Streatham Roundup - Issue 6

Wow, September was packed full of activity! We started by sponsoring the Streatham Common Fun Dog Show, “Scruffs” by funding the fencing, and ran three photo/video competitions whilst there. We very much enjoyed meeting readers and mutts!

We went to The Streatham Festival open meeting to work with the community to create a sustainably funded festival for the future as grants are no longer available. Send us your ideas via [email protected], Twitter or our Facebook page.

We visited the Coffee Trail cafés on the High Road with Ann Courtness, our local Macmillan Cancer Support Nurse for our Macmillan Big Coffee Morning. She was impressed with the breadth and quality of our High Road cafés and we raised over £100 for Macmillan from participating cafés.

In early September we met the LibDem Parliamentary Party Candidate for Streatham, Amna Ahmad at the Ferrer’s Triangle street party, we met Jonathan Bartley, the Green Party Candidate who chaired one of our local Safer Neighbourhoods panel, had coffee with Kim Caddy, the new Conservative Party Candidate, and spoke with Chuka Umunna’s office on local issues as well. In each case the subjects included parking (especially on the High Road), fl y tipping, and Megabowl.

STOP PRESS!! We learned last night that Lambeth Council has revised their traffic order on the Streatham Hill bridge closure. Vehicles will be banned from parking, waiting, loading or unloading on parts of Mt Ephraim, Blakemore, Brancaster, & De Montfort Roads for 21 days, or until completion of works. It seems the chaos from the original traffic order & bridge closure plan will fall on the residents rather than opting for a simpler solution such as “Access Only” signage.

We’re pleased to have heard from Morrison’s that their new Morrison’s Local shop on the High Road is will have opened at 9am on Monday the 29th.

Speaking of Megabowl, just before going to press Mark Smith, London Square’s Technical & Development Director told us that since the exhibition of their plans for the Megabowl site in July, they have been liaising with Lambeth planning officers to finalise their Section 73 application. They have been busily marketing the space since July, and have had a very positive response so far. In August they received consent from LB Lambeth to commence demolition of the buildings with the retention of the historic Megabowl façade. Contractors are now working on site to remove any asbestos before full scale demolition. This is great news!

And finally, just in, we’ve heard that E A Wates will be restoring an extraordinary three piece bergère to showcase their specialist furniture restoration techniques at the Autumn Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea. It’s great having so many world-class businesses based right here in Streatham.

Watch this space for more news we expect along these lines before Christmas too!