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Lambeth electricity bill: meter still running

Lambeth electricity bill: meter still running

The furore over Lambeth’s unpaid electricity bill is growing, as the details emerge in the Standard about what actually happened: Lambeth failed to seek payment from tenants through their rents for thousands of unmetered street lights on its council estates since 2003, leaving it with an estimated bill of £658,000. It is now trying to [...]

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Streatham Megabowl development delayed by economy

Streatham Megabowl development delayed by economy

The development of the Megabowl building on Streatham Hill is going to have to wait, says the developer – because the banks just aren’t lending. ‘Economic conditions’ blamed for Streatham Hill Megabowl delay (From Your Local Guardian): Redefine International, the developer behind the major residential and retail development on the Caesars and Megabowl site, said [...]

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New Surrey Canal station refused central government funding

New Surrey Canal station refused central government funding

Remember all those wonderfully high-minded plans for the area around the New Den – dubbed optimistically Surrey Canal: London’s Sporting Village by developers? Well, they’re looking distinctly shaky today, as there won’t be any money coming from central government for the cornerstone of the scheme: a new station at Surrey Canal Road. Regeneration and Renewal [...]

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Durand now an Academy

Durand Primary School, the largest in Lambeth and situated just off the Brixton Road, is now an Academy, becoming the first in Lambeth to switch to that status since Michael Gove became Education Secretary and announced plans to fast-track applications from certain schools. Durand is the only school in South London to switch to academy [...]

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Grim stats for sexually-transmitted infections in South London

The Health Protection Agency has released its statistics on sexually-transmitted infections in the UK, and it makes pretty grim reading for anyone concerned with the welfare of young people in South London. The HPA’s data by region can be seen here as a PDF. We’ve also uploaded it to our public Google docs area. The [...]

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Southwark dries up as 110 pubs close

If you like a beer and a natter, Southwark is increasingly the place not to be, according to this story from the Morning Advertiser. ‘Labour should apologise for pub closures’ – General news – Politics – Morning Advertiser: Southwark tops the list, losing 110 of its pubs, followed by Liverpool with 100 and Birmingham with [...]

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Borough Market leasehold row points to banal future

Is Borough Market – bastion of the foodie, weekend destination of the cheese-hunting gourmand – headed for UK high street banality? The current actions of the charitable trust which controls the market indicate that it might be, according to this Guardian story: The last three remaining fruit and vegetable wholesalers based at permanent stalls have [...]

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Herne Hill – “bars in cars” central?

Has Herne Hill turned into a nest of illegal booze-sellers? The South London Press (never known to shirk from an exaggeration) certainly thinks so, claiming that “unlicensed traders” are showing up after dark to flog booze out of the back of their cars: Jim Davidson, who owns picture-framing shop Brockwell Art studios in the street, [...]

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Last week’s round up

We were away for most of last week and we’re just catching up. Here’s what we missed last week: Blackfriars station is closing for two months from 20 November (though trains will still run through it) as part of the Thameslink upgrade works. And there’s also asuggestion from LibDem Simon Hughes that the station should [...]

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Brockwell Park and Streatham fireworks up in smoke

We’ve been dreading this day since we moved to Lambeth frankly, and not it has come: Free firework displays on Streatham Common and Brockwell Park axed in bid to save cash (From Streatham Guardian): Lambeth Council announced on Thursday Brockwell Park and Streatham Common displays will not go ahead on November 5 due to “financial considerations.” [...]

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