Sunday, 30 August 2009

Support our new bus campaign

Northern Line a Nightmare? then get on board our new Bus Campaign

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:

Stockwell War Memorial

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 -

Stockwell War Memorial: Missing plaque found

Stockwell News has a story about a missing plaque commemorating some of Stockwell's war heroes.

Stockwell Green URC War Memorial

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:

The Great War 1914-1918
To the glory of God and in Honour of the Officers and Men connected with this Church and Sunday School who served King and Country during the Great European War."

Full story here.

Activate Festival of Sport: Kennington Park, 5 September

Activate, Lambeth's FREE annual festival of sport, takes place in
Kennington Park
Saturday 5 September
12noon to 5pm

It's a great chance to try out sports, including:
* Volleyball
* Tai Chi
* Athletics
* Duathlon
* Cricket
* Handball
* Table tennis
* Indoor rowing
* Martial arts
* Climbing wall
* Basketball
* Football

Also - free body MOT from NHS Lambeth!

More info from Amy Vowler
Phone: 020 7926 2640

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Labour vs Lib Dem blogging

I don't profess to know everything about the world of blogging, social media or web 2.0, but I do feel strongly about one thing. The whole point of this technology is it's meant to be interactive. You can send your comments, feedback, opinions, likes, dislikes - and that is supposed to start a conversation. The idea is its two way traffic, not a megaphone.

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.

Lambeth Council introduce new dispersal zone to tackle anti social behaviour


Lambeth Council and Metropolitan Police have taken decisive action against a group who are intimidating local residents and businesses by introducing a new dispersal zone on the Bolney Meadows estate. The dispersal zone will be enforced from Wednesday, August 12, until Thursday, February 11, 2010, and has been designed to specifically target a group of young people and 19 to 35-year-olds, who mainly gather outside a parade of shops in Dorset Road.

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."
Superintendent Paul Wilson, said: "We will not tolerate drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in Lambeth. The introduction of the new dispersal zone assists with our mission to make Lambeth a safer place. Residents have raised their concerns to their local Safer Neighbourhood Teams and in partnership a dispersal zone has been agreed. In conjunction with the introduction of this new dispersal zone we will proactively target those individuals who cause anti-social behaviour in the borough of Lambeth.

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.