Sunday, 13 September 2020

PREMIERE: BLANCO HITS US WITH BRAND-NEW VISUALS FOR "ANAKIN"

... In typical Blanco style, "Anakin" is another smooth offering from the Kennington-hailing rapper as he takes on a Brazilian-inspired production with his effortless flow and nostalgic lyrics. The reflective tone of the record is present throughout the video which follows two school kids on a journey on the block. ...

Police release CCTV image of man after woman raped in south London park

... The woman, in her 20s, was attacked by an unknown man when she was walking in the area of Kennington Park Road, Lambeth, at 2am on December 29 last year. ...

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

50 miles of London bus lanes to be banned to cars 24/7

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Police arrest more than 600 as protesters make clear climate change isn’t going away

... Meanwhile, police said they had seized the “Lightship Greta”, a 20ft model boat named after teenage activist Greta Thunberg, in Kennington, south London. The boat, bearing the words “Sound the alarm – Climate Emergency”, had been marched on foot from Brighton. ...
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There has been more than 600 arrests made in total since the protests began in London this week. The “Lightship Greta” boat has been seized and taken away by officers whilst in Kennington Park Rd. ...

Extinction Rebellion protesters descend on Parliament Square

... On Saturday, the “Lightship Greta”, a 20ft boat pushed from Brighton, was seized by police in Kennington. ...

Lambeth Archives finally finds new home with £10M move to the new Olive Morris House

... Over forty sites were considered. The outcome was the Council buying up property at 301-303 Kennington Lane. This was valued at the time at £3M. A Brixton Buzz Freedom of Information request asking how much the Council paid for the property was refused.

In 2018 the Council admitted that the Kennington Lane site was in a “poor state of repair.” ...

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“In terms of Value for Money this solution compares favourably with the alternative options for providing a new Archive at Kennington Lane for which the estimated cost was around £15M.”

Lambeth is now looking at “other development opportunities” for Kennington Lane. ...

Friday, 4 September 2020

Students join volunteers to brighten up Archbishop Tenison’s School for the new year

.. Everyone involved gave up their Saturday, put on their overalls, and began painting in a variety of different colours at Archbishop Tenison’s School in Kennington. ...

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Jadon Sancho's Debut Collection Shares Football Vibez

... Fresh off a breakthrough season, Jadon Sancho honors his native Kennington and his South East London roots with a new collection. ...
... Adorned with Kennington's post code, SE11, the collection's graphics feature words and phrases like "MEGZ" (in reference to a nutmeg), "Vibez" and "Sancho Sauce," that define Sancho's playing style. With "Blue Park" carefully inscribed on the laces and "#SE11 4 J@DON" placed on the tongue, the boot highlights Sancho's connection to Kennington. ...
... In Kennington, Sancho honed his skills in the local football cages and anywhere else he could. The medial side of the boot reads "NO BALL GAMES," reflecting a common sign around London's housing estates ...and one commonly ignored by Sancho and friends. “We played anywhere and everywhere, that’s just the culture in London. All you needed was a football. You’d always have the one guy with a wonky foot that’d break windows and get us all in trouble,” he says.  ...

London Theatre News » PIPPIN at an exciting new outdoor London theatre venue

... ‘Pippin’ will play The Garden Theatre at The Eagle, 349 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, London, SE11 5QY from Tuesday 8 September – Sunday 20 September. ...

Murderer back behind bars for sex offences on children as young as two ANGLIA CRIME Saturday 22 August 2020, 11:42am

... Dickinson, of Kennington Park Road, London, appeared for sentencing at Cambridge Crown Court this week for eight offences of sexual abuse on two children under the age of 14. ...

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Gardens in Kennington create a community spirit

... Residents at Lambeth Towers on Kennington Road have created Lambeth Towers Community Garden, to encourage a greater sense of community and inspire a new generation of gardeners. Residents of the apartment blocks were given the plots after securing funding from The Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) and with the help of Urban Growth – a social enterprise that looks to create and maintain biodiverse spaces across the capital. ...

Park life – it’s there to enjoy

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Kennington Park, at the other end of Brixton Road, is often overlooked, but Simone Richardson loves walking round and learning its history

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The Collective Kennington Park Cafe

Walk into Kennington Park at the end of Brixton Road, into the Collective Kennington Park Cafe and buy a cuppa on a day it is open. ...

... Dominic tells the history of the cafe and the Kennington Park – a long time before his own arrival working there saying: “The Arts and Crafts Movement Tudor-style building is from around 1895. ...

