Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Labour in Lambeth reveals plans to transform Vauxhall Nine Elms

New community funds, better public services, parks and transport schemes are planned

Lambeth’s Labour Councillors have unveiled their plans to transform the Vauxhall-Nine Elms-Battersea area to ensure local residents get the maximum benefit from the regeneration proposals.

In a draft manifesto, Labour has pledged that they “will ensure that the necessary infrastructure and public services will be provided for local residents affected by the developments.”

One of the highlights is the plan to develop a new ‘Community Endowment Fund’ of at least £1million which will provide an annual pot of money for local groups to ensure that the benefits of the regeneration continue after the building has finished. In addition, funding that comes from new developments for improving the community will be ring fenced so it can’t be used to subsidise any overspend on the planned Northern Line Extension.

Labour’s Leader in Lambeth, and Co-chair of the VNEB Strategy Board, Cllr Steve Reed said:
“We are getting ahead of the curve in announcing these pledges for local people – the first political party to set out a manifesto for Vauxhall Nine Elms. With 16,000 new homes coming to the area we need to be sure that our public services meet the demands of our existing and new residents. We will be engaging with our communities, so they can tell us what they want. ”

The draft manifesto will go out for consultation over the next two months. Labour Councillors will be discussing the plans with local people, community groups, residents’ associations, and other key stakeholders.

To improve transport, Labour pledges to support:
· An extended Northern line to run from Kennington to Nine Elms and Battersea
· New bus services along Wandsworth Road and Nine Elms Lane.
· A cycle bridge at Pimlico, new boat services, walkways and improved access to the river.
· The extension of the TFL bike hire scheme further South
· Traffic calming measures and improvements to prevent ‘rat runs’ through residential areas.

To improve our open spaces, Labour pledges to:
· Preserve and improve Vauxhall Park, Spring Gardens and Larkhall Park.
· Lobby TfL to remove the Vauxhall gyratory to improve the area for pedestrians and cyclists.
· Ensure that any new tall buildings do not significantly overshadow parks and homes.

In public services and culture, Labour pledges to:
· Create extra school places, doctors, and ensure hospital services are not adversely affected.
· Ensure police are not diverted by protecting the new US Embassy.
· Develop new cultural provision in the area, provide extra sports pitches and leisure centres

To support local businesses and jobs, Labour pledges to:
· Ensure developers offer apprenticeships for young residents and the unemployed.
· Work to provide new spaces for retail outlets and street markets.

The consultation on the draft manifesto will run until 15 November.
To download the manifesto, click here.
To comment on the plans, you can email vnebmanifesto@gmail.com

Monday, 12 September 2011

Stockwell Festival this coming weekend

The annual jamboree that is the Stockwell Festival is upon us again. It is being held on:

Saturday 17 September 2011

in Larkhall Park
Courland Grove
London SW8 2PX

Stockwell Labour Party will have a stall with information on our campaigns and a chance to talk to your local councillors.
This year the Stockwell festival will be spread across five sites: Larkhall Park and Playground, Oasis Nature Garden, Go Kart track and Adventure Playground, and it is a joint project by Stockwell Partnership and Oasis Play.

The theme this year is Peace, Inclusion and Cohesion.

On the Pineapple Stage there's a vibrant line-up with hillbilly bluegrass from the Glenbuck Cherry Pickers, jazzy blues from Marcina Arnold and the Love Rats and steel panners Southside Harmonics. Plus dance moves from Dance Starz, acrobatic cheerleaders Fyer Flyz and Confusion.

Don't miss the famous Pineapple Peace Parade, face painting, arts and craft workshops, magic and circus workshops, interactive drumming workshops, the Bureau of Silly Ideas Pineapple Car, local artists, an opporunity to paint messages of Peace on the Giant Peace Wall, Stockwell stories and songs from local residents.

Services on site include Dr Bike who will give you advice and mechanical know-how on your bike. Friends of Larkhall Park exhibit the latest park developments.

If you’d like to volunteer on the day, please contact Anna at agodsiff@hotmail.com or call 07973 71117.

Follow Stockwell Festival on Facebook and Twitter @stockwellfesty or visit http://www.stockwell.org.uk/

Reminder: Stockwell War Memorial meeting

A quick reminder that the first Friends meeting for Stockwell War Memorial is on Wednesday 14 September at 7pm at the Stockwell Resource Centre, Studley Road (behind the tube).

