Help and Advice

This webpage lists sources of support, advice and information for residents of Vauxhall, Kennington and the Oval.

Police

Our Safer Neighbourhoods Metropolitan Police team are best emailed on oval.snt@met.police.uk. Their phone number is 020 8649 2465 or call 101 re non emergencies, for instance to report a crime that has already happened.

Brixton Police Station is open 24/7.

The police have set up a 'Roadsafe' website for members of the public to report particularly bad driving, such as speeding down our roads, cutting up cyclists and so on. Every report is researched, but the aim is to educate the driver, rather than prosecute. Submissions may be made anonymously if you wish, though that should not be necessary.

Burglar alarms can cause considerable distress so - if you have a burglar alarm - please ensure that your neighbours are able to contact you and/or your key-holder, and that the alarm automatically stops after 20 minutes. (I understand that this is a legal requirement for all alarms fitted within the last 10 or 15 years.) If you are concerned about an alarm that has been sounding for much more than 20 minutes then you should call the Lambeth noise pollution team on 020 7926 5000 - I understand that they are very helpful but they need at least 3 complaints before they can act, so you may need to encourage neighbours to contact them. Assuming the Council need to use force to enter premises, an application to a JP may be made for a warrant to enter and silence the alarm. The officer may take with him such other persons and equipment as he thinks necessary for the purpose of silencing the alarm. This will normally include an electrician and, where force is required to enter premises, a locksmith. Any reasonable costs incurred by the Council in connection with silencing the alarm including entering the premises, silencing the alarm, securing the premises and administration may be recoverable by the authority from the responsible person.

Click here for crime prevention advice and other advice on living in Lambeth.

Children's Services and Activities

Young Lambeth is a very useful website with up-to-date information about services, activities and events for children, young people and families in Lambeth.

Lambeth Council

You will also find much helpful information on Lambeth Council's web site.

Lambeth's waste and recycling advice is here. Use this link to find out how to switch to a smaller wheelie bin. The nearest recycling banks, for smaller quantities, are at Tesco on Kennington Lane, Sainsbury's on Wandsworth Road, and Thorne Road. Larger quantities need to be taken to the recycling centres on Smugglers' Way, Wandsworth, SW18 1JS or Vale Street, West Norwood SE27 9PA - but check their restricted opening hours (Google: 'Lambeth recycling').

Problems with lighting, potholes etc. can be reported via the Fix My Street website.

Your Elected Representatives

If you have a problem with local services, your local councillors are all keen to help you. They are all easily accessible by phone and email, and hold weekly surgeries for which no appointment is necessary. Details are on the Lambeth Council website - see above. You will need to know which ward you live in:-

If you have a problem with central government services, you should contact Vauxhall's Member of Parliament Kate Hoey - pictured left. You can write to her at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.

Vauxhall General election results are summarised here.

Community Organisations

The Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall Forum is a non-political umbrella group bringing together local community organisations, businesses and residents. They hold public meetings for everyone in the community about proposals for our area and enable our member organisations to act together for the benefit of the community. They also act as a bridge between the local community and local public authorities, providing the Council, health services, police and others with an opportunity to engage, listen and involve local residents etc.

The Vauxhall Society is the civic consultative group covering the parliamentary constituency of Vauxhall, which extends from Waterloo through to Brixton, Clapham, Stockwell and Vauxhall. All members receive the society's online newsletter and are invited to public meetings addressed by guest speakers on topics of local interest. The society's principal aims are:

The Friends of Kennington Park, The Friends of Vauxhall Park, and The Friends of Lambeth Walk Open Space are energetic groups who hold events on, and have done much to improve, their respective parks and open land.

The Kennington Association is a another lively group which:

Charities & Similar Organisations

It is good to help charities based in and around where we live - and some of them might help you, too, when you need support. The following charities etc. are based around the Vauxhall/Kennington area.

Trinity Hospice, by Clapham Common, provides care for those dying from cancer and other diseases. The hospice is multi-cultural and non-denominational and helps 1500 patients every year. Care is provided free of charge in wards, through day care or in patients' homes. The hospice depends heavily on voluntary contributions and needs to raise £4m every year. There could hardly be a local charity more worthy of your support so please do give what you can to support their excellent work.

Thames Reach Bondway looks after vulnerable homeless people. Originally based in a building in Bondway - in the middle of Vauxhall Cross - the charity now occupies Graham House just outside the Vauxhall Cross circulatory system. Clients have a range of issues including challenging behaviour, alcohol misuse and physical/mental health issues. They are each allocated a key-worker who will provide support, including linking people back into services. Graham House has visiting services from local GPs, START (the local mental health team) and outreach from the DSS. The project can accept clients with dogs, couples and women. Graham House offers clients 3 cooked meals daily and art/poetry groups, surgery and TV/recreational lounges.

The Walcot Foundation is an independent grant-making foundation and charity. Its aim is to break cycles of financial deprivation for people living in Lambeth and seeks to tackle poverty by creating opportunity. Over the ten years to 2015 they made grants amounting to more than £17 million: 3,200 grants to individuals and 1,821 grants to organisations and schools. The Foundation has a history dating from Edmund Walcot's Will of 1667. Edmund Walcot was a prominent haberdasher who left seventeen acres of land in Lambeth in trust for the local poor.

The Tommy's Campaign, based at St Thomas' Hospital, carries out world-class research, and provides education and information, aimed at reducing the heartache caused by premature birth, miscarriage, and stillbirth.

The lives of many important local families and individuals, including Sir Henry Doulton, are celebrated in the West Norwood Cemetery. The Friends of West Norwood Cemetery are well worth your support.

 

Martin Stanley