Archive for May, 2012

Battersea power station ceased generating electricity in 1983- that is coming up 30 years ago.

Since then as a result of a madness/ planning restrictions and the lack of inspired thinking by successive governments / owners and developers the  site has remained entirely neglected. Only London can do so little with such a centrally located iconic jewel.

The last owner of Battersea had  money problems  and was unable to develop the site  and now Battersea Power Station is up for  open sale.

There were many rumours but now Chelsea Football Club  has confirmed that it has submitted an offer. Interestingly they say that the four iconic chimneys will stay and be restored and retained creating a unique back drop to a stadium for 60,000.  They also propose a town centre, shops affordable housing and offices.

Chelsea FC or its owners could be the first people in the last 30 years who have the resources to develop out and make this happen. IF CFC think to move to the South of the River they will be wonderfully welcome in that  they might be the last part in the Vauxhall Nine ELms ( VNEB) Jigsaw puzzle.

For those of us in South Lambeth / Vauxhall Stockwell area however it probably means not being able to drive over the bridges Northwards on match days?

Fulham – where CFC currently resides is paralysed by Chelsea Fans and traffic when a match is on. All the locals loathe the jams and parking problems.

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ASSA held a very productive Day of cleaning up the area. As a result of various factors there was only 2 hours of work time available but volunteers managed to get out and clean and tidy, dig over , replant and compost many of the tree pits etc.

Much work was done by enthusiastic residents to the immediate outside areas and gardens of St Stephen’s church.

Pits were planted up  – and some exotic things were planted.


If you see any thirsty plants please take them out a bucket of water – and try to think of it on a weekly basis through this summer Drought !


There were very few volunteers in the event but Penny laid on a fabulous thank you post  party clear up for locals at her home. Thank you Penny Cleaning up on the streets of St Stephens.

Local Residents hard at work on Community Freshview day.



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