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Bee Urban in Kennington Park ...
... Bee Urban in Kennington Park is open every Thursday and Friday and there are events at weekends when bee-keeping tours help fund the organisation. ...
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Bee Urban hives in Kennington Park ...
... Richard’s family are from Nigeria. He was born in Paddington and lived in Ladbroke Grove, which he says is now fashionable and expensive. His home today is near Kennington Park ...
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“I love all the vibes in Kennington Park, enjoy doing the pizza after 12 years in Italy and so it is my passion now to do it here.” ...

Go Boules-Deep At London’s Best Pétanque Places

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Cleaver Square

The Prince of Wales pub in Kennington is a great little traditional boozer, always full of interesting people, locals, MPs and boules players.

Because their secret weapon is pétanque in Cleaver Square. They’ll set you up with plastic pint glasses and you can drink and ‘plink’ at will.

WHERE: CLEAVER SQUARE, KENNINGTON, SE11 4EA
WEBSITE:
 WWW.PRINCEOFWALESKENNINGTON.CO.UK

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Monday, 17 August 2020

William Cuffay - a fighter to the end against the rich ‘vermin’

... Cuffay helped to organise the large Chartist rally on Kennington Common in 1848. But he was dismayed by the hesitancy and cowardice of other leaders who rejected the idea that the rally should be a springboard for direct action. ...

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

9 OF THE BEST ROOFTOP BARS & TERRACES IN SOUTH EAST LONDON

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The Tankard, Kennington
Coronavirus update: Open as usual with Covid-secure measures in place
Formerly a Grand Union venue, this great pub on the corner of Kennington Road and Brook Drive by Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park now belongs to the expanding Draft House craft beer chain. They have a good range of strange and wonderful brews, as well as hearty food to match (snacks include Foot Long Pork Scratchings, Jalapeno Mac ‘n’ Cheese Balls and even Veggie Scotch Egg, as well as the likes of Beer Battered Cod, Chicken Schnitzel and Veggie Burgers). Draft House decided to regift the pub its original, Victorian era name – The Tankard – and it has has an awesome roof terrace with picnic benches and pergolas.
111 Kennington Road SE11 6SF; 020 7582 6685; drafthouse.co.uk

Rooftop bars in Kennington: The Tankard is a great spot for summer drinks

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The geographically accurate London Underground map that shows exactly where each station and line is

... But quickly I started to realise I didn't have the full picture, or certainly the full map. For example why was Elephant and Castle so close to Kennington station and yet seemed like miles from Borough? ...

Learning and working through lockdown

... Summer holidays for Melanie Ferrag are just two weeks off from her work in the SRC Community Nursery in Kennington.

She takes buses through Brixton every day and walks through Kennington Park to get to her workplace which looks after children from six months to five years old.

The voluntary sector nursery began life in Sumner Road Chapel in Peckham in 1983 as a “short term project”. It to Kennington in 1986 and is still going strong. ...

Friday, 7 August 2020

Man dies after falling from tower block in Kennington

... Police were called to Ebenezer House, on Kennington Lane, at 4.13am by ambulance services who were first on the scene. ...

Pernod Ricard reopens Beefeater and Plymouth Gin distilleries

... The Beefeater distiller in Kennington will throw open its doors tomorrow after closing when the coronavirus lockdown began several months ago. It will open from Friday to Sunday each week for guests. ...

Pink Floyd’s first ever photo shoot in Ruskin Park and Kennington Park in 1967

Kennington Park

This feature was prompted by a poster on our Brixton forum asking people to identify where in Ruskin Park the above photo was taken.

Some quick work by posters identified the location as actually being in nearby Kennington Park (see pic below).

Seeing as they’re wearing identical outfits, it seems likely that it was shot on the same day.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Fanny and Stella musical open-air revival announces full casting

... Directed by Steven Dexter with musical staging by Nick Winston, the show will open on 3 August and run until 25 August at The Garden Theatre, adjacent to The Eagle pub on Kennington Lane. ...

KUKU'S OBOY OFFLOADS VISUALS FOR "SQUIRTLE"

... Hailing from Kennington, London, Drill star Oboy has dropped his latest offering titled "Squirtle". ...

Jadon Sancho: What are some interesting facts about Manchester United's potential new signing?

... Sancho was born and raised in Kennington, a district in south London, where he honed his skills on the streets and in back alleys. ...

