Highlights from last week’s KOV Forum AGM
Community, business and residents’ umbrella group the Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall (KOV