Sunday, 22 February 2009

Sit Down for Stockwell Dinner

Stand up for Stockwell Fundraising Dinner
with special guests Stephen Twigg and Val Shawcross AM

Tuesday 7th April 2009, 7.30pm for 8pm start

Casa Madeira, 46b Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TL
Nearest station: Vauxhall

£30 including 3 course dinner and welcome drinks. All proceeds to The Labour Party.

Stockwell Labour Party, in partnership with the Portuguese community are holding a fundraising dinner on 7th April. The dinner should be a great chance to get to know some of your neighbours and enjoy some tasty Portuguese food.

Stephen Twigg and Val Shawcross, the Labour Assembly Member for Lambeth & Southwark will be the guest speakers. There will be a raffle with rare political memorabilia to win, so it promises to be an entertaining evening. Stephen Twigg is the former MP for Enfield Southgate, who famously beat Michael Portillo in th 1997 General Election. He was an Education Minister until 2005, when he became Director of the Foreign Policy Centre think tank. He is currently the Parliamentary Candidate for Liverpool West Derby.

To book tickets contact Emma Francis via

Monday, 9 February 2009

Proposed development on Clapham Road to overlook houses and school

Thanks to some active residents on Clapham Road, Stand up for Stockwell has become aware of a new proposed development at the site of the electrical shop and car wash at 187-191 Clapham Road.

The proposed new development would mean the demolition of the existing offices and house on the site, and the erection of a shop and 68 flats. Given the size of the land available, the development seems inapproriately large. It is 5 storeys and would significantly alter the line of sight on Clapham Road.

Residents on Clapham Road have expressed their anger as it will significantly affect their view and any light going into their houses. In addition, the development would block light and the view for people living on the east side of the Stockwell Gardens Estate.

The site would also overlook Stockwell Park School, blocking light to the new playgournd being developed. Some parents may also be concerned that such a large residential building will overlook the school. The Chair of Governors of Stockwell Park has expressed his concern as have the Stockwell Labour Councillors.

As if all that were not concerning enough, the site is being developed by the budget supermarket Lidls. This could directly threaten existing small businesses and shops in Stockwell, in a difficult economic climate. A number of unions across Europe have investigated Lidls' scandalous employment practices and union-busting activities.

The planning application is available to view here. Do send your thoughts on the plan either to us in the comment box, or to the relevant planning officer, Jonathon Fullelove via or call 020 7926 1180

Stockwell Community Meeting - 17th Feb

You are invited to a community meeting to discuss the future of Stockwell and how you can get involved.

From 6.00pm: February 17th 2009
In the Stockwell Community Resource Centre
1, Studley Road, SW4 6RA (just behind the tube station)

Visit stalls and displays of local projects with opportunities to find out more and sign up for local groups and activities. See displays of the Future Stockwell Framework and Stockwell Neighbourhood Action Plan.

6.30pm Learn about what our Stockwell Urban II programme has achieved and how you can help keep community action live in Stockwell!
7.45pm Hear about the proposed new Stockwell Neighbourhood Forums and how you can take part. A panel of speakers has been invited from Stockwell Partnership, Lambeth First and Lambeth Council. The new arrangements for Neighbourhood Forums, Neighbourhood Management and Community
8.45pm a Panel of Stockwell Partnership with all local Councillors invited to answer any questions.
9.00pm Finish
Food and soft drinks and live music will be provided free
For further details please visit or email

Lambeth Labour freezes council tax for 2 years

Lambeth Labour councillors have voted to freeze council tax for the next TWO years to help local households cope with the economic recession.

Labour was elected in Lambeth two years ago promising that we would be “on your side”, with council tax increases kept below the level of wage inflation. During the previous four years, a Lib Dem and Conservative coalition forced council tax up 40% - the biggest increase in Lambeth’s history - that cost the average household an extra £1000 in council tax payments.

Labour’s two-year tax freeze is intended to help residents who are struggling to cope with the effects of the global recession. With rising fuel prices and many facing job losses, Labour wants to help families and individuals keep more of their money. The freeze will be delivered without cuts in frontline services. This is possible only because of the careful way Labour has managed the council’s finances over the past two years, restoring them to stability after the Tories and Lib Dems left the council with no money in the bank and millions of pounds in debt.

The one thing the council does that affects just about every household in Lambeth is set the council tax. With Labour, our council tax is already one of the lowest in the country. But Lambeth Labour is determined to stay on the side of ordinary people, so we will be freezing council tax for the next two years with no increase in people’s bills. We know that’s the best way we can help people manage through the economic downturn. And it’s a clear difference from the record-breaking 40% hikes we got from the Lib Dems.

When the next elections come in May 2010, voters will face a clear choice. The Lib Dems who put council tax up 40% but wasted all the money, or Labour with low increases for two years followed by a two-year freeze to help people through the recession. That’s the difference between a Lib Dem council that’s not on your side or a Labour council that is.

Pothole in Stockwell Park Crescent finally fixed!

I am delighted to report that after much hassling, the large pothole in Stockwell Park Crescent has now been sorted. The hole was caused by a missing utility cover, and could have potentially been quite dangerous for pedestrians.

I reported the pothole to Lambeth in early January, and after some chasing they have now sorted the problem. There is now a new cover.

If you notice any potholes in your road, or other pavement problems we can help sort, do let me know in the comments, or email Alex Bigham, Stockwell Action Team Member via

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Come join a community clean up - Sat 14th Feb

The Albert Square & St Stephen's Resident's Association is organising a clean up of the comunity, supported by Lambeth Council. Please do join in.

Saturday 14th February 10.00 - 2.00

The clean up will be centred around the Sculpture and the Church, but we can do the wider area too. Come with your ideas for the area - the Council will provide the tools - and skips for rubbish and green waste.

Meet by the Sculpture at 10.00 - tell your friends.

Supported by Lambeth Council as part of its Community Freshview scheme.

Stockwell Local History Event

The Stockwell Village Association would like to invite all Stockwell residents to:

“STOCKWELL MEMORIES” - a Free Local History Event for all the family

Where: The YMCA, King George’s House, 40 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9ES
When: Saturday 28th February 2009 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

- Exhibits of old maps, photographs & documents
- A local history book stall
- A talk on how to research your house history
- Share your memories of the area
- Bring your old photographs or documents for appraisal
- Free light refreshments
and for the children:
- A professional children’s story teller
- Drawing and painting with a professional artist

Organised by the Stockwell Village Association. For more details, contact: