Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Jean Charles de Menezes

The inquiry into the tragic shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes has begun down the road at the Oval . This isn't the place to go over the details of what happened and why, and of course we hope that such things can be prevented in the future. I remember the day vividly, speaking to people who saw first hand what happened.

There is a wider point about Stockwell though - we have inevitably become partly defined by the incident. Witness today's viral email with the highly inappropriate film poster on the platform. I believe Stockwell should not become an infamous place - linked simply to crime and awful incidents like the de Menezes shooting.

In time, Jean Charle's family and friends will need to decide what should happen with the memorial that has been created outside the station. I'm not prejudging that in any way. Stockwell will be in the news for the next days and weeks, but it will be crucial that when the cameras go, we don't forget what happened that day, and that the legacy of that day can create something positive for our community.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Stockwell Festival 2008

The Stockwell Festival is back this year after a two year absence. Starting at noon on Saturday 20th September, the festival is being held in Larkhall Park.

The famous pineapple parade is back which will samba from Larkhall Park down to Stockwell Road.

There's also a free after-party at the Cavendish Arms on Hartington Road.

More details: http://www.stockwell.org.uk/stockwellfest.html

(photo from Stockwell Partnership)

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Advice Surgeries

Your Stockwell Labour councillors hold a surgery where you can come for advice and help with any problems. These are shared with the Larkhall Labour councillors.

Surgeries are held at the Stockwell Community Resource Centre, 1 Studley Road, London, SW4 6RA (behind Stockwell tube)

Map: http://goo.gl/c70vX

Surgeries are held on:

1st Thursday of every month, 6pm

3rd Saturday of every month, 11am

No need to make an appointment, simply turn up on the day.

Out on the Fenwick estate

I was out on the Fenwick estate today. Many remember it as the place where Billy Cox, the 15 year old teenager was tragically shot and killed. I was out talking to people on the estate and handing out a crime survey along with some of the labour councillors for Larkhall (http://www.welovelarkhall.com/).

We went past the house where Billy lived, and the memorial spray painted onto one of the walls of the estate. Despite some media perceptions, it certainly isn't a notorious estate, nor is it a crime ridden ghetto that many would portray it as.

Most people we talked to felt fairly safe on their estate, even if they were aware of drug dealing on Landor road, or some gangs hanging round. One of the worst problems was some kids running along the roof space of the estate, disturbing the asbestos in the roof, a problem that was causing nuisance to some residents, but would be easily solved by a padlock. It makes you realise how important it is to have a good local councillor to sort these things, and someone who makes the effort to get out on an estate, when council officers rarely have the time.

A family were also being tormented by a neighbour who played their music extremely loudly and hurled abuse at them through the wall. I perhaps clumsily set the person off by asking her to turn her music down (not too much to ask?) In the end, if she doesn't behave like a reasonable neighbour, you'll need to get an ASBO and maybe an eviction. It makes you realise that even so-called "minor" offences like anti-social behaviour are really important, and sorting them out can make people's lives much less of a nightmare.

Useful Numbers

A list of useful phone numbers for Stockwell residents:

In an Emergency – always call 999

Police numbers
Police non-emergencies – 0300 123 1212
Stockwell Safer Neighbourhoods Team - 020 8721 2626 or 07920 233 836

Find a local GP - 0800 587 8078 http://www.nhs.uk/
Out of Hours GP - 020 8693 9066
Find a local Dentist - 0800 587 0878/020 7716 7085
Out of Hours Dental - 020 8299 5509
NHS Direct (non-emergencies) - 08 45 46 47
Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital – 020 7188 7188
King’s College Hospital – 020 3299 9000
Ambulance non-emergencies - 020 7887 6678

Fire, Gas, Electricity, Water
Fire non-emergencies - 020 587 2000
Gas emergencies - 0800 111 9999
London Electricity - 0800 028 0247
Thames Water - 0845 920 0800

Lambeth Council - Main Switchboard - 020 7926 1000

Lambeth Children and Young People's Services - 020 7926 9896
Admissions - 020 7926 9503
Lambeth College - 020 7501 5000/5600
Lambeth Academy - 020 7498 5004
Career development and student loans - 020 7926 9474

Lambeth Housing (Lambeth Living) - 020 7926 6000
Housing repairs - 020 7926 6666
Noise Complaints - 020 7926 6111 (9am – 5pm) - 020 7926 5999 (10pm – 3am)

Lambeth Automatic PCN payment line 0870 241 3262 / 0845 331 3310

Lambeth Parking Services - 020 7926 9000

Lambeth Planning Enquiries - 020 7926 1180

Lambeth Parks - 020 7926 9000

Lambeth Streetcare - 020 7926 9000Lambeth Streetcare call centre deal with a large number of issues including: abandoned vehicles: graffiti removal; litter and dumped rubbish; bulky refuse collections; recycling; road and pavement repairs; street lighting; parking enquiries.

Other Useful Numbers
Benefits (including Housing and Council Tax) - 020 7649 9311
Citizens Advice Bureau - 020 8715 0707
Lambeth Law Centre - 020 7737 9781
Thames Water - 0800 032 5202
Transport for London - 020 72225600 /0845 305 1234
Stockwell Day Centre – 020 7926 1040
Lambeth Adult and Community Services – 020 7926 5555
Train Information – 08457 484950
Age Concern Lambeth – 020 7733 0528
ChildLine – 0800 1111
Domestic Violence helpline (24hr) – 0808 2000 247
Samaritans - 08457 90 90 90

We try to keep this list up to date, but please let us know if any have changed or are incorrect.

Your Stockwell Labour Candidates

Councillor Alex Bigham
Tel: 07814 566 011
Email: abigham@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor Imogen Walker
Tel: 07946 216 941
Email: iwalker@lambeth.gov.uk

Guilherme Rosa - Labour Candidate

You can write to all your Stockwell Labour councillors at:
Lambeth Town Hall
Brixton Hill

Advice Surgeries:
Your Stockwell Labour councillors hold a surgery where you can come for advice and help with any problems. No need to make an appointment, just turn up on the day.

1st Thursday of every month at 6pm
Stockwell Community Resource Centre, 1 Studley Road

3rd Saturday of every month at 11am
Stockwell Community Resource Centre, 1 Studley Road

Contact Us

Councillor Alex Bigham
Tel: 07814 566 011

Councillor Imogen Walker
Tel: 07946 216 941
Email: iwalker@lambeth.gov.uk

Guilherme Rosa
Email: guilhermefrosa@gmail.com

You can write to all your Stockwell Labour councillors at:
Lambeth Town Hall
Brixton Hill
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