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If you don’t know about Fix My Street you should!

If you see a pothole, broken street light, dumped rubbish or any other problem in your street or the neighbourhood that needs a repair or fixing, then go to:

http://www.fixmystreet.com/

You’ll be able to report the exact details – and should get a response!

If you click on the Fix My Street link on the right-hand sidebar of our front page, you’ll see details of all reports in our area – and the responses.

If you use this service for problems in the ASSA area (Albert Square, Aldebert Terrace, St Stephen’s Terrace, Wilkinson Street), please let us know how you get on.

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If you are a resident of Albert Square you should have received a copy of the Albert Square Perimeter Path consultation. If you are not a resident of the Square please note that Lambeth have agreed to distribute the leaflet to all ASSA residents as this is a conservation area matter not an Albert Square matter.  For both residents of the Square and other ASSA residents the deadline for the consultation has been extended. Residents are requested to return the consultation response as soon as they can (note the consultation leaflet itself still say the deadline is August 5th)

Background: Lambeth have recently agreed that they are responsible for the maintenance of the path and have agreed to upgrade it from the current mud path to something that will be more hard wearing and less muddy. The money for this work has been put aside in this year’s budget so the work will get done this financial year.

It was the overwhelming view of attendees of the ASSA AGM that they would prefer York stone for the path. This is the recommendation of the Residents Association. The stone is hard wearing and will last many times longer than the alternatives but it is also more expensive and this as a result Lambeth are reticent to offer it.

If you have not already filled in the form we recommend you don’t tick either ‘Modular’ or ‘Clearmac’ but instead write “I would like York stone to be used” in the further comments section.

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Two new speed limit signs have appeared in the last few days.  The first pair, at the entrance to Aldebert Terrace, add to what is now a fairly unpleasant clutter of signs, but are now clear enough.*

Aldebert Terrace signs

Another new sign at the entrance to Albert Square, finally confirming the road marking which has been there for quite a while.

Albert Square sign

That at least means that most drivers looking for a short cut will have no excuse for not being aware of the lower speed limt.  But approach St Stephen’s Terrace from Bolney Street, and it’s a different story.  The signs there were put up to mark the end of the 20mph zone round Fentiman Road (known to the planners as “St Stephen’s” for bizarre reasons of their own).

Bolney St speed sign

Since the two 20mph zones are contiguous, the signs simply need to be removed to ensure that drivers are accurately informed throughout the area.
*When it first went up, this sign was on a very short pole – even shorter than the one at the entrance to Albert Square – and was potentially very dangerous as it blocked half the pavement at head height. Credit to Lambeth for replacing it with the much taller and safer pole within a day.

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FixMyStreet - reporting local problems

FixMyStreet - reporting local problems

FixMyStreet is a simple way of letting Lambeth council know about things which need fixing – broken lamp posts, dangerous paving stones, and so on.  All you have to do is put in your postcode, click on the map exactly where the problem is and give a short description.  All that then gets sent to the Council, who can provide updates on what they are doing and show when the problem has been fixed.

Lambeth has a tendency to be a bit trigger-happy on closing cases – they sometimes seem to confuse referring the problem to somebody to sort out with actually fixing it – but that doesn’t stop it being useful.  There are two links in the column to the right – the first one under the ‘Local services’ heading is the one to use to report a problem.  A bit lower down, the five most recently reported problems in Stockwell ward are shown – click to see details of any which you are interested in.

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