Election 2014 – three Labour councillors for Thurlow Park

Labour candidates Anna, Fred and Max are honoured and privileged to have been elected to Lambeth Council. We are humbled and will work hard to support residents, their concerns and continue the excellent work of former councillor Ann Kingsbury who has worked tirelessly for the people of Thurlow Park ward.

Proposed development on Avenue Park Road

On Saturday 29 March Cllr. Ann Kingsbury alongside a large number of residents of Avenue Park Road and Maley Avenue met the Chair of Planning Applications Committee (PAC) – Cllr. Diana Morris – on Saturday morning when she visited the site of the proposed Avenue Park Road development.

The proposal to build a large block of flats alongside the railway line at Tulse Hill Station, comprising 42 dwellings and 2 commercial premises, which will extend from the South Circular to roughly the junction of Maley Avenue and Avenue Park Road has caused concern to local people.

Site visits are common for large developments. One or more members of PAC attend in order to see the physical context of a planning application before it goes to the committee the following week. On this occasion only Cllr. Morris was present from PAC though she was supported by 2 of the planning officers and a representative from the developers – Mayfair 500.

The purpose of the visit was an opportunity for local residents to discuss the proposal and to point out any specific issues /concerns that they want considered by the PAC. Cllr. Morris was asked to look at the site from Avenue Park Road, from the station and from local gardens to assess the impact of the proposals and to tour nearby streets where residents had asked her to consider the effect on a district already under parking stress.

The PAC meets to consider the Mayfair 500 application on 1st April 2014.

Robson Road – update

Lambeth Council’s plans for this junction were halted when Transport for London decided that the remodelling would have to include banning a left-hand-turn from Norwood Road. However, following intense lobbying by Labour councillors Ann Kingsbury and Jane Pickard and a decisive intervention by our London Assembly member, Val Shawcross, TfL withdrew this condition.

The Robson Road junction will now be remodelled to have green man crossings on both arms and advanced stop line for cyclists, a big increase in safety for these two groups, and great news for resident of Thurlow Park ward and all those who cross that particular road.

Green light for a bus to Peabody Hill

The location of Peabody Hill can make it difficult for some people with young children, the elderly and those with disabilities to access the local shops, transport connections, places of work and other services. We want to help fix this, and so, have ben campaigning for a new bus route.

Your local Labour councillor, Ann Kingsbury and Labour Action Team see this as a priority for the area and have submitted have spoken with Lambeth Council, Transport for London, Peabody and the London Assembly and have worked with residents ho have organised a petition.

We are delighted that Lambeth Council have given their full support to our request ad have submitted their views on the urgent need for a service during recent TfL consultation. In response to a question from Val Shawcross AM, the Mayor has written saying that TfL understand the need for a service but caution that it will cause changes to traffic management locally.

As a result TfL have acknowledged our views on the ned for the bus service and have agreed to begin discussion with lambeth on how it can be delivered. Your Labour Action Team and Lambeth Council will continue to make the bus service a priority and will campaign to improve access across Thurlow Park ward.