Lambeth sees the light!

July 25, 2016


Work is currently underway to convert 12,981 of Lambeth’s street lighting stock from SON-T (sodium) bulbs to LED bulbs.

LED lights are much more energy efficient than the traditional sodium bulbs. As a result of reduced energy use, Lambeth will have reduced CO2 emissions. It will also mean savings in energy costs for the borough.  By installing LED lights, Lambeth will help to deliver upon its commitment to be a more sustainable borough.

LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable. Because of their long life, they can significantly reduce bulb disposal costs compared to conventional street lights.

Lambeth have been using LED lanterns in a number street lighting projects over the last year. Binfield Road, outside Stockwell underground station is an example of the street lighting in Lambeth.

The work should take around 18 months to complete. The lamp posts will not be changed – just the unit headsets – and it will be done on a street-by-street basis. A letter will be sent to residents 10 days before work commences giving details of the work to be carried out.

Beyond the CO2 reductions, the white lighting from LED’s provide a more natural light than the existing street lighting that has a yellow glow. This may improve the perception of safety and road safety.

You can learn more about the project at

Lambeth Register Service

June 21, 2016

Redfearn-Centre2Redfearn Centre, Vauxhall

People’s lives are always changing in Lambeth. And when these events occur, they often pass through the Lambeth Register service as part of their journey. The service provides numerous facilities, including but not limited to: marriages, civil partnerships, citizenship ceremonies and birth registrations. The likelihood is that if you live in Lambeth, you have used the service!

All of the above happen every week of the year for the team at the Redfern Centre, and recent changes are making it even easier for all Lambeth Residents to enjoy celebrating their special occasion with us. Updates to the website and the booking system are just a couple of ways we are smoothing the process to enable residents to focus on the happy event in their life rather than worrying about the necessary paperwork that accompanies.

Did you know year Lambeth Register Service deals with:

  • 13,000 births
  • 1,200 new citizens
  • 100+ Marriages

In addition to the above, our registrars also go to other venues in Lambeth, such as the London Eye and Oval Cricket Ground to complete ceremonies. We are always looking for new venues to offer to Lambeth residents so if you think your business location would be suitable to host someone’s special day, then let us know! Please feel free to comment on this blog page.


Make cycling a life style!

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.

cycling commuter

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: 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:

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:

Get composting today!

May 13, 2016


London Borough of Lambeth Council has teamed up with 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.

Find your Dr. Bike event!

April 13, 2016

dr bike cot

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 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

Watch our video about Dr Bikes here.

Upgrade of Archbishops Park

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.



Quietways Drop-in Session

February 22, 2016

This consultation is now closed. Please refer to the Lambeth consultation website for the latest update.


The Lambeth section of Quietway 7 see map starts on Turney Road through to Crystal Palace Parade via Gipsy Hill.

Lambeth Council is working with its partners Transport for London (TfL), on this consultation. We would like to know your views on the proposed changes to provide the new cycle route through the West Dulwich and Gipsy Hill areas that form a section of Q7 Elephant & Castle to Crystal Palace

If you would like to discuss the Quietway proposals in more detail, feel free to attend a public drop-in session being held jointly with Southwark on Saturday 5th March between 9am and 12pm at the following location:

Nelly’s Nursery

Southwark Community Sports Trust

Turney Road, Dulwich

London SE21 7JA