February's news from Loughborough Junction Action Group

Keeping it clean

Shopkeepers along Coldharbour Lane are supporting the Keep Loughborough Junction Clean Campaign. LJAG recently visited businesses to hand out brooms, dustpans (purchased locally from the Motor Spares shop on Coldharbour Lane) and stickers to establishments willing to do their part to help keep the area looking lovely. Businesses will help keep the walkways in front of their shops tidy and plants well nourished. Amanda Kamin who leads the campaign on behalf of LJAG commented, “If we each do our part to enhance the area it can only be a more enjoyable environment for us to spend time in and one that we’d like to support with our custom. I’d like to thank all the shopkeepers who agreed to take part in our campaign.”


Business Networking

Following on from the Keep Loughborough Junction Clean Campaign which is bringing the local business community together, a networking evening is being held on Wednesday 26 February at the newly opened Blue Turtle Oasis Café (210 Coldharbour Lane) at 7pm. We will discuss how LJAG can support businesses in the area and we will host speakers from Lambeth Council and the South London Procurement Network, which helps small businesses buy goods together and save on costs. If you own a shop or business in the Loughborough Junction vicinity, please come along to share your views and steer us on how our activities can help you keep your business growing. Read more.

Forest school in Loughborough Junction

Fire making, bug hotels and cooking on a fire – all this and more is on offer at the new forest school in Elam Street Open Space. Running on Saturday afternoons throughout February, and due to be repeated in May and June, the sessions are a wonderful way to get in touch with the great outdoors and use one of our lovely local parks. Find out the dates and times.

New orchard planted in Wyck Gardens

Volunteers from the Loughborough Farm planted apple trees, a pear, quince and a greengage in Wyck Gardens with help from the London Orchard Project on Sunday 12 January.

LJAG lobbying for Overground to stop here

LJAG has long argued there should be a station at Loughborough Junction on the London Overground line which currently doesn't stop between Denmark Hill and Clapham High Street. Lambeth Council has appointed consultants Steer Davis Gleeve to look at the feasibility of opening Overground stations at Loughborough Junction, Brixton East or Brixton. LJAG is meeting the consultants on 10 February and will argue strongly for a station at Loughborough Junction. We will also ask for the east bound platform at the station to be reopened with trains to Victoria on Southeastern's Bexleyheath, Bromley South and Maidstone East lines.

Welcome to your February newsletter from LJAG

As ever the new year has proved to be busy for LJAG - read below to find out more about what we've got on at the moment. We always need more help though, so if you'd like to get involved, or have an idea you'd like to share with us please email ljactiongroup@gmail.com.

With best wishes

The LJAG Team

Results of Loughborough Junction Plan survey 

Nearly 550 people – representing over 10% of the households in Loughborough Junction – responded to the survey that asked for views on different projects and priorities within the wider Loughborough Junction Plan. For long-term projects to improve the area, Creating an attractive centre for Loughborough Junction at the junction of Coldharbour Lane and Loughborough Road was substantially the most popular option, with over half respondents making this their first choice. Making the places where you enter Loughborough Junction more welcoming and Finding new ways through our neighbourhood for safe walking and cycling were about equal second favourites for long-term initiatives. Looking at things that could be done quickly in the short term to improve the area, again there was a clear winner, with Environment improvements at the junction of Coldharbour Lane, Loughborough Road and Hinton Road, being chosen by 40%. Read more.

New treasurer needed for LJAG

We are very sorry to be losing our wonderful co-treasurers, Amy and Charlotte, who are moving away from Loughborough Junction in April. They have done a fantastic job and our accounts have never been in better shape. If you think you’d be able to fill the role of treasurer for LJAG please get in touch. You’d be expected to attend a bi-monthly meeting, produce a monthly report on our accounts and help out at some of our events. Please email ljactiongroup@gmail.com if you would like to find out more or call Anthea Masey on 07799 621582 for a chat about the role.

Problems with waste disposal in Loughborough Junction?

A number of residents in both properties on streets and in estates, have raised concerns about the new bin collection service with smaller black bins and food waste bins. We will shortly be conducting a survey throughout the area to understand your views. If there are any particular questions you think we should be asking please email us at ljactiongroup@gmail.com 
Photograph from telegraph.co.uk

Latest Loughborough Farm sessions, plus volunteer training

Come and join us this Saturday, 8 February, at the Loughborough Farm. We are open as usual from 1-3pm and we would love to see you whatever the weather.
Also a heads up for Sat 15 Feb, which will be our next training session with Fabrice from Myatt's Fields Community Greenhouse. This is likely to run from 11am-3pm. For more information please get in touch with Emily Myers at loughboroughfarm@gmail.com or ring Anthea Masey on 020 7733 1744 or 07799 621 582. Loughborough Farm is on Loughborough Road opposite Wyck Gardens.

Friends of Elam Street Open Space

There was good turnout on a cold Tuesday night at the end of January at a meeting to see if local people would like to set up a friends group for Elam Street Open Space. It was a lively meeting with Lambeth parks manager, Lara Bonici, fielding questions about the poor state of the park in particular the decking area over the bog garden. LJAG working with the SE5 forum, the Remakery and One Planet Ventures will be helping to set up a steering group. If you would like to join email us at ljactiongroup@gmail.com 

Clean up Elam Street Open Space

The Loughborough Farm will be planting a native hedge in Elam Street Open Space on Sunday 9 February, from 11am-3pm. Hot food will be served at lunchtime. We'll have tools, but if you have your own spade or garden fork bring it along.

Native hedgerows support insects, small creatures and birds by providing them with shelter and food. Some of those creatures can in turn help us with food growing eg birds eating slugs. Elam Street Open Space is the small park that runs between Gordon Grove and Lilford Road. See a map.
Please let us know if you can come and help by emailing Emily at loughboroughfarm@gmail.com. We will also be running sessions at the space on Sundays 23 Feb, 9 March and 23 March.

Read more.

Tesco deliveries still causing chaos

The Tesco store on Coldharbour Lane continues to cause traffic hold-up, with deliveries sometimes taking place during rush hour – outside of the agreed times of 10am-4pm during the week. If you see a lorry blocking the road outside of these times, please send us a photograph, including details of the date and time to ljactiongroup@gmail.com

A new block of flats for the centre of Loughborough Junction?

A planning application has gone in to build on the site at the centre of Loughborough Junction, which currently houses the Primesite billboards (Plot 220 - 224 Coldharbour Lane). The building would be four storeys high at the front and two at the rear with a commercial unit on the whole of the ground floor and bedsits on the first floor fronting Rathgar Road and flats on three floors fronting Coldharbour Lane with a small communal roof terrace on the third floor. Whilst the units may meet national standards, the spaces are small and there is almost no external space and just tiny balconies to the flats overlooking Coldharbour Lane and projecting over the narrow pavement. 
LJAG plan to object to this application as we think Loughborough Junction deserves better. If you would like to comment please go to the planning website or let us have your views by emailing ljactiongroup@gmail.com
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