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Safer ClaphamSafer Lambeth Business Crime Reduction Partnership is an independent organisation formed with the sole intention of facilitating the reduction of crime within the business community of Lambeth. Safer Lambeth BCRP work alongside local businesses, the Metropolitan Police Service and Lambeth Council.

I joined Councillor Jane Edbrooke, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods; officers from the council; Metropolitan Police and from the partnership to visit venues to talk to them about the benefits of joining the partnership.

Cllr Jane Edbrookes talking to local business managerGenerally the response was extremely good. Some venues expressed concerns over additional costs however we were very clear about the need for them to demonstrate to local people that they were taking action against the minority of their customers who cause problems.

It is great that the Clapham business community is also supporting this initiative. As we discussed with venues on the night there needs to be a clear message that if you come to Clapham and cause problems you will not be welcomed back – any venue who bans a customer, this will be rolled out to all other members – not just in Clapham but across Lambeth.

You can find out more about this initiative on the Safer Lambeth website.

WClapham Leisure Centree have recently received this notification regarding a consultation around Clapham Leisure Centre. This is your opportunity to share your views on what you want to see more of and what should be improved.

Please complete the online questionnaire (link below) and also write to us to let us know your views

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Consultation around Clapham Leisure Centre

Working in partnership with GLL (Greenwich Leisure Limited), we want to hear service users’ and residents’ views to make sure  that Clapham Leisure Centre is an outstanding facility that people want to use, and enjoy using.

We have produced two questionnaires – one aimed at adults and another for children and young people. We want to know what people would like to see more of, what they think should be improved, and how they would like to get more involved.

How can residents get involved?

To get the views of junior patrons, a survey aimed at children and young people under 16 years will be distributed through local schools and youth groups. We will also be holding a series of focus groups throughout the consultation.

The final date for submitting your views is Friday 21 November 2014.

Venn StreetHere is a notice we have received regarding loading and unloading in Bromell’s Road.

PROPOSAL TO BAN LOADING AND UNLOADING AT ANY TIME IN BROMELL’S ROAD AND VENN STREET AND TO CONVERT A PARKING PLACE IN BROMELL’S ROAD INTO A LOADING PLACE

[NOTE:  This notice is about proposals to (a) ban the loading and unloading of vehicles at any time, at and near the junction of Bromell’s Road and Venn Street, for safety reasons;  and (b) convert a pay and display parking place in Bromell’s Road into a loading place, so as to provide an alternative loading/unloading facility for goods vehicles. Objections may be made – see paragraph 6.]

  1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Council of the London Borough of Lambeth propose to make the Lambeth (Clapham “C”) (Parking Places) (No. -) Order 201- and the Lambeth (Waiting and Loading Restriction) (Amendment No. -) Order 201-, under sections 6, 45 and 124 of and Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
  1. The general effect of the Orders would be to:
  • ban the loading and unloading of vehicles at any time on both sides of Bromell’s Road and Venn Street between the junction of those two roads and the parking places nearest that junction (this would be instead of the ban on loading/unloading which currently applies between midnight and 7 a.m. on Mondays to Sundays);
  • convert a pay and display parking place on the south side of Bromell’s Road, outside Nos. 40 to 48 Bromell’s Road, into a loading place (the loading place would operate at any time and be for the use of goods vehicles only for periods of not more than 30 minutes, no return within 2 hours).
  1. The proposed Orders are required because the loading/unloading of vehicles at and near the junction of Bromell’s Road and Venn Street is obstructing drivers’ visibility and it is therefore necessary to ban this so as to improve road safety. A new loading place would be provided to offer an alternative loading/unloading facility for goods vehicles.
  1. If you have any enquiries, please telephone the Council’s Transportation Group on 020 7926 1060.
  1. A copy of each of the proposed Orders and documents giving detailed particulars about them (including maps) are available for inspection between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm on Mondays to Fridays inclusive (except on bank/public holidays), until the last day of a period of six weeks beginning with the date on which the Orders are made or, as the case may be, the Council decides not to make the Orders, at: the offices of Lambeth Borough Council’s Transportation Group, 2nd Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SP. To arrange inspection please telephone 020 7926 0209.
  1. All objections and other representations relating to the proposed Orders must be made in writing and all objections must specify the grounds on which they are made and should be sent to Barbara Poulter, Transportation Group, London Borough of Lambeth, 2nd Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SP, by 7th November 2014. Any objection may be communicated to, or be seen by, other persons who may have an interest in this matter.

Clapham Old Town buses

Here is a notice we have just received regarding changes to access for Clapham Old Town.

PROPOSALS TO BAN VEHICLES (EXCEPT BUSES) FROM ENTERING THE CLAPHAM OLD TOWN BUS STAND AND TO CHANGE A CYCLE LANE ON THE PAVEMENT AND PARKING AND LOADING PLACES IN OLD TOWN AND THE PAVEMENT

[NOTE:  This notice is about proposals to stop vehicles in the western arm of Old Town from entering the Old Town bus stand (except for buses), to extend the cycle lane on the south-west side of The Pavement which would involve moving a car club parking place with the loss of some residents’ parking space, and the conversion of a loading place in Old Town into shared-use residents’/business/pay and display/pay by phone parking space.  Objections may be made – see paragraph 6.]

