We are now in the final days of the consultation asking local residents how they think the tax the Council receives from residential and office development in the area should be spent in order to strengthen communities, tackle inequality, and provide opportunities for local people.
CLIP engagement day where Lambeth Council invited community leaders and stakeholders to talk about CLIP
Prince’s and Oval Councillors have been knocking on doors throughout the week and every Saturday and Sunday during the consultation, speaking to people about their spending priorities for Kennington and Vauxhall. We have also been speaking about the CLIP at local primary and secondary schools, parents’ coffee mornings, local Tenant and Resident Association meetings, our advice surgeries, local community meetings, GP practices and patient liaison groups. We have captured a huge range of views and ideas - almost 1,000 responses so far. If you have not yet completed the survey, please make sure you do so here by Friday 24th February.
Cllr Claire Holland speaking with Archbishop Tennyson school council reps
We’ve door-knocked every single housing estate in our two wards, in order to make sure that harder-to-reach residents also have their voice heard. We’ve also leafleted almost every street in the area. If you have not yet heard from us, and would like to know more about the CLIP, please get in touch.
Prince's Councillors out talking to Vauxhall 5 estate residents with local Labour party volunteers
Ideas can be big or small. Suggestions could be simple ‘physical’ things like cycle racks, a street gym, or a planting box. Perhaps it could be suggesting an area which attracts crime or flytipping, and you have some ideas about how it could be redesigned to tackle this. Some residents have nominated, for example, redesigning the public space outside the parade of shops on Vauxhall Street. For some ideas about how we can make our streets healthier and more attractive and inviting for all, please read here.
One possible proposal for improving Tyers St put forward by TRA for Vauxhall Gardens Esate
It could be that you have an idea about a project your TRA or local community group would like to be involved in, such as setting up a community gardening group, or you would like help putting on more things to do for children in half term or activities for older people. Perhaps you know of a community hall which you don’t feel is being utilised enough for the benefit of the community? Some residents have suggested Pedlars Acre Hall, for example, and telling us stories of how tea dances used to take place there.
Cllr Joanne Simpson at Kennington's Bright Education, meeting children at risk of being excluded from school but who are now receiving mentoring and support
Suggestions can also be revenue-based, albeit the nature of the funding pot means that these projects must be time-limited, or match-funded. An example is a community youth worker for three years, or language classes, or perhaps a parents’ support network for new parents in the area who don’t know anyone or what support is out there? Unfortunately by law, money from CLIP cannot be spent on replacing Council services that have been cut, such as street cleaning, or on replenishing our Council housing stock.
Some people have suggested a work experience co-ordinator for local young people who are unsure what they want to do once they leave school. We have made a big effort to talk to as many young people as possible during this process, for they are our area’s future and yet often do not participate in ‘official’ consultations such as this. We are conscious as Councillors that we live in an area where significant wealth and privilege co-exists with extreme poverty and disadvantage. Lots of our children get great opportunities through their families’ networks and social capital. Lots of others less so. Kids living on our estates don’t always have the same opportunities: their Dad doesn’t know someone who works in an architects’ firm, homework isn’t a priority in the evening because they’re caring for younger siblings when Mum’s at work with one of her two jobs. Speak to these young people, though, and they do have ambition and interests and dreams. Loud and clear they are telling us that they would like to see from the CLIP a youth hub which is designed by them where they can go get advice on post-school options, how to access apprenticeships, update their CVS, set up their own business, take part in taster sessions of different trades. Do you have a young person in your family or know someone in the area? Please encourage them to tell us what they want from the CLIP by completing the survey Young Lambeth Coop has devised.
Cllrs hearing from Young Lambeth Coop representatives how to engage with young people
And remember, please share the CLIP survey with all of your friends, colleagues, neighbours and family in the area. We look forward to receiving as many views as possible during this final week of the consultation.