vote enter 'Lambeth' followed by the band number and letter of the project you are voting for and then your full name and postcode. For example text: Lambeth 1a, 2d, 3b Sarah Smith SW6 6HT.

Voting ends on Sunday 18 October 2009.

One of the projects in Band C (£50 000) is to replace street signs in Vauxhall and Kennington. The project will involve improvements to street nameplates, street signage and road markings within Vauxhall and Kennington. Where possible, street nameplates will be relocated to locations where they are less likely to be vandalised. Where this is not possible, reinforced anti-vandal coated signage will be installed.

Councillor Mark Harrison said 'I hope as many people in Vauxhall and Kennington will help improve our environment by voting for this project. Vandalised street signs ruin the look of our area.'

Pictured: Mark next to a vandalised street sign in Vauxhall Gardens.

Second consultation on London Fire Brigade site

Developers are holding a second consultation event about their plans for the former headquarters of the London Fire Brigade at 8 Albert Embankment. The site is in three parts - the landmark building on the riverside, a large site between Whitgift Street and Southbank House (pictured), and a small carpark site at the corner of Black Prince Road and Newport Street.

Developers are proposing a mixed use development providing a new fire station, homes, retail and commercial space.

They are holding an exhibition at the Fire Station at the following times:

Thursday 17 September, 4pm - 8pm

Friday 18 September, 3pm - 6pm

Saturday 19 September, 10am - 1pm

You can also share your thoughts or request more information by contacting Azizun Choudhury on:

0870 066 8734

8 Albert Embankment SE1 Consultation, FREEPOST RLSX-KHXT-BGSR, Four Comunications, 48 Leicester Square, WC2H 7FG

Sunday 13 September 2009

Reporting anti-social behaviour

A recent meeting about anti-social behaviour on Lambeth Walk highlighted the fact that people are confused about how to go about reporting it. Ensuring anti-social behaviour is reported is crucial for the authorities to be able to do something about it.

Here are some contacts for various situations:

When a serious crime is being committed always call 999.

To report a non-urgent crime, however minor, call the police's new London-wide number: 0300 123 1212. They will try to deal with the problem as soon as they can. You can also call the Prince's ward Safer Neighbourhoods Team directly on their mobile: 07920 233835 (though they don't run a 24 hour service).

If a neighbour is making a noise overnight that you want to stop, call Lambeth's noise patrol: 020 7926 5999. They operate from 9pm to 3am Sunday to Thursday, and 10pm to 5am on Friday and Saturday. During normal office hours you can also report noise: 020 7926 5999.

To find a permanent solution to anti-social behaviour it's best to keep a diary of the incidents and report every incident to the relevant authority. They can then take action:
Lambeth Living Estates (eg Vauxhall Gardens, Whitgift, Ethelred Towers, Cotton Gardens, Kennings Way, Penwith Manor): 020 7926 6000
Ethelred TMO: 020 7926 8361
Cottington Close TMO: 020 7926 8105
Peabody Trust (eg Lupino Court): 0800 022 4040
London & Quadrant (eg Newquay House, Cornwall Square): 0844 406 9000
For private properties call Lambeth Council's anti-social behaviour unit: 020 7926 4000

Tuesday 25 August 2009

Ethelred Fun Day 2009

Children enjoy the merry-go-round and slide

Board members Anne-Marie and Pearl

North Lambeth's new curate David Longe meets new Estate Director Paul Reeves

Ethelred Estate benefits from major environmental investment

Work has begun on improvements to footpaths in and around the Ethelred Estate, that are part of a £3.5 million programme of investment from Lambeth Council.

Footpaths on Lollard Street (pictured), Black Prince Road, Old Paradise Street, and throughout the estate will be replaced, and new trees will be planted.

The work is part of Lambeth's 'Better Neighbourhoods' programme.

Thursday 20 August 2009

Report from Val Shawcross

Lambeth's London Assembly Member Val Shawcross has published her annual report

It contains details of Val's recent campaigning on the South London line, buses, and dangerous dogs.

Wednesday 12 August 2009

RESIDENTS MEETING - Pory House and Lupino Court

Wednesday 19 August at 7pm

In Pory Hall, first floor above the shops on Lambeth Walk (ring the ground floor outside buzzer for access).

Last Friday's stabbing incident/anti-social behaviour at Lupino Court.

