Friday, 15 October 2010
The site is now marked by a memorial, following the efforts of the Friends of Kennington Park, and a short ceremony will be held at the memorial at noon on Saturday.
This week the BBC published an excellent article about the tragedy, written by one of the members of the Friends of Kennington Park; it can be read here.
Monday, 11 October 2010
The funding is available for 'capital' projects (for example, construction/repair, purchase of equipment), but can not be used for items such as rent and staff costs. Up to three projects can be funded in the ward.
If you have any suggestions of a suitable project, then please get in touch with Oval Lib Dem Councillor Ishbel Brown, at CllrIshbelBrown@LambethLibDems.org.uk - the deadline for this is Friday 22nd October. Ishbel will review the suggestions with the other two Oval councillors, and provide support to you in putting together the and applications. The final applications will need to be submitted by Friday 19th November.
Last year's projects, which were supported by Oval's Lib Dem councillors, were:
- Installation of a cycle rack and re-paving of selected areas in Bonnington Square
- Refurbishment of Bolney Meadow Ballcourt and purchase of additional equpment for the Flipside Youth Project
- Improvement of security for a new play area in the Mawbey Brough Estate.
A site in Vauxhall is needed for the construction of a junction between the existing sewers and the new "super sewer"- four possible locations are under consideration.
One of these possible locations is located in the middle of the Ashmole Estate, close to hundreds of people's homes. Ishbel has demanded that this location is immediately removed as a possible location for this construction work.
In her letter to Thames Water, Ishbel said:
"The Claylands Road site - a misleading term for it - is actually a large part of the central open space for a significant part of the Ashmole Estate and just yards away from hundreds of local homes; right next to a busy community centre for the Estate and very near to an old people's care home, a playground and two schools. As well as being disruptive to residents, it will also mean the loss of lots of parking spaces. I am very surprised and worried that this has emerged as an option at all - but I am very pleased that Thames Water is not regarding this as a priority option.
It should also be remembered that the Metropolitan Housing Association is about to embark on regeneration work on the Ashmole estate and this will surely make their work far more difficult.
Everyone accepts that the Thames needs to be cleaned up, but the preferred option next to the Albert Embankment is the one that will give the least amount of disruption to Oval residents and the one that should be pursued. I urge Thames Water to give re-assurance to Ashmole Estate residents that the Claylands Road site will be immediately deleted from the list of possible sites for any work."
Sunday, 3 October 2010
The Oval Lib Dem Action Team visited the exhibition to seek reassurances that the development will not cause a detrimental impact to existing residents, and that sufficient schools, health facilities, and transport infrastructure will be put in place. Local residents have already expressed concern that the development could place additional strain on the already-crowded public transport services at Vauxhall, and a Transport for London study has shown that the proposed Northern Line extension to Battersea, with an intermediate station in Nine Elms, is essential to ensure that this does not happen.
This is a major project that will have a profound impact on the area for years to come - please do let us know your views on these plans.
The hotel would be six stories high, with 148 bedrooms, and space for a bar, restaurant, and shops on the ground level. The building is currently unoccupied, and the adjacent Big Issue office and Centre Point hostel would remain.
|Artist's Impression taken from planning applicaton - Copyright Dexter Moren Associates|
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There are four points under consideration, with Thames Water's preferred location located by 89 Albert Embankment. Of the four points under consideration, this is the location furthest away from residential properties, but it is close to office buildings.
|The proposed site, by 89 Albert Embankment - Copyright Thames Water|
The Putney to Blackfriars commuter service currently passes Vauxhall, and if it were to stop at a pier in Vauxhall, commuters would have a direct boat link to Embankment and Blackfriars piers. It could also help to alleviate some of the rush-hour congestion on other transport modes at Vauxhall Cross.
The planning application can be viewed at the Lambeth planning website (10/02300/FUL). Don't forget to let us know what you think.
The cafe originally opened in 2008, following the hard work of local residents, and in particular the Friends of Vauxhall Park; it can be found on the corner of South Lambeth Road and Fentiman Road, just a few minutes walk away from Vauxhall tube, bus station and rail station.