Sunday, 14 August 2011

Lambeth Libraries - consultation - comments by 16 September

Lambeth has begun consulting on what people would like from libraries in the borough.

They are asking local people, staff and community groups to engage with them over the coming months in order to decide what a modern and effective service can look like.

You can access details of the consultation and a questionnaire for your views from the council's website

How can you get involved?
There are a number of ways in which local residents, organisations and groups can take part.

1. You can complete a questionnaire
Complete an online questionnaire from the council's website .

We have also provided paper copies in all Lambeth libraries, which people can either complete and post into one of the "Libraries - Have Your Say" comments boxes in each library, or send back to the Freepost address given below.

2. Come along to a public meeting
If you would be interested in coming along to a public meeting, we will be organising further dates in September 2011 which will be publicised shortly. You can also register your interest using the questionnaire or using any of the contact details given below. We will also be holding a series of focus groups.
3. Other ways you can tell us your comments, or get further information about the consultation:

• Send an email to:

• Text us on: 07772 103 628
• Phone us on: 0800 013 1497 or 020 7926 6397

• Write to us at:
ACS Consultation
Lambeth Adults' and Community Services
Phoenix House
10 Wandsworth Road
London SW8 2LL

Please could you let us have your comments by Friday 16 September 2011.

What will happen next?
All of your ideas will be fed into the Library Commission, will use your comments and ideas in order to draw up a set of proposals. These will then be submitted to Lambeth Council Cabinet for them to consider in November 2011.

Planning application 8 Albert Embankment and land to rear - comments by 30 Aug

For all enquiries regarding this application please contact Mr David Smith on 020 7926 1256

This application is submitted under the:
(and associated legislation)

Proposed Development: 8 Albert Embankment And Land To Rear Bounded By Lambeth High St, Whitgift St, The, Railway Viaduct, Southbank Hse Together With Land Corner Of Black Prince Rd And Newport St, London

For: Refurbishment, alteration and extension to the grade II listed fire station to provide a fire station and associated functions for the London Fire Brigade (sui generis) on part basement and ground floors, with residential (class C3) above, including demolition of the communication mobilising centre. Demolition of the brigade workshop/office buildings to the rear of the fire station. Construction of 7 new buildings ranging in height from 5 to 15 storeys for mixed use purposes, including residential dwellings (class C3); office/business space (class B1); ground floor units for shops, financial and professional services, restaurants and cafes, and/or drinking establishments (classes A1, A2, A3 and/or A4); and ancillary facilities. Refurbishment and internal alterations to the grade II listed drill tower associated with the new fire station. Construction of basements to provide servicing, parking, energy centre, plant and storage. Creation of areas of open space and alterations to the existing vehicular and pedestrian accesses and highway arrangements within and around the site.

The development would provide a total of 276 residential units, a 2,721 sqm fire station, 8,554 sqm of commercial floorspace (use Class B1), 696 sqm of retail/A Class floorspace and 161 car parking spaces.

Applications received for planning permission (10/04473/FUL), listed building consent (10/04475/LB) and conservation area consent (10/04476/CON).

This application is a departure from the adopted Development Plan for the London Borough of Lambeth because it seeks to introduce a residential use into a designated KIBA.

This application is accompanied by an Environmental Statement (ES) that is available for viewing with the application documents or which can be obtained form Kirsty Weston of Waterman Energy, Environment and Design tel. 020 7928 7888 at a cost of £15. A non-technical summary can be obtained free of charge.

Applicant: Albert Embankment LLP _ London Fire And Emergency Planning A

As a group with an interest in local amenities you may wish to comment on this proposal before any decision is made. If so, please write and let me know by 30 August 2011. Your views will be taken into account when the application is being considered.

Under the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985, any comments made are open to inspection by the public, and in the event of an appeal may be referred to the Secretary of State for the Environment. Confidential comments cannot be taken into account in determining an application.

Finding out more
Details of planning applications, including the drawings and any other related documents can normally be viewed on the council’s website ( Our website provides detailed information about the planning process, a frequently asked questions page, details of council policies relating to development (Unitary Development Plan) and links to other useful Planning websites.