As you will know, last Friday there was a serious stabbing incident involving youths from the flats in Lupino Court.

Please come and meet other concerned residents, and talk to representatives from Peabody, Ethelred TMO and the local police, to discuss what needs to happen next.

We are extremely lucky that what happened did not lead to a murder. We need to make sure that this never happens. Come and tell your community representatives what you think needs to happen now, and find out how we can put an end to the anti-social behaviour at Lupino Court once and for all.

The following people will be there:
Claudius Opadiran - Peabody Neighbourhood Manager
Gudrun Burnet - Peabody Community Safety Team Leader
Judith Ihonor - Peabody Community Safety Officer/ Community Safety Team
Julie Fulgence - Ethelred TMO Estate Services Manager
Patricia Bogues - Ethelred TMO Senior Housing officer
Mark Harrison - Lambeth councillor for Prince's ward
Police officers from Prince's ward Safer Neighbourhood Team

Thursday 6 August 2009

Vauxhall Gardens Allotments Association meeting

The Vauxhall Gardens Allotments, at the corner of Glasshouse Walk and Tyers Street, have provided a place for residents of the Vauxhall Gardens Estate to grow vegetables for decades.

A meeting has been called to relaunch the Association which runs the allotments. New committee members are needed, and the rules governing the allotments need to be properly established.

The meeting will be held from 7pm - 8:30pm on Wednesday 12 August, at Vauxhall Christian Centre, 105 Tyers St, London, SE11 5HS

Six Lambeth parks win Green Flags

Two local parks popular with residents of SE11 have joined four others in Lambeth to be awarded the prestigious Green Flag award.

Vauxhall Park (South Lambeth Road) retained its Green Flag, and Archbishops Park (Lambeth Road) won a Green Flag for the first time.

The Green Flag Award recognises parks which manage to meet exacting national standards of safety, cleanliness and attractiveness.

Recognition for North Lambeth's parks is unlikely to end here. The Friends of Kennington Park are hopeful that they will achieve Green Flag status next year. And Vauxhall Spring Gardens has dramatic improvement works planned over the coming years, which should make it a strong contender for the award.

Saturday 25 July 2009

Update on ward purse projects

Earlier in the year councillors in Prince's ward selected several projects to benefit from funding from the 'ward purse' - a special fund from Lambeth Council.

Here's an update on the projects:

Archbishop Sumner Primary School Eco Garden
The Friends of Archbishop Sumner School applied to erect a greenhouse in their eco-garden, at the corner of Kennington Road and Reedworth Street. The greenhouse has now been erected, and pupils at the school are making use of the growing facilities there.

Tree of Hope
A project to light up a tree as a symbol of hope against violent crime in the area. After many travails, notably with TfL, the lights have now finally been installed. They are expecting their electrical inspection and certificate on Monday 27th June. However, a formal “switch on” will take place, probably in September, when the evenings become darker.

Creative Sparkworks
A project providing art, craft & media activities at their workshop in the Lilian Baylis Old School for which it needed running water, electrical work for heating and kiln installation. This Ward Purse project is complete.

A “reserve” project, to make four rather than the allowed three in Prince’s Ward. The long term plan is to convert a disused Victorian gentlemen’s convenience into an arts centre. The Ward Purse funding was for initial security works, so that further work could proceed without fear of theft of items for architectural salvage. As a reserve project, this commenced somewhat later than the others, so is a little further behind the others and only received the funding mid June.

Pictured: Councillor Mark Harrison outside the Kennington Cross toilets earmarked to become the 'ArtsLav project.

Tuesday 21 July 2009

Labour action at the Lambeth Country Show

Around 100 000 people passed through Brockwell Park last weekend for the 35th Lambeth Country Show.

The show had everything from jousting to vegetables, from fun fairs to sheep shearing.

On Sunday Labour councillors lent a hand by running a litter pick, spending an hour sweeping the park to remove litter and debris.

Pictured: volunteers Raphael, Mark, Lorna, Pete and Tina, in front of the Labour party book stall.

Friday 17 July 2009

Lambeth Country Show - this weekend!

London's biggest free outdoor festival, the Lambeth Country Show, will once again be held in Brockwell Park on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July. This free event is not one to be missed!

