Your October newsletter from Loughborough Junction Action Group

Coming up in Loughborough Junction


Timebanking comes to Loughborough Junction

Timebanking is a way of sharing skills, helping others and meeting more local people. Local volunteer, Segen Ghebrekidan, has helped to set up the Coldharbour Timebanking Hub. You can find out more online here or visit the Loughborough Centre (on the corner of Angell Road and Barrington Road, off of Loughborough Road) on Tuesdays 2-4pm and 6.15-8.15pm or Saturdays from 10am-1pm to find out more. Read more.

Loughborough Farm sessions

The Loughborough Farm is open every Tuesday and Saturday between 1-3pm. Everyone is welcome so please join us if you can. The Farm is on Loughborough Road, near the junction with Coldharbour Lane and opposite Wyck Gardens.

Cheap, clean energy for the Loughborough Estate

Brixton Energy is investigating ways to directly supply homes on the Loughborough Estate with clean energy from solar panels, and to help residents cut their energy bills. Come along to a talk on Saturday 25 October, 1-3pm at the Loughborough Centre to find how you can be involved. Find out more

Pop up bicycle market

Buy or sell unwanted bikes at a pop up bicycle market to be held at The Platform, 2 Ridgway Road, between 27-31 October. Read more.

Get your dog microchipped for free, Wed 29 October

Free microchipping and tag engraving for dogs is on offer in Wyck Gardens, Loughborough Road, SW9, on Wednesday 29 October from 12-4pm. The service is being offered by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in conjunction with Lambeth Council.

Singaround at The Cambria

Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to join the Cambria Singaround. The newly founded group will be meeting at 8pm on the last Thursday in the month, 30 October and 27 November upstairs at The Cambria pub, 40 Kemerton Road. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the group please email

Films for children and young people

As usual, Kids' Whirled is taking a break over the October half-term holiday. Their next season, Totally Epic, will start on Saturday 8 November at 11am with exciting and heartbreaking family classic E.T. (U). It's a rare chance to see it on the big screen. Other treats to look forward to include a young children's screening of Lost and Found (U), French animated 'noir' A Cat In Paris (PG), breathtaking Miyazaki anime Howl's Moving Castle (U) from the famous Studio Ghibli, and new firm favourite Frozen (PG) at a special Christmas screening. For young teens, Kids' Whirled have lined up action-packed Skyfall (12), for a truly epic cinema experience. Kids Whirled is at the Whirled Cinema, 259 Hardess Street, SE24 0HN. Find out more at Any questions, contact

Welcome to your October newsletter from LJAG

We don't think we've ever had a busier month. What with harvesting season at the Loughborough Farm, several large and dare we say it, controversial, planning applications in the area as well as some wonderful events we feel like we've hardly had time to draw breath. However, we are delighted to be able to share news of such a busy time with you in this newsletter. 

Read more below, and as ever, please get in touch if you'd like to get involved, or have an idea you'd like to share with us:

With best wishes

The LJAG Team

Over 100 objections received to the schemes on the Higgs triangle site

Throughout September and October a number of public meetings have been held by LJAG to discuss the Parritt Leng schemes for the Higgs Triangle site (between Herne Hill Road, Coldharbour Lane and Hinton Road). Two meetings were held with developer Parritt Leng presenting their scheme and responding to questions, and a further meeting was held without the developer, to discuss the views of local residents with the aim of reaching either a consensus or a strategy to address the two applications.
There is an overwhelming view that while the right development on the sites would be welcomed, this is not it. There is concern about the displacement of established and valued businesses, the impact of over 500 new residents on an already creaking infrastructure, and developing a key site without improved permeability to the surroundings. This permeability was a key concept and driver in the Loughborough Junction Plan produced last year by the community through LJAG and Lambeth Council jointly.

As a result of discussions, LJAG wrote to the Leader of the Council - Lib Peck to request that a comprehensive masterplan of the area is produced. LJAG has received confirmation that this has been agreed with consultants to be appointed in early December and the plan delivered by the middle of January. LJAG has written further to Councillor Lib Peck requesting that Lambeth ask the developers to withdraw their two applications until the masterplan is in place.

You can leave your comments until the 21 November
on the Lambeth council planning site using the following references: 14/04826/FUL and 14/04835/FUL. Alternatively email; or write to Planning Department, Lambeth Council, First Floor, Phoenix House, 10 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LL.


Do you think more money should be spent on Ruskin Park?

The Friends of Ruskin Park are calling for all park users to respond to Lambeth Council’s current consultation about future investment into the park. Read more.