Commenting on the application
Comments may be submitted online through our Public Access database, by email to, or in writing using the enclosed response form. When submitting comments by email or letter, please remember to quote the reference number, 10/04473/FUL, and your name and address. Please ensure that we receive your comments by 30 August 2011.

Should you need more information about the proposal, the full application and associated documents will be available for viewing online via our website or at:
Town Planning Enquiries, Phoenix House,
10 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2LL

by appointment only
Tel. 020 7926 1180

or at

Durning Library 0207 926 8682
during normal opening hours.
(viewing only)
Please telephone first.

Your Case Officer is Mr David Smith who may be contacted on 020 7926 1256.


Message from Lambeth Police

Message from Lambeth Police:

All our focus at Lambeth remains with providing a visible presence on our street and bringing to justice those responsible for the violence last Sunday (7 Aug). This weekend we have support from external resources and central departments and all leave is still cancelled for police officers and Staff. Officers are being held on 12hour shifts and this has meant that some aspects of our normal functionality have had to be adapted. The process of dialogue with our communities has begun and Safer Neighbourhood teams have been tasked with a number of engagement tactics targeted at local residents, businesses and key partners.

Please encourage people to contact their SNT via the met police website if they have any concerns or wish to speak to an officer.

Lambeth officers have continued to make arrests and recover property from the disorder on Sunday and a number of arrests and charges have followed. We will be working closely with our partners to ensure that all enforcement measures are considered including tenancy and ASB legislation.

We would like to thank all those who have supported the local community, police and businesses in restoring normality and calm to our neighbourhoods.

Message from Cllr Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council

From Steve Reed

I am sure like me you have been shocked and upset by the incidents taking place across London and here in Lambeth over recent days.

I've spoken to many people from all sections of the community and they have all said the same thing – that there is absolutely no justification for the kind of vandalism and looting. They are shocked and appalled by what they have seen in Lambeth and elsewhere and are united in condemnation of this type of behaviour, which has no place in our community.

Let's be clear - this was opportunistic criminal behaviour by a tiny minority intent on causing disruption and stealing from businesses. This will not undermine the huge progress made over the past decade to build trust and respect. Lambeth has a strong and united community and over recent years we have benefited from strong community relations and sensitive policing.

On Monday I went on a walkabout around Brixton first thing and saw the clean-up operation in full swing. We know that there has been activity elsewhere in the borough including parts of Streatham and Clapham and we are working with businesses and the police across the borough to make sure all town centres and areas affected are restored to normal working as quickly as possible. We will also offer all the support we can to the police with their investigations, and to local residents and businesses that have been affected to get them back on their feet.

The main clear up of Brixton High Street has now been done, but if you still want to do something to help you could speak to local shop owners to see whether they need any assistance. I think it is important to be thinking about neighbours and friends, particularly older residents who may be feeling vulnerable, now is a good time to pay them a visit to check they are alright. You can find further safety advice is available on our website at:

I think it is also really important at this time that we recognise the really positive activities and events going on in Lambeth. A great time was had by all at the 2011 Lambeth Country Show despite the wet weather. And the Brixton Splash and the Streatham Festival were also excellent events organised and run by local people. These are just a few examples of why Lambeth is a great place to live and visit.

One of the things that we are focused on is not allowing these recent events to prevent the good work that so many officers and residents are involved with. Our vision for Lambeth is about working differently with you so that you can help to decide the way services are delivered and run and where there is an appetite, to give more control to you.

Please get in touch with me if you have any concerns, my email is

With best wishes

Steve Reed

Leader of the Council

Volunteering event 17 August 6 pm to 8 pm

Wednesday 17 August 2011

Time:6pm to 8pm

Venue: Assembly Hall, Lambeth Town Hall

Following the many offers of help that the Council has received after the recent public disorder, everyone is invited to a drop in session on Wednesday 17 August between 6 to 8pm at the Town Hall.

Come along to find out how you can help to support activities in your local community: for example by helping out at a local project for a few hours a week, signing up as a mentor or befriending an elderly neighbour.

There will be a chance to speak with others and discuss local concerns. The community in Lambeth is strong and resilient and by working together we can make a real lasting difference to life in the borough.

If you can't make Wednesday but want to get involved contact or @lambeth_council on twitter.