Saturday, 23 January 2010

Tackling Graffiti and other issues down your street

Labour councillors and activists were out talking to residents on Cowthorpe, Thorparch, Goldsboro and Crimsworth Road today.

Some of the issues that were bothering residents included gangs of youths hanging round in the street, particularly outside Webb House, car thefts, street sweeping and the quality of paving on the roads.

Your Stockwell Labour Action Team is raising all of these issues with the council and the police. When we were there we spotted that the offensive graffiti which had been scrawled onto a street sign on Crimsworth Road has now thankfully been removed after we reported the matter to Lambeth's street cleaning team.

We all need to work together to make our community a better place to live, so if you have any issues or problems, like graffiti simply email or use the fixmystreet website to report it.
                                     Reported.                                           Sorted!

Friday, 22 January 2010

Are you missing something? Follow Stockwell Labour on Twitter

Today the 300th person started following the Stand up for Stockwell feed at

Just click on the link and press follow to join the twitter mob.

Lambeth marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day, dedicated to the memory of the victims of the holocaust and of genocide around the world, will take place on Sunday 24 January. Lambeth Town Hall will host the borough's commemoration of this international milestone.

The event begins at 3.00pm with a welcome from the Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Christopher Wellbelove and will include the powerful words of a Holocaust survivor.

Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich will tell her story after readings by young people from the South London Liberal Synagogue. The keynote address will be given by Ela Piotrowska, principle of Morley College and Clive Lawton, co-founder of Limmud, the Jewish adult education movement.

Following a musical interlude from the Corpus Christi school choir there will be opportunity for the audience to ask questions about the holocaust.

Pupils from Dunraven School will give a poetry reading, followed by Lambeth Council Chief Executive Derrick Anderson. He will speak of a Time of Reflection.

The afternoon will finish around 4.45 pm with closing words from Leader of Lambeth Council, Councillor Steve Reed.

All who wish to take part are welcome.

Councillor Rachel Heywood, Lambeth Council cabinet member for culture and communities said: "Holocaust Memorial Day helps to ensure that these terrible crimes are never forgotten. It gives us the opportunity to remind ourselves that we must do all in our power to help build a world in which such things never happen again."

(from Lambeth Council)

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Community Champion Remembered

A much loved tenant activist, Elsie Naisbett has passed away recently.

Elsie, who was 84 lived on the Studley Estate in Stockwell and was awarded an MBE for her services to the community.

She lived on the estate for an incredible 47 years, and helped a number of estates to transfer to being run by housing associations, along with investment from the Labour government in 1998.

She subsequently became the vice-chair of the Hyde Southbank Housing (HSH) Association board (declaration of interest - I am currently a member).

HSH published a report this week in partnership with the think tank Demos on community activism. Entitled ‘Where are tomorrow’s heartlanders?’ it is dedicated to Elsie and looks at the potential of a new generation of tenant champions from social housing.

To read the report, go here:

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Labour action team busy during cold snap

We hope you kept safe and warm through the recent cold snap. We wanted to let you know what Labour was doing as your local council team during the cold snap.

While some services were affected and schools closed, Lambeth was well prepared for the current cold snap.
-          Lambeth’s gritters were out in force, some working well into the night, to keep the borough moving after heavy snow fell in just a few hours.
-          The council was well prepared for the cold period, ordering in extra supplies of grit before the current cold period began.
-          In places with severe problems, such as hills, gritting teams used a strategy of sending two vehicles to clear snow and ice from problem routes.
-          Refuse and recycling services were disrupted due to the weather. Crews were out making collections but their progress has been slow. They worked hard to catch up with collections as quickly as they could, and staff worked over the weekend if necessary.
-          Street cleaning staff were diverted from their normal duties to clear snow and ice from footways.
-          Lambeth put daily updates on their website on how services and travel is affected by the weather
-          The Labour government took decisive action to preserve salt stocks in case the cold weather returns.
-          We spoke to the Chief Executive of Hyde to review their gritting policy on the Studley Estate, Stockwell Gardens Estate and Fenton Close.
-          Nearly 30,000 older residents receive a winter fuel allowance of up to £400 thanks to a Labour government. If you’re over 60, not receiving the allowance and think you might be entitled to it, please call The Winter Fuel Payment Helpline on 08459 15 15 15.
Lambeth have been well prepared for the snow and rallied all their resources to keep the borough moving.
If the weather turns cold again, our advice is that people should take extra care, think about their travel plans, and look out for elderly neighbours. We hope you keep safe and warm, but if you have any problems, please feel free to contact us. 

Pictured are Alex Bigham and Cllr Imogen Walker checking on the progress of gritting outside Apple Blossom Court, a shelted accommodation scheme which provides housing for older people.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Nominate your local hero

Do you know someone who works hard to improve our local community or the lives of others? If so, why not nominate them for a Lambeth Civic Award?

Nominations are now open, and anyone living or working in the borough can put forward the person they believe deserves recognition for their achievements.

"Every day in Lambeth, people who care about their fellow residents and neighbourhoods make a positive and selfless contribution to the lives of others. These actions all too often go unrewarded," said the Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Christopher Wellbelove.

"The council's civic award scheme, now in its eleventh year, gives the opportunity to honour people who help others in a special way," he added.

Details and a nomination form can be downloaded from the Lambeth website.

Nominations close on 8 February, and the winners will be presented with their awards at a glittering ceremony later this year.

