Thursday, 5 November 2009
Before that, the Mayor of Lambeth, Cllr Christopher Wellbelove will host Lambeth's Remembrance Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony outside Brixton Library at 9.00am. This will be followed by a short service and wreath laying ceremony at St Matthew's Church, Brixton. The event will be followed by light refreshments in the Mayoral Suite at the Town Hall.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Pete Bowyer has represented Stockwell residents since winning a by-election in 2003, when the Lib Dem councillor was forced to resign after being found guilty of criminal charges. Since then, Pete helped establish a drinking ban around the tube station, secured a grant for the Dorset Road Community Centre and is fighting for a better concierge service for residents.
Imogen Walker has been your Stockwell Labour councillor since 2006, and lives just off Lansdowne Way. She has helped secure funding for a half million pound community centre for Portuguese residents, has worked with police to get more visible patrols across the area and secured extra funding for youth services at the Oasis centre.
Alex Bigham has lived in Stockwell for over 7 years, and his family for nearly 3 decades. He is a board member of a local housing association. He would like to see the Stockwell war memorial cleaned up and restored to its former glory, and is campaigning for a new bus route to run through Stockwell.
Cllr Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council said “It is great news for the Labour party, for the Portuguese community, and above all for Stockwell residents that we have such a strong Labour action team in place in Stockwell. These are three local campaigners, who truly understand their local community and will stand up for Stockwell – to bring the kind of changes and improvements we all want to see.”
Saturday, 24 October 2009
They were talking to residents about how the new dispersal zone (which Labour councillors and the police introduced) is working along the Dorset Road, along with other issues including housing, anti-social behaviour, and even one resident who is suffering from a plague of ladybirds outside her house! (Incidentally, this is a national problem – http://tinyurl.com/3lol97)
Stockwell’s Labour team are delighted though that work is now complete in Wimborne house (pictured) and residents can now fully enjoy the benefits. The £4.5 million refit, approved by Lambeth Labour councillors has paid for new kitchens, more efficient boilers, redecoration, new lifts and double glazing.
Last week, the team noticed some dumped rubbish (also pictured) outside Wimborne House and reported it to the council. This has now thankfully been sorted.
We hope things are working well, but do get in touch with your Labour team if there are any issues we can help with at all.
Lambeth consulted with 150 Portuguese people, of whom 93% support the idea of a community centre. The community are now looking at 3 options for a centre that will best meet their needs.
Sadly, the Lib Dems seem to want to hijack the project. At a speech in the town hall, a Lib Dem councillor who doesn’t even represent Stockwell said he wanted to force the community to set up the centre by next April, come what may. Well Labour disagrees – the Portuguese community, not Lib Dems should have the final say when the centre is established and where. Surely that’s the point of such a centre – empowering people, not bossing them around? Sadly, the Lib Dems have still not said that they would fund such a centre if they ever sneaked back into power in Lambeth after April next year. How committed are they?
A full report on Lambeth’s work with the Portuguese community is here:
“The area that I have called home for the past fifteen years is rich in characters and stories. It is also extremely transient, with new communities coming and going over a short period of time.
If you would like to be interviewed as part of the Stockwell Oral History project, then please get in touch. The format is open ended, simply having a chat about anything and everything that has a Stockwell strand running through it."
Good luck to both of them!
The Picture is of the Swan Pub from the 1780s.
The fun starts at all three venues at 7.30pm on Thursday 5 November.
Find out about travel details and firework safety on Lambeth council’s fireworks page.
Some upcoming events:
Wednesday 28 October: 10th Anniversary of the Caine Prize for African writing with Brian Chikwava. 7pm Brixton Library
Wednesday 28 October: Storytelling: African and Caribbean Tales, 2.30pm Durning Library Ages 5 – 11 years
Friday 30 October: Nzinga Dance - African puppets/dolls workshops, 2.30pm Carnegie Library
A full list of events and attendance details are here: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/LeisureCulture/Libraries/Black+History+Month+brochure+2009.htm
Your Labour team has reported all of the issues, and we hope they are sorted soon, pictured includes graffiti on Crimsworth Road, broken bollards on Fount Street and rubble from a broken wall on Clapham Road.
