Advertise Stuff / Services For Sale Here

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If you are an Academy resident, and if you want to sell a service or items to other Academy residents, advertise it here (Stuff For Sale) under ‘Leave a Comment’. Unless it’s offensive, illegal, tacky, or just in plain bad taste, we’ll post it up for you. Which does NOT mean that we endorse it! As ever, Buyer Beware!!

And if you want to check out what’s on offer, just look to the right of our website under Pages – Useful Information / The Academy / Stuff For Sale

Our Tree – It’s Up

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After much huffing and puffing by Clare Howard, Robert Baker and Terry O’Neill with an erection that was much smaller than the one that we had to grapple with last year, Clare took control of the situation by pointing out which parts of our pole went where, so that we finally managed to get it up. As ever we were helped by mulled wine, and yes, in response to “who ate all the (mince) pies”, well, I did. Very nice they were to. A low key turning on of the lights by Ahmed on Monday morning, without the glare of the paparazzi and press, finished things off very nicely – a truly happy ending.

And for those of you wondering what all the fuss was about, well, here it is.

Our Tree

CPZ 24/7

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In order to deal with the disturbance and antisocial behaviour in our local streets from the nighttime economy, Lambeth Council are introducing an Experimental Traffic Order to make our controlled parking zone times (CPZ) 24/7 in Vauxhall Grove, Bonnington Square, Langley Lane and Lawn Lane. It will go live before 01 April for a period of 18 months and it is worth noting:

  • A resident can only lodge a formal objection to an experimental traffic regulation order once it is in force. Objections may be made to the order being made permanent within six months of the day that the experimental order comes into force. If the experimental order is changed, then objections may be made within six months of the day that this happens.
  • Enforcement will be in line with the existing on-street parking enforcement in other controlled areas. Lambeth Council will use their existing enforcement provider, NSL, to carry out the enforcement and all challenges will go through their existing statutory process to ensure that both enforcement and review of any challenges received is fair.
  • All resident car owners will still have to purchase a resident’s parking permit. Residents can purchase up to 50 visitor vouchers p.a. for guests and service companies. Visitor vouchers are £5 each or £22 for a book of 5.

Paying for visitor parking permits during the extended hours is a downside, but, by doing so, we are supporting and showing solidarity with our neighbours who suffer disturbance both overnight and during the day from clubbers and cabs.

This measure is community-safety driven and funded and Cllr Jane Edbrooke sums it up by saying:

“We will be using an Experimental Traffic Order and will then have 18 months to undertake a full resident consultation on permanently extending the CPZ – a ‘try before you buy’ approach shall we say! This will allow us to gauge the impact this change has had on ASB and residents.”

It’s Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Christmas

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We’ll be putting our tree up in the Lobby on Sunday at 12:00 noon. Feel free to join us – or at least bring food and drink for Robert Baker and me who will be sweating and cursing for an hour to get it up (“excuse me?” – Ed)

Vauxhall Gyratory Consultation

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Another chance for you to give Tfl your views on what you want to see happen to the Vauxhall Gyratory. And another chance for Tfl to then ignore them. If they keep on asking often enough then presumably they’ll eventually get the answer they want. Anyway, here it is:

https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/vauxhall-cross/consultation/intro/view

And here’s the proposed two-way traffic flow layout:

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