Information Commissioner orders Lambeth to come clean on secret Kennington Park, Kennington Green and Vauxhall developer deals

keybridge house (proposed)

The Government’s Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) has ruled against Lambeth Council’s refusal to divulge correspondence on the secret deals it does with property developers. The ruling, logged on the Kennington Oval & Vauxhall Forum website, shows that ICO has thrown out Lambeth’s plea of commercial confidentiality and the ‘unreasonable’ cost of complying with a Freedom […]

Northern Line Extension: legal challenge withdrawn

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Looks like it’s full speed ahead for the Northern Line Extension after the rapid-fire withdrawal of a High Court challenge to an Act of Parliament nodded through at Transport for London’s bidding. The Transport Works Act OK’ing the start of building work on NLE sailed through Parliament on 13 October 2014. But then notes for […]

Northern Line Extension hits a snag, but surprise, surprise, Labour Councillors find ‘early indications of strong support’ for ‘remodelling’ Vauxhall Bus Station

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Did you know there are ‘early indications of strong support’ for the removal of the gyratory at Vauxhall and the remodelling of the bus station’? As far as The Vauxhall Society can tell, there’s no support at all for the ‘remodelling’ (i.e. halving) of Vauxhall Bus Station except for that of property-development partners Lambeth Council […]

Still at risk: ‘Vauxhall Bus Station must go!’, says Council leader

Jonathan Cook

‘The [Vauxhall] bus station will be replaced.’ So says the Deputy Leader of Wandsworth Borough Council, Jonathan Cook, as The Vauxhall Society’s all-party, capital-wide Save Vauxhall Bus Station campaign online petition heads for its 2,000th signature. Contacted by a constituent asking for Wandsworth Council to oppose Lambeth’s ‘extraordinary proposals to demolish Vauxhall Bus Station’, Cllr […]

Vauxhall Bus Station: What a difference a decade makes…


Ten years ago, a Peter Hendy, Managing Director of Surface Transport at Transport for London, Peter Hendy, said: “The Vauxhall Cross interchange [Bus Station] has been an ambitious project for TfL. For passengers at Vauxhall Cross, changing between bus, rail and Tube had been difficult for a long time. At the same time, pedestrians and […]

NLE no longer flush with cash as developers pooh-pooh sewage scheme?


Vauxhall community groups have long held their noses over Lambeth councillors’ scramble to do the bidding of Transport for London and support the Northern Line Extension (NLE) to the luxury flat and office developments at Battersea Power Station (BPS). Now BPS’s developers themselves are kicking up a stink, and it could derail NLE even before […]

Northern Line Extension: TfL’s New Year Resolution – ‘Must start drilling boreholes from Kennington to Battersea’

Transport for London ‘needs to undertake further investigation work to understand the ground conditions’ along the route of the tunnels to be dug for the proposed Northern Line Extension from Kennington to Nine Elms and Battersea. This will involve drilling boreholes to check on soil-type and water ground-levels between January and April. The work will […]

Northern Line Extension: even more commercial developers need to be crammed into Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea if business is to repay that £1 billion Treasury loan

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Battersea and Nine Elms, the two new Tube stations on the projected Northern Line Extension, will have to be in Transport for London’s Zone One, the same as Vauxhall, and so will Kennington. That’s the verdict from developer CLS’s Richard Tice, writing to the Secretary of State for Transport in support of the Northern Line […]