  1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Council of the London Borough of Lambeth propose to make the Lambeth (Prescribed Routes) (No. -) Traffic Order 201-, the Lambeth (Clapham “C”) (Parking Places) (No. -) Order 201-, the Lambeth (Car Club) (Parking Places) (No. -) Order 201- and the Lambeth (Loading Places) (No. -) Order 201-, under sections 6, 45, 46, 49 and 124 of and Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

(NOTE: In this notice “the western arm of Old Town” means that length of Old Town which lies on the west side of Clapham Old Town bus stand and The Polygon and fronts Nos. 26 to 42 (even numbers) Old Town.)

  1. The general effect of the Orders would be, as part of the Clapham Old Town Regeneration Project, to:

(1)  ban vehicles in the western arm of Old Town from entering the Clapham Old Town bus stand, unless that vehicle is a bus;

(2)  extend the length of the contra-flow cycle lane on the south-west side of The Pavement so that it links up with one of the paths over Clapham Common;

(3)  move the car club parking place on the south-west side of The Pavement further north-west so as to accommodate the extension of the cycle lane described above (this would be achieved by converting 18 metres of residents’ parking space into 12 metres of car club parking space and 6 metres of “at any time” waiting restrictions (double yellow lines));

(4)  convert the loading place on the west side of Old Town, outside Nos. 1 and 18 The Polygon, into shared-use residents’/business/ pay and display parking space.

  1. The proposed Orders are required to improve road safety and facilities for pedal cyclists and to meet changes in demand for parking space.
  1. If you have any enquiries, please telephone the Council’s Transportation Group on 020 7926 0728.
  1. A copy of each of the proposed Orders and documents giving detailed particulars about them (including maps) are available for inspection between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm on Mondays to Fridays inclusive (except on bank/public holidays), until the last day of a period of six weeks beginning with the date on which the Orders are made or, as the case may be, the Council decides not to make the Orders, at: the offices of Lambeth Borough Council’s Transportation Group, 2nd Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SP. To arrange inspection please telephone 020 7926 0209.
  1. All objections and other representations relating to the proposed Orders must be made in writing and all objections must specify the grounds on which they are made and should be sent to Barbara Poulter, Transportation Group, London Borough of Lambeth, 2nd Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SP, by 7th November 2014. Any objection may be communicated to, or be seen by, other persons who may have an interest in this matter.

Labour’s team in Clapham are ‘extremely disappointed’ after their attempt to introduce an Early Morning Restriction Order was rejected by a cross-party committee at the Town Hall. The ‘EMRO’ would have limited the sale of alcohol by businesses near the junction of Wandsworth Road and North Street, which has been blighted by anti-social behavior.

The problem venues were granted late licenses when the Tories and Lib Dems ran the council before 2006, even though they are in residential areas. Despite having overwhelming support from the community, local councillors and Lambeth’s political leadership, the committee rejected its introduction, fearing that when the decision was challenged in court it would be rejected.

Cllr Christopher Wellbelove, who led the Labour team that worked with residents on the campaign, said “I am extremely disappointed by this decision and disagree with the committee entirely. Although we may have lost this battle, the campaign is not over. I’m determined to continue to call these venues to account for the disruption they cause to local people.”

“I’d like to thank everybody who has worked so hard on this, in particular the neighbours who came to all the meetings and wrote in to support the EMRO. I share their disappointment and I shall continue to challenge council officers to build the evidence for further action in the future if there is no improvement.”

During the hearing the venues finally admitted, after years of denial, that there is a problem. They pledged to work with their neighbours but Labour councillors commit to remaining vigilant to make sure the businesses keep to their promises.

Clapham Labour’s team have successfully argued that Clapham Pottery, an outstanding community asset, should be the first choice to buy the Old Chapel in Rectory Grove – a move that will save it from Tory cuts. The Pottery now has a secure home for its wonderful range of classes, enjoyed by all ages of Clapham residents.

Clapham Labour has a great record for saving local buildings for community use. The old library is now a community art centre, thanks to the hard work of local residents and Labour councillors’ firm backing.

The Tory way when they ran Clapham, was to sell off local community buildings, including the old fire station.

Nigel Haselden and Linda Bray

Consistent campaigning by Clapham Labour has delivered a host of new improvements to our local area.

Following years of inaction when the Tories and Lib Dems ran Lambeth,  Labour has successfully won millions of pounds from Transport for London which will result in a new town square in Clapham Old Town, adding to the previous development by Clapham Labour in Venn Street.

Councillor Haselden speaking about the development said ‘Despite Tory opposition to the project we have been able to drive through an ambitious project that will transform Clapham that everyone can enjoy.

‘Throughout the project we have worked hard to minimise the impact of the works on local people. However, I have been struck by the excitement of many in the area looking forward to its completion.’

By contrast when the Tories ran Clapham they failed to deliver any major projects and only used Clapham as a cash cow to use for projects elsewhere in Lambeth.

Clapham Labour has a fantastic record of driving investment into the area and that we will continue.

Nigel Haselden and Christopher Wellbelove

 

 

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