South Bank Forum is the key regular gathering for residents, businesses and local authorities where major issues facing the area are discussed.
It’s organised by South Bank Employers’ Group on behalf of South Bank Partnership, and funded by SoW Neighbours. The Forum usually meets every couple months or so at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, Stamford Street. Meetings are usually led by the MPs for Vauxhall and Bermondsey & Old Southwark along with other elected representatives from Lambeth Bishop’s Ward, Southwark Borough and Bankside Ward, and the London Assembly.
Lambeth’s Jack Hopkins: working with communities
Lambeth Council leader Councillor Jack Hopkins was special guest at the last Forum, held jointly with Waterloo Community Development Group. He spoke about his new approach for the council to put people before policies and to work with communities in a response to Government funding cuts. He was asked questions by the audience, particularly those concerned by the impact major developments and members of the local youth forum concerned with housing costs and knife crime.
The Forum, chaired by Kate Hoey MP, also heard about:
South Bank spine route – Belvedere Road and Upper Ground, which form the ‘spine route’, have fallen into disrepair in recent years. Lambeth has commissioned LDA Design to work on ideas for improvements, due to begin later next year.
Waterloo City Hub – Lambeth Cabinet Member for the Environment and Clean Air, Councillor Claire Holland, is due to make a decision on a unanimous resident/business request to stop rat-running – which would be made worse by the Hub – by closing the southern part of Cornwall Road to vehicles at the junction with Stamford Street.
South Bank & Waterloo Neighbourhood Plan – SoW Neighbours Chair John Langley spoke about the referendum on Thursday 24 October. Details will arrive with residents and businesses in late September/early November.
Old London Fire Brigade HQ redevelopment – Residents are opposed to the latest plans for tall towers behind the old building on Albert Embankment.
London Studios tour – ITV is applying to temporarily use the ground floor of the disused studios for a visitor attraction featuring shows like Downton Abbey. It expects 4,000 people a day.