That’s the challenge from a Vauxhall Society member, who says it’s ‘boring’ to read repeated criticisms of Lambeth’s property-development ambitions.
The short answer is ‘Boring to read? Try writing the stuff’.
The Vauxhall Society objects to few development proposals, perhaps less than one in 20, and even then it’s often at the behest of a TVS community-association member.
The problem is that Lambeth Council sees Vauxhall as a cash cow and will push through any planning horror hereabouts in order to splash out on more populous parts of the borough where the votes are.
A challenge, however, is a challenge.
Here’s a nice thing to say about Lambeth Council: they have just rejected an application to erect a vast Piccadilly Circus-style LED hoarding which would have masked a listed building in Brixton town centre, opposite the Ritzy Cinema.
Our local friends, The Brixton Society, successfully objected that the row of digital billboards would be an ‘absurd intrusion’ and bad for business.
That’s the kind of planning rejection TVS members would love to see more of in anything-goes Vauxhall.
Mind you, those shops in the Brixton Arches are still under threat…