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Fun days, photo walls and school walkabouts — Lambeth council continues its innovative £6million consultation

The latest stage in Lambeth council’s innovative process of asking residents how to spend £6million on creating cleaner, greener, safer streets takes place on Saturday.

The council is midway through a wide-ranging exercise in finding out what locals want the money spent on.

A family fun day on Saturday in Millbrook Road, Brixton, near Ebony Horse Club in Coldharbour ward, follows several other less-than-usual methods used to engage with local communities.

Examples include:

  • Joining walkabouts organised by school councils where pupils point out what they like and dislike about their neighbourhood. (Wyvil and Herbert Morrison primaries already done)
  • Residents organising a public exhibition of photos they’ve taken showing the best and worst things in their streets and inviting suggestions for improvements

The consultations are helping determine how the council spend £6million as part of its Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme.

Councillor Jack Hopkins, the cabinet member overseeing the programme, said: “What this comprehensive exercise is allowing us to do is co-operate with people living in the borough to find out is exactly what that should look like in their neighbourhoods.

“We pride ourselves on consulting with the people of Lambeth, whether it is calling for 100 more police or saving Clapham fire station, so we are keen to hear what people want to do with this large amount of money.”

The consultation process has seen the council contact every residents and community group it has details for within the NEP area, asking them to help spread the word that the money is available and find out what people would like.

The area is made up of Oval, Stockwell, Larkhall, Clapham Town, Ferndale and Vassall wards and parts of Coldharbour and Herne Hill.

People in Coldharbour on Saturday will be able to discuss their views with council staff as well as using pedal power to make their own smoothies, listen to a steel band, get a free MOT for their bicycle and enjoy free food.

Following consultation with residents in Brixton and Stockwell, Larkhall Park entrance has been improved, trees planted and parking and cycling will be made easier. One-way systems and 20mph speed limits will be introduced.

The council is also encouraging people to come up with more imaginative ideas, for example turning part of their area over to food growing, outdoor gyms, closing the street once a month so children can play in it or ways they themselves could improves their streets.

The NEP Awareness Day takes place on Saturday 27 April on Millbrook Road, SW9 7JD, from 10:30 to 16:30.

Feedback can also be made by emailing nep@lambeth.gov.uk – this can include videos, audio files and photographs -via an online form here or by sending a postcard to FREEPOST LON17644, NEP, 2nd Floor Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, London. You can pick one up from your local library, council office, job centre, children’s centre, advice centre or GP surgery

NOTES:

More information about NEP can be found here, including results of consultation in Brixton and Stockwell

More details on campaign for 100 more police here

http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/CommunityLiving/CrimePrevention/100MorePoliceForLambeth.htm

More details on campaign to save Clapham Fire Station here

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