FUNERAL FUNDRAISER LAUNCHED FOR KENNINGTON MURDER VICTIM

... The welterweight MMA fighter – known in the ring as ‘The Nightmare’ – was stabbed to death in Kennington’s Black Prince Estate on July 11. ...

FriendsFest announces London dates for 2021

... It's previously taken over Kennington Park, including more recently in 2019 to mark the show's 25th anniversary.
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London Underground confirms new Piccadilly line trains will still go ahead despite TfL’s financial woes

... Alongside the new Piccadilly line trains, TfL as committed to finishing the Northern Line extension to Battersea from Kennington and the upgrade of Bank station. ...

Sunday, 12 July 2020

NEW ‘LOW EMISSION NEIGHBOURHOOD’ IGNITES STRONG FEELINGS IN WALWORTH

... Last Friday he tweeted that a traffic filter would be moved from Manor Place to Kennington Park Road’s junction after listening to concerns from residents. ...

Kennington murder: Man, 30, stabbed to death in south London

... A murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed to death in Kennington, south London, in a "terrible attack", police said. ...
... Additional patrols will take place in and around the Black Prince Estate and Kennington area. ...

Cities where it will cost you most to rent storage

... Camden in London has the highest individual costs per year for 75 sq. ft. and 100 sq. ft. units (£3,542 and £5,285 p/y respectively), while also placing second for 50 sq. ft. (£2,909 p/y) behind Kennington (£3,024 p/y). ...

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Black Jesus Is A Saint - Model, Son Of Reggae Singer Cast As Jesus In ‘A Last Supper’

... Adam, a member of Wadsworth’s team, shared an anecdote about Tafari and the painting. “I took a call from a guy who told me that he teaches in a London school and had seen Lorna’s painting and wanted to know how much a print would cost. He then explained that the school had been offered a printed copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, but they had politely declined, as the scene didn’t reflect the demographic composition of the school or local catchment area. However, when he saw Tafari as Jesus, he said that this was the image he’d been looking for. It then turned out that the school is in Kennington, where Tafari lives. So they’re now talking about inviting ‘Jesus’ in to meet the children.” ...

Major NHS Trust boss backs council’s plans for walking and cycling

... Last month, the council was awarded £2.6 million in emergency funding by Transport for London, part of which has already been used to implement low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) at Oval Triangle in Kennington and around Railton Road, Brixton. ...
... Healthy Routes, meanwhile, are planned for Loughborough Road, Kennington Road, Barrington Road, Atlantic Road, Coldharbour Lane and Brixton Water Lane and the Streatham to Peckham cycleway as well as improvements to Cycleway 5. ...

Blue Badge offenders named and shamed by Bromley Council

... These were; Mr John Henry of Taunton Lane, Coulsdon, Mr Rhys Joseph of Ancona Road, Plumstead, Mr Stephan Stewart of Widmore Road, Bromley, and Ms Pamela Thompson of South Island Place, Kennington. ...

Dr Bike is offering free bike repairs in Brixton and Lambeth through July and August 2020 – full details here

Sat 18th July 2020
12:00PM – 3:00PM
Lambeth Kennington Oval
Wed 22nd July 2020
4:00PM – 7:00PM
Lambeth Kennington Oval

Home owner 'lost everything' in devastating South London tower block fire

... Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters were called to Otto Street, Kennington around 12.30pm on Saturday (June 27) and tackled a fire on the building's first floor. ...

Thursday, 2 July 2020

100 flee homes after fire at block of flats in Kennington

... Sixty firefighters and eight fire engines tackled the blaze inside the 16-storey block of flats in Kennington, and they managed to bring the fire under control within 45 minutes. ...

Bright Akinleye death: Two jailed for manager's murder

... Tashawn Brewster, 22, from Kennington, and Abdoulie Ceesay, 28, of no fixed address, were both convicted following a trial at the Old Bailey. ...

Construction industry gossip: Belt and braces

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Signs of the times

Sign makers are being kept busy by the covid-19 pandemic. Hundreds of new ones, warning people to maintain social distancing, wash their hands and wear masks have been sprouting up across sites up and down the country – all competing with the more traditional signs, of course. Take this Northern line extension job in Kennington, south London. More than a dozen signs – and that’s before you get to security. Still, pretty useful for testing your eyesight, don’t you think? ...

COVID-19 LEGISLATION SEES MAJOR ROAD CHANGES INCLUDING CAR FREE JUNCTIONS, NEW CYCLE LANES AND TRAFFIC BANS OUTSIDE SCHOOLS

... Modal traffic filters, one way systems, and turn right bans have been put in place on numerous side streets near Kennington and along Walworth Road. ...