Szabo was a single mother (her husband was killed at El Alamein) who grew up in Stockwell. She ran undercover operations against the Nazis from offices in Baker Street. There is a blue plaque on Burnley Road, Stockwell, where Szabo lived. Tragically, she died aged just 23 after being captured and killed in a concentration camp.
Her work is celebrated in the film, ‘Carve her name with pride’.
It follows a fatal blaze at Lakanal House in Southwark this July which brought the need for the fire safety assessments into focus. Six people died in that fire, which was started by a faulty television. Lambeth’s own safety assessments were under way at the time of the tragic fire, and some 16,000 homes have so far been visited.
At the same time as the assessments are taking place, Lambeth Living has stepped up its daily, weekly and fortnightly inspections by concierge, cleaners and estate services officers. Lambeth Living looks after the borough’s housing stock and its Chief Executive Cathy Deplessis said: “The safety of our tenants and residents is a top priority and we have been working closely with the London Fire Brigade on a robust programme of safety measures, including an action plan for fire risk assessments across every council home. Separate internal home fire checks have already been completed on over 16,000 homes and is underway on the remaining properties.”
(Story from Lambeth Life)
The gardening group worked with the council’s Community Freshview team to clear the land and create the space to make the garden a reality. The gardeners have been recognised with a Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom Neighbourhood award.
“Community Freshview is a fantastic scheme that has helped community groups from across Lambeth make a difference to run down parts of the borough . Whether you want to brighten up an area of green space, give a facelift to a disused area of land or any other activity that improves your local environment, Community Fresh view can help you do it.”
To find out how Community Freshview can help your community call 020 7926 0524 or email Freshview@lambeth.gov.uk
(Story from Lambeth Life)
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
"Anyone wishing to speak to the hearing must be present when the hearing opens.
As you may recall, Lidl and the developer Crest Nicholson want to demolish the existing buildings on the site and build five storeys with a supermarket on the ground floor and 68 fats above, with 30 parking spaces for Lidl customers and 2 disabled parking spaces. Lambeth rejected the application but Lidl/Crest Nicholson are appealing, hence this hearing.
You are entitled to see documents relating to the appeal held by Lambeth; contact Gavin Chinniah at Lambeth Panning Division, Phoenix House, Wandsworth Road (by the Vauxhall bus station and St George Wharf development at Vauxhall Cross) or on 020 7926 1257.
If you would like to receive a copy of the Inspector’s decision, you have to ask in writing for one to be sent to you: quote reference APP/N5660/A/09/2105472 and write to: The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/19, Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN."
Monday, 21 September 2009
All this in comparison to the Lib Dems – who had the worst funded youth service in London – and as a result the highest level of youth crime. Under the Lib Dems, youth clubs were closed at weekends, while under Labour there have been extended hours for youth clubs.
Examples of activities include dance classes at the YMCA on Stockwell road, the Stockwell Skate Park and basketball at the old Lilian Bayliss school in Kennington.
To find out what’s on offer for young people, Labour has set up http://www.younglambeth.org/
There’s more information about sports in the area for all ages at http://www.thesportactionzone.org/
Labour is taking action to save jobs and get the unemployed back to work fast. Thanks to Labour, three new skills trainging centres will open across Lambeth – including one locally in Kennington. Labour councillors have won over £17 million from the Government to fund improvements to local homes, roads and schools. The jobs will be prioritised for local people.
Lambeth First (the borough’s strategic partnership) has funded an open day for jobs in Waterloo on 1st October. As many as 800 new jobs will be available in the new Park Plaza hotel near Westminster Bridge.
Positions available include in: concierge, food & beverage, front of house, housekeeping, kitchen, maintenance, meetings & events, security, and stewarding.