Throughout the weekend Brockwell Park will be filled with a wide variety of music and entertainment - see this year's programme. There will be arts and craft available to buy and try, trade stalls and horticulture competitions. With hands-on activities for children and adults to enjoy with live animals from farmyard breeds to more exotic species, as well as brass bands, storytelling and a funfair, there’s something for everyone.

The festivities begin at 11am on Saturday 18 July when the array of vibrant stalls and marquees will be open for business. With an emphasis on home grown talent a variety of cherry-picked local artists will play on the main stage filling the air with music throughout the weekend.

You can see the full programme of events here.

So make sure to hop on the number 3 bus to Brockwell Park sometime over the weekend!

Pictured: An entry to last year's vegetable animal competition

Thursday 16 July 2009

Controlled Drinking Zone for Lambeth?

Lambeth council is consulting on the introduction of a Controlled Drinking Zone (CDZ) for all public spaces in the borough and are seeking your views.

Councils can introduce CDZs as a way of dealing with alcohol-related anti-social behaviour. The introduction of CDZs allows police to confiscate alcohol in public areas within the designated zones. CDZs are not a ban on public drinking, but are intended to give police additional powers to respond to alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.

The consultation process will inform the council’s decision as to whether such powers should be applied to all public spaces or whether any smaller areas should be designated.

Below are some frequently asked questions about CDZ’s. Details of how you can take part in the consultation are near the end of the text. Please comment by 31st of July 2009.

Proposed borough-wide Controlled Drinking Zone for Lambeth

All the below information is also available at: www.lambeth.gov.uk/cdzconsultation
Information and consultation details

1. What is a controlled drinking zone (CDZ)?
A CDZ is a designated public area in which police have powers to confiscate alcohol or require a person to stop drinking. A CDZ is not a ban and does not make drinking alcohol in public an offence, unless instructed not to by an officer.

2. How do I make a comment?
You can take part in the consultation and give your views in a number of ways:
-By completing the online survey by visiting the council’s website at www.lambeth.gov.uk/cdzconsultation
-By email: you can email your views and comments to CDZ@Lambeth.gov.uk
-Or in writing: pleas send your comments to:
CDZ Consultation
London Borough of Lambeth

3. Why is the council considering introducing a borough-wide CDZ?
Alcohol related crime and disorder has been identified in locations across the borough. The Waterloo area was made a CDZ in 2003 and has been used to help address alcohol related disorder. However evaluations of other CDZs and enforcement measures have shown smaller zones commonly result in moving problems into nearby areas. We are therefore consulting on a borough-wide CDZ due to the impact of alcohol related anti social behaviour and the effects of enforcement on surrounding areas.

4. What is a public place?
For the purposes of the CDZ a “public place” is any place to which the public have access, whether by payment or otherwise with “express or implied permission”. Relevant public spaces could include streets, parks and open spaces. However private land such as a supermarket car park could be considered a public space by implied permission.

5. What powers would the police have?
The police would have the power to require a person within the CDZ not to drink alcohol in that place or to surrender any alcohol or alcohol containers in their possession. The police will be entitled to dispose of surrendered alcohol or alcohol containers in any way they consider appropriate. No paperwork or notices would be required to enforce the powers.

6. Would there be any extra policing to enforce a CDZ?
No, there will be no extra resources for police to enforce the CDZ. However each ward has its own police Safer Neighbourhood Team who patrol regularly and respond to key issues in their ward as identified by local ward panels.

7. Would it mean that drinking alcohol in public would be banned?
No, it would not be an offence to drink alcohol in a designated public place, but failure to comply with an officer’s request could result in arrest and/or a fine. The powers would be used to target anti-social drinking so the powers may not be used where someone is not causing or likely to cause anti-social behaviour.

8. Which law allows the council to introduce a CDZ?
Section 12 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 provides the police and local authority with the powers to set up ‘Designated Public Places Orders (DPPOs), but local authorities typically use more self-explanatory terms such as ‘Controlled Drinking Zones’ or ‘Alcohol Control Areas’. These all refer to the same powers and there is no legislation that bans drinking in public places.

9. Who are the council required to consult?
In addition to the notice in local press, the council are required to consult with:
• the Chief Police Officer for the area in which the public place is situated
• the Chief Police Officer and local authority of the neighbouring boroughs affected by the designation
• the Parish or Community Council for any area near to the public place which they consider may be affected by the designation
• the licensee of any licensed premises in that place which they consider may be affected by the designation
• the owners or occupiers of any land proposed to be identified.

