New laws to stop nightclubs and bars in part of the borough serving alcohol after midnight could be used by Lambeth council in a London ‘first’.
A public consultation will get the views of local residents and businesses to help understand the impact of alcohol related anti-social behaviour and public nuisance linked to three specific venues in Clapham, say the council.
The outcome may result in them facing the new restrictions under the capital’s first early morning alcohol restriction order – or EMRO.
Cllr Jack Hopkins, cabinet member for safer and stronger neighbourhoods, said: “Residents have been complaining about alcohol-related problems in this particular corner of the borough for years, including nuisance, anti-social behaviour and large amounts of noise.
“New legislation gives us an opportunity to speak with local residents about the impact of alcohol related anti-social behaviour and act on issues they raise.
“We’ve worked with the businesses and residents in this area for a number of years but the problems haven’t stopped.
“The businesses have taken guidance from the council and police, but we remain concerned that this residential area just cannot cope with a number of late night clubs and the amount of people it attracts at a late hour.
“We are consulting on using this strong measure and if there is support for it from people in the area then the council will seriously consider putting the EMRO in place.”
Some of the people living in streets around Wandsworth Road and North Street have complained they have been dogged by noise and bad behaviour linked to three venues –a nightclub and two bars. Residents also claim a news off-license contributes to the problem.
If implemented the EMRO will ban the sale of alcohol from midnight to 6am in the affected area. Breaches will mean the venues in this area could be stripped of their licenses and prosecuted.
An attempt by the police in 2012 to restrict the opening hours of one of the venues that could be covered by the ‘EMRO’ proved unsuccessful.
Lambeth council has been discussing the restriction order with the Home Office which has offered to work with the local authority to ensure that the public consultation is carried out in line with the new legislation.
A consultation on the EMRO is now open. For more information visit:
FREE HEALTHY SCHOOL MEALS PROGRAMME ‘BITES’ IN SOUTHWARK
Southwark council say their free healthy school meals programme is continuing to have a positive impact on children’s diets as the popularity of more unhealthy foods is on the decline.
In the second FHSM (free healthy school meal) satisfaction survey carried out by Southwark council with children and parents, children were asked about their favourite foods.
Although chips remained the top favourite at 62 per cent this is down from 72 per cent in 2012. Burgers as a favourite food has also dropped from 47 per cent in 2012 to 32 per cent this year whilst the number of pupils saying vegetables were an unpopular food has dropped from 52 per cent to 48 per cent.
Children were also asked to rate their meals with 74 per cent saying they were good or very good and only 10 per cent rating the meals as bad or very bad.
Parents were also asked to say what difference they had noticed, with many saying they were happy to be saving money. Several reported that their child was no longer as fussy about the foods they ate and that they asked for food that they had tried at school at home.
Councillor Dora Dixon Fyle, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We are delighted that since the council introduced FHSM we have seen numerous benefits such as teachers reporting better concentration levels and parents saving money,
“Other benefits as reported in this survey will be longer term such as working to change children’s attitudes to food so they are continuing to want healthier foods at home and as they get older.
“I am very pleased that this survey seems to be showing this is the case and we will continue to monitor the impact of the programme as the children move through primary school.”
Since September 2013 every child who attends a Southwark primary school is eligible for a free healthy school meal.
FAKE DESIGNER GOODS WORTH £500,000 HANDED TO THE NEEDY
Counterfeit goods worth more than £500,000 on the streets of south London have been handed to a charity for redistribution across the borough and Africa.
Fake iPhones, Obey caps, Beats by Dre headphones, Dior sunglasses and clothes are among the haul seized by Lambeth Council’s Trading Standards team and being today handed to charity His Church.
Cllr Jack Hopkins, cabinet member for safer and stronger neighbourhoods, said: “This is a brilliant scheme, taking money from the pockets of criminals and helping the poor.”
Where possible the clothing will be debranded, rebranded in the charity’s name and sent to charities that run homeless shelters and women’s refugees.
“If the goods are heavily branded they will still have their labels covered over, but sent outside the EU – with His Church currently sending goods to the needy in impoverished Liberia.”
About 85 per cent of the population in the African nation are estimated to live below the international poverty line.
Other items like the iPhones and the sunglasses will be recycled – with the plastic being shredded used to make pencils, and metals going to scrap.
Richard Humphrey, His Church charity co-ordinator, said: “Lambeth council does excellent work in protecting consumers and traders. We are very grateful for their partnership.”
RESIDENTS GIVEN CHANCE TO INFLUENCE PLANNING POLICIES
Residents in the borough of Croydon are being asked to voice their opinions on new draft planning policies that will directly affect the area in which they live or work.
The Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies, adopted in April, provides an “exciting and deliverable vision” for Croydon until 2031, setting a framework for the planning and management of development in the borough over that period, say the council.
It will also continue to serve as the foundation for a range of other planning documents.
“One such document is the Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals development plan, designed to bring greater planning policy detail to the strategic policies and 16 places outlined in those policies.
“The continued focus on the 16 places is an integral part of the plan’s policies and provides details of important and valued character, functions and opportunities for each place.
“Once adopted, the detailed policies will replace current policies of the Unitary Development Plan.
“The preferred and alternative options set out the preferred planning policies that the council would like to include in the final version.
Public consultation on the options for detailed policies runs from Friday 25 October to Friday 6 December inclusive. The document is available to view at www.croydon.gov.uk/localplantwo and at borough libraries and Access Croydon, Bernard Weatherill House.
Cllr Jason Perry, cabinet member for planning, regeneration and transport, said: “It’s important that people take this opportunity to let us know their thoughts on the detailed policies, and if the preferred options are the most appropriate for Croydon.
“The content of the Croydon local plan is likely to have a direct impact on their area, so this opportunity should be grasped to influence the future shape of Croydon for the next 18 years.”
“The greater the degree of public involvement, the better the plan that will be delivered, and the greater benefit for Croydon’s communities.”
Residents can make their views known electronically by completing the representation form at the above website page, or by sending an email to [email protected]
Alternatively, call 020 8726 6000 or write to: Spatial planning service, 6B Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA. (Source: Croydon council press release)