Lambeth Council has welcomed the news that a proposed ventilation shaft for the Northern Line Extension will not now be built on historic Claylands Green in Kennington.
The council had joined residents in urging TfL to reconsider plans to build the shaft at the site of Claylands Green, an important triangular tree lined green space used by residents on the Ashmole Estate, Trigon Road and Claylands Road.
The six metre high shaft would have seriously damaged the historic green and ruined the main green space available to local residents, the council and residents had argued. The council most recently wrote to TfL in September to make clear its opposition to the plans, along with Lambeth and Southwark Assembly Member Val Shawcross. TfL has this week confirmed that it would not be taking the proposals any further.
Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Regeneration on Lambeth Council, said:
“Residents and ward councillors have campaigned hard against the proposal. We’ve had some very constructive discussions with TfL and we’re delighted that after listening to the concerns of local people they have decided not to pursue this option.
“Lambeth Council fully supports the Northern Line Extension because it will breath new life into the Vauxhall and Nine Elms area, but it’s vital that this shouldn’t be at a cost to local residents living along the route.”
Claylands Green is believed to have been used as a public green since the 1830s.
The Northern Line Extension is a key part of the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea scheme, arguably London’s most ambitious and important regeneration projects that aims to create 16,000 new homes and 25,000 jobs by 2030.
It would extend the Northern line (Charing Cross branch) to Battersea, via a new station at Nine Elms. Ventilation shafts are needed at intervals of around 1km along tube lines for cooling and in case emergency access is needed.
Under latest proposals, shafts would be sited at locations on Kennington Green and Kennington Park.
To have your say visit www.tfl.gov.uk/nle