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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.

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LONDON BOROUGH OF LAMBETH

WAITING RESTRICTIONS VARIOUS ROADS

(Note: This notice is about the introduction of new waiting and loading restrictions and changes to
existing waiting restrictions in the lengths of roads specified this notice.)

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Lambeth Borough Council on 22nd January 2009, made the Lambeth (Waiting and Loading Restriction) (Amendment No. 154) Order 2009 and the Lambeth (Waiting and Loading Restriction) (Order 1978) (Amendment No. 124) Order 2009 under sections 6 and 124 of and Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The Orders will come into force on 26th January 2008.

2. In brief, the general effect of the Orders will be to:-
(a) ban waiting by vehicles at any time in the lengths of streets specified in the Schedule to this Notice;
(b) reduce the lengths of certain existing single yellow lines in De Montfort Road and Drewstead Road.

3. Any existing bans on waiting by vehicles in the lengths of streets specified in paragraph 2(a) above will be revoked.

4. The bans are necessary to prevent parking which obstructs access for emergency services vehicles and refuse collection vehicles and hinders the free flow of traffic.

5. If you have any enquiries about this matter, please telephone the Council’s Transport and Highways Group on 020 7926 0436.

6. Documents giving more detailed particulars of the Orders are available for inspection between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm on Mondays to Fridays (except bank holidays) until the last day of a period of six weeks beginning with the date on which the Orders are made, at the offices of Lambeth Borough Council’s Transport and Highways Group, 3rd Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London SW9 9SP.

7. If any person wishes to question the validity of the Orders or any of their provisions on the grounds that it or they are not within the powers conferred by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, or that any requirement of that Act or any instrument made under that Act has not been complied with, that person may within 6 weeks from the date on which the Orders are made, apply for the purpose to the High Court.

Dated 23rd January 2009
Tim Jackson
Assistant Director – Street Management

SCHEDULE
ANGELL ROAD, the south-west side, between a point 8 metres south-east of the south-eastern kerb-line of St James’s Crescent and a point 9.5 metres north-west of the north-western kerb-line of St James’s Crescent.

AUCKLAND HILL, the south-west side, between the north-western kerb-line of Pilgrim Hill and a point 4 metres south-east of the north-western kerb-line of Dunelm Grove.

CASEWICK ROAD, both sides, between a point 7.5 metres south-east of the south-eastern kerb-line of St Julians Farm Road and a point 7.5 metres north of the north-western kerb-line of St Julians Farm Road.

CLARIBEL ROAD, (a) the north-east side, between the northern kerb-line of Lilford Road and a point 7 metres north-west of that kerb-line; and (b) the south-west side, between the northern kerb-line of Lilford Road and a point 8 metres north-west of that kerb-line.

CROXTED ROAD, the south and south-west side, between the north-western wall of No. 347 Croxted Road and the common boundary of Nos. 345 and 347 Croxted Road.

DE MONTFORT ROAD, between the south-western kerb-line of Drewstead Road and a point 7.5 metres south-west of that kerb-line.

DREWSTEAD ROAD, (a) the north-east side, (i) between a point 10 metres north-west of the north-western kerb-line of De Montfort Road and a point 9.5 metres south-east of the south-eastern kerb-line of De Montfort Road; (ii) between the north-western kerb-line of the unnamed road linking Drewstead Road with Sternhold Avenue and the common boundary of Nos. 39 and 41 Drewstead Road; and (b) the south-west side, between a point 7.5 metres north-west of De Montfort Road and a point 7.5 metres south-east of De Montfort Road.

EAST PLACE, between the south-eastern kerb-line of Pilgrim Hill and a point 5 metres south-east of that kerb-line.

FLODDEN ROAD, the west side, between the common boundary of Nos. 1a and 1b Flodden Road and a point 9.6 metres north of the common boundary of Nos. 1a and 1b Flodden Road.

