Sunday, 21 July 2013

Community Champions picked to fight next election for Labour

Alex Bigham, Guilherme Rosa and Imogen Walker chosen to fight for Stockwell

Stockwell Labour Party members have selected three local community champions to stand for Lambeth Council at the next election, including the first Lambeth Labour candidate from a Portuguese background.

Guilherme Rosa, who is involved in a number of projects, such as helping set up a Portuguese language section at the Tate South Lambeth Library was chosen at a packed meeting of party members held at the Stockwell Partnership.

Guilherme will be working closely with all residents in Stockwell, building on strong links with Portuguese speaking residents and businesses, and helping the work of the Portuguese Community Centre which Labour supported the community to create.

He joins the two existing Stockwell councillors Imogen Walker and Alex Bigham. Both Imogen and Alex have represented Stockwell for a number of years and live in Stockwell. They have been campaigning to deliver real improvements to the area such as the planned Stockwell Square, the refurbished Stockwell war memorial, new kitchens and bathrooms on many of our estates and bringing the TFL bike scheme to Stockwell. They have also fought hard to protect residents incomes, keeping council tax frozen for the last five years.

Pete Bowyer is standing down at the next election after 10 years , and we would like to thank him for all his hard work.

We want to hear your ideas about how we can improve Stockwell over the coming years - please do get in touch in the comments section, or contact us.

A new square for Stockwell...

Your local Labour councillors are backing plans to create a new square in Stockwell which would improve the area around Stockwell tube station.

The plans would provide a more pedestrian friendly area around the tube which local residents have complained does not feel friendly and welcoming.

The new Stockwell Square would be created by expanding the pavements on Binfield Road, creating new areas for people to sit, a new TfL bike docking station, and other improvements such as trees. The area would be partly closed to traffic.

There are also proposals to close part of the Stockwell one way system on South Lambeth Road in order to create a new pedestrianised area linking the recently refurbished Stockwell war memorial with Stockwell Square. The plans have been drawn up by Lambeth Council and local community group the Stockwell Partnership.

Local residents have expressed their support for the project, but you still have time to have your say, you can either contact your councillors, or more details are on Lambeth's website. You can download the consultation report here and the design plans from the architects here.

There are other plans to improve our area such as traffic calming, tree planting and new cycle storage. You can read more here, and do send in your ideas as the new plans are being drawn up now, as part of the 'Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme'.