A good way to do all that is to turn up at the next regular public meeting, on Thursday 18 March, of the Kennington, Oval & Vauxhall Forum (of community groups). It’s at the Carmelita Centre, 40 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5JT.
This promises to be a particularly lively evening as the next month is a hectic one. Kick-off is at 6.30pm, with half an hour’s chat time over refreshments (free) before the heavy stuff starts.
The agenda includes a Lambeth Councillor and an official outlining ‘Culture 2020’, which involves the closing of half of Lambeth’s Libraries. Councillor and official are likely to be asked when Lambeth Council will comply with an Information Commissioner ruling to come clean about the council’s property deals with Transport for London over the use of land in Kennington Park and Kennington Green.
At the KOVF public meeting, the Committee will report on, among other things, the Cycle Highway and Thames footbridge, as well as the way ahead for Vauxhall Bus Station/ the Vauxhall Gyratory.
Lambeth, it is suggested, can come out as the good guys on the bus station and gyratory, by protecting voters from the pollution and disruption threatened by Transport for London’s property-development ambitions. TfL wish to replace the one-way gyratory with a slower, two-way system, around which HGVs and other heavy traffic will still thunder.
An alternative community plan by residents will be discussed at KOVF on Thursday suggests that Lambeth removes HGV traffic from South Lambeth Road, so reducing pollution, some of the worst in London.
By leaving the bus station as it is, Lambeth would save millions in costs, and avoid the long disruption and relocation of services for residents and http://rachelsagermosaics.com/online-pharmacies workers. TfL wants to ‘rebuild’ the bus station only to add commercial space. There is no transport gain to passengers. There are more and more of them, and they would be crammed into even less space.
Lambeth Local History Forum is having an emergency meeting on 20 March on the future of Lambeth Archives, currently housed in one the libraries up for sale, the Minet in Stockwell.