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Loughborough Junction – The Big Lunch

Hello all,

I’ve just joined the Loughborough Junction Action group and thought you might want to know about The Big Lunch (www.thebiglunch.com). The Big Lunch encourages people to sit down with their neighbours in July and have lunch together, it aims to encourage the sharing of resources and building communities.

It’s supposed to be on Sunday 18th July but it might be fun to organise street parties in LJ the weekend before instead to tie in with the Loughborough Junction in Bloom competition?

Last year the Cambria pub held a Big Lunch and the Milkwood Road residents association invited families to eat lunch together in the community park but it would be great if we could reclaim some of the streets in LJ for the day for residents.

I’ve just found out that Lambeth Council have agreed to waive the normal fee for street closure applications if they receive them by tomorrow. Anyone interested should email Sue Sheehan SSheehan@lambeth. gov.uk for the forms. I’m keen to get one started on Poplar Road – anyone want to help?

I’ll be at the Herne Hill hustings tonight if anyone wants to know more.

Thanks, Claire

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The first plane flies above Loughborough Junction!

Its 9.45 and through the peace and quite we heard the unmistakable sound of a jet planes engines. The city is back in action. We have got rather used to the relative peace but for better and worse we will be going back to normality soon!

I thought this video of the Icelandic volcano was worth a viewing.


Loughborough Junction – centre of the universe

Because Loughborough Junction is on the edge of many constituencies and administrative boundaries it is often overlooked. We have developed the attached map to put the area at the centre of a Europe-wide transport network to make the point about how we are often overlooked when it comes to investment in transport and the public realm.

From the recent lack of a replacement bus while Coldharbour Lane is closed to the omission of a Loughborough Junction station on Phase 2 of the East London Line Extension and the withdrawal of direct services to Victoria from Denmark Hill; it is plain that we are being over looked when it comes to our transport needs. Add to this the lack of investment by the council and the fact that it does not enforce its own planning regulations and you have a spiral of decline that we want to see stopped.

When we tell people we live in Loughborough Junction we don’t want the response to be ‘Where?”, we want it to be “wow, lucky you”. This map has been produced to put Loughborough Junction on the map in a good way and remind politicians that we exist – especially when they are asking for our votes in the forthcoming national and local elections.

If you agree, show your support by;
1. forwarding this e-mail to as many people as you can who live, work or travel through Loughborough Junction
2. Print out the attached map an displaying it prominently

We’ve sent this to our politicians and their officers. We’ll let you know who replies and what they have to say.


Paul Adlam
Chris Patterson

Boris Johnson, Mayor
Valerie Shawcross, GLA member Southwark & Lambeth
Caroline Pidgeon, Chair of GLA Transport Committee
Jenny Jones, GLA Transport Committee
Peter Hendy, Commissioner, Transport for London

Kate Hoey MP (Vauxhall)
Tessa Jowell MP (Dulwich)
Harriet Harman (Camberwell & Peckham)

Steve Reid, Leader Lambeth Council
Jim Dickson, Ward Councillor
Kirsty McHugh, Ward Councillor
Rebecca Thackrey, Ward Councillor

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Police, The Safer Neighbourhood Team

Trista attended the Safer Neighbourhood Panel meeting on the 9th March and got some useful info from the police and representatives from Lambeth. Here it is:
The Safer Neighbourhood Team and the police in general are interested in dealing with antisocial behaviour and minor crime. However, they say they aren’t able to do as much as they would like because people don’t report it.
For example, someone at the meeting said she had been scammed by a man who came to her door offering to come round later with an assistant and clear her gutters. She gave him some money, he went off ‘to fetch his mate’ and never came back.
She didn’t report this to the police, but they would have liked her to.
The numbers I have for the Herne Hill team are
  • 020 8721 2824
  • 07881 511386
  • 0208 649 2007
and you can email team leader Sergeant Tom Cornish on

If you are in Coldharbour ward (north of Coldharbour Lane) go to the met police site safer neighbourhoods section at
and type in your postcode. This will give you the contact details for your team.
If in doubt, contact Herne Hill SN team and they will pass the message on to whoever can deal with it or tell you who to contact.
Please note – and following Conor’s experience – the Safer Neighbourhood Team aren’t a quick response unit. They are trying to deal with chronic, low level problems.
If you need the police to come in a hurry call 999.
The priorities set for Herne Hill over the following 3 months are: lighting around LJ (youth priority), safety and dog nuisance in Ruskin Park and aggressive begging around LJ (Southwell Road, outside the shops, etc.)
These were the main problems that came up at the meeting. If you have other concerns please contact your SN team.
Lambeth also have personnel whose job is to try to deal with antisocial behaviour and again, they don’t get to hear about it as much as they would like.
The kinds of things they are interested in are: dog nuisance, noisy neighbours, fly tipping, begging.
There is an antisocial behaviour hotline: 020 7926 4000.
This goes through to a call centre 9-5 and outside those hours you can leave a message which they will get next morning.

Noise line: 020 7926 6111 (office hours)
Outside of office hours:        020 7926 5999
10.00pm – 3.00am Sunday – Thursday
10.00pm – 5.00am Friday and Saturday

There are also a number of community safety coordinators for different areas in Lambeth, who want to be contacted about things like dangerous dogs and general safety issues. For the Herne Hill ward the contact is:
(Thanks to Herne Hill forum website for all these Lambeth contact details)
The people employed by Lambeth seem to be genuinely looking for stuff to do, so let’s oblige them!
All the best,

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LJ Action Group Committee Meeting

Hi everyone,
A lot of people have been joining the LJAG in the last week or so – if you are also interested in volunteering and helping improve the area, the Loughborough Junction Action Group (LJAG) is having a committee meeting to discuss future projects in the community for 2010-2011 on:
Monday 8 March, 8pm,

( If you are interested in joining LJAG and going to this meeting then please send a  blank email to: loughboroughjunction-subscribe@yahoogroups.com )

Amongst agenda items:
– Feedback from We Are Loughborough Junction Exhibition
– Volunteers needed on the committee (web update person, membership secretary, etc)
– Front Garden/Window Box Competition
– Summer street party
– Next art in the community project
– Lobbying (crossings, pavements, future developments in the area, etc).
– Others
If you haven’t already let me know you that you wanted to come but want to attend, please let me know so we can plan enough chairs (and drinks).
Next date after that:
Monday 19 April, 8pm, Harry Caddick Centre, 63 Lilford Road, corner of Lilford Road and Carew Street.
Looking forward to seeing you then!


A significant step in community power!

Please see below a message from Cllr Thackeray outlining the motion voted by the Council after LJAG pushed for the ‘section 106’ money (compulsory percenta ge for local communities when a big development is built) for 116-120 Coldharbour Lane (former car boot sale car park) to be given back to the LJ area and people, including primary schools and public realm. Continue reading