10. Would licensed premises that have tables outside on the pavement be affected?
No, according to the law ‘a place within the curtilage of any licensed premises’ is not a designated public place covered by a CDZ so they would not be affected.

11. Would there be other measures put in place?
In recent years the council has made improvements to many areas around the borough and also taken other measures to address anti-social behaviour in public places. The council works in partnership with many agencies and will continue to do so by offering treatment and support to those with alcohol-related problems.

12. What will happen to my comments?
Your comments will be used to inform the proposal report about the development of any CDZ to be submitted and agreed by a full council committee meeting.
You have the right to withdraw or change your reponse at any time during the consultation period.

The findings of our review which will include an assessment of levels of alcohol related disorder in different areas of the borough, and wider issues of alcohol-related harm may also be used to inform decisions made by council.

When does the consultation period end?
The deadline for your comments is no later than 5.00pm, 31st of July 2009

Wednesday 15 July 2009

Leaseholder bills from Lambeth Living

Over the past couple of weeks many Lambeth Living leaseholders have been surprised by large and unexpected increases in the estimates for the coming year's service charges.

Chief Executive of Lambeth Living Cathy Deplessis attempted to explain the situation at a meeting of the North Lambeth Area Leaseholder Forum on Tuesday.

One major cause of the change to bills is the results of a review into leasehold charges which completed last month. In theory the change should result in more accurate billing. However, the new estimates are much larger than anticipated in many cases, and Cathy Deplessis apologised for the lack of communication to leaseholders about the likely impact. Lambeth Living are now conducting a review into the new policy. They promised to write to leaseholders in early August, explaining the situation and any changes that might result from that review.

Other issues that have caused the higher estimates are higher costs for insurance, fuel, and repairs and maintainance.

Councillor Mark Harrison commented, 'there have clearly been serious problems with the estimates for this year's leaseholder charges, and Cathy Deplessis has acknowledged that the service Lambeth Living have provided is unacceptable. Any leaseholder who wants help querying their bill is welcome to contact their councillor, who will be happy to help out. Leaseholders have suffered from terrible services for many years, and it's about time they began to see some improvements'.

Monday 13 July 2009

Weighing up the success of the Kennington fete

Yesterday's Kennington fete in Cleaver Square was a huge success.

Labour councillors Steve Morgan and Mark Harrison contributed to the day by running a 'guess the weight of the cakes' stall, with two cakes won by the two people who guessed the weights most accurately. The stall raised over £40 for good causes. It was also a great chance to catch up with dozens of local residents.

The fete included fantastic food from businesses such as the Lobster Pot and the Kennington Tandoori, stalls, and information about local groups like the KOV and the Friend of Kennington Park. Kate Hoey MP and Lambeth Mayor Christopher Wellbelove visited to join in the fun.

Pictured: Karim Palant weighs up the cakes, as Councillor Steve Morgan looks on.

Sunday 12 July 2009

Coach parking problem continues

The problem of coach parking on the streets of the Vauxhall was highlighted this weekend, when dozens of coaches lined both sides of Tyers Street, making it virtually impassable.

At the Full Council meeting on Wednesday 8 July Prince's ward Councillor Mark Harrison asked what progress had been made towards banning coaches from the estate's streets.

The answer was as follows:

Transport and Highways officers are currently exploring options for banning coach parking in the streets around Vauxhall Gardens. One option under consideration is that of extending the Controlled Parking Zone operating hours to include Sundays when coach parking is a particular problem in the area. It is anticipated that proposals will be taken to consultation with the local residential and business community and coach operators in October or November 2009 with a view to implementation in the early months of 2010.

Councillor Sally Prentice, Lambeth Cabinet Member for the Environment, followed up this answer with a commitment to look at options that simply banned coaches, without affecting the ability of residents' visitors to park on the streets at weekend. She promised to work hard to find a resolution to this long-running problem.

Thursday 9 July 2009

Police raids to tackle dangerous dogs

Early morning raids across north Lambeth took place today as a large scale operation to tackle dangerous dogs was launched.

The operation, led by Lambeth Police and supported by the new MPS Status Dog Unit, the RSPCA and Lambeth Council, targeted individuals suspected of owning dangerous dogs, breeding prohibited breeds and organising dog fighting.

