Sunday, 21 June 2009

Update on 187-191 Clapham Road - public inquiry

Original Story:

A local resident on Clapham Road writes:

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.

The grounds for appeal largely consist of Crest Nicholson saying they disagree with the Council's grounds for refusal. The Inspector will review all the original letters for and against the original proposal so we now need to consider the grounds for Appeal and respond to them.

You can respond to the Appeal on line at:

Please send copies of your response to our MP Kate Hoey at and to our Councilors Pete Bowyer at, Imogen Waker at, and Pav Akhtar at

Stockwell Neighbourhood Forum - 2 July

Stockwell Neighbourhood Forum

Thursday 2nd July 2009 7.00pm
Venue: Springfield Methodist Church,
200 Wandsworth Road
London, SW8 2JU
Main topic: Regeneration of Vauxhall/Nine Elms and how it affects Stockwell
Contribute Your Ideas and Views!

The Current London Plan identifies Vauxhall/Nine Elms as an Opportunity Area for creating new homes and employment. Along with Stockwell being identified as an area for regeneration in the same plan this will lead to many changes to our physical and social environment over the next 15-20 years. All of which will impact positively and negatively on existing communities and businesses.

The London Plan is current being reviewed by Mayor Boris Johnson. The Stockwell Neighbourhood Forum has an opportunity to contribute our views to this review and also feed into Lambeth’s new planning framework for our area.

Also at 8.30 pm: Exchange news and views and about Stockwell issues and events
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.

Nearest station is Vauxhall, buses 77, 87, 196 and free refreshments will be provided.

Key developments include: -
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

Consultation on Strategy for People with Physical and Sensory Impairments

Lambeth has launched the first stage of consultation on a new Joint Strategy for Services for People with Physical and Sensory Impairments. This continues until the end of July 2009. The Strategy will cover the period 2010 - 2015 and will be mainly about the needs of adults aged 18 - 64. The Lambeth Physical and Sensory Impairment Partnership Board [formerly the Lambeth Disabilities Partnership Board] is responsible for the strategy.

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

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 :

New Street Dance Classes in Stockwell

The Sports Action Zone have just set up two new STREET DANCE classes at Stockwell YMCA, 40 Stockwell Road on Friday evenings.

Boys and girls 8 -12 years: Fridays 5 -6pm
Girls only 13+ : Fridays 6 -7pm

They are free and there is no need to book - you can just turn up!

Friday, 12 June 2009

Lib Dem Stockwell Sleaze Scandal

Guido has a story today about the sad cancellation of disgraced Lib Dem peer Chris Rennard's annual barbecue in Stockwell. The Lib Dems have cancelled the festivites while the House of Lords investigate his expense claims. But they will allegedly party away from prying eyes on a boat on the Thames.

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."

Labour wins in Kennington by-election

Despite the national difficulties for Labour, Mark Harrison and the Labour team in Lambeth have won a hard fought victory in a council by-election. Labour won by over 300 votes in the Princes Ward (covering Kennington and Vauxhall), a substantial margin in a local by-election.

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)