LAMBETH HIGH STREET, between a point 10 metres north-east of the north-eastern kerb-line of Black Prince Road and a point 10 metres south-west of the south-western kerb-line of Whitgift Street.

LAMBERHURST ROAD, both sides, between the south-eastern kerb-line of St Julians Farm Road and a point 7.5 metres south-east of that kerb-line.

LILFORD ROAD, (a) the north side between a point 8 metres west of Claribel Road and a point 8.5 metres east of Claribel Road; and (b) the south side, between a point 2.4 metres east of the party wall of Nos. 20 and 22 Lilford Road and a point 17 metres west of the party wall of Nos. 26 and 28 Lilford Road.

MITCHAM LANE, the south-east side, between the common boundary of Nos. 55a and 55b Mitcham Lane and a point 13.5 metres south-west of the common boundary of Nos. 64 and 66 Mitcham Lane.

NORTH STREET, the south-west side, between a point 23 metres south-east of the south-eastern kerb-line of Wandsworth Road and the party wall of Nos. 87 and 89 North Street.

PILGRIM HILL, (a) the north-west side, between the south-western kerb-line of Auckland Hill and a point 34 metres south-west of that kerb-line; and (b) the south-east side, between a point 5 metres north-east of East Place and a point 5 metres south-west of East Place.

RATHMELL DRIVE, (a) the south-east side of the north-western arm, (i) between a point 2.5 metres north-east of the common boundary of Nos. 24 and 26 Rathmell Drive and a point 1 metre south-west of the party wall of Nos. 24 and 26 Rathmell Drive; (ii) between the north-eastern kerb-line of the south-western arm of Rathmell Drive and a point 7.5 metres north-east of that kerb-line; (b) the south-west side of the north-eastern arm, between the south-eastern kerb-line of the north-western arm and the party wall of Nos. 7 and 9 Rathmell Drive the party wall of Nos. 7 and 9 Rathmell Drive; (c) the north-east side of the south-western arm, between the south-eastern between the south-eastern kerb-line of the north-western arm of Rathmell Drive and a point 7.5 metres south-east of that kerb-line; (d) both sides, between the north-eastern kerb-line of the north-eastern arm of Rathmell Drive and its northern extremity.

ST JAMES’S CRESCENT, (a) the south-east side, between the south-western kerb-line of Angell Road and a point 8 metres south-west of that kerb-line; and (b) the north-west side, between the south-western kerb-line of Angell Road and a point 10 metres south-west of that kerb-line.

ST JULIANS FARM ROAD, (a) the north-west side, (i) between a point 7.5 metres south-west of the south-western kerb-line of Uffington Road and a point 7.5 north-east of the north-eastern kerb-line of Uffington Road; (ii) between a point 7.5 metres south-west of the south-western kerb-line of Thurlby Road and a point 7.5 metres north-east of the north-eastern kerb-line of Thurlby Road; (iii) between a point 7.5 metres south-west of the south-western kerb-line of Thurlestone Road and a point 7.5 metres north-east of the north-eastern kerb-line of Thurlestone Road; (iv) between a point 7.5 metres south-west of the south-western kerb-line of Casewick Road and a point 7.5 metres north-east of the north-eastern kerb-line of Casewick Road; (b) the south-east side, (i) between a point 7.5 metres south-west of the south-western kerb-line of Thurlby Road and a point 7.5 metres north-east of the north-eastern kerb-line of Thurlby road; (ii) between a point 7.5 metres south-west of the south-western kerb-line of Lamberhurst Road and a point 7.5 metres north-east of the north-eastern kerb-line of Lamberhurst Road; and (iii) between a point 7.5 metres south-west of the south-western kerb-line of Casewick road and a point 7.5 metres north-east of the north-eastern kerb-line.

