At what point does a Lambeth Council official, say Iago Griffith of ‘Business Growth and Regeneration’, wonder how much longer it’s worth antagonizing peaceful, law-abiding, council-tax paying Vauxhall citizenry just to help local politicians save face? What does it do for any official’s CV to be seen to have taken a public part in protracted shilly-shallying? Perhaps it’s a plus in the way local authorities like Lambeth handle planning and consultation these days. Take this question: is Lambeth Council prepared to offer for public consultation an option to retain Vauxhall Bus Station in redeveloping the Vauxhall Cross gyratory? Is the answer yes, or is it no? Month after month, Lambeth officials (and politicians) refuse to say. This is even though the council’s own consultative group, the Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall Forum (KOVF), says people will not accept a ‘No’. KOVF has a survey to back the claim. KOVF tackled Lambeth on this, and received no answer except a lot of hot air about ‘going to further consultation in the Autumn’. If it doesn’t include the bus station option it isn’t ‘consultation’, but a waste of time. KOVF, of which The Vauxhall; Society is a member, is calling upon Mr. Griffith for ‘a clear response’ to four questions:
- Will Lambeth work together with KOVF to develop a scheme sensitive to the CS5 Cycle Super Highway, the Oval Junction improvement plan, the Green Link proposals and that will tame the traffic around Vauxhall Cross, make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians, retain the benefits of the current transport hub and establish a link to an adjacent High Street?
- Will Lambeth and Transport for London make a presentation on (1) at KOVF’s public meeting on 18 September, and answer questions from the public?
- Will a Lambeth official (like Mr Griffith, perhaps) confirm that Lambeth Council has refused to make public an option that was recently presented to it for developing the Vauxhall Cross area without removing Vauxhall Bus station?
- Will a Lambeth official now give this plan/option in (3) to KOVF and make it an option in the Autumn ‘consultation’?
Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall Forum Iago Griffith, Regeneration Project Officer Business Growth and Regeneration London Borough of Lambeth Tel: 020 7926 2656 Email: email@example.com 1st Floor Phoenix House 10 Wandsworth Road London SW8 2LL