Petition Tag - lambeth

1. Save our Sheltered Housing

Plans to demolish Leigham Court and other Housing Schemes, and to sell off their land, represents a borough-wide attack on Sheltered Housing schemes, in Lambeth. It also represents an attack on the next Generation of older people, who will not have Local Authority Sheltered Housing available to them.

Sheltered Housing Residents wholeheartedly reject any decision to demolish our sheltered housing schemes, and to sell our land, and will fight any attempts to have this policy foisted upon us.

Residents had been led to believe that we had a ‘Home for Life’, and did not expect to be moved about, at our time in life.

The threat to demolish our Sheltered Housing Schemes and sell its land, has been highly distressing to Senior Residents.

There is nothing structurally wrong with the Sheltered Housing Schemes, under threat, and the estimated costs of repairs and upgrades have been exaggerated, because of Lambeth Council and Lambeth Living’s determination to sell the land. No formal structural survey has even been completed, to date!

Any repair issues, reflect upon Lambeth Living’s obligation to maintain property, as a Landlord, and should not be used as an excuse to tear down our buildings.

Valentine Walker, Resident of Leigham Court Sheltered Housing Scheme, under threat of demolition, felt so strongly about this injustice that he decided to stand in the Tulse Hill By-election, as an Independent – “Save Lambeth Sheltered Housing Candidate”, “..Because I feel very strongly that older people who are still active, should be given a choice in housing. Sheltered Housing, for the independent older people, should ALWAYS be part of that choice - If they take it from us it won’t be there for you”

2. Save The Glebe

Elderly residents of The Glebe Sheltered Housing, which is at the top of Prentis Road in Streatham, SW16 face being evicted from their homes.

Lambeth Council is proposing to move the residents out of their homes in order to knock The Glebe down and redevelop it as an ‘Extra Care’ scheme ( http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/9FB23E00-1C73-4FAF-B735-CAB451284E06/0/Summary.pdf ).

This is something that the residents of the Glebe are unanimously opposed to.

Under the Council’s proposals the 60 residents - some of whom are terminally ill - would be split up and placed in accommodation outside Streatham. Many have lived there for over a decade. One has been there since it was built 34 years ago.

The residents say they are very happy with the standard of the accommodation. Many have invested their own time and money in the maintenance of The Glebe. They say what they value above everything else is the community there, where they look after and support one other. They highlight that it is a well run scheme which enables the residents to have independence and privacy. It is close to local shops, transport and other amenities such as doctors, dentists and chemists which are all very important to them.

Many also point out that moving them to alternative accommodation at their stage in life, particularly given many of their health concerns, would also have very serious consequences.

3. Stop the Bedroom Tax

A new ‘Bedroom Tax’ is about to hit many households in Lambeth with harsh consequences.

The Liberal Democrat/Conservative government is cutting housing benefit for people with a spare room in their social or council-let home, despite a Department for Work and Pensions assessment acknowledging that there is a shortage of smaller properties for tenants to move to.

Who will the tax hit?
The measure will cost an estimated 660,000 people an average of £728 per year. In Lambeth around 3,500 residents will be affected—with over half of those living in Streatham constituency. Two thirds of the households hit are home to someone who is disabled.

Labour supports sensible welfare reform but the government admits that this botched plan won’t solve under-occupancy. It may even cost what it saves! We argued that this tax would hit foster families and parents with children away in the armed services and that message has finally got through. The government announced a mere three weeks before the tax hits, that these groups would be exempt. But what about disabled children who cannot share a room with siblings? Or carers who cannot share a room with a disabled partner?

What will happen?
It is most likely that families will have to pay extra to stay where they are rather than move out—there just aren’t enough smaller properties for them to move into. Even the Government admits that 85% of those affected will not move into smaller homes. Families could instead be made homeless or pushed into expensive private rented accommodation—costing the government even more.

What would Labour do instead?
Labour believe that the best way to bring down the benefits bill is to get people into jobs. Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee would offer anyone who has been out of work for more than two years a real job—one that they would be required to take, no ifs or buts.

This is an ill-thought out tax which will fail to move families into smaller homes but simply penalise those who can least afford it.

4. 20 mph speed limit for Lambeth residential streets

Lambeth’s road casualty figures are some of the highest in the UK. Of all the 32 boroughs in London only Westminster and Barnet have more casualties on the roads. Lambeth has the second highest casualty rate in London for both pedestrians and cyclists. (See: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/Cycling/casualties-in-greater-london-2010.pdf ) A third of the worst spots for collisions involving cyclists in London, are found in Lambeth ( http://lambethgreennews.blogspot.com/2011/10/lambeth-and-southwark-account-for-half.html )

A study conducted at monitoring sites across the capital in 2009 showed roads in Lambeth were among those to exceed recommended levels of nitrogen dioxide, a toxic gas that can cause health problems. Brixton Road, Christchurch Road in Tulse Hill, the Bondway Interchange in Vauxhall and Streatham High Road all had levels above the recommended limits.

