Doing up the Neighbourhood

A message from Lambeth Council about the Oval Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme Dear resident, This is an opportunity to design your neighbourhood with friends, neighbours and Lambeth staff. In the spring we sent you postcard style questionnaires asking you what you liked and disliked about your streets. General issues raised from the Oval area were: Street greening Cycle parking Secure cycle storage Effective speed reducing measures Traffic Calming Bins There will be a consultation in the early autumn, where all residents in the area will be given an opportunity to say which of the proposed improvements they prefer. There will be a statutory consultation and decision making process towards the end of the year. How can you get involved? Two local residents associations, TARA (Tradescant Road area) and IMPACT (Claylands Green area) have held events where residents showed their own photos of what they like and what they dislike in our …

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Planting the Flower Garden

The second consultation about the Kennington Park Flower Garden will be in the evening of Friday 21 June from 6.30-8.00 in the marquee behind the Park Café. If you have ideas about what to plant in the restored garden, the Project organisers would love to hear them. And you’ll be able to view designs for new gates to the Green Link. Light refreshments will be served!  

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Save Our Post Office!

Kennington Park Post Office is up for sale! Come and hear all about it and have your say at the Public Meeting being organised by the Communication Workers Union on Monday 3 June at 7.15 in the Kennington Park Estate Community Centre. Speakers include Kate Hoey MP and a representative of the Post Office.

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Spring Cleaning!

Now the sun’s out, it’s time to brighten up the ‘Hood! Lambeth Council wants to know how we would like to improve our neighbourhood! They’ve contacted the TA about two schemes: The Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme (NEP) and Community Freshview. The NEP has funding from TFL to pay for improving local streets, doing things like repairing pavements, traffic slowing measures, cycling improvements, planting trees and flowers. The Community Freshview project involves local residents getting together to brighten up the place, install planters, paint scruffy patches and give the area a bit of a facelift. Lambeth provides the material – we provide the workers! The recent resurfacing of Magee Street was done as part of these schemes. Let us have your ideas of what you would like to see done around the Estate via the Contact Us box on the right and we will pass them on to the Council.

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Save Clapham Fire Station

SAVE CLAPHAM FIRE STATION – THURSDAY 16TH MAY @ 6:30PM – ASSEMBLE & MARCH FROM BRIXTON FIRE STATION TO THE CONSULTATION MEETING AT LAMBETH TOWN HALL Boris Johnson plans to close 12 London Fire Stations across London and Clapham is one of them. There will also be a cut of 18 fire engines and hundreds of fire fighters’ jobs. This is what Lambeth Council thinks of the proposals: According to the London Fire Brigade, the Mayor’s proposals will actually mean the average time it takes the first fire engine to reach an emergency will rise by 34 seconds. Closing Clapham fire station threatens to increase concerns about safety and could undermine the preventative work that fire fighters have done in the local community over many years. In January 2013 fire crews from Clapham were among the first on the scene following the fatal helicopter crash in Vauxhall. They were praised …

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Northern Line Extension Consultation

Transport for London is now consulting on the Extension of the Northern Line from Kennington to Nine Elms and Battersea.   Representations and comments, either for or against the NLE, can be made in writing to the Secretary of State for Transport until Tuesday 18 June 2013. c/o Transport and Works Act Orders Unit General Counsel’s Office Department for Transport Zone 1/18 Great Minster House 33 Horseferry Road London SW1P 4DR Email: transportandworksact@dft.gsi.gov.uk Drop in events are being organised so that we can speak to TFL and view the application. The nearest events to us are: Thursday 16 May    15:00-19:30    Durning Library Monday 20 May    15:00-19:30    Wheatsheaf Hall Thursday 30 May     15:00-19:30    Montgomery Hall Wednesday 5 June    15:30-19:30    Phoenix House 10 Wandsworth Road. The application documents can also be viewed at local libraries and Council offices. What happens next? Depending on the nature and number of comments received, the Secretary of State will decide if a public inquiry …

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Positive Action Community Group

      This year a new community group has been launched on the Estate, the Positive Action Community Group.   They are meeting on Tuesday 7 May at 6.30 in the Community Centre so that people can share ideas on how to improve the environment and community involvement on the Estate. Everyone is welcome.   PACG can be contacted at Positive.a.c.group@gmail.com, Mobile: 07930334088   and on Facebook Positive Action Community Group          

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Are the benefit cuts fair?

 So many cuts are being made to benefits this month that many people are calling it ‘Black April’ and predicting that the welfare state will never be the same. Of course, lots of people think cutting benefits is a good idea. They’d rather do that than do real work like put up taxes, chase after tax dodgers or close loopholes. But then, they’re usually people lucky enough not to have to rely on the safety net that benefits provide. And they usually have no idea how little most claimants receive and how difficult it is to make ends meet, especially if – like us – you live in central London. So good in so many ways, so expensive if you’re poor! Recent polls have shown that most people think that more than 40 per cent of the welfare budget goes on benefits to unemployed people, when the true figure is …

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