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The annual general meeting of the Albert Square and St Stephen’s Association takes place soon – and all residents of Albert Square, Wilkinson Street and Aldebert and St Stephen’s terraces are invited along to have your say about what’s happening in the area, elect a new committee and decide on the issues for the coming year.

ASSA AGM
TUESDAY 16 JUNE 2009
8PM – tea and coffee from 7.30pm
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH

If you would like to stand for the committee or nominate someone, or for any further information, please contact Brenda on 020 7735 6087/ brenda@bskirsch.demon.co.uk

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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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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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Have you recently received a questionnaire from Ipsos MORI on behalf of Lambeth Council asking for your comments about how involved you are in the community and your views on Lambeth?

We noted that only one questionnaire was sent per house, even where houses in our area are divided into flats (for example, only one questionnaire was sent to some houses in Albert Square where there are four or five separate households). We have raised this with the consultation office of Lambeth Council as casting doubts on the validity of the poll – and debarring many households from participating.

If you are aware that your house received fewer consultation documents than households, could you please add a comment below, so that we can back up our concern.

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Residents in the Albert Square conservation area should have today received updated consultation material from Lambeth Council about the proposals for traffic calming measures in the area. The last meeting of the Albert Square and St Stephen’s Association (ASSA) Committee considered these and came to the following conclusions, which we hope will assist you in making a response to the proposals (the closing date is now 17 October).

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The Albert Square and St Stephen’s Association (ASSA) welcomes the opportunity to respond to Lambeth Council’s current consultation on a traffic calming scheme in the Albert Square conservation area. But we believe that local residents need a far more effective approach to the serious problem of traffic that is too much and too fast. ASSA is opposed to the current proposals for the following reasons:

  • We don’t believe that the proposed additional sinusoidal road humps will be sufficient to reduce the volume and speed of traffic that now uses our area as a ‘rat run’ – a fact of life acknowledged in the council’s paper
  • We believe that any traffic calming measures for our area should be part of a wider strategy that situates our needs within the wider network of local streets. Such an approach was agreed by Lambeth Council in 2006, when the Executive Director of Environment reported to the North Lambeth Area Committee that the ‘Fentiman Road Cell scheme’ would be processed for implementation that year. Under this scheme, our area would have been subject to an ‘entry treatment’ that would have reduced the volume of traffic cutting through our streets, and its speed
  • There is an existing 20mph speed limit through our area – though you would hardly know this because of the lack of signs and road markings. This limit needs to be more vigorously signed and enforced. For example, a census of traffic through our area a year ago found that in excess of 1,000 vehicles a day were passing through the area, with average speed of 22mph and 15% were travelling at speeds of more than 26mph.

We welcome Lambeth Council’s attempts to tackle traffic calming in the Albert Square conservation area, but call on them to withdraw this scheme in favour of further consultation with residents to introduce more effective longer term solutions to reduce the volume and speed of traffic in our area.

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2008 AGM

The minutes of the AGM held on 24 June and the Committee meeting held on 2 June are now available.

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