May 27, 2016
In the mist of the “hottest May in four years”, never has it been a more perfect time to step out the car/bus and hop on your bike. With temperatures expected to soar over 70oF, why not turn your journey into work into a lovely cycle tour of your scenic rich London.
The benefits of cycling.
The health benefits of regular cycling include: decreased stress levels, reduced anxiety and depression, improved posture and coordination, improved joint mobility, increased muscle strength and flexibility, strengthened bones, decreased body fat levels, prevention or management of disease and increased cardiovascular fitness.
Don’t have a bike?
There are a variety of schemes which make buying a bike easier than ever! Our “try Before you Bike” scheme, allows you to borrow your choice of bike and accessories for four weeks. You can use it to cycle to work or even to the gym, bike rides with the kids at weekends or however you like within this time.
Throughout the loan period you can take advantage of support such as cycle training, maintenance courses and an all hour’s phone line. After the four weeks you will have the option to return the bike or buy it at a reasonable price.Please visit:http://lambeth.londoncyclingprojects.org.uk/ for more information.
There are also a variety of cycle to work schemes that you can take advantage of. The cycle to work scheme encourages employees to cycle to work and allows employers to reap the benefits of a healthier workforce. To find out more please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cycle-to-work-scheme-implementation-guidance
Can’t ride? Or don’t have the confidence to cycle on the road?
Why not sign up to our free one-to-one training sessions to improve your confidence when cycling on the road. Lambeth Council is committed to offering cycle training for all. All courses are tailored to ability and are invaluable for beginners through to daily commuters who would like assurances that they are cycling in the safest possible way. Anybody who lives, works or studies in the borough is entitled to our services and we actively encourage the use of them. To get more information or to book a session please visit: http://www.cycleconfident.com/sponsors/lambeth/
May 13, 2016
London Borough of Lambeth Council has teamed up with getcomposting.com to provide reduced priced environmental products such as home compost bins, water butts and more.
Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. It’s easy to make and use.
Do your bit to reduce the amount of waste. Even for households that are already composting, new research has found that almost half of the food waste in their rubbish bins could have been composted.
The most important thing is to just do it! Put a good mix of materials in, stir it up every now and again and watch those worms appear and get to work!
For more information including how to start composting please see this link for more guidance..
For more information regarding produced priced compost bins for Lambeth residents please see this link on Lambeth website.
April 13, 2016
Bring your bike to our team of professional mechanics who will look it over for free and check tyres, brakes, gears and its general roadworthiness. If your bike has an issue that cannot be rectified in 15 minutes they will advise you on what is wrong so you can take it to a bike shop well-informed.
The police will be at the events marking bikes and adding details to BikeRegister.com. This service will deter theft and in the event your bike is stolen, will ensure that your details are on a nationwide database so it is much more likely to be returned to you if recovered.
We will also have our fabulous HGV awareness element at all events except Stockwell. Our friendly drivers and professional cycle instructors will show you how to effectively road share with big vehicles. You will have the opportunity to come and sit in the cab of an HGV and see blind spots and the view the drivers have for yourself. A member of the Lambeth Sustainable Travel Team will be at each event so come and say hi and find out what other great things we are doing for cyclists and potential cyclists this year.
The events take place every Wednesday from 5.30-7.30pm (weather permitting). A full list of dates and locations can be found www.lambeth.gov.uk/drbike
Watch our video about Dr Bikes here.
April 7, 2016
Archbishops Park Sports Facility Upgrade:
Blakedown Sport and Play have been appointed as the main contractor’s to carry out the upgrade of the sports facilities and changing rooms in Archbishops Park. Works are due to commence on 17th October 2016. The works programme is for approximatley 18 weeks, with an additional 2 weeks allowing for the christmas break.
The full design details can be seen on the attached link.Design and Layouts
The Archbishops park sports upgrade will also feature a sculpture from Jessica Wetherly, who studied at Central Saint Martins and developed her creative practice at The Art Academy in London Bridge. Jessica was selected from a group of artists, by a panel of judges in collaboration with The Art Academy, a local Art School.
Her design proposal was chosen from 5 shortlisted artists. The sculpture will stand on the former site of the tuck shop used by children attending Archbishop Temple School which closed in 1974. It was run by Women who were said to give children a sixpence on their birthdays. It was commissioned by the Friends of Archbishop’s Park and the London Borough of Lambeth and symbolises human kindness.
Jessica loved this tale of an ordinary women in the community and based her design around commemorating the female figure in society. The sculpture will be a simplified female form with a sixpence relief on her belly. The idea being that you can rub the sixpence for good luck! The sculpture will be a permanent bronze and over time the sculpture will ware and the stomach will become polished where it has been rubbed by visitors. The old foundations are being transformed with a polished surface maze which symbolises the idea of a city as well as an interactive play piece.
January 25, 2016
How to improve air quality in Lambeth over the next 5 years?
Lambeth Air Quality Action Plan is up for renewal next year. We are now working on the first draft of the plan and we would like to hear your ideas! A formal consultation on the draft plan will take place later this year.
Please come along to our workshop on Wednesday 3rd February, 6.30-8pm in central Brixton. With the Town Hall now closed, the workshop will be held in Blue Star House,Brixton. Please report to reception upon arrival.
Booking is essential, so that we have an idea of many people will be coming.
Please confirm your attendance on our Eventbrite page.
We look forward to seeing you on 3rd February in Brixton!
January 5, 2016
This consultation is now closed. Please refer to the Lambeth consultation website for the latest update.
Thank you to those who responded and gave feedback on the initial proposal via the surveys sent out on the 15th of October 2015 and to those who attended our events. We had over 400 individual responses. Due to the quality of constructive feedback we have received and the suggestions made by local people, two additional designs have been produced. We would like residents to comment on each design, so a preferred option can be taken forward as a trial in the New Year. Please see all the design options below.
If you missed the first round of communication it is not too late to get involved. Please read through the following information to get a full understanding of the background to this scheme and why Sustrans, Transport for London and Lambeth Council need to address traffic volume and conditions for pedestrians and cyclists along Estreham Road.
How to have your say
Please Click here to view the designs in a survey format; you will be invited to comment along the way. Deadline is the 11th of January.
2) In person
Come and talk to us and fill out a paper survey at the following drop in sessions:
Address: Streatham Scouts, 39 Estreham Road SW16 5PQ
Thursday 7th January 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Sunday 10th January 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Design Options for Estreham Road
December 20, 2015
Food waste is a major issue. We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. It’s costing us £12.5bn a year and is bad for the environment too.
How can you make a difference?
We spend a fortune on our big Christmas shop but many of us are struggling with finding the money to pay for it this year.
Great money saving ideas, and most of them save you time too!
What to cook in advance? Last minute guests, how to make your meals last?
Please visit the Love Food Hate Waste advent calendar page 24 top tips for a waste free Christmas.