(source: Lambeth Council)

Forum con la policia metropolitana para la comunidad de habla hispana y portuguesa

Forum con la policia metropolitana para la comunidad de habla hispana y portuguesa

*Para mejorar los servicios policiales para lograr un barrio seguro y sin peligro (Safer Neighbourhood).
*Una oportunidad para tratar asuntos policiales con agentes de habla hispana.
*Conozca su policia local y dialogue.
*Conozca y participe en el foro de habla hispana y portugues

Más información:
Tel: 07827283574

Gloria Gómez Canal

Lugar: Stockwell Community Resource Centre, 1 Studley Road - London -SW4 6RARA (Detrás del Underground Stockwell)

Día: 26 de enero de 2010
Hora: 5:30 pm. 

FORUM with the Portuguese and Spanish speaking community and the Safer Neighbourhood Team (Metropolitan Police)

Day:January 26th at 5.30pm.
At:Stockwell Community Resource Centre, 1 Studley Road, Stockwell SW4 6RA.

More information 07918176680

Monday, 18 January 2010

Back our dispersal zone campaign

Why are we campaigning for this?

Lambeth Council and Metropolitan Police have the power to take decisive action on anti-social behaviour by introducing a new dispersal zone on the Studley and Stockwell Gardens estates.

Your local Labour action team – Councillor Imogen Walker, Councillor Pete Bowyer and Alex Bigham are gathering signatures for a petition backing a dispersal zone.

The zone would enable the police to tackle youths and gang members who engage in activity that is intimidating or concerning to residents. From talking to people on both the Studley and Sotckwell Gardens we know that many people are worried about youths who hang round outside the entrances to blocks or on stairwells causing a nuisance.

We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour of any kind, and a new dispersal zone could help make our community a safer place to live.

Residents have told us about their concerns, and as your local Labour team, we will not hesitate to take tough action. No-one should feel intimidated our threatened on their own doorstep.

Sign up to our campaign here:

What is a dispersal zone?
A 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).

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.

Lambeth Council and police have enjoyed a great deal of success in using dispersal zones to tackle anti-social behaviour in specific locations of the borough. A new dispersal zone was introduced in Brixton last year, which brought a big decrease in anti-social-behaviour from drug dealers, drugs users, and aggressive begging. A dispersal zone was also used to successfully tackle a group of anti-social youths who had been intimidating local residents and businesses in Dorset Road in Stockwell last year.

Members of the public can report crime and anti-social behaviour to the council on 020 7926 4000 (9am-6pm) or call Stockwell’s local police team on 020 8721262 or 07920 233836.

In an emergency, please dial 999.

Discuss future of Nine Elms

The redevelopment of Vauxhall Nine Elms will impact on local schools, transport links, health services, your family, your home, your life, your neighbourhood.

The Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall Forum are organising a public meeting on Tuesday 19 January to discuss the development plans around Nine Elms.

Maureen Johnston writes:

"Hundreds of new homes and residents will impact on transport, parking, schooling, health care and recreational facilities. What are the plans to cope with these changes?

"On 19th January, we have a chance to listen to these plans, question the proposals and make suggestions. Please take part – don’t leave it to your neighbour who may have different ideas from yourself.   We look forward to seeing you there."

Tuesday 19 January,
7.00 for 7.30
Montgomery Hall,
58 Kennington Oval, SE11

Pictured is a map of Nine Elms from 1847.

Burns Night celebration at the Tate Library

Friends of the Tate Library, South Lambeth Road, are holding a celebration for Burns Night at the library on 22 January 2010 at 7pm.

There'll be haggis (including veggie version) and liquid refreshments.

It's a members-only event - but you are welcome to join at the door.

(from Stockwell News)

New Jean Charles de Menezes memorial

A new memorial was unveiled on 7 January to commemorate the death of Jean Charles de Menezes.

On what would have been the 32nd birthday of Menezes, the mosaic was officially opened by members of his family outside Stockwell station.

The memorial was made by local artist Mary Edwards, and replaces the previous impromptu 'wardrobe' that had been in place along with floral tributes over the last four years.

New Year Honour for Toaha Qureshi

Toaha Qureshi was awarded an Order of the British Empire, MBE, for services to Community Relations in Stockwell.

Toaha is well known to many in Stockwell as a trustee of the Stockwell Green Mosque. He was also a council candidate for the local elections in 2002 for the Labour Party.

He is the chairman of Stockwell Green Youth Project which he established in 1999 to support disenchanted and socially excluded members of the black and minority ethnic communities, particularly young Muslims in the London Borough of Lambeth.

He is also a key figure in the Clapham and Stockwell Faith Forum.

Picture from Catriona Roberston's blog.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year !

On behalf of the Stockwell Labour team, we hope you had a pleasant and relaxing Christmas and wish you a prosperous and healthy new year.

Personally, my new year's resolution is to keep our blog a bit more up to date. The updates have slipped a bit because it has been a very busy time. In the last month we have:
- knocked on almost every door in Stockwell to talk to residents about what issues concern them
- sent out 2,000 Christmas cards
- started delivering 2010 calendars to every household with useful contact numbers for local services
- held meetings with community activists and attended other community meetings
- held a weekly surgery for local residents to discuss their problems in person

If we haven't had a chance to speak to you yet, you can contact us here.

All the best for 2010