Sunday, 25 January 2009

Special Surgery in Dorset Road

Your Labour Councillors - Pav Akhtar, Pete Bowyer and Imogen Walker will be holding a special surgery for local residents in the Dorset Road Community Project next Sunday (1st February).

You can come along just to say hello or to talk to them about issues you may have with council services and or just them know your views on local issues. Everyone is welcome.
Feel free to turn up, or let us know if you want one of the councillors to drop round to your home on Sunday.

They will be at:
Dorset Road Community Project
Flat 1, Sherborne House
Bolney Street
Sunday 1st February
11:00 - 12:00

If you can't make the surgery, you can contact any of your councillors via phone or email - details here or leave a comment.

Crescent pavement in need of improvement

At the recent AGM of the Stockwell Park Residents’ Association, the issue of the quality of paving on Stockwell Park Crescent was raised. The Crescent is part of the Stockwell Park conservation area, with some outstanding architecture on it. However, the pavement is pretty poor - uneven tarmac with a number of potholes and the potential to trip up on it.

The pavements on the other roads in the area (Burnley Road, St Michael’s Road and St Martin’s Road) have been repaved fairly recently, and are paved with flagstones, in keeping with the character of the conservation area. It is somewhat surprising that Stockwell Park Crescent is only paved with tarmac, given the historical nature of many of the homes on the street.

The Residents Association is currently lobbying the Head of Highways at Lambeth to improve the paving, and I have put this to the Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Sally Prentice and to the relevant council officers.

It seems only reasonable to me that the quality of the pavement in the conservation area is improved, and kept at a consistent level across all roads in the conservation area.

Let us know what you think in the comments or email

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Stockwell Safer Neighbourhoods Team

Your local team of police officers and PCSOs (Stockwell Safer Neighbourhoods Team) will be holding a public meeting on Thursday 29th January, at 7.30pm. The meeting will be held in the Lansdowne Green Estate Community Hall on Wandsworth Road, and all members of the public are welcome.

The Stockwell Safer Neighbourhoods Team is a dedicated team of officers for consisting of one Sergeant, three Constables and four Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

Their role is to work with the community, neighbourhood watches and a range of other partners to reduce crime and disorder and to deal with local issues and priorities identified by local people.
Your Stockwell Safer Neighbourhoods Team is:
Sergeant Geoff Ross
PC Kehinde Meshe
PC Andi Scott
PC Mark Belcher
PCSO Dillan Dulabh
PCSO Ade Aderogba
PCSO Sam Whitehead
PCSO Omar Khan

If you need to contact them about any kind of crime or anti-social behaviour in Stockwell, please call 020 8649 2533 or on 07920 233836
Alternatively, you can email them via

The team are based at: Clapham Police Station, 51 Union Grove, Clapham, London, SW8 2QU.

In an emergency, you should always call 999.

Vote for a Youth Mayor for Lambeth

Lambeth is going to be holding its second elections for a Youth Mayor and UK Young Parliament representative, and nominations are open now. If you're aged between 11 and 21, and live, work or study in Lambeth, this is your chance to stand up for young people in your area.

Lambeth's Youth Council, run by young people for young people, and the new Youth Mayor and UKYP rep, will work together to allocate £25,000 worth of funding towards projects that will help improve life for young people in Lambeth.

Although the Lib Dems have dismissed the initiatrive, In 2007-08, eight youth projects in the borough were funded through this scheme, including a social support network for young refugees, a cultural exchange programme, and a peer mediation project with St John's Primary school. Last year’s Youth Mayor Elections attracted 35 potential candidates and the votes of over 3000 local young people who chose 15 year old Satya Panigrahi as their first ever Youth Mayor.

The Youth Mayor acts as spokesperson for young people in Lambeth and provides a link between the young people, media, decision-makers and service-providers. The Youth Mayor is responsible for allocating £25,000 in funding to projects designed for and run by local young people. The Youth Mayor will also work in partnership with other members of Lambeth Youth Council to highlight and campaign on issues which are important to local people.