Officers seized 20 dogs, including a bitch and her six puppies, under the Dangerous Dogs Act. No arrests were made.

Inspector Allen Davis, from Lambeth borough, said:

"The operational activity by Lambeth Police is in response to huge community concerns relating to a minority of people, some of whom may be linked to gangs, who completely and utterly misuse potentially dangerous dogs in order to promote fear and intimidate others. We are fully committed to seizing dogs from such people and will be working with our partners in the Local Authority and RSPCA to promote responsible dog ownership."

Superintendent Clive Wakeley, who led the operation, said:

"The aim of the day was not only to seize dangerous dogs but target irresponsible dog owners and also to reassure the local community and show them that we are serious about making Lambeth a safer place."

The move follows the establishment of a specialist unit within the Met to tackle the problem. It followed representations from Labour London Assembly Member Val Shawcross, who was alerted to the serious problem in Kennington and Vauxhall at a meeting of the KOV Forum.

Wednesday 8 July 2009

North Lambeth People’s Expo ‘People and Places’

A Community Event is being organised jointly by Waterloo Community Coalition (WaCoCo) and Kennington Oval and Vauxhall (KOV) Forum

Waterloo Action Centre
14 Baylis Road

10 October 2009
12-4.00 pm

All North Lambeth residents and organisations will be invited to attend. The organisers would like to know at this stage if you would like to take part. Their proposals include:

• A ‘market place’ of service provision in North Lambeth. We would like service providers from the voluntary, community and public sectors to display information and promote what they do
• Free refreshments
• Free entertainment
• Family activities
• Opportunities including demonstrations and cultural displays for everyone to get involved
• £500 grant will be available to two North Lambeth organisations, to be decided by public vote at the event
• Question Time session – involving key local representatives/providers

The theme for this event is People and Places. The event is designed to increase opportunities for people to find out more about their local services, put questions to providers and to find out how they can get more involved in this area.

The event will provide opportunities for:

• The promotion of local volunteering
• Networking and information sharing between services and agencies
• A valuable opportunity for engagement between the community and your service or organisation on current and future work
• Asking questions of key individuals – those providing services and community leaders.

The organisers would like you to be part of this exciting event, whether by:
• having a stall,
• providing a 15 minute entertainment slot,
• applying for a grant,
• promoting the event to your members/client or
• sponsoring the event.

Space is obviously limited, so please contact David Fisher at david.fisher@wcdg.org.uk by the 18th of September at the latest so as to let the organisers know how you would like to participate. Stalls will be allocated on the basis of relevance to the theme, relevance to the North Lambeth wide community and the overall contribution they will make to the visitors’ experience at the event. Please therefore provide us with some detail such as what you would like to have on
your stall and what entertainment you would like to provide.

Pictured: visitors at the last North Lambeth Expo, in January 2008.

Saturday 27 June 2009

VGERTA meeting and party

The Vauxhall Gardens Estate Residents and Tenants Association met last night to celebrate their birthday with a party.

Before that, a meeting was held to discuss key local issues, including policing and recycling.

You can see all the photos from the event on the VGERTA website

The VGERTA AGM will take place later in the summer, and residents are asked to attend in order that this fantastic residents' association can continue its good work.

Saturday 20 June 2009

Mark and the Labour party say THANK YOU

Residents of Prince's ward are receiving a leaflet from Labour saying 'THANK YOU' for the by-election result of 4 June. Going against the national trend, Labour swept to victory, increasing its vote to 1726.

Newly elected councillor Mark Harrison said:

'I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted in last Thursday's by-election. I was delighted to be elected as a Labour councillor on a big turn-out of 43%. Thank you to all the voters of Kennington and Vauxhall. I pledge to work hard to be an excellent councillor for our area over the coming year'.

Pictured: Mark Harrison and volunteer Emily Richards speaking to voters on the Cottington Close Estate on polling day

Tuesday 16 June 2009

Are you getting what you are entitled to?

Lambeth runs two schemes to help ensure that residents on low incomes are claiming what they are entitled to. Every year billions of pounds worth of benefit and tax credits go unclaimed by people who could benefit from them. If you or someone you know is struggling financially then why not make use of these Lambeth services?