STERNHOLD AVENUE, the south-west side, between a point 5.8 metres north-west of the common boundary of Nos. 101 and 103 Sternhold Avenue and a point 1.6 metres north-west of the common boundary of Nos. 103 and 105 Sternhold Avenue.
THORNTON AVENUE, (a) the south-west side, between the party wall of Nos. 77/79 and 81/83 Thornton Avenue and a point 9.8 metres south-east of the party wall of Nos. 77/79 and 81/83 Thornton Avenue; and (b) both sides, between a point 7.5 metres metres north of the north-western kerb-line of Criffel Avenue and a point 7.5 metres south-east of the south-eastern kerb-line of Criffel Avenue..

THURLBY ROAD, (a) the north-east side, between a point 7.5 metres south-east of the south-eastern kerb-line of St Julians Farm Road and a point 7.5 metres north-west of the north-western kerb-line of St Julians Farm Road; and (b) the south-west side, between a point 7.5 metres south-east of the south-eastern kerb-line of St Julian’s Farm Road and a point 7.5 metres north-west of the north-western kerb-line.

THURLESTONE ROAD, both sides, between the north-western kerb-line of St Julians Farm Road and a point 7.5 metres north-west of that kerb-line.

TRINITY RISE, (a) the north-west side, between the north-eastern kerb-line of Tulse Hill and a point 35.5 metres north-east of that kerb-line; and (b) the south-east side, between the north-eastern kerb-line of Tulse Hill and appoint 22.3 metres north-east of that kerb-line.

UFFINGTON ROAD, both sides, between the north-western kerb-line of St Julians Farm Road and a point 7.5 metres north-west of that kerb-line.

THE UNNAMED ROAD LINKING DREWSTEAD ROAD WITH STERNHOLD AVENUE, the north-west side, between the north-eastern kerb-line of Drewstead Road and a point 26.6 metres north-west of that kerb-line.

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As part of our continued efforts to make it easier for people living in Clapham Town to meet and talk to their local councillors on Saturday 25th October the three councillors for Clapham Town held four surgeries over seven hours.

Councillor O’Malley started with the regular surgery at Clapham Leisure Centre. Councillors Haselden and Wellbelove then held the first ever surgery at the Clapham Community Project in Venn Street where we were visited by several local people with a wide variety of issues for us to help with.

Councillors then moved onto the Virgin Active gym in North Street, another first, where residents from Bobbin Close came to discuss concerns about dumped rubbish and graffiti which have now been reported and will be followed up on by councillors to ensure they are resolved.

Finally Councillor Wellbelove visited Heather Close sheltered housing where he met several residents, many who had concerns over increasing bills and ensuring that their payments were up to date.

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Meeting with North Street residents, local police and council officers

We met at the town centre office in Bromells Road to consider ongoing traffic issues affecting those living in North Street. Much has been achieved in last year thanks to the hard work and determination of local residents and Hayden Tuck from Lambeth councils transport department, who has listened to the concerns of local people and worked to deliver solutions. This included a speed sign alerting speeding traffic and a re-positioning of parking spaces to reduce traffic speed making the street a little safer.

There is still a lot of work to do here, whilst many just see North Street as a through road for those living there the constant roar of heavy vehicles (which often sounds as if they are going to land in your living room). There is now an enforceable weight limit on the street and regular visits by the CCTV camera are ensuring that these vehicles are discouraged from using the road illegally.

The main issue discussed tonight was traffic congestion close to the junction with Wandsworth Road. As the video below shows at the weekend the back up of traffic is quite simply a nightmare for local residents kept awake by traffic noise. Whilst some residents want extra yellow lines installed others are concerned that the resultant displacement of parked cars will cause problems in the side streets from North Street. It was agreed to look at a partial area of yellow lines which will need to be consulted locally. Unfortunately with statutory requirements to be adhered to there is no quick fix however this is a step in the right direction.

Nicola Duffy from the local safer neighborhood team joined us to hear about issues of noise caused by visitors to local drinking houses each weekend. It was really useful to have her there so that she could hear first hand about that issue along with the other problems affecting people in the area.

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