Details: Thursday 1 October 2009, 2pm – 8pm. Join one of the Information Sessions which run every hour, starting at 3pm. Last session at 7pm. Venue: Lilian Baylis Community Hub, Lollard Street, SE11 6PY. On bus routes: 3, 59, 159, 344, 360. Nearest tubes: Lambeth North, Kennington. Free refreshments
Book your free place, by phoning Waterloo Job Shop on 020 7926 8760 Or drop in to 114-118 Lower Marsh (Opening hours: Monday 9.30am – 4pm, Tuesday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm)
More information at http://www.lambethfirst.org.uk/
The percentage of pupils with five or more A* to C grades has soared from 62.3 per cent in 2008 to 71.1 per cent this year. Pupils' achievement at GCSE level in Lambeth has risen for the past twelve consecutive years, and is now four per cent higher than the national average which has seen 67.1 per cent of pupils from across the country achieve five or more A* to C grades.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families indicator which shows the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades including English and Maths, reveals a substantial increase in Lambeth from 47.1 per cent in 2008 to 53.5 per cent this year.
The improvement, with English and Maths included, shows Stockwell Park High School to be the most improved at 21 per cent.
Sunday, 20 September 2009
The aim of the week is ‘‘to challenge all Londoners to make a positive change in their communities by engaging in a community safety agenda for London.’’
Peace Week in Lambeth has been designed to bring our communities together, celebrate our differences and work together to address issues which affect us all. In particular, we know that tackling anxieties linked to actual and perceived crime are of priority for everyone.
You are invited to join any of the events. Bring along your family members, friends and neighbours and meet up with people who are delivering initiatives which help bring communities together and make Lambeth a safer borough.
On Saturday 26th September there will be a drop in Police Surgery for Spanish and Portuguese communities at the Wyvil School on South Lambeth Road from 12 noon to 3pm. From 12 noon to 6pm there will be a Safer Communities Zone at the Stockwell Festival in Larkhall Park.
Peace Week highlights include:
• a skate park jam
• a multi-faith peace picnic
• Safer Neighbourhoods police team talks
• a 'Living together in Lambeth' event
• a domestic violence seminar
• a young people's question time
• the Safer Communities Zone at Stockwell's Expo.
For more details about Peace Week, email email@example.com
or visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/PeaceWeek or call 020 7926 2681
Tickets are free, but are available on a first come, first serve basis - so don't delay.
To apply email firstname.lastname@example.org including your name, address, postcode, daytime phone number and the number of tickets you require (max 6 per application) OR call 020 7983 4762.
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Do you find getting to work every morning a nightmare on the Northern Line?
Many residents have complained to us about the severe levels of overcrowding on the Northern Line.
The stations are overcrowded and dangerous, and often have to be closed because of congestion. As your local councillors, we campaigning for a new bus service to run at peak hours along the route of the Bank Northern Line, with our London Assembly Member, Val Shawcross.
We want to see a new bus service which starts at Clapham Common. We also want to see the current Mayor honour plans made by Ken Livingstone to increase the number of trains on the Northern Line by a third.
If you support our campaign, please sign up at:
Just come across the excellent Stockwell War Memorial website. Bathsheba of Stockwell News has researched the names on the Stockwell War Memorial and provides lots of information about the memorial. The site is well worth a visit - www.stockwellwarmemorial.co.uk
The story says:
"I have located the "missing" Stockwell War Memorial. It was once displayed in the Stockwell Green United Reformed Church but was removed when the church was sold in 1991 (it's now a Muslim centre).
The memorial is now kept in West Norwood Cemetery. Clearly, it needs a new home. Does anyone know of a suitable location for it?
More about the memorial at the War Memorials Inventory.
I will be researching the names over the coming months.
The inscription reads:
Full story here.
