Grood news re leaf blowers

From Rosewood House resident:

“Good news on leaf blowing. Unexpectedly the cleaning company and the person from Metropolitan who manages their contract turned up for a 3 monthly stock assessment yesterday so I got the chance to complain. I think they will stop using the leaf blowers and if they do need them in Autumn when we get all those leaves apparently they have some electric ones which they can use instead.

We will see what happens but it all seems quite hopeful at the moment. Let’s see what happens on the coming Wednesdays.

 

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Durning Library talk: Kennington and the Chartists -17 September

Monday 17th September at 7pm:  as part of Lambeth’s Heritage Festival, Marietta will be speaking at the Durning Library, Kennington Cross on “Kennington and the Chartists 1848-2018”.  A free event, no booking required, £2 optional donation to the Friends of the Durning Library.

More Durning Library events

http://www.durninglibraryfriends.org.uk/events/forthcoming-events/

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Tate Library newsletter

https://mailchi.mp/142664d57729/your-library-in-august-survey-results-revealed-kids-stuff-and-murder-at-the-old-vic?e=9577ccfc36

New head librarian

https://mailchi.mp/e05af9194fe6/our-new-librarian-mischief-murder-and-the-return-of-the-councillors?e=9577ccfc36

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Lambeth libraries future

http://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2018/09/lambeths-libraries-what-future-public-meeting-in-brixton-8th-sept-2pm/

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New gym and swimming pool in student tower

Couldn’t see any prices, but here it is, with three lanes two of which are 25 m thanks to some local pressure. Whether this makes up for the ugly tower is another matter. And do we really need another gym? Especially in view of all our local libraries earmarked to become gyms (with books) in the near future?

https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/london/lambeth/vauxhall-leisure-centre/news/new-vauxhall-leisure-centre-now-open

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Berkeley Homes are in the money …

They are the developers who due to implement their masterplan for the Oval Gasholder site (with the help of Lambeth planning officers paid for by Berkeley Homes) and who are now providing the required 35% affordable housing, but at a price: e.g. substantial height increases in an area not designated for tall buildings, setting a precedent, less than the required green space, extra private parking to go with luxury flats, all breaking Lambeth’s own planning rules/guidance. And I think it’s safe to say it’s all about greed:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/sep/03/berkeley-calls-affordable-housing-targets-unviable-as-chairman-earns-174m

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Graphite Square development – revised planning application

18/03773/FUL

Demolition of existing office, warehouse and church buildings (use classes B1, B8, and D1), and redevelopment of the site to provide a residential led mixed-use development with a podium building of ground plus 3 storeys (fronting onto Worgan Street) two buildings of ground plus 13 storeys (fronting onto Worgan Street) and ground plus 10 storey building (at the junction of Worgan Street and Jonathan Street) to provide 178 residential units, offices (use class B1), a ground-floor flexible retail/café/office (flexible use class A1/A3/B1), a replacement Methodist church (use class D1), and provision of a single level basement, together with servicing, car and cycle parking, and provision of new public realm and associated works. Graphite Square London SE11 5EE

View details: https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PEHGOGBO09600&activeTab=summary

Please give your views as part of the consultation or contact your local councillors with your views. Deadline for neighbourhood consultation is 25th September.

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