Every Pound Counts offers a free benefits check and advice to ensure you claim your full benefits entitlement to:

people aged 60 and above
people living with long term illness
disabled people
people with sensory impairments
children who are ill or disabled including children with special support needs because of developmental or behavioural conditions
or the carers of any of these people living in Lambeth.
If you fall into one of these groups, you could be entitled to more money than you are claiming.

To date, over £3 million has been claimed since Every Pound Counts started in April 2007.

With Lambeth's Every Pound Counts campaign, we aim to help make sure you claim all the benefit support you are entitled to receive. So, don't delay. If you live in Lambeth, contact us and make sure you claim what is rightfully yours.

Social, health or other care professionals can refer clients to the Every Pounds Counts service. Self-referral is also fine.

Every Pound Counts
Lambeth Adults' and Community Services
Phoenix House
10 Wandsworth Road
London SW8 2LL
020 7926 5555

Lambeth Revenues and Benefits play a vital role in helping to address the poverty of many of the most vulnerable members of Lambeth’s community. Do you know of any residents who are not getting the benefits they are entitled to, or are unsure of what they are entitled to? If so, please ask them to get in touch:

London Borough of Lambeth
Visiting Team
Revenues and Benefits Division
Olive Morris House
18 Brixton Hill
Email: HBhomevisit@lambeth.gov.uk

Sunday 14 June 2009

Name for new Vauxhall flats

An application has been received to apply two of the following names to the new development of 67 flats being built on land currently known as 1 Glyn Street, London, SE11:

Muscovy House
Lammie House
Topaz House
Dexter House

The names have been proposed by the developer following a workshop held at the neighbouring Vauxhall City Farm. The workshop involved local children aged between 8 and 16 and alongside selecting possible names for the development, they also took part in a Health & Safety session entitled ‘Never Play on a Building Site’. The initial list of 41 names was narrowed down through a series of votes by the children involved:

Muscovy House – Muscovy is a breed of duck raised on Vauxhall City Farm.

Lammie House – Lammie is the name of a well-known sheep at Vauxhall City Farm.

Topaz House – Topaz was a name the children involved in the workshop liked, though it has no direct connection with the farm.

Dexter House – Dexter is a breed of cow on Vauxhall City Farm which the local children involved with the farm has helped to rear.

Any objection to the names will be considered by the Council before 12 July. Contact one of your councillors for more information.

Pictured: Councillor Mark Harrison in front of the new development

Thursday 11 June 2009

Planning matters

8 Albert Embankment

Developers are holding an initial consultation event about their plans for the former headquarters of the London Fire Brigade at 8 Albert Embankment. The site is in three parts - the landmark building on the riverside, a large site between Whitgift Street and Southbank House (pictured), and a small carpark site at the corner of Black Prince Road and Newport Street. Developers are proposing a mixed use development providing a new fire station, homes, retail and commercial space.

They are holding an exhibition at the Fire Station at the following times:
Thursday 25 June, 4pm - 8pm
Friday 26 June, 3pm - 6pm
Saturday 27 June, 10am - 1pm

You can also share your thoughts or request more information by contacting Azizun Choudhury on:
0870 066 8734
8 Albert Embankment SE1 Consultation, FREEPOST RLSX-KHXT-BGSR, Four Comunications, 48 Leicester Square, WC2H 7FG

Bondway, Vauxhall Cross

Planning permission is being sought for a 42 storey building just outside Prince's ward at Vauxhall Cross. Lurking About SE11 Blog has a good summary of the issues with links to the application and the Viva Vauxhall group's objections.

Friday 5 June 2009

Labour wins hard-fought by-election in Prince's

Leader of the Council, Steve Reed congratulated Mark Harrison today on winning a hard-fought election.

'This is a stunning victory for Labour in Lambeth despite the most difficult national circumstances for decades. The result is a tribute to our hard-working and popular candidate, Mark Harrison, who has earned the backing of local residents, as well as recognition of how Lambeth is improving with Labour.'

Newly elected Councillor Mark Harrison said: 'I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me yesterday, and I congratulate my opponents on a good, clean fight. I will do my best to work hard for every resident in Princes Ward. It’s deeply humbling to have received so much support, and I’m very excited about this opportunity to improve life for local people.'

To see the official result click here

Pictured: Kate Hoey MP congratulates Mark on becoming a councillor
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