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Five charged after drugs raids in Wandsworth, Battersea, Kennington and Ealing

... Skye Pitter, 19, of Courtenay Street, Kennington, was charged on Thursday, 25 June with possession of criminal property. ...

Green fingered staff and students at Archbishop Tenison’s school by The Oval cricket ground get hands dirty in community planting session

... But staff at Archbishop Tenison School, beside The Oval cricket ground in Kennington, have been making use of their green fingers – and doing both. ...

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Charlton’s coronation drinking fountain

... In spite of the regal delay, it took until February 1903 for a contract to be issued for the drinking fountain, which went to Messrs Whitehead and Sons in Kennington. A total of £225 had been raised locally, with Sir Maryon-Wilson stumping up £100 of that, which seemed appropriate as it was his idea in the first place. At the time of issuing the building contract, they were still £25 short of the total, and a campaign was set up to persuade the malingerers to pay up. ...

Lambeth awarded £2.6m Covid-19 transport funding from TfL

... TfL awarded £728,000 for cycle routes in Rosendale Road, Kennington Road, and one from Peckham to Streatham.   ...

The best small parks to explore in London

Kennington Park, SE11

... Opened on the site of the former Kennington Common (the home of everything from Chartist rallies to the first professional cricket matches to be in London), Kennington Park enjoys somewhat of a radical reputation, often serving as the gathering point for protest marches (both historic and modern) before they descend on Westminster. ...

In photos: the open spaces and flower garden of Kennington Park, south London

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In photos: the open spaces and flower garden of Kennington Park, south London

... With its long and fascinating history and links to protest, politics and cricket , Kennington Park is one of London’s more interesting green spaces, hosting areas for wildlife and biodiversity, sports facilities and plenty of open space for picnicking. ...
... In 1853, model houses created by Prince Albert for the Great Exhibition were moved from Hyde Park to Kennington Common and used for park staff. ...

The wonderful volunteers of Brixton People’s Kitchen – in photos


The volunteers of Brixton People's Kitchen - in photos, June 2020
Caroline P, 56, is a local from Kennington and normally works in a charity shop on Walworth Road.
Since lockdown she and her partner have been volunteering at Brixton People’s Kitchen.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Fight the proposal for 11 Storeys on Montford Place - Update

Fight the proposal for 11 Storeys on Montford Place - Update
Ref 20/01086/FUL

Heritage and Design Critique report
Thank you very much to those who have contributed towards the cost of the report. It is complete and was submitted to the Council on Tuesday morning, together with the comments below. Pending resolution of IT issues there, it should be available to download from the Lambeth website. 

The report makes it clear that this development would indeed result in instances of substantial harm to the heritage assets, which definitely helps our case.

Any more donations to the crowdfunder would be very welcome to close the gap a little between the £2,280 currently raised and the final cost which was £3,300. Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/fight-the-proposal-for-11-storeys-on-montford-pl and I can send donors a copy of the report. 


Objections
There are over 70 objections registered on the Council’s website. There is still time to submit yours if you haven’t yet done so. The link is: https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=Q7PD4BBO08P00  or you can email Case Officer Cuma Ahmet: CAhmet@Lambeth.gov.uk
There is a list of objections on the GoFundMe page linked above - feel free to copy and paste if you don’t have time to write your own. 


