Transport for London (TFL) agrees to talks with Vauxhall community groups
Sent in by Malcolm Russell
VNEB DATA (Development & Transport Action Group), a group of Vauxhall Community organisations in the Vauxhall, Nine Elms & Battersea (VNEB) development zone, was invited for talks with senior officials at TfL at their Victoria Street HQ on 12 January. TVS believes this is the first time that TfL has had technical talks directly with a residents’ group about NLE, nevertheless it was a very productive and informative meeting with both TfL and DATA taking ideas away with them to mull over. Topics covered include funding, financing, alternative transport strategies, timescales, the gyratory and current planning/development assumptions
DATA, the VNEB Development and Transport Action Group, provides co-ordination between a number of residents’ groups on transport issues connected with VNEB development. It was formed after a meeting of the Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall Forum in November in response to a series of worrying statements about the proposal by TfL to extend the Northern Line from Kennington to Nine Elms/Battersea.
First came a statement from Sue Foster of Lambeth Council at the Vauxhall’s AGM in October that, without due diligence, Lambeth would give TfL £600 million towards the cost of NLE, and that the money would come from the Section 106 levy developers pay for improving amenities in Lambeth.
Then came a claim, reported by TVS, from the developer TfL put in charge of consultations, that there is widespread local support for NLE whereas developer, Treasury Holdings (now in liquidation) could show responses to support this claim from only a tiny proportion of the Lambeth population. Indeed, even this low response was based on ambiguous questions such as ‘Do you think a tube line to Battersea will improve transport facilities?
DATA was represented at the TfL meeting by David Boardman and Rodney Ovenden of the Kennington Association Planning Forum, and by The Vauxhall Society’s Ross Davies and Malcolm Russell. DATA also represents Viva Vauxhall and the Friends of Lansdowne Gardens.
DATA wants to work with TFL to ensure that the best transport strategy for local residents is implemented to meet current and future needs as the VNEB development continues. It is hoped that TfL will agree to DATA’s request to maintain dialogue on these issues.
Contact DATA via your own residents’ group or community association.