Saturday 5 September
12noon to 5pm
It's a great chance to try out sports, including:
* Tai Chi
* Table tennis
* Indoor rowing
* Martial arts
* Climbing wall
Also - free body MOT from NHS Lambeth!
More info from Amy Vowler
Phone: 020 7926 2640
Thursday, 6 August 2009
That's why this blog has unmoderated comments, although i'll delete anything defamatory, bigotted, racist, sexist etc. Other Lambeth Labour blogs allow comments as well.
But I was looking at the Lib Dem blog in neighbouring Oval - and they don't allow anyone to comment on their articles.
The questions is, what are they afraid of? Honest feedback from their constituents? Not really very liberal, or very democratic.
UPDATE: It seems the Lib Dems have seen this post and now added the ability to comment on the Oval blog. Glad Labour could be of service to the good people of Oval...
Anyway, feel free to comment about this blog - if there are any changes or improvements you'd like to see.
The six-month dispersal zone is being put in place following complaints received by the Oval and Stockwell Safer Neighbourhood Teams from residents and local businesses located on the Bolney Meadows estate, which is also known as the South Lambeth estate. The reports include incidents in which the gang have openly sold drugs in flat stairwells and outside shops, vandalism, street drinking, harassment and intimidation.
Councillor Mark Bennett, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: "The local community on the Bolney Meadows estate has asked for our help and we have taken decisive action in response. No one should feel intimidated or harassed when they visit their local shops to buy a pint of milk or are verbally abused and threatened as they make their way home. This new dispersal zone sends out a clear message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated."
The Dispersal Zone gives Lambeth police greater powers to tell individuals to leave an area where their presence is causing local residents and the business community to feel threatened and intimidated. Those asked to disperse from the area will have their names and addresses taken by officers, with repeat offenders being put forward for further enforcement including an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO). A team of Lambeth Council youth workers will also be on hand to offer young people information on local activities offered by the council throughout the school holidays.
Section 30 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 provides police with a power to establish and enforce dispersal zones, where there are reasonable grounds to believe there is persistent anti-social behaviour. Authorisation may not be given without the consent of the local authority. Dispersal Zones are not curfews or blanket bans. They do not prevent anyone from entering the designated area, but they address anti-social behaviour through curtailing two or more persons present in that area for up to 24 hours.
The dispersal zone will cover: Dorset Road, Fentiman Road, Meadow Road, Carroun Road, Usborne Mews, Richbourne Terrace, Oval Place, Palfrey Place, Kibworth Street, Bolney Street, and the entire Bolney Meadows Estate and its communal areas.
Monday, 27 July 2009
According to the Stockwell Partnership, this year’s Festival theme is health and wellbeing and there’ll be all sorts of great opportunities to improve your well-being and create a healthier lifestyle for yourself.
Features at the 2009 Festival include:
- Stockwell’s first ever Expo; a market place with local businesses and voluntary groups showing off their wares.
- taster fitness classes
- watch a live cookery demonstration
- Get a head, neck and shoulder massage
- If you’ve got a bike problem, Dr Bike will be on hand to fix it
- Performing on the main stage will be swinging jazz sensations Kingsize 5 and local talents from Lambeth’s Music Service.
- Capoeira and street dance performances, Flamenco and Djembe drumming
- Visit the Children’s Village of Tropical Delights and leave your wishes on the peace tree,
- Watch out for theatrical entertainers Peat Moss and the Topiary Gardeners,
The famous Stockwell Festival parade returns again this year and joining the spectacular Stockwell pineapples will be lots of local children dressed as tropical fruit making the procession even more colourful.
If you want to take part in the parade full details on how to participate and a map of the parade route will be available in August at http://www.stockwell.org.uk/ or phone 020 7735 5051.
*This story is from "Home Ground" the excellent magazine produced by Hyde Southbank Homes. The full copy of the magazine is available to download here: http://www.stockwellcommunity.com/content/view/43/88/
In Harmony Lambeth aims to provide local children as young as four with opportunities to grow and develop both socially and musically. The project is being supported with £1 million in funding.