Comments submitted to the Council on the heritage aspects of this proposal
We believe that the proposed development would result in an unacceptable amount of harm as identified in NPPF para 194 i.e. harm to, and loss of, the significance of designated heritage assets, resulting from development within their setting. 
  • The applicant aspires to deliver 3,000 homes across a portfolio of 7 sites in London, i.e. they are building in bulk. However Montford Place is the smallest and most sensitive site in the portfolio. Building in bulk is not appropriate here and even with this very tall proposed scheme the site remains insignificant in terms of providing homes for Londoners
  • The Independent Expert’s report identifies numerous instances of harm that would result from the proposed development. This harm includes instances of substantial harm. NPPF para 194 says that any harm to the significance of a designated heritage asset from development within its setting requires clear and convincing justification, which has not been provided; furthermore, the heritage assets include grade II and grade II* listed buildings, for which NPPF paras 194 (a) and (b) require exceptional and wholly exceptional justification, so the justification is all the more insufficient. 
  • The site is within Kennington Conservation Area (CA), which has London-wide significance and is noted for its smart terraced housing. If permitted, this development would be roughly double the height of any other building in the entire CA. This would set an extremely unfortunate precedent which would conflict with the very reason for the designation of the CA and could result in erosion of its fundamental character as the Council will be less able to resist tall developments within it. 
  • Contrary to paras 184 and 185 of the NPPF, the proposal fails to preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the CA, as the development would neither make a positive contribution nor leave it unharmed
  • The circumstances, relevant policies, and legal framework are wholly different at this site when compared to the consented Oval Gas Works and Tesco Kennington sites (the "Berkeley” sites). Unlike the Berkeley sites, this site is surrounded on three sides by nationally listed buildings and one locally listed building, and is within the CA. The Berkeley sites are providing 1,300 housing units; this proposal would provide just 139. 
  • It may be argued that the Berkeley developments harm the same heritage assets as the proposed development would. However, this is no justification to substantially increase the harm by allowing this present application to proceed
  • The application documents confirm that the site has a value of £5.6 million if developed in line with existing policy.  Therefore there is no justification in viability terms to inflict the proposed harm
  • We do not believe the proposed development would meet the statutory tests as set out in case law (South Lakeland DC, Bath Society, Barnwell Manor and Forge Field cases), as detailed in the Independent Expert’s report.  
  • Therefore, and to quote from the Independent’s Expert’s report, we respectfully request that Lambeth Council reject this harmful scheme and encourage a much lower scale development that respects the quality and character of the Kennington Conservation Area, respects the scale of the existing surrounding buildings, and minimises the harm to the numerous heritage assets that surround this site.

Monday, 15 June 2020

155 pubs in South London where you can pick up a takeaway pint

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The Dog House (Kennington)
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The Prince Of Wales (Kennington)
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The Black Prince (Kennington)
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How work on the London Underground Northern line extension has restarted

... The major Transport for London (TfL) construction project connecting Kennington to Battersea Power Station was stopped when the coronavirus lockdown was introduced in late March. ...
... It will connect Kennington to Battersea Power Station, via Nine Elms, allowing local commuters to get to the City and the West End in just 15 minutes. ...
... The extension will stretch for a little over one and a half miles, branching away from the rest of the Northern Line at Kennington. ...
... Work is being done at Kennington to accommodate the new tunnels but trains will otherwise be stopping normally there. ...

Buying a home in Zone 1:two key central London areas loved for their community feel and boutique shops

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Homes for sale in SE11: Kennington

Average price: £796 per sq ft
Homes in the triangle between Vauxhall, Kennington and Elephant & Castle range from Georgian townhouses in tucked-away garden squares to Victorian flats and new-build apartments. There are also plenty of ex-council flats, helping to keep average prices down.
Johnny Male, sales director at estate agents Daniel Cobb, says prices of homes in SE11 are almost half those of similar homes across the river in Westminster. He feels that snobbery plays a part in this north/south divide.
Even so, one of the fine Georgian townhouses in Kennington Road or in “exquisite” Cleaver Square, close to Kennington station, would cost about £1.3 million, on average.
Another photogenic option would be one of the two-bedroom cottages built by the Duchy of Cornwall around Cardigan Street and Courtenay Square at the turn of the last century. These “tiny but adorable” homes cost about £900,000.
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£975,000: a two-bedroom Grade II-listed terrace house with pretty rear garden in leafy Courtenay St, SE11, overlooking Courtenay Square
For more affordable options, a two-bedroom period conversion flat would be about £600,000, with a one-bedroom ex-council flat from about £300,000.
“SE11 has an amazing community,” says Male, who lives locally. “I adore it there. We all support our local shops, which are mostly around Kennington Cross, and there are some very good cafés.”
The postcode is just clear of the frenzied housebuilding going on at neighbouring Elephant & Castle and Nine Elms, but that doesn’t mean there are no new homes.
The frontrunner is Oval Village, off Kennington Lane. As the name suggests, it’s close to the cricket ground.
The flats went on sale at the start of last year and residents will move in from the beginning of 2023. By 2027 there will be 1,309 flats on site.
Prices start at £648,999 for a one-bedroom flat and £883,000 for a two-bedroom flat. Residents get a gym and pool, roof terraces and gardens.
The nearest Tube station is Oval, just into Zone 2 on the Northern line. Elephant & Castle Tube, on the Northern and Bakerloo lines in Zone 1, is a 10-minute walk away.
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