New bins for recycling

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

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Rail fares up 27%

Labour councillors at West Norwood station

Labour councillors at West Norwood station

To start off the new year 2017 train fares have gone up another 2.3% since last year. The total increase in rail ticket prices since 2010 is 27%  – far in excess of the inflation rate  & wage increases.

In West Norwood the train situation is made worse by very poor services  from Southern rail causing ever more misery & stress  to commuters reliant on trains to get to & from work.  For example during an hour this last Tuesday morning’s rush hour commuters said one train was cancelled and another doubly overcrowded as it had only 5 carriages instead of the normal 10 carriages.

The Southern rail situation is exacerbated by the government’s Transport Secretary cancelling plans, at the last minute,  to transfer responsibility for running London suburban train services to Transport for London (TfL)  and the Labour London Mayor.

Our MP, Helen Hayes, is a founding member of the newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group on Southern rail and campaigning for the government to remove the failing Southern rail service from Govia’s contract. You can help the campaign by recording your recent experiences of using Southern Rail in this short survey .

 

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No 3 bus route in central London

snipimage2Transport for London (TfL) is making Oxford Street more friendly for pedestrians and changes to bus routes.

Part of the plan means the No 3 bus will run between Trafalgar Square and Russell Square instead of going via Regent Street. The route between Crystal  Palace and Trafalgar Square stays the same.

Similarly the N3 bus will no longer go to & from Oxford Circus but run between Russell Square & Trafalgar Square and then the usual N3 route to  & from Bromley North.

For more details see: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/bus-routes-3-137-and-n3/

The deadline for comments on the plan is Sunday 29th January 2017.

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New school

The Gipsy Hill Federation of primary schools has plans to build a new secondary school at Glenbrook school in Clarence Avenue SW4 8LE, off Acre Lane. The secondary school will be six forms of entry (180 pupils per year). snipimageGlenbrook primary will remain a 2 form school (60 pupils per year) and be rebuilt on the site as part of this plan. Glenbrook is part of the Gypsy Hill Federation, which started at Kingswood School in Gipsy Road, and now has 8 primary schools – mostly in West Norwood.  Children from Glenbrook school and 10% from the local Clapham area will have priority. Some children from each of the other schools in the Federation will fill the remaining places.

The secondary school hopes to open in temporary premises this September 2017 and nearly 300 children have already applied for a place. James Hadley is the head teacher.

It will take another 2 to   3 years to complete the new secondary & primary schools at Glenbrook.  In the meantime the Gipsy Hill Federation want to open a temporary secondary school and are looking for a site that can be ready this September and be big enough to take children for  2 – 3  years (up to  540 pupils).

For more information see the school website. To contact the new Gipsy Hill secondary school email:  enquiries@gipsyhillschool.london

Decisions on new schools are made directly by government. New schools have to be “free” schools and so independent of the local council.

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Carol Service

wp_20161213_20_29_40_proThis Sunday, 18th of December,  many of our local churches are holding a carol service: St Luke’s SE27 0HS 4pm , All Saints SE21 8JY 4pm , St Peters SW16 2SD 6.30pm, Chatsworth Baptist SE27 9HN 7pm and Emmanuel SE21 8BU 7pm .

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Developers plans for Dalton Street

wp_20161207_10_58_04_proThe property developers, Elemento Group based in Essex,  are showcasing their plans for new homes on the site of the garage at 21-27 & 28 Dalton Street SE27 9HS . Drop in at Dalton Street on Thursday 15th December between 12noon and 7.30pm. Elemento plan to build 17 homes with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms  in a 3 store building plus basement.

Following this public consultation Elemento  are expected to submit a planning application which will have a formal consultation.

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Businesses hit by rate rise

16278164438_cb19c4fed7_zIn April 2017 business rates will go up by an average of 35% across Lambeth following the government’s review of business rateable values. Restaurants, pubs, cafes  and shops in Lambeth’s town centres are some of the worst affected businesses. Hear the views of local business owners on this video.

After talking to local businesses about this huge tax increase the council has written to the  Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The letter asks the government to urgently help businesses by introducing the massive rise over several years and give a better deal on transitional relief. Government should look again at the effectiveness of the business rates system for the longer term future.

To show your support for local businesses please sign this petition.

Businesses can check their new rateable value online at https://www.gov.uk/correct-your-business-rates

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