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.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Comment on TfL's plans for Cycle Superhighway 5

Transport for London is proposing to introduce a new cycle route between New Cross Gate and Victoria. Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 5 (CS5) would run via Peckham, Camberwell, Kennington and Vauxhall.

View the proposals and have your say:
Please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/cs5 to see details of the proposed route and have your say. There are some significant changes planned for Vauxhall Cross and Oval junction.

Public Exhibitions:
TfL invite you to one of their three public exhibitions so you can view the proposals and speak to members of the project team:
Saturday 8 December 11:00-15:00, Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR
Tuesday 11 December 15:00-19:00, Oval House Theatre café, 52-54 Kennington Oval, SE11 5SW
Wednesday 12 December 15:00-19:00, Parnell House, 25 Wilton Road, SW1V 1LW

About the proposed new route:
Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 5 would bring substantial changes to the road layout to improve safety for cyclists, including:
More space for cyclists and buses, through reallocation of road space
New mandatory cycle lanes
Improvements for cyclists at 52 junctions, including new Advanced Stop Lines, cycle feeder lanes, and speed reduction measures
An innovative cycle ‘early-start’ facility at Vauxhall Bridge Road/Millbank to help cyclists get ahead of traffic
Banning some turns for cars and lorries to reduce conflict with cyclists
Extension to the existing 20mph speed limit in New Cross

The new route would also include a comprehensive package of supporting measures, including:
Over 3,000 new cycle parking spaces along the route
Cycle safety checks
Free cycle training
Industry-recognised safety training for drivers of large goods vehicles

Construction work:
TfL plan to start work in late spring 2013. They will write to local residents and businesses before undertaking work. The route is planned to open later in 2013.

Temporary Closure of Lambeth Community Care Centre for urgent repair works

As part of the annual planned maintenance programme, work was scheduled to upgrade the water pipes at the Lambeth Community Care Centre (LCCC). However an existing leak in the pipework on the first floor of the LCCC has significantly worsened. Due to the size of the leak and the location of the pipes embedded in the concrete flooring, it is impossible to do a temporary repair and therefore necessary to urgently bring forward the repair work. Until the extensive repairs are completed, which includes excavating the concrete floors to replace all the water pipes, the building is vulnerable to sudden loss of heating and water supply. The scale of the works now requires the building to be temporarily closed for six weeks due to the amount of noise, debris and disruption the work will cause. The closure date for the building is 7 December with work commencing on 10 December.

During this time, all intermediate care inpatient admissions will be at The Pulross Centre, Brixton. The unit will operate at its full 20 bed capacity with the additional medical, nursing and therapy this level of activity requires.

Ground floor community outpatient services are being temporarily relocated during this time to other health centres nearby. These changes are being communicated directly to patients who have booked appointments during this period. The services affected are:
Gateway Acupuncture Clinic
Foot Health
Heart Failure Clinic

The temporary closure comes at a crucial time for the future of the Centre. The local NHS plan to close the intermediate care inpatient beds on the first floor and convert the Centre into a specialist centre for people recovering from amputations. At a meeting of the Friends of the LCCC last Wednesday opinion was divided as to whether the Friends should support the plans. The Committee recommended support for the plans, but the majority of members at the meeting wanted intermediate care for local people to continue.

Photo: Edward Cullinan Architects

Vauxhall One's Christmas tree unveiled

Local business group Vauxhall One has arranged for a fantastic Christmas tree to cheer up the entrance to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens over the festive season.

Kate Hoey MP switched the lights on at a ceremony on Wednesday evening. She was joined by Richard Tice, Chair of Vauxhall One, and councillors Jackie Meldrum and Mark Harrison.

Support your local pubs this Christmas

The Ship on Kennington Road emailed us asking to help support them by publicising their Christmas offering.

We thought we would help the other pubs in the ward by getting their Christmas offerings as well!

Below are details of all the pubs in the ward and links to their websites/Christmas menus.

The Duchy Arms, 63 Sancroft Street SE11 5UG

The Grand Union, 111 Kennington Road SE11 6SF

The Prince of Wales, 48, Cleaver Square SE11 4EA

Tamesis Dock, Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP

The Black Dog, 112 Vauxhall Walk SE11 5ER

The Old Red Lion, 42, Kennington Park Road SE11 4RS
The Rose, 35, Albert Embankment SE1 7TL

The Ship, 171, Kennington Road SE11 6SF

The Tommyfield, 185 Kennington Lane SE11 4EZ

The Black Prince, 6 Black Prince Road SE11 6HS
020 7582 2818

Little Apple, 98 Kennington Lane SE11 4XD
020 7735 2039

The White Bear, 138 Kennington Park Road SE11 4DJ
020 7793 9193

The Windmill, 44 Lambeth High Street SE1 7JS
020 7820 1802

The Dog House, 293 Kennington Road SE11 6BY
020 7820 9310

Zeitgeist, 49-51 Black Prince Road SE11 6AB
020 7840 0426
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