Thursday, 15 September 2011

Snow wardens wanted!

This winter Lambeth council is looking for community-minded volunteers to help clear snow and ice from local streets and help keep the borough moving during periods of bad weather.

They are looking for individuals as well as members of community groups to become Lambeth’s first ever snow wardens and make Lambeth pavements and footpaths safer for everyone.

During the winter months Lambeth's focus is on keeping public services and main transport routes running. They're continuing with their usual winter maintenance service this year, but this still means that many quieter residential roads won’t get gritted. This is why you are being offered an opportunity to get involved and make a real difference in our local area.

Lambeth will provide snow wardens all the training and tools they will need, including;
o a shovel
o hi-visibility jacket
o gloves
o grit bin
o a supply of grit.

Community groups will be provided with additional equipment which can be shared amongst members.

Training sessions will be held during the weeks beginning 10 October and 24 October 2011, with some sessions during the early evening and some during the day. The sessions will be a great opportunity to meet and mix with other snow wardens in your area.

To sign up as a volunteer or to simply find out more about the scheme please email Richard Easthope - or telephone 020 7926 0524. Up to date information on the scheme can also be found at

Launch of a South Lambeth Market - 17 September 2011

This Saturday, 17 September 2011, 10.00 – 4.00 pm, at the Cavendish Arms, 128 Hartington Rd, South Lambeth Road SW8 2HJ a new market for South Lambeth is launching.

Foodies market, plants, flowers, crafts, retro clothing, upcycled furniture, gifts, barbeque and delicatessen.

The market will then open on the second Saturday of each month – 8 October, 12 November, 12 December. Please visit:

Harare North - 17 September 2011 at Durning Library

Zimbabwean writer and musician, Brian Chikwava, reads from his novel, set in Lambeth where he now lives.

A great tale of scams, scrapes and survival in a city of immigrants, it focuses on one of Mugabe's Green Bombers: a young man trying to earn money in a land far from home.

6.45 for 7.15 at the Durning Library

167 Kennington Lane, SE11 4HF

(at Kennington Cross, just east of Kennington Road)

Light refreshments

Everyone welcome

No admission charge, but a £2 donation towards costs is invited.

A Friends of the Durning Library event

Discussion with the Mayor about youth violence in Lambeth

Mayor Boris Johnson invites you to discuss with him on

Wednesday 28 September 2011
6pm - 8pm (registration from 5pm)at

Lilian Baylis Technology School
323 Kennington Lane
SE11 5QY

Let's talk about youth violence. Join the Mayor to find out what's being done about youth violence in Lambeth, and to share your ideas.

Registering your place

To register your interest and submit questions in advance call 020 7983 4100 or visit

Places are limited for this free event, so register early to avoid disappointment. If you have any special requirements please let us know in advance.

Bookings will be confirmed via email.

Shelley School site

As many of you will know the council has recently been consulting on the future of the old Shelley School site. You can find some information on the consultation by visiting:

At the Children and Young People's Service Scrutiny Sub-Committee last Tuesday the council announced their plans for the site. They have decided to “use the site in the short term to provide a bulge class (or classes) through Archbishop Sumner Primary School, to help address the projected serious shortage of places across the borough in 2012. This will allow further analysis and a further year’s trends to assess the optimum solution and not preclude any of the other options.”

Cllr Pete Robbins said: 'This year Lambeth has received a record number of applications for places at our primary schools, including a huge number of late applications which make expansion planning very difficult.

The huge government cuts to school capital funding mean Lambeth is increasingly reliant on temporary 'bulge' classes. While the rise in demand is again concentrated in the south of the borough, there are an increasingly limited number of schools in Norwood and Streatham with sites that are suitable for bulge classes. Therefore, given Archbishop Sumner's ambition to expand, and the strong local desire to see the Shelley site retained for educational use, it was decided that it would be appropriate to make the site available to Archbishop Sumner to provide a bulge class in 2012.

Our first priority continues to be securing the £50m we need to provide a permanent place for every child in Lambeth, and we will continue to make our case to education secretary Michael Gove to provide the investment local children deserve.'

You can view the minutes from the committee meeting here -

If you have any questions about this decision or would like more information the council officer responsible can be contacted at:

Chris Sipidias Regeneration Manager Children and Young People’s Service, 020 7926 5570,

Market Towers Redevelopment - Public Exhibition Saturday 17 September 2011

All are invited to a public exhibition on Saturday 17th September where proposals
to redevelop the Market Towers site in Vauxhall will be on display. The site is currently occupied by a 22 storey office tower built in the 1970s. The developers say the proposal would contribute to the ongoing regeneration of Vauxhall and Nine Elms by providing a gateway to the proposed Nine Elms linear park through high quality public spaces.

They say their proposals will create an urban oasis at the heart of Vauxhall, deliver new homes, jobs and local amenities such as caf├ęs, restaurants and shops as well as exciting new cultural and community spaces.

TimescalesThe developers intend to submit a planning application to the London Borough of Wandsworth later this year and the views of local residents are wanted in advance of submitting the

Public exhibition
Date: Saturday 17th September
Time: 10am to 2pm
Ground Floor
Market Towers
1 Nine Elms Lane

ConsultationThe public exhibition will be the first opportunity to view
our proposals and speak to members of the developers' team about any issues you may have. If you are unable to attend the exhibition, you will be able to view the proposals at from Thursday 15th September. At the exhibition, there will be a response form which will also be available online to allow as many
people as possible to comment. You are encouraged to take part form your own opinion of the new proposals and stay informed as the application progresses.

If you have any further questions, you can contact the developers in writing:
Public Consultation (Cascade)
25 Floral Street
T: 020 7868 5531

Stockwell Festival, Saturday 17 September 1.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Stockwell Partnership and Oasis Play invite you to join them for a packed day of activities on Saturday 17 September, 1.00 pm - 6.00 pm in:

Larkhall Park, Courland Grove, Stockwell, SW8 2PX and
Oasis Children's Venture, Larkhall Lane, Stockwell, SW8 1PD

Main Stage
Children's Village
Nature Garden
Sustainability Zone
Adventure Playground
Go Kart Track

Music, dance, magic and storytelling plus circus, drumming and facepainting, also Dr Bike, Giant Peace Wall and larkhall's brand new Urban Gym.

for more information please visit@, call 07973 711 173 or

Public Meeting - Our Voice Counts - Thursday 29 Sept 2011

Have your say on health and social sepending plans in Lambeth

All welcome at public meeting:
Thursday 29 September 2011, 5.30 pm to 8.00 pm
Montgomery Hall
58 Kennington Oval
Lambeth SE11 5SW

Service users
Cllr Jim Dickson, Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing
Adrian McLachlan, Chair, Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Collaborative Board

The effects of the spending cuts
Lambeth Budgets for 2012
Improving Health and Quality

Meeting organised by the Lambeth LINk team on 020 7274 8522, email:

Thursday, 8 September 2011

KOV Forum 19 September 2011

The next Forum meeting will be on Monday 19 September, 6.30 for a 7.00 pm start, at Montgomery Hall, 58 Kennington Oval, SE11 5SW (close to Oval tube station). On the agenda - meet the proposed owners of the Beaufoy, a neighbourhood infrastructure enhancement (public realm) project, Vauxhall Memories - an oral history project, and more updates. All welcome. Free refreshments!