Wednesday, 23 February 2011

New Exhibition on Updated plans for the Garden at New Covent Garden Market 3-5 March

Covent Garden Market Authority (CGMA) has announced the dates for the third public exhibition of their plans for The Garden at New Covent Garden Market.

The exhibition will provide local residents and businesses with an opportunity to see CGMA’s updated plans for the redevelopment of The Garden which will see the UK’s largest fresh produce market transformed after over 35 years in Nine Elms.

CGMA say they have been incorporating comments received from a wide range of stakeholders as well as from the tenants on the Market.

This third exhibition will therefore display new information and images about all the elements of the site as part of CGMA’s final pre-application consultation activities before they submit a planning application to Wandsworth Borough Council. Visitors will have the chance to meet the project team and give their comments on the updated plans.

The exhibition itself will be based in the Yvonne Carr Community Centre, 2 Thessaly Road, SW8 4HT and will be open at the following times:

· Thursday 3 March, 4.00pm – 8.00pm
· Friday 4 March, 4.00pm – 8.00pm
· Saturday 5 March, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Jan Lloyd, Chief Executive of Covent Garden Market Authority, said:

“We have come a long way with our plans and received very positive responses to our previous exhibitions. Over the last year we have been incorporating the feedback we have received and engaging in further consultation with our tenants to ensure that we deliver a new Market that works for their businesses now and in the future.

“We have also introduced a major redesign of our plans for the Northern Site to provide a greater proportion of open space to benefit the local communities in the wider area.

“We hope that lots of people will come along to this third exhibition to see these updated plans and let us know what they think before we submit a planning application later in the year."

If you are unable to visit the exhibition but want to know more about the plans you can request a leaflet by emailing or calling the dedicated hotline on 0800 977 8794. More information will also be available from Thursday 3 March on the New Covent Garden Market website -

Exhibition for Sainsbury's Nine Elms Development proposals

Sainbury's Development Proposals for their store site in Wandsworth Road, Nine Elms, are being displayed at a public exhibition on:

Friday 4th March : 2.00pm – 8.00pm
Saturday 5th March : 10.00am – 4.00pm

Venue: Sainsbury’s Nine Elms
62 Wandsworth Road

If you are unable to attend and require any further information at this stage, please do not hesitate to contact Nicholas Vose on 0870 626 9081 or via email at .

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

42 storey tower block rejected for Vauxhall

Thanks to the fight put up by Maureen Johnston (KOV Forum Chair), the Kennington Association, Viva Vauxhall, Friends of Vauxhall Park and many others at the public enquiry in summer of 2010, Lambeth Council's original decision to reject the planning application for a 500 foot tall skyscraper has been upheld by the Secretary of State. So that one won't be happening now. The grounds for the rejection were that there would be insufficient opportunities for pedestrian movement in the area, and the tower would erode the function and character of nearby Vauxhall Park.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Spring Gardens and Statue of Basaweshar

From the Chair of Friends of Spring Gardens:

Lambeth Council welcomes proposal, as do Friends of Spring Gardens, to erect a statue of Basaweshar in Spring Gardens. See below for Lambeth's position statement, addressed to Friends of Spring Gardens:

'Thank you for your deputation at the Lambeth Council meeting of 19 January.

'The Council welcomes the proposal to erect a statue of Basaweshar in Spring Gardens and for the generous donation of £250,000 towards the regeneration and improvement of Spring Gardens. We note the support of the Friends of Spring Gardens who will be the recipients of the Donation.

'The Council has identified a site for the statue but this will of course be subject to the necessary planning approvals.

'Officers of the Council have met with Dr Neeraj Patil to discuss the formal administrative arrangements required for this project to proceed.

'The Council notes that the full cost of the design and project management and construction as well as future maintenance costs will be met by a Trust to be established by Dr Patil and his associates.

'Arrangements are currently being made for a further meeting between the Council, the Friends of Spring Gardens and Dr Patil to progress this project.'

Letter signed by:
Derek Prentice
Interim Head of Sport and Recreation
Cultural Services
Adults' and Community Services
London Borough of Lambeth

Tel: 020 7926 2642
Fax: 020 7926 6201

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Public Exhibition, A new public square for Vauxhall

CLS Holdings plc are proposing a major new public square in Vauxhall as part of a development which will include new shops, offices, restaurants, bars, a hotel, a cinema, student housing and residential apartments. In addition, they are proposing an aerial Linear Walk, which they believe will provide a solution tot he pedestrian problems at Vauxhall Cross.

The free public exhbition will be held at:

Market Towers, 19th floor
1 Nine Elms Lane (junction with Wandsworth Road)
London SW8 5NQ

on Friday 11 February, 10.30 am. to 8.00 pm and
Saturday 12 February, 10,00 am to 2.00 pm

Former HQ of London Fire Brigade, 8 Albert Embankment

London Fire Brigade and their Planning Consultants,Native Land, are hosting a public exhibition of the latest proposals for the site at 8 Albert Embankment.

This will be held at:

Lambeth Fire Station,
8 Albert Embankment,


Friday 11 February between 2 pm and 6 pm and
Saturday 12 February between 10.30 am and 1.30 pm

If you would like to give comments, other than at the exhibition,please contact Azizun Choudhury on 0870 066 8734 or E: Written comments can be sent Freepost to:

8 Albert Embankment SE1 Consultation
Four Communications
48 Leicester Square

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Save Our Libraries Day 5 Feburary 2011

Saturday February 5 is national SAVE OUR LIBRARIES day

Local people are demonstrating their support for their libraries – so please come along, sign the petition, help us make a fuss and have some fun...

11-12.30am, Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP. If you can, pick up a petition form in advance from the Friends' box inside the library, get some signatures and bring it on Saturday.

11am-4pm Durning Library, 167 Kennington Lane, SE11 4HF. Sign the petition, find out what's happening.

If you're going to Brixton on Saturday...
12am-4pm, Brixton Tate Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ (next to the Ritzy): the main event, with petitions, local authors, balloons and general ballyhoo. But visit your local library first!

Centre for Independent Living

Centre for Independent Living:

Lambeth Council’s Elaine Aherne is currently facilitating some consultation about what a CIL for Lambeth could look like. The next session will be held on 29th March at Lambeth Accord, 336 Brixton Road. Registration is from 10.30 onwards. Please pass on to your networks.

If you would like to attend this meeting you need to book a place by either calling Elaine Aherne on 020 7926 4704 or email: by Monday 7 March.