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Archive for February, 2009

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About forty people turned up a couple of Saturdays ago to help clean up the area around the church and the Tradescant sculpture.

church-flowerbedThe transformation is dramatic.  The flowerbed round the sculpture has been cleared and its base has been scrubbed clean. The surrounding beds have also been cleared, completely filling a skip with what’s come out of them.

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st-stephens-toys-feb-20091Children attending the St Stephen’s Parents Group, the parents and toddlers group that meets at our local church, have been enjoying a range of new books, toys and other equipment, thanks to a recent donation from ASSA. The funds, and money from Lambeth Early Years, have also been used for a gate and protection fence around the baby area

The playgroup is run through the Fegans charity. For information on the group, contact Jill Gregson on: Jill.Gregson@fegans.org.uk

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There is a new addition to the website which should make it easier to keep track of planning applications around the area.  You can see it towards the bottom of the right-hand column, showing a list of recent applications.  Click on any application to go straight to the detailed material on the Lambeth planning website.

The service is run by volunteers at planningalerts.com.  You can also sign up there for customised emails alerting you to applications in any area you define.

Two applications stand out from the batch which appeared when I first turned this on.   The first and more significant one is a second attempt to redevelop the old DiLieto’s building:

Retention of part ground floor as shop premises (Use class A1) with the conversion of the remainder of the property to provide 8 x 1 bed self contained flats with excavation of 2 x rear lightwells and erection of part 3, part 2, part single storey rear extensions and alterations to shopfront and windows within all elevations.

At first glance that doesn’t look very different from the application which was withdrawn last September.  Eight flats crammed into a small site and with the consequent pressure on the area around it is not a sensible approach.

The apparently more minor (but retrospective) application is for 42 Wilkinson Street,

Retention and reduction in depth of unauthorised rear outbuilding.

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Saturday 14th February 10.00 – 2.00  centred around the Sculpture and the Church, but we can do the wider area too. Come with your ideas for the area – the Council will provide the tools – and skips for rubbish and green waste.  Meet by the Sculpture at 10.00 – tell your friends.

Supported by Lambeth Council as part of its Community Freshview scheme.

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Lots of snow, and lots of people with cameras marvelling at the strange sights.  Here are a few pictures taken this morning, with more to be found here.  Any pictures uploaded to Flickr and tagged “assasw8” will show up automatically in the neighbourhood photos area at the bottom right of this page.  It only takes a moment to open a Flickr account, and there is a completely free version which is all you need.

Some of the other people wandering around Stockwell with cameras were Andrew Orange and Onionbag.

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