SOUTH BANK & WATERLOO NEIGHBOURS
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EMMA CONS GARDENS CONSULTATION PROCESS
The Emma Cons Gardens consultation has been taking place through the summer. Its aim is to understand what people want for the regeneration of this important public space in the heart of Waterloo, leading to agreement of design proposals. Click here for more information.
SOUTH BANK & WATERLOO FORUM
The second South Bank and Waterloo Neighbourhood Forum of 2021 was held (by Zoom) on Thursday 20 May. It was chaired by Florence Eshalomi MP. Our other MP, Neil Coyle, was unable to be there, as sadly his father has just passed away.
The meeting covered a wide range of issues. There was a report on efforts to understand the levels of sexual harassment in Lambeth, and about what can be done to reduce an issue that affects so many women. Not surprisingly alcohol plays a significant role in many instances of harassment, and Waterloo and the South Bank, as entertainment venues, and with so many people passing through, have their share of such unacceptable behaviour.
After reports on the current Covid situation (happily much reduced in Lambeth and Southwark), there was a round-up on current planning applications and prospective projects, showing how many schemes are moving forward despite uncertainties about the office market. This led on to a brief presentation by Sam Knight of Carver Haggard The Means, who will be running the public consultation, over the summer, about redesign of Emma Cons Gardens.
Michael Johnson, Chair of WeAreWaterloo Business Improvement District, also gave a presentation on a very well developed scheme to greatly improve the access route from the south side of Waterloo Station down to Lower Marsh. More on this in due course.
Finally, Suat Binkaya, from Park Plaza Hotels Group, introduced a programme the Group has been running to provide young unemployed people in the area, mediated through Coin Street Community Builders and Oasis Academy, with an introduction to the hotel and hospitality sector. He emphasised how committed Park Plaza is to offering job opportunities to local people.
FUTURE MEETINGS: 23 SEPTEMBER, AND 9 DECEMBER - 7PM TO 8.30PM
READ THE FIRST SOWN ANNUAL REPORT
We are delighted to publish the first SoWN Annual Report.
The Chair's Introduction: Welcome to our first annual report on SoWN’s activities in the year following the formal recognition of its status as a Neighbourhood Forum by Lambeth Council in January 2020. Looking back, there must have been a moment - a period of just a few weeks perhaps - when we felt that, while hard work lay ahead, the major formal challenges of compiling a Neighbourhood Plan were behind us and the measures and policies that would flow from its overwhelming approval would in turn attract new members with fresh ideas. Not quite, as it turned out.
In the pages that follow, you will find reports on SoWN’s activities across many fields – despite the stringencies of the pandemic, there is much to be done in the area and SoWN is involved on many fronts. Our status as a statutory consultee on planning matters in the area has involved us at an early stage in many projects. At the same time, Lambeth has appointed staff with specific responsibilities for the area and we liaise with them on a regular basis across a number of fields. But there is still much to be done and if you live or work in the area we would be delighted to hear from you.
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