Brixton Police Station
Brixton could be the only police station left in Lambeth as part of the government’s plans to cut the Metropolitan Police budget by a further £400m by 2020.
£600m has been cut since 2010 and means a thousand police officers have already disappeared from London’s streets.
There was a big and successful campaign to save Gipsy Hill police station in Upper Norwood a few years ago and our local police station is still open to the public a few days a week. (See our post 28/6/13) However this public facing desk will have to go together with most of our local beat officers if the Met’s proposals to meet the next round of cuts goes ahead. For details see:
Lambeth Labour councillors are calling on the government to reconsider their cuts to our police service. To support the campaign go to: https://www.change.org/p/sos-saveourstations
This is not just a London issue see: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4764324/40-police-stations-close-violent-crime-surges.html
This weekend ( 15th & 16th July) is Lambeth Country Show weekend in Brockwell Park SE24 Free entry 12noon to 8pm.
Fantastic range of activities – something for everyone!
And of course the vegetable character competition – late entries accepted on Saturday morning [see pic below] .
For full details see: http://lambethcountryshow.co.uk/
There is no public car parking, except for blue badge holders, and most visitors walk or travel by bus to get there.
Tennis club site
Developers are making a sixth attempt to build flats on the site of the West Norwood Tennis club. The council has turned down their plans 5 times and each time the developers have appealed to the Independent Planning Inspector who supported the council.
The council is likely to recommend accepting the sixth version of the plans (including 32 new homes, a gym, squash & tennis courts) to the Planning Committee on Tuesday 20th June 7pm at the Karibu Centre, Gresham Road SW9 7PH.
proposed view from Knights Hill
Local councillors and a group of residents remained opposed to the plans . Many people want to keep tennis courts on the site but think the proposed tennis club may be too small to be financially viable. As the development is car-free there are also concerns that extra parking by new residents & any club users will add to the pressures of parking in Cheviot Road and nearby streets. Please get in touch with Cllr Pickard if you intend to attend the Planning Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
More details of the new homes and the management arrangements for the proposed new club are on the council Planning database – quote ref 16/01650 at https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/
489 -491 Norwood Road
KFC propose to move into the two storage premises at 489-491 Norwood Road SE27 9DJ and have submitted a planning application to the council. West Norwood has had a KFC for some years at 527 Norwood Road SE27 9DL which closed at the beginning of February. These new premises will be much bigger allowing for up to 30 customers to eat in the restaurant at any one time as well as serving takeaway hot food.
KFC have to get planning permission to change the premises from storage use to a restaurant & take away. As they are proposing to sell hot food after 11pm they will also need a Night Café licence. The council has a policy to prevent new hot takeaways opening premises within 400 metres of a school. As the nearest school, Elmgreen, is nearly 500 metres away , this policy does not apply in this case.
To see more details and to comment on the planning application go to the Lambeth Planning portal https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and use reference : 17/01574 . The closing date is 29th May.
Fair Funding for All Schools – Lambeth is holding a public forum on Wednesday 15th March 7pm at Sunnyhill School SW16 2UW . Parents, teachers, school governors are opposed to the government’s real terms cuts to the education budget which could be £485 per Lambeth pupil per year.
The event will be chaired by parents of Fair Funding for All Schools – Lambeth who are building a local coalition of parents, teachers and leaders against these devastating cuts. Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth council , local MPs Chuka Umunna & Helen Hayes and Kevin Courtney from the NUT will be speaking.
For more information on school cuts see:
Cllr Pickard at the Tennis Club gates
Developers want to build 32 new homes on the Tennis Club site at the corner of Cheviot Road & Knights Hill SE27 0SR. Due to the lack of open space and sports facilities locally – Lambeth’s planning rules mean the tennis club must be retained as part of the new build.
More details of the management arrangements for the proposed new tennis club are now available on the council Planning database – quote ref 16/01650 at https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ . 500-700 paying members are anticipated with courts open 10am to 9pm. A gym, squash courts & sports hall are also part of the plans.
Lambeth’s Planning Committee will meet on Tuesday 21st March 7pm at the Karibu Centre, Gresham Road SW9 7PH to make the final decision. THIS MEETING IS NOW POSTPONED.
See our posts on 15/4/16 , 22/7/15 and earlier.
New green wheelie bins for recycling rubbish will start to be delivered to Lambeth homes this month. Most people who currently use transparent plastic sacks for recycling will get a new green bin. A few households will continue to use transparent sacks – for example people living above a town centre shop. For more information see: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/greenbins The new bins were piloted last year in the Herne Hill area.
The new bins will reduce rubbish on the streets and save the council nearly £1/2m a year.
Lambeth collects paper, card, glass, cans, plastic containers & tetra pak from the door step. The food waste collection will continue and the garden waste service for people who subscribe. Collections will remain weekly.
More items can be recycled at Vale street Recycling Centre SE27 9PA – bring Lambeth address – id eg a bill or parking permit . There are other collection points across the borough – see https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling/recycling/a-to-z-of-what-to-do-with-your-waste