Your June newsletter from Loughborough Junction Action Group

Leader of the Council speaks at LJAG's "colourful AGM"

 We held our AGM at Sunshine International Arts on Wednesday 15 May 2013. Anthea Masey, LJAG’s co-chair said: “This was without doubt our most colourful AGM yet, set against a stunning backdrop of carnival costumes. Leader of Lambeth Council, Lib Peck, talked to us about regeneration and how it needs to be community led. We say yes to that.” Next month we will be bringing you news of the Loughborough Junction masterplan which is nearing completion and we will be coming to you and LJ’s local businesses for your comments. 

Welcome to your June newsletter from Loughborough Junction Action Group

It's been a busy month for us - with our AGM, third and final health event AND the Big Lunch all falling within a few weeks of each other. Read on to find out more about all of these events as well as the Ruskin Park summer fete, the work of MDM - the latest local business to feature in our newsletter - and the Southbank Festival of Neighbourhood.

Keep on Moving
A health event called Live Well: Keep on Moving took place at the Marcus Lipton Youth Hub on Minet Road on Monday 20 May. The popular event gave local people the chance to try out yoga and football and try the gym equipment. And by popular demand there was once again free massage. The event, which was the final one in a series of three local health events, was funded by Building Communities in Coldharbour and is part of our aim of embedded the NHS’s Change4Live programme in the local community. More events are being planned for the future. 

And finally, don’t forget to visit  - this local blog has recently been relaunced and would welcome your comments and contributions.

Hundreds turn out for carnival and Big Lunch

Loughborough Junction was treated to a wonderful spectacle of colour and costume on Sunday 1 June, when a carnival procession kicked off the Big Lunch celebrations. Further colour was added to the streets by the  yarn bombing organised by The House in The Junction

Residents were then treated to live music and food outside the Hero of Switzerland on Loughborough Road and there was a bouncy castle and face painting for children. Read more and see a gallery of photos.

National Gallery sculptures made in Loughborough Junction

Artist Michael Landy's huge mechanic sculptures based on Old Master paintings are on display at the National Gallery until 24 November. They were made in Loughborough Junction at MDM, on Herne Hill Road, who are one of the country's foremost art fabricators. Chatting to MDM's Frank Danher on Thursday lunchtime, LJAG discovered he had spent the morning at the National Gallery making repairs.

Landy’s sculptures consist of paintings cast in three dimensions and assembled with refuse scoured from car boot sales and flea markets where he picks up old machinery, cogs and wheels to construct the works. Visitors can crank the works into life with a foot pedal mechanism. This is a great way to introduce children to the National Gallery.

Levi Roots cooks up a storm in LJ

Levi Roots visited Loughborough Junction for the official launch of his Big Lunch recipes. Levi was born and bred in Brixton and we were delighted to be invited when his recipes were launched at the Marcus Lipton Centre on Monday 20th May. We particularly liked his recipe for barbecued corn on the cob with butter flavoured with herbs and parmesan – this is going to be a summer favourite.

Have you seen the flower pot?

It has been stuck up under the station near the bottom of Herne Hill Road and it looks lovely advertising the South Bank's Festival of Neighbourhood which runs throughout the summer. Look out for the Edible Bus Stop's Roll out the Barrows project; LJAG is getting involved in this lovely roller coaster of wheel barrows snaking itself around the South Bank.

Ruskin Park summer fete, Saturday 22 June 1-5pm

LJAG will be there spreading the word about our work and introducing everyone to the masterplan. We will also be planting seeds and giving out vegetable seedlings to promote our latest project, the Loughborough Farm, which aims to bring back into use spare bits of land in the LJ area for local consumption and sale. We are looking for volunteers from 12noon; any help welcome, even if you can only spare an hour. Please ring Anthea on 07799 621582 or email at

Council to tackle Tesco lorry problems

Here at LJAG we have been campaigning since February for something to be done about the dangerous traffic situation caused by Tesco delivery lorries parking outside the new store on Coldharbour Lane. It now looks like action will be taken by Lambeth Council. The statement below comes direct from the Council’s transport planning team.

“Officers are in the process of implementing more stringent loading restrictions on the section of road outside the store which will prevent deliveries from taking place on Monday to Friday from 7-10am and 4-7pm. These are due to be in force at the end of August once the statutory consultation procedures have been completed. In the meantime Tesco have agreed to restrict their deliveries to between 10am-3pm. Officers are monitoring the situation and would be interested to hear if any breaches are witnessed by others." 

Read the full statement on our website and please email us at if you would like to report any breaches as mentioned above and include a photo if you can. We’ll pass it on to the Council for you.

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