As part of the project, a fun and FREE week of musical mornings open to children on the Lansdowne Green estate will be taking place from 3rd to 7th August in the Community Hall from 9am to 12.30pm for 7 to 10 year olds. No music experience necessary. Please call Donna Pieters on 07912 476928 for further information.
There are free music classes starting in September for other local residents, 7 to 10 year olds can join in learning string instruments, violin, viola or cello on Wednesdays from 4 to 5.30pm. Sessions with the early years group from 0 to 6 years olds will explore music through play, using instruments, puppets, drums and singing, and take place from 11am to 12noon on Thursdays. Classes will be held in the Community Hall, 283-291 Wandsworth Road.
Brendon Le Page is head of Lambeth Music Service and theman leading the In Harmony project.“My aim in Lambeth is to offer along experience of music for everychild. I’m always looking for ways inwhich we can reach more children,especially those children who don’tnormally access music education ontheir own and need an opportunity.”
*This story is from "Home Ground" the excellent magazine produced by Hyde Southbank Homes. The full copy of the magazine is available to download here: http://www.stockwellcommunity.com/content/view/43/88/
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
He was serving a life sentence of 40 years for strangling a group of men and women aged between 67 and 94.
Sunday, 21 June 2009
As you know Lambeth refused planning permission to Lidl and their developers Crest Nicholson to build a five storey building (a supermarket and 68 flats) on the site of the Ryness wholesale lighting shop at 187-191 Clapham Road. Now we learn that Lidl and Crest Nicholson are appealing against this decision and are taking their case to the Secretary of State who will hold a Public Inquiry into the appeal. Local residents can again have a say - but we have to do so before 17 July.
You can respond to the Appeal on line at:
Please send copies of your response to our MP Kate Hoey at Hoeyk@parliament.uk and to our Councilors Pete Bowyer at PBowyer@lambeth.gov.uk, Imogen Waker at email@example.com, and Pav Akhtar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
200 Wandsworth Road
London, SW8 2JU
At 9pm: Councillors’ question time when local Councillors answer any questions from the floor.
This is an open meeting and everyone is welcome, the venue is fully accessible.
Redevelopment of Nine Elms Market site
Development of tall buildings
New American Embassy
Potential for regeneration of public realm in Vauxhall/Nine Elms and Stockwell
Help develop a collective aspiration for our neighbourhood
Lets make sure the things that matter are retained and enhanced
Identify what you would like to see developed in our area
There is a public consultation event at Lambeth Town Hall on Monday 6th July from 11am - 3pm. Carers of people with physical and sensory impairments are also welcome, as are staff /volunteers of VCS organisations working with this client group. Help with transport is available.
There are several other ways in which users can contribute to the draft strategy. There is a dedicated page on the DASL website where there is more information including a special issue of DASL's Mole newsletter and a downloadable copy of the draft strategy. If you would like printed copies of the Mole to pass on to people contact DASL. The webpage is at http://www.disabilitylambeth.org.uk/dasl/involvement/c-lambeths-new-strategy-for-people-with-physical-and-sensory-impairments/
DASL and LVAC also hope to organise a consultation meeting in July specifically for voluntary and community sector groups which work with people with physical and sensory impairments so that you can feed in your ideas and comments.
For more details, contact David Strong
Director Disability Advice Service Lambeth
Tel : 020 7642 0040
Email : email@example.com
Girls only 13+ : Fridays 6 -7pm
Friday, 12 June 2009
According to Guido:
"Lord Rennard is accused of [claiming] at least £41,768 of public money. An accusation he has so far proven unable to refute, failing to justify the designation of Eastbourne (07/08) or Wokingham (03/04) as his ‘main residence’ whilst working full time in Westminster and living in a large family home two miles away in Stockwell since 1998. Nor has he sought any supporting clarification from the fees office about his claim to have ‘followed the rules’. He is therefore under suspicion...which has caused him to bow out of Libdem frontline politics for “medical reasons”.
