A site for residents of Prince's Ward, SE11, in the London Borough of Lambeth. Check for updates from your Labour Action Team's campaigning, local information, and meetings.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

VGERTA meeting and party

The Vauxhall Gardens Estate Residents and Tenants Association met last night to celebrate their birthday with a party.

Before that, a meeting was held to discuss key local issues, including policing and recycling.

You can see all the photos from the event on the VGERTA website

The VGERTA AGM will take place later in the summer, and residents are asked to attend in order that this fantastic residents' association can continue its good work.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Mark and the Labour party say THANK YOU

Residents of Prince's ward are receiving a leaflet from Labour saying 'THANK YOU' for the by-election result of 4 June. Going against the national trend, Labour swept to victory, increasing its vote to 1726.

Newly elected councillor Mark Harrison said:

'I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted in last Thursday's by-election. I was delighted to be elected as a Labour councillor on a big turn-out of 43%. Thank you to all the voters of Kennington and Vauxhall. I pledge to work hard to be an excellent councillor for our area over the coming year'.

Pictured: Mark Harrison and volunteer Emily Richards speaking to voters on the Cottington Close Estate on polling day

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Are you getting what you are entitled to?

Lambeth runs two schemes to help ensure that residents on low incomes are claiming what they are entitled to. Every year billions of pounds worth of benefit and tax credits go unclaimed by people who could benefit from them. If you or someone you know is struggling financially then why not make use of these Lambeth services?

Every Pound Counts offers a free benefits check and advice to ensure you claim your full benefits entitlement to:

people aged 60 and above
people living with long term illness
disabled people
people with sensory impairments
children who are ill or disabled including children with special support needs because of developmental or behavioural conditions
or the carers of any of these people living in Lambeth.
If you fall into one of these groups, you could be entitled to more money than you are claiming.

To date, over £3 million has been claimed since Every Pound Counts started in April 2007.

With Lambeth's Every Pound Counts campaign, we aim to help make sure you claim all the benefit support you are entitled to receive. So, don't delay. If you live in Lambeth, contact us and make sure you claim what is rightfully yours.

Social, health or other care professionals can refer clients to the Every Pounds Counts service. Self-referral is also fine.

Every Pound Counts
Lambeth Adults' and Community Services
Phoenix House
10 Wandsworth Road
London SW8 2LL
020 7926 5555

Lambeth Revenues and Benefits play a vital role in helping to address the poverty of many of the most vulnerable members of Lambeth’s community. Do you know of any residents who are not getting the benefits they are entitled to, or are unsure of what they are entitled to? If so, please ask them to get in touch:

London Borough of Lambeth
Visiting Team
Revenues and Benefits Division
Olive Morris House
18 Brixton Hill
Email: HBhomevisit@lambeth.gov.uk

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Name for new Vauxhall flats

An application has been received to apply two of the following names to the new development of 67 flats being built on land currently known as 1 Glyn Street, London, SE11:

Muscovy House
Lammie House
Topaz House
Dexter House

The names have been proposed by the developer following a workshop held at the neighbouring Vauxhall City Farm. The workshop involved local children aged between 8 and 16 and alongside selecting possible names for the development, they also took part in a Health & Safety session entitled ‘Never Play on a Building Site’. The initial list of 41 names was narrowed down through a series of votes by the children involved:

Muscovy House – Muscovy is a breed of duck raised on Vauxhall City Farm.

Lammie House – Lammie is the name of a well-known sheep at Vauxhall City Farm.

Topaz House – Topaz was a name the children involved in the workshop liked, though it has no direct connection with the farm.

Dexter House – Dexter is a breed of cow on Vauxhall City Farm which the local children involved with the farm has helped to rear.

Any objection to the names will be considered by the Council before 12 July. Contact one of your councillors for more information.

Pictured: Councillor Mark Harrison in front of the new development

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Planning matters

8 Albert Embankment

Developers are holding an initial consultation event about their plans for the former headquarters of the London Fire Brigade at 8 Albert Embankment. The site is in three parts - the landmark building on the riverside, a large site between Whitgift Street and Southbank House (pictured), and a small carpark site at the corner of Black Prince Road and Newport Street. Developers are proposing a mixed use development providing a new fire station, homes, retail and commercial space.

They are holding an exhibition at the Fire Station at the following times:
Thursday 25 June, 4pm - 8pm
Friday 26 June, 3pm - 6pm
Saturday 27 June, 10am - 1pm

You can also share your thoughts or request more information by contacting Azizun Choudhury on:
0870 066 8734
8 Albert Embankment SE1 Consultation, FREEPOST RLSX-KHXT-BGSR, Four Comunications, 48 Leicester Square, WC2H 7FG

Bondway, Vauxhall Cross

Planning permission is being sought for a 42 storey building just outside Prince's ward at Vauxhall Cross. Lurking About SE11 Blog has a good summary of the issues with links to the application and the Viva Vauxhall group's objections.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Labour wins hard-fought by-election in Prince's

Leader of the Council, Steve Reed congratulated Mark Harrison today on winning a hard-fought election.

'This is a stunning victory for Labour in Lambeth despite the most difficult national circumstances for decades. The result is a tribute to our hard-working and popular candidate, Mark Harrison, who has earned the backing of local residents, as well as recognition of how Lambeth is improving with Labour.'

Newly elected Councillor Mark Harrison said: 'I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me yesterday, and I congratulate my opponents on a good, clean fight. I will do my best to work hard for every resident in Princes Ward. It’s deeply humbling to have received so much support, and I’m very excited about this opportunity to improve life for local people.'

To see the official result click here

Pictured: Kate Hoey MP congratulates Mark on becoming a councillor

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Eamonn MacMahon: I'm backing Mark!

Mark’s plan to tackle local crime is spot on. More youth services, better CCTV, more police on the streets – the Lib Dems opposed it all so I’m voting for Mark because he cares about our safety.

Eamonn MacMahon, Vauxhall Gardens

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Mairead Furlong: I'm backing Mark!

Mark has been working closely with use for the past two years in our campaign for new windows and balconies. He’s the only candidate with a track record of helping us with our campaign.

Mairead Furlong, Vauxhall Five Estate
Promoted by David Amos and Joanne Simpson of Prince's Branch Labour Party (Vauxhall Constituency and Lambeth Borough) all at 264A Rosendale Road, SE24 9DL