On 26 February selected schools in Lambeth will be hosting polling stations to enable their students to vote. You must be registered by 3 February 2009 to vote, so don't delay. To nominate yourself for Youth Mayor or register to vote in the elections, visit

Adulthood actor and Lambeth resident Arnold Oceng (pictured), fronts Lambeth's 2009 Youth Mayor and UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) representative election campaign. Arnold says: "It's great that young people are represented through Lambeth Council. Lambeth is one of the coolest places to live in London and there's a lot happening here. I'm proud to be from Lambeth. We've come a long way and developed more as a community and we are even more multicultural than ever before. Sometimes young people don't get a chance to influence decisions affecting them and that's a real shame. This election is a real chance for you to have your voices heard by local and national government."

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Do you want to honour someone who stands up for Stockwell?

Nominations are now open for the Lambeth Civic Awards 2009, honouring those unsung heroes whose tireless work within their community does so much to improve the lives of its residents. Anyone living or working within Lambeth can nominate someone they believe deserves recognition, with 26 January 2009 being the deadline for nominations. The awards are split into 'town centres' (North Lambeth, Brixton, Clapham and Stockwell, Streatham and Norwood), with an additional borough-wide prize, as well as the Lord Scarman Award, given for increasing or promoting equality, or encouraging achievement in challenging circumstances.

The Mayor of Lambeth has appealed for nominations and will host the awards ceremony on the evening of 1 April 2009. She said: "Perhaps you know of someone, who has been working for a community group or local charity, or who gives up their time helping vulnerable residents. If so, please nominate them for the Lambeth Civic Awards 2009, so that they can be recognised and honoured. We need to celebrate those people who give up so much for us." Last year, the recipients of the Lambeth Civic Awards included a computer expert who helped Lambeth's poor communities access the internet, a campaigner who secured a new community centre on the Weir Estate, and a youth worker who has been helping Lambeth's young people for 30 years.

If you know someone who you believe should be recognised for their work, please fill out a nomination form and send it in to Lambeth Town Hall by 26 January 2009. Nomination forms are available at Town Hall reception, all Lambeth libraries and on For further information, contact the Mayor's office on 020 7926 2120. If there is someone you think the Stockwell councillors and action team should support for the prize, let us know via or in the comments form.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Recycle your Christmas Tree

Stockwell residents will be able to recycle their Christmas trees again this year, as Lambeth Council launches its free tree recycling service from 5 January 2009.

The service has been set up to make recycling easier than ever. Residents who have a real Christmas tree and live in a kerbside property can leave it next to their refuse bin in the week beginning Monday 5th January, and the council will take it away and recycle it for free. The tree should be left at the front of the property before 6.00am on the day of collection, and all decorations should be removed.

People who live in a Lambeth Living property can simply leave their tree next to their estate recycling bank (also in the week beginning 5th January).

Alternatively, anyone can bring them to be recycled at the following four sites between 5-16 January:
Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4
Streatham Common, Streatham High Road, SW16
Kennington Park, Kennington Park Road, SE11
Lambeth Household Recycling Centre, Vale Street, SE27

It's estimated that each person in the UK will throw away an average of 50 kilos of waste over Christmas, about three million tonnes overall, although a lot of this waste, for example wrapping paper, Christmas cards, and plastic and glass bottles and cans from Christmas parties can all be recycled.

Cllr Sally Prentice, Cabinet member for Environment on Lambeth Council, said: "We all create a lot more waste during the Christmas period and Lambeth Council is making it easier than ever for people to recycle; our door-to-door Christmas tree recycling service is part of this drive. It’s also worth remembering that people can recycle clothes, toys, books and unwanted Christmas presents at local charity and second hand shops which are always looking for good quality items."

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Out and about in Stockwell, delivering calendars

I was out and about in Stockwell today with other Labour party activists and Cllr Raj Patil from neighbouring Larkhall ward. Some pictures from the Mursell estate, on a sunny (if cold) January afternoon.

We were delivering calendars with useful information including contact details of your 3 Labour councillors, numbers to call and details of when advice surgeries are held.

We'll be delivering the calendars to every home in Stockwell over the next few weeks, although these are all delivered by unpaid volunteers, so it might take a while to get to you. Do let me know in the comments or email me at if you don't receive your calendar, and we'll pop round.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

hole in pavement on Stockwell Park Crescent

I am going to blog more shortly on the state of the pavement on Stockwell Park Crescent, which isn't up to much, but for now Lambeth need to urgently sort out a dangerous hole in the pavement on the Crescent, pictured. I noticed this while out and about in Stockwell today.