It goes on to say that
"Cowley Street still has funds to pay for a staff party on a boat down the Thames hosted by Lord Rennard even while he is still under investigation from the party’s “independent auditor” for his implausible expense claims to the House of Lords."
"It remains clear from this boat party that Lord Rennard remains a very active CEO, utterly unrepentant, with the full support of his employer and staff. This is odd given his is by far the most serious accusation of abuse of the expenses system against any Lib Dem Parliamentarian."
Mark campaigned hard to expose the failings of the Lib Dems on crime and over the old Lilian Baylis site, and will be a hard working councillor, who has already campaigned to secure a rent cut for local residents.
Leader of the Council, Steve Reed congratulated Mark:
"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, 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 download the full result, click here (pdf)
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Steve Reed went to see Housing Minister Margaret Beckett a few weeks ago. He explained that Lambeth’s rents had just gone up 17% to balance the books after the Lib Dems left a monstrous financial legacy with management costs 50% above the London average, £3m lost in fraud, an £8m overspend and £11m Government subsidy that they failed to claim. This would have been more than enough to cancel out the entire rent increase.
Labour has reined in the Lib Dem overspends and cut costs down to the London average, but the Lib Dems’ financial black hole was so enormous it has still resulted in this huge rent rise just to balance the books, costing the average tenant an extra £12 a week.
Cllr Reed asked the Minister why Lambeth’s tenants should be left to pay the price for Lib Dem failure. She agreed to step in and help. As a result, £2.12 a week will be shaved off the rents, but this is only the start. The rent rise is still higher than we want to see, so we will continue to push hard alongside tenants for more action to reduce rents further.
Council rents in Lambeth will go down by 3.1% thanks to successful Labour lobbying - but there's still more to go!
Monday, 25 May 2009
Saturday, 11 April 2009
Ngosi Edwards, of Hemans Street, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, the second teenager to be convicted of killing Robel Tewelde.
Edwards was with Jermaine Callum - who was found guilty of murder on July 10 last year and sentenced to 19 years - in a communal stairwell of the Studley Estate in Stockwell on Tuesday October 2, 2007.
Mr Tewelde was hit by two 9mm bullets.
A day for Statutory and Voluntary Providers and Commissioners
Weds 6th May 2009
9.30am – 1pm
Lambeth Accord, 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA
Lambeth Learning Disability Partnership Board in conjunction with Lambeth Mencap and People First Lambeth are inviting Senior Managers, Commissioners and Providers to come to a half day event where people who provide mainstream services can hear how other organisations have opened their services to Adults with Learning Difficulties. We will share information about how to overcome barriers to inclusion and so increase the take up of mainstream services by this often hard to reach group of people.
Hear examples of current good practice and learn how organisations like;
Ø English National Opera
Ø The Young Vic
Successfully overcame barriers to inclusion.
Share their experiences, successes and challenges of mainstreaming leisure activities ( i.e. non-educational activities) to Adults with Learning Disabilities.
Listen to the experience of adults with a learning disability
Be part of producing a plan to overcome barriers. to access for Adults with Learning Disabilities
In order for the day to be a success and for us to increase take up of mainstream services by this underrepresented group of vulnerable adults we need draw on a wide range of senior managers and those who can make a difference in their organisations so that we can produce a plan that will show what is working in Lambeth, where there are gaps and how we should move forward. TO this end we need statutory and voluntary organisations to commit to send a representative.
The event is free but to book your place please contact
Rhys Price at Rhys@peoplefirstlambeth.org.uk Or Alison White at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Over 100 people from both the Portuguese community and the Labour Party attended the dinner at Casa Madeira, and was a fantastic night with speeches from Antonio Cunha, UK representative of the Portuguese community, Stephen Twigg, Cllr Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth,Val Shawcross, London Assembly Member and Anne Fairweather, Labour Candidate for the European Elections.