TO: BORIS JOHNSON, MAYOR OF LONDON We ask the Mayor of London to instruct Transport for London to give Londoners a fair say in the future of Vauxhall by modelling and consulting on the community-led Our Vauxhall plan to make Vauxhall greener, safer and less polluted. Why is this important? Transport for London (TfL), with Lambeth Council, has a plan to make the Vauxhall one-way gyratory into a two-way system. This will replace the well-used, safe and much-loved Vauxhall bus station with dispersed, unprot
In case you didn’t make (to the open evening where all the plans and and planners were present) it there are a couple of things worth writing to TfL about esp if any of you drive or take taxis. (I suggest you look at your map to make sense of these points)
The right turn from Wandsworth Road into ‘Bridgefoot’/start of Kennington Lane/under the railway will NO LONGER be possible. This means that to go from S Lambeth Road you will have to go along the new 2 way S Lambeth Road, turn R into Kennington Lane then do that huge loop up Durham St, Harleyford Rd, then L into S Lambeth Road and L into Vauxhall Grove as at present. This will take longer than the current loop around the one-way system. IF (a big if) they would permit a R turn into Vauxhall Grove from the new 2 way S Lambeth Road (and there is no reason for this to become a rat-run) the problem would be solved. This is what I will propose as an alternative.
The only way to drop off elderly or disabled people at the station will be if you are coming from from the West along S Lambeth Rd. For anyone coming from Albert Embankment or Harleyford/Kennington Lane this would be impossible.
The planners at the meeting agreed with me on both these points and made a note of them but unless sufficient people make a noise they might for convenience just forget about these issues.
Falling in Love with Bonnington Square. Written and composed by Gabriele Gad (with “Pavanne” composed by Hugh Harris). Starring Ruth Hardcastle with Steve Barbe, Danny Ellefsen, Ceri Jones, Uwern Jong, Jane Michelson Vuglar and Gemma Rowlan. Directed by David Spofforth with the Cast.
Kevin has lived in Bonnington Square since the mid-seventies. I lived there between the mid-80s and the mid-90’s, for 11 years. During my time there the two adjacent squares of Vauxhall Grove and Bonnington Square where squatted, predominantly by artists: musicians, puppet theatre artists, sculptors, photographers, illustrators, dancers, installation artists, actors, writers…. , and painters like me.
Bonnington Square is right in the heart of London, just two minutes walk from the river and just ten minutes from the Houses of Parliament. In the early eighties the one hundred houses of the Square were all squatted, forming a bohemian community from all around the world.The squat had two community gardens, a cafe, a wholefood shop, a nightclub, a newsletter and even a milkbar. Although it is no longer squatted, there are still many low rent housing cooperatives, and the cafe and the gardens are still coll
Developers aim to create a new business and cultural district, served by an extension to the Northern line, and glass tower blocks are under construction all around. Projects include the huge Nine Elms development between Vauxhall and Battersea, which will host the relocated £620 million American embassy. But there are complaints that landlords want multinational tenants to move in at the expense of smaller independents. It is feared that bars, clubs and cafes popular with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will be priced out. The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, which featured in movie Pride, was bought by Austrian developer Immovate last year, and campaigners are trying to protect it from demolition. A fight to give it a heritage listing is being backed by stars including Sir Ian McKellen and Paul O’Grady, who performed there as Lily Savage. Princess Diana allegedly once visited the venue disguised as a man, accompanied by Queen’s Freddie Mercury. Bar Code, a nightclub under railway arches near Vauxhall station, was sold in June after its rent was more than doubled from £60,000 to £150,000.