All Aboard, The Night Tube (with apologies to James Brown)

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Once Transport For London have resolved their inevitable and predictable difficulties with the rail unions (drivers have voted to strike, date yet to be announced) we can expect a 24 hour Underground service on some lines, including the Victoria line, on Friday and Saturday nights from September 12. Whether or not this turns out to be a blessing or a curse (for those of you/us who would prefer Vauxhall’s ‘night-time  economy’ to go away) remains to be seen.

The following lines will be served:

  • Jubilee and Victoria lines: There will be trains every 10 minutes, covering the entire length of both lines.
  • Central line: Trains will run every 10 minutes or so between White City and Leytonstone. They will also run every 20 minutes between Ealing Broadway and White City, and Leytonstone to Loughton and Hainault. There will no service between North Acton and West Ruislip, Loughton and Epping and Woodford and Hainault.
  • Northern line: Trains will run between Morden and Camden Town every eight minutes, and from Camden Town to High Barnet and Edgware every 15 minutes. There will be no service on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches.
  • Piccadilly line: Trains will run approximately every 10 minutes between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5. There will be no service on the Terminal Four loop, or between Acton Town and Uxbridge.

Transport bosses also hope to expand the 24-hour services to parts of the Metropolitan, Circle, District and Hammersmith and City lines.

Standard off-peak fares will be charged, and Day Travelcards will be valid on the day they are issued, as well as for journeys starting before 4.30am the following day.


Summer BBQ – Sunday 2nd August 2015

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Summer BBQ Flyer 2015

Usual Place, Usual Time, Usual Agenda, Usual Boozy Consequences, (Slightly) Different Date.


Bonnington Square Pavement Resurfacing

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You might recall that Bonnington Square is to get new paving, which means tidying up some of the trees and replacing those that are causing damage. This notice has been issued by Lambeth Council, although unfortunately no-one at The Academy appears to have received it:

Bonnington Square has been selected for pavement resurfacing as part of the Highways Investment Programme 2015-2016. Lambeth Highways identified a number of trees that will be a problem once works to resurface the pavement starts. Highways initial proposal was to remove all trees causing pavement damage and replace them with new trees. Lambeth officers attended a site walkabout with lead residents and thirteen trees were identified that will cause problems with resurfacing. A local consultation was done by Bonnington Square Garden Association (BSGA) proposing that:

  • Six cherry trees and a large ash could be replaced as part of longer-term urban renewal programme.
  • Five gingkos that are heritage trees should be saved.

The consultation was distributed to households in Bonnington Square, Vauxhall Grove and Langley Lane. A majority of respondents were in favour but there were complaints that this was not representative of the views of the residents as a whole.

So if you can spare two minutes and have a view, you can respond here, by Friday latest please:

24/7 (Almost) Controlled Parking Zone – Probably Arriving In April

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For those of you wondering whatever happened to the planned eighteen-month experimental 24/7 CPZ for Vauxhall Grove, Bonnington Square, Lawn Lane and Langley Lane, it has been approved by Lambeth Council and it is on its way. It is likely to be implemented this month (April), with the times being 12 midnight to 8:30 am. This is on top of the current CPZ restrictions. It means that daytime parking on Saturday and Sunday after 8:30 am will remain free. Local residents wanting permits for visitors for restricted periods will be able to buy a book of them from Lambeth Parking at, I believe, £4.00 for each single permit.

Hopefully this will much reduce/eliminate the anti-social behaviour experienced by Langley Lane and Vauxhall Grove residents in particular as a result of clubbers parking their cars, and often subsequently partying in/next to them, and worse, Thursday through Monday.

Lambeth will be writing to all local residents to confirm the implementation date in the next few weeks.

Junk Mail

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If you’re getting tired of receiving Junk Mail (and I know I am), usually delivered by the Royal Mail Postie, then you might want to stop it by completing and sending off this Freepost Opt Out Application

The Postie will be happy – less rubbish to carry. And you’ll be happy – it will unclog your mail box. Although Royal Mail won’t be happy, they make more money from delivering unsolicited mail than they do from the official postal delivery. Oh well, can’t please everyone…………


Counter. Opens. Today.

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Counter opens today, next to Sainsbury’s in South Lambeth Place, serving ‘French and American inspired contemporary food’. Looks okay, if a little pricey for this part of town. 50% off all food until 10th February. Maybe they’re trying to match their prices to the latest house price reports. Or in anticipation of the arrival of the Americans in a couple of years. Anyway, I’m going on Monday with the toughest food critic I know – my thirteen year old daughter. Best review I’ve ever had from her after having slaved over a stove for two hours preparing a fancy dinner was “You can make that again”. I’ll be reporting back with her comments on Tuesday. Counter, you have been warned. She takes no prisoners. And you’d better have a few bottles of 7 Up or Lilt behind the bar, or she’ll be merciless with her comments.

Here’s the link to their web page:

And here’s their menu:


Attempted Child Abductions in Vauxhall

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This from Prince’s Ward Weekly Newsletter. Please forward on to anyone you know with school-age children:

1. Lambeth Police Warn Parents – Attempted Child Abductions in Vauxhall
Police in Lambeth have issued a warning to parents after three attempted child abductions took place in the past week. Detectives are investigating three separate reports of a man or men approaching school children and suggesting the children go with them. Police say they are linking the incidents based on the similarities of all three but at this stage do not have an accurate description of any suspects.

1. The first incident occurred on Thursday, 15 January at around 5pm on Sancroft Street, SE11, where a 10-year-old girl was approached by a man.

2. The second incident took place on Tuesday, 20 January at around 07.20am on Kennington Lane, SE11. An 11-year-old girl was approached by two men believed to be driving a white car.

3. The third incident happened today around 08.30am, also on Kennington Lane, where a 16-year-old girl was approached by a man.

Police have increased patrols in the area and say they have been talking to local schools. They are asking parents to be extra vigilant and to report any concerns immediately. Police said: ”whilst we do not wish to cause alarm I would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us. I understand that the community will be concerned about these recent incidents and I want to reassure parents and carers that we are treating this extremely seriously”. Please be vigilant and contact the police if you happen to notice anything suspicious. A man has since been arrested.

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