I have contacted the street and pavement repair team, and will follow up if it's not sorted urgently. The hole is on the corner of Stockwell Park Crescent and Somerville Close. It seems to be a missing drain cover or fitting for the street light. While it is relatively small, it could easily be dangerous if you don't see it and is in the middle of the pavement.

Hopefully Lambeth will sort this as a priority. If you spot any potholes or problems with the roads or pavements in your area - you can report them by calling 020 7926 9000, or email

Community Toilet Scheme launched, more needed for central Stockwell

Lambeth recently launched a scheme where businesses will offer the use of their toilets to any member of the public in return for an annual fee from the council. The Community Toilet Scheme has increased the number of toilets available across the borough, and details of the toilets that can be used in and around Stockwell are below (pictures courtesy of Stockwell Toilet Watch, who campaigns vigorously on this issue).

This is good news, and should mean that by 2010 no-one has to walk more than 500 metres to find a public convenience. Each business should display the sign above, but you are encouraged to commit the list to memory if you are ever caught short.

However, there does need to be more provision in central Stockwell (i.e. the area around the tube station), where provision is fairly poor to be honest. There are a number of businesses that could sign up to the scheme and give Stockwell a much needed public toilet near the station.

I will be writing to the following businesses (and others) to encourage them to join the scheme to get more central Stockwell provision:

Ladbrokes on the corner of Clapham/Stockwell Roads
Ethio restaurant on Clapham Road
Delta restaurant on Clapham Road
Cafe Nile on Clapham Road
The Khyber Restaurant on South Lambeth Road
Delicatessan on Clapham Road
Monoptics on Stockwell Road
Dental Practice on Stockwell Road
William Hill on Clapham Road
Betterbet on Clapham Road
Vetinary Practice on South Lambeth Road

So, come on Stockwell businesses, show some interest in the local community who use your shop/restaurant and sign up to the scheme.

Get in touch if you want more information on the scheme, want to sign up, or have a suggestion for a business who could join.

Community Toilet Scheme Members

Community Toilet Scheme members
The following businesses are taking part in the Community Toilet Scheme. You can use their toilet facilties without having to make a purchase. Thanks to Stockwell Toilet Watch for the pictures of the nearest ones in Stockwell - and we still need more, especially near the station.

Honest Foods, 424 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF
McDonalds, 518 – 522 Brixton Road, SW9 8EN
Southside Bar, 144 Brixton Hill, SW2 1SD
The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ

Revolution, 95-97 Clapham High Street, SW4 7TB

Doghouse, 293 Kennington Road, SE11 6BY
Oval Tandoori, 64A-66 Brixton Road, SW9 6BP
Toni’s Café, 344 Kennington Road, SE11 4LD

Berlengas, 176A Wandsworth Road, SW8 2LA (pictured)
Machico Tapas Bar, 133 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1XB (pictured)

Aroma Café, 64 Streatham Hill, SW2 4RD
Astoria Restaurant, 5 Astoria Parade, SW16 1PR
Bar 61, 61A Streatham Hill, SW2 4TX
Bedford Park, 223 Streatham High Road, SW16 6EN
Kente Coffee House, 126 Streatham High Road, SW16 1BW
McDonalds, 2-22 Streatham Place, SW2 4PZ

Nolans, 33 Wilcox Road, SW8 2XA (pictured)
The Nott, 257 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2NB (pictured)

Crown & Cushion, 133-135 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HR
Cubana, 48 Lower Marsh, SE1 7RG
The Hole in the Wall, 5 Mepham Street, SE1 8SQ
Walrus Social, 172 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7RW

West Norwood
Ela’s Café, 93 Norwood High Street, SE27 9JS
Elmina, 463 Norwood Road, SE27 9DJ
Little Rock Café, 130 Norwood High Street, SE27 9NH

Businesses interested in becoming part of the Community Toilet Scheme can contact Lambeth council on 020 7926 9000 or email

Berlengas on Wandsworth Road

Machico on South Lambeth Road

Nolans on Wilcox Road

The Nott on Wandsworth Road