Vauxhall Voices The Magic Garden Pub in Battersea 25 July

If you missed the singing picnic in Bonnington Garden,  Vauxhall Voices will sing on this Wednesday 25th July from 9:00 pm
at The Magic Garden Pub in Battersea Park Road.

@ The Magic Garden Pub

231 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4LG

Vauxhall Voices will sing from 9:00pm

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Leaf blowers outside Rosewood House in VG

A few weeks ago I highlighted the noise and pollution nuisance caused by Wednesday morning leaf blowing sessions on the pavement outside Rosewood House. Since then I received a response from a resident of Rosewood House, saying that Lambeth will do something about the problem, if they receive three complaints in a month:

“We agree with you about the leaf blower. It is even worse for us in Rosewood House as we are also paying for this menace. I have complained and will let you know if we get anywhere…”

“Maybe complaints have been fobbed off so far but will persist.

I also reported them for anti social behaviour to the council. You can do this on the website. If they get three complaints in a month they will investigate. I thought noise, pollution and fly tipping as they are just blowing stuff into the street for Lambeth to clear up. I asked my neighbours to do this so would be good if you can too.”

Here’s a link to the Lambeth Council website where you can report noise nuisance

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/community-safety-and-anti-social-behaviour/noise-and-antisocial-behaviour/report-a-noise-nuisance

Posted in Local crime and anti-social behaviour incidents, Street Trees and Plants

KOV Summer Newsletter: Bumper issue

The KOV AGM coming up in October as usually we’re looking for new board members, most importantly, a new chair, as Helen Monger has tendered her resignation due to work and family commitments.

Also: Up-dates on the OAKDA planning application for the gasholder site, a KOV air pollution monitoring excercise carried out in collaboration with Friends of the Earth and more. Please click on this link and then on the first page of the newsletter itself:

https://mailchi.mp/89c4145273ca/kov-bumper-summer-newsletter-july-2018?e=91d874bbc1

Posted in Local news, Uncategorized

Our parks and green spaces are at risk due to spending cuts

The chair of KOV Forum, Helen Monger, whose day-time job is director of the London Parks and Gardens Trust, is quoted in this article: “You’ll end up with local authorities dedicating one or two parks as income generators and they just get festivals week in week out, and the rest will not be maintained and will gradually become dustbowls, developed on, or encouraging antisocial behaviour.”

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/jul/08/parks-festivals-gigs-councils-local-authorities-open-spaces-spending-cuts-music-summer

Here’s another reason why you need parks and green spaces

https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/why-looking-at-buildings-can-give-people-headaches/index.html

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8 Albert Embankment Exhibition: The Fire Station

The exhibition event has already happened, but you can see the proposals online:

http://www.eightalbertembankment.com/

Please also read http://www.ourcity.london/case-studies/8-albert-embankment/

Posted in Local developments, Uncategorized

Sadiq Khan says: Put people first in planning

He’s right to say it’s up to national government to mend our broken planning system, but local governments could make a start by working with local community groups, rather than against them and at least uphold their own planning policies and guidance. (Unfortunately the mayor himself recently failed to listen to the large number of residents living around the Kennington gasholder site who have approached him pointing out the successful application’s numerous planning policy breaches.)

“Our community groups and local government, as the part of civic life closest to local people and the most sensitive to their everyday problems, have often been the first to warn of the risks that these practices bring with them regarding the very survival of our cities.” (Sadiq Khan)

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/03/city-properties-homes-people-first-london-barcelona

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Luxury high rise flats struggling to sell

Are we going to end up with a bunch of half built posh ghost towers? (With a special mention of Nine Elms).

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/may/14/construction-of-central-london-new-build-flats-fell-by-a-quarter-in-2017

Moneyweek property investment advice: Don’t!

https://moneyweek.com/londons-luxury-new-build-property-are-in-big-trouble?utm_campaign=money-morning-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

Posted in Uncategorized, Vauxhall cluster of tall towers