Come and find out about this fascinating building and how you can help be part of the push to ensure its future is a bright one.

All welcome!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

New Market in Stockwell...

A new market opens next weekend (Saturday 17th September 2011, 10am – 4pm) at The Cavendish Arms on Hartington Road SW8 2HJ. The market will then be open the 2nd Saturday of the month.

Outside there will be stalls for foodies and plant lovers while inside in the ballroom there will be arts, crafts, clothes and gifts.

Some of the highlights so far are: -
· Di Lieto Bakery (ex South Lambeth Road) are returning to the area to trade from the market
· Mimosa Delicatessen (from the October market)
· Wildflowers plants and cut flowers
· Blueberry Hill Cakes

There will also be hot food in the form of savoury and sweet freshly made crepes, a Mediterranean BBQ and fresh Chorizo rolls, so you can come and have brunch, lunch or afternoon tea. The bar in the Cavendish is open from 11am.

Inside you will find: -
· Fein & Cooper Homewares (as seen in Liberties) selling homewares from vintage fabrics and vintage inspired lace curtains
· Moseley Giftware
· Retro and Designer Second-hand Clothing
· Upcycled furniture
· Hand printed bags, aprons and lavender bags

The majority of traders are local from Stockwell, Vauxhall and South Lambeth, so the market has a real community feel. Trade local and support your local community.

You can keep up to date with the market and the traders who will be there by following them on Facebook or Twitter, or visiting http://www.southlambethmarket.com/

Congratulations to Ian Beever and the rest of the market team on this great initiative!

News from The Lost Theatre

The artist David Taborn will be teaching Life Drawing and Printmaking at the Lost Theatre (208 Wandsworth Rd SW8 2JU near Lansdowne Way) on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm, 10 sessions from 21 September onwards. Email Vanessa at vanessaletts@talktalk.net if you are interested.

Also Lost Theatre's Sunday Drama Club for 5-10 year olds, run by Leigh Tredger, will be starting on Sunday 18 September, 12noon-1pm. The classes cost £40 for 10 sessions. The group will be working on a version of the 'Twelve Days of Christmas' by Catherine House, which they will present on Lost Theatre's stage to an invited audience on 18 December. There is an opportunity to meet Leigh Tredger when she teaches a dance routine at the Stockwell Festival on Saturday 17 Saturday (first Session at 2pm and then 3.30pm to participate in the parade starting at 4.30pm.) www.losttheatre.co.uk/under16s/under16s

Lost Theatre is also running a Drama Class for 11-15 year olds, Wednesdays 5.30-6.30pm, starting 14 September (£40 for ten sessions).

Family-suited productions coming up include Honk! a musical comedy based on The Ugly Duckling (13 September - 1 October), a National Theatre schools production of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream and from the West End the musical of Little Women (12 December - 7 January). www.losttheatre.co.uk/whatson/forthcomingshows/forthcomingshows

Police Appeal

Police are investigating an Operation Withern (ie London Riots) crime of GBH that occurred on Monday 8 August just after 1.20am on Stockwell Road, SW9 at the junction with Broomgrove Road.

The victim aged 27 was on his way home when he saw a large group of black men, all aged approximately 18 years, aggressively approach a woman on a bicycle, and then push her off.

He intervened and was subsequently assaulted by the group leaving him unconscious. The victim received injuries to his jaw and head but is recovering well.

Police are keen to speak with the female cyclist, who would be an important witness, and to anyone else that may have been there or seen what went on.

Anyone with information is asked to call DC Jenny Courtney from Lambeth CID on 020 8721 3537.

Albert Square hosts digital switchover party

London's countdown to Digital Switchover will be launched with a street tea party for residents of Albert Square, SW8.

After April 2012, when London switches over to digital-only TV, your analogue equipment (including video recorders) will not work and you could miss out on your favourite shows, so it is important that everyone has the digital equipment and set-up appropriate to their needs.
The Switchover Help Scheme press office will be talking to local residents about digital switchover, what they need to do to be prepared and the extra help that is available to certain eligible groups - including people aged 75 and over or those with a disability.

Please tell your friends, relatives and neighbours who may not be aware of the change or who are not online about this invitation.

RSVP (required) to Josie Wolstenholme on 020 7781 2300 or email helpscheme@consolidatedpr.com

Monday 12 September, 10am-12pm,
Location: Albert Square, Stockwell, London SW8