20 mph speed limits have been proven by several studies to significantly reduce road accidents. They also encourage cycling and walking, reduce carbon emissions by helping the flow of traffic and improve air quality. Slower speeds also promote social inclusion and access to transport, particularly for those with mobility, vision and hearing impairments.

Already 7m residents in the UK live in towns which are adopting or have adopted this policy. It is time that Lambeth did too. (For more information see here: http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/ )

5. Say 'NO' to Kylun Towers!

Recent proposals for new developments in Vauxhall have raised concerns about the very high densities of high-rise developments on and near Vauxhall Cross.

The proposed Kylun Towers are a further embodiment of the lost opportunities to upgrade an area that was crying out for sensitive re-use of redundant and neglected industrial land and a river front with great potential.

The combination of excessive density and over-development of this handkerchief sized piece of land proposed by the Kylun scheme with its two towers encircled by busy roads on all sides would be dominating the surrounding area, thereby creating an oppressive, hostile environment.

There would be no sense of the open space residents, hotel guests and employees should reasonably expect when they approach or leave the building.

The development also represents a mismatch between need and supply of family housing, whilst putting further pressure on transport links an other infrastructure already at capacity.

6. Save 'People First Lambeth'

Just got back from a Partnership Board meeting with Jim Dickson, Cabinet Minister for Health and Well Being and councillor in Lambeth to discuss the cuts. The council's budget has been cut by 10% yet they have cut People First, Lambeths only advocacy service for people with Learning Difficulties by 90% meaning they have to close down. They will basically confined to becoming prisoners in their own home, with fear of mockery on the streets and no access to training, to advocacy or most importantly to them, no social life.

Dickson had no excuse for cutting them other than "someone had to go" and avoided all questions about what will happen to people with learning difficulties once it is abolished in March. An organisation costing around only 70k a year to run, which pays for itself thousands of times over every year.

Please sign this petition to keep 'People First' going and let's save an organisation which is a saviour to others. Without it, we are condemning these people to a life of solitary confinement! Don't let the council do this!

For more info, view a few short films here to understand why this cause is so important, or scroll down to the bottom of the page to sign the petition:





Thank you for your time.

Gary and Mark

7. Save Stockwell Studios / Former Annie McCall Hospital

Stockwell Studios has just celebrated it’s 25th anniversary and are continuing to provide: 25 studios for artists, musicians and crafts people, a public community space for local groups, a community arts teaching facility with an ongoing, award winning educational programme and a beautiful community wildlife garden with walled herb and vegetable garden.

We work in collaboration with, among others, the London Bee Keepers Association and community food growing groups. Since developing the garden with a pond and wildlife habitats, the number of species in the garden has greatly increased. As well as being a wildlife haven, the garden is an invaluable educational resource and oasis for local residents of all ages.

In 2010 the London Borough of Lambeth offered Stockwell Studios a lease for the former Annie McCall Hospital building on the condition that we brought the building up to legal Health and Safety standard.

Stockwell Studios members invested £52,000 and the equivalent in man-hours successfully achieving this, yet Lambeth withdrew the lease offer and put the building out to tender to private developers.

Stockwell Studios found a patron with a track record of developing arts schemes, affordable housing and who is currently working on a large hospital project in North London. He has proposed a 'Not For Profit' Charitable Finance Initiative, which would retain the Grade II Listed landmark architecture of the hospital building and provide affordable artists studios, community spaces, plus social housing on the adjoining house sites and original plots in the yard whilst retaining the community wildlife garden.

This sensitive development would give Lambeth Council a capital receipt of approximately 3 million pounds. However, Lambeth refuse to consider this proposal and are currently selling to Henley Homes who, as well as some new build, propose converting the building into high cost apartments and building a limited number of studios on the community wildlife garden, a scheme that would ultimately and effectively, restrict the use, benefits and development of the garden, destroy wildlife habitat and limit our provision of access to arts and education and training for the local community.

8. Support South London Tram Extension

Following the 'credit crunch' the expansion of the highly successful Tramlink has been removed from the political agenda. This is despite South London possessing poor transport links and billions of pounds still being poured into Cross Rail, the Olympics and tube upgrades.

Currently the fastest way to travel from Purley to Brixton via public transport is to take a train north into Victoria and then the Victoria line south, this takes 50 minutes. Expanding the tram network is a 'green' way of easing road congestion and allowing South London to reach its potential.

In order to ease chronic overcrowding in central London it would be sensible to open up more locations for firms to locate in South London which requires investment in a truly integrated transport network.

We demand that the following tram routes are immediately funded and put into action:

Purley to Brixton
Crystal Palace extension
Sutton (via Morden) extension

Tram integration with the DLR should also be considered.

9. Keep Streatham Skating!

Tesco PLC purchased the site where Streatham Ice Rink is currently situated in 2000. In June 2001 the retailer published plans to demolish the Ice Rink – these were abandoned following strong opposition from local user groups, community and voluntary organisations.

Revised proposals were approved by Lambeth Council in February 2003 with a Section 106 Agreement associated with the scheme - which has become known as the “Streatham Hub” - being concluded between the Council and Tesco in 2007.