Proposed temporary closure of Loughborough Road

As part of the public realm improvements planned for the junction of Coldharbour Lane and Loughborough Road, Lambeth Council and LJAG are proposing some major new traffic arrangements with the aim of encouraging walking and cycling and reducing levels of pollution. Lambeth is currently consulting on the proposal to close Loughborough Road at the junction with Coldharbour Lane to through traffic (pictured above) on a temporary experimental basis for six months and other traffic proposals to reduce rat-running in the area. See the plans and respond to the consultation. Consultation now extended to 31 October.

People who live in the Myatt’s Fields Park area are lobbying for a Controlled Parking Zone to be introduced in order to stop commuters using up all the parking spaces. Show your support and sign the petition should you wish to.

Christmas market to come to Loughborough Junction thanks to Business Association

We held our latest meeting of the Loughborough Junction Business Association on Monday 20 October at Shakespeare Biz Centre. We discussed cost savings opportunities for local businesses by partnering together and finalised plans to host a fantastic Christmas market on Saturday 6 December between 10am-5pm at Sunshine International Arts C.A.F.E. at 209a Coldharbour Lane.
Taking part in the Christmas market will be a great opportunity for those who want to trial a new business idea and start with a low-risk outing. We are also working with Lambeth Council to provide more in-depth support and information for those locals looking to develop businesses based on crafts and tasty treats. 
Please email Daniel Moore or Amanda Kamin to join the business association or to flag interest in selling wares at the Christmas market. Places will be limited to be a seller at the market and a follow-up meeting will be held to discuss further details on Wednesday 12 November at 7pm.  

Changes to Loughborough Junction station

Our station has recently been included in a study commissioned by Lambeth Council to see whether it would be a possible station for an additional stop on the Overground line. The survey found that a more feasible option would be to re-open the old Brixton East station on Gresham Road. Read the survey.

A company called Govia has taken over the franchise from First Capital Connect to run services to and from Loughborough Junction station. They have promised a number of improvements to the station – including increased staffing , proper ticket barriers and free WiFi. Read more.

This would be a good time to start a campaign to lobby for a new entrance and a lift for Loughborough Junction station. If you would like to run this campaign please contact

Last month's events in Loughborough Junction

Made in Loughborough Junction launch event

The Made in Loughborough Junction portraits, which are currently hanging under the railway bridges, got a second outing with a new set of smaller prints on display at the 198 Gallery in Railton Road. We held a launch event at the gallery on 11 September with the featured artists in attendance. Photographer Giles Duley, who took the portraits and held a week-long workshop with four local young photographers, gave a moving talk about this recent work in refugee camps on the Syrian border.


Loughborough Farm summer activities

Thank you so much to all of you who donated to our fundraising appeal for our summer activities programme. In total we raised £650, enabling us to run a range of activities over the summer including painting farm signs, container seed sowing, fridge magnet making, pizza making, African drumming and willow weaving. The activities were really enjoyed by all who attended and drew in new people beyond our regular gardening volunteers. People enjoyed visiting the Farm and seeing the wide range of vegetables we've been growing and soaking up the relaxing atmosphere. People are keen for more, so we hope to run a couple more workshops over the winter months, plus more next summer!

Loughborough Junction’s first pop up restaurant night

The Loughborough Farm held a successful pop up restaurant night for 19 people, at Harbour Cycles, a new cycle shop, on Coldharbour Lane on Saturday 27 September. Farm volunteer and chef Ed Versluys, a former Master Chef contestant, cooked a three course meal using mainly ingredients from the farm. There was a starter of squash flower fritters with goats cheese on a bed of salad; a main course of chicken – with baked ricotta for the vegetarians – served with spicy potatoes and semi-pickled courgette ribbons. The pudding was a sweet squash tart with Chinese gooseberry and orange sauce. There was also a pre-dinner tour of the Farm which people really enjoyed and found inspiring!

Loughborough Farm harvest lunch

On Sunday 12 October we celebrated our growing year with a harvest lunch which was a great success! The event was on a world foods theme and our volunteer cooks made dishes from across the world to bring and share. We had a wide range of dishes from Eritrea to Trinidad, Palestine to Italy, Portugal to Grenada and more in between! We included at least one item of fresh farm vegetables in each dish, with some being made almost solely from Farm produce. People really enjoyed meeting new people from their local community and eating the delicious food! A very big thanks to all of you who helped plan it, cook it, wash it up and eat it!  And thanks to our hosts at S.I.A. Cafe on Coldharbour Lane.
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