Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Save the Stockwell Centre!

The Stockwell Centre on Studley Road (just behind Stockwell tube station) is a well used community centre created for local residents. 

Unfortunately, Hyde Housing - the housing association which runs the centre plan to get rid of the centre and lease it to another group, with no guarantee it will stay open or provide the same services to local residents. They are also getting rid of community centres in other areas including the Kennington Park Estate.
Please sign our petition to save the centre: 
www.change.org/p/hyde-housing-save-the-stockwell-community-centre
The Stockwell Centre hosts a wide range of meetings and events - resident association meetings; support groups for drug/alcohol recovery; police engagement; Councillor and MP surgeries; digital training; support for elderly; training and advice for those getting back into work; social events; the Stockwell Forum; kids' sports activities like judo/taekwondo and much more.
This is a crucial resource which Hyde Housing recently refurbished and said they would support for long term.  This is an incredibly well used community centre, in an area that has the 5th highest child poverty in London. It really is crucial that it stays open.
Stockwell Labour Councillors Alex Bigham, Guilherme Rosa and Imogen Walker are fighting these plans.
Please sign and share this petition with your friends and family. 
Please also respond directly to the consultation here

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

A Business Improvement District for Stockwell?

Local Councillors have asked Council officers to investigate whether a Business Improvement District (BID) would be feasible in Stockwell and Oval to bring together the business community and the improvements that other town centres have witnessed. A draft map of where the BID might operate has been drawn up here.

A BID is an organisation run by local businesses for the benefit of the neighbourhood which businesses pay a small levy to fund every year. Very small businesses are excluded. In Lambeth there are currently seven BIDs, our residents will probably be most familiar with Vauxhall One who have installed new bins and hanging baskets, provided their own jet washing and street cleaning of the arches and town centre streets as well as supporting individual businesses with cheaper bills for things like energy and rubbish collection. 

Vauxhall One has also hired dedicated police officers to keep Vauxhall safe and invested in improvements like the pedestrianisation and improvements to part of Vauxhall Walk. There is loads more like the summer screenings in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and the Vauxhall Ice Rink. Have a look at their website to see more about what they do.

Council officers will be assessing whether there are enough businesses in the Stockwell area to make an organisation financially viable (BIDs need a basic amount in order to effectively function over a neighbourhood) and what the area around Stockwell town centre would make sense for the business community. Once that information is back we’ll see how best we can take this forward. To keep up with the campaign, please follow @StockwellOval




Sunday, 7 February 2016

Campaigning sessions in Stockwell - join us!


Come on join us on the doorstep over the coming months as we campaign in support of Sadiq Khan and Florence Eshalomi.

Confirmed dates are February 27, March 5, March 19 and April 9. Our usual meeting place is Stockwell tube station at 11am. Don't worry if you haven't been out canvassing before, there will always be someone available to show you the ropes!

Contact labourstockwell@gmail.com for more information.