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 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If a valid representation (or more than one) is received and is not withdrawn, this application will be referred to a hearing of the Licensing Sub-Committee for determination.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
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