The Streatham Hub development will provide a new ice rink complex, other leisure facilities, a new supermarket and affordable housing for the Streatham area. There will also be a new transport hub linking road and rail, all of which will help to revitalise the south of Streatham.

** Latest news **

Lambeth Council has now been working with Tesco for over half a decade to deliver the Streatham Hub scheme but final plans are still to be agreed. In September 2009 Tesco submitted new proposals to the Council, citing the “Credit Crunch” and economic downturn as the reasons necessitating a revision of the 2007 proposals.

A public meeting was organized and held on 8 October 2009 by local community group, Streatham Action, to update residents on the most recent developments. At that meeting both Lambeth Council and Tesco representatives restated their commitment to complete the scheme.

However, whilst Tesco – the owner of the ice rink – assured those present they were committed to the long term delivery of a new ice rink complex, they would not guarantee continuity of Streatham’s ice rink provision pending the completion of the scheme and the building of a new ice rink complex.

** Sign the “Keep Streatham Skating!” petition **

Streatham Ice Rink is one of very few permanent ice arenas in London and home to the famous Streatham Redskins ice hockey club. It is a major part of Streatham life and it is essential it is kept open pending the development and building of a Streatham’s new ice rink complex.

Tesco announced record breaking sales of more than £1bn a week and annual profits of more than £3bn in 2009, despite the impact of the global downturn. It has the resource to keep Streatham skating whilst it develops the Hub site, if it wants to. Tesco will be reporting back to local people – Tesco’s prospective supermarket customers - in December 2009 on the results of its talks with Lambeth Council on the retailer’s revised plans for the site.

To show your support to Keep Streatham Skating and show Tesco the strength of feeling about this issue in our community, please sign up to this petition.

10. Support a Cross River Tram 'Shuttle Bus' in London!

The Cross River Tram is a Transport for London proposal for a tram system in London, England, to connect Camden Town to King's Cross, Peckham and Brixton.

In November 2008 the Mayor, Boris Johnson announced he would stop work on the scheme and investigate potential alternatives. SIXTEEN Months on and residents in Peckham have heard NOTHING!

The tram was planned to relieve overcrowding on the London Underground, and to improve transport in areas currently without good public transport, such as North Peckham & the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark, which would aid in the regeneration of these areas.

It enjoys high levels of support, particularly in Peckham, where it was seen as vital in improving access to new jobs and training opportunities and attracting inward investment.

This petition calls for a new Peckham to Elephant and Castle Express Shuttle Bus to be urgently introduced to bring forward some of the potential benefits of the tram to Peckham now that its future looks uncertain.

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/networkandservices/2043.aspx

*******UPDATE*******

Ken Livingstone (London Mayoral Candidate) has confirmed that he would ask Transport for London to consider this proposal if elected.

Southwark Council have also voiced their support for the idea of such a new service.

Caroline Pidgeon (London Assembly Candidate for Southwark/Lambeth) has also stated that she supports introducing such a service.

Messages of support also received from local councillors from all the major political parties!

11. S.H.A.M.E.D - Streatham Hill Against Megabowl Development

Update: April 27, 2008

SHAMED has fulfilled its aim - Glentoran have withdrawn their application. Thank you to everyone who has signed this petition, and all the comments (such overwhelming disapproval must have given the developers pause for thought!)

SHAMED has turned into FSOH - Friends of Streatham Hill - our Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24909020166 - will keep you uptodate with any further developments. Please join - we already have over 120 members! There is a meeting planned in May for us to discuss what we'd like to see on the site - it should be a lively discussion. Keep an eye on Facebook for the date.

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Lambeth Council is considering plans to demolish the Megabowl and Caesar's Nightclub and replace the block with a huge retail and residential development.

- The development will be 10 storeys high in parts and will have an enormous impact on Streatham Hill, completely dominating the streetscape and overshadowing the surrounding streets.

- Unattractive architectural design that is unsympathetic to the conservation area and the architecture of Streatham Hill.

- 258 residential units and 100,000 sq feet of retail space.

- There will be a substantial increase in traffic on what are already heavily used roads.

- The weight of pedestrian traffic will add further strain to the transport infrastructure.

- Only 91 parking spaces have been provided for at least 500 extra residents. Parking will therefore be a problem in roads where spaces are already scarce.

For further information email: SHAMED.thehill@googlemail.com

S.H.A.M.E.D, a group set up by local residents and businesses, is NOT against re-development but we think that Streatham Hill deserves much, much better. We want a village, not a concrete jungle.

SIGN OUR PETITION!

AS A COMMUNITY, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


******* STOP PRESS!!! *******

Public meeting to be held at the South London Synagogue, 45, Leigham Court Rd, London, SW16 2NF at 7pm on Thursday, April 24th 2008.

Come and show your support! Bring your neighbours! The greater the crowd the more impact we'll have!

12. Save Upper Norwood Library

The last Independent Library in the UK has suffered dramatic funding cuts at the hands of Croydon's Conservative Council.

The Library is funding jointly between Croydon and Lambeth Councils and since the Conservatives took over Croydon Council in 2006 they have made repeated attempts to cut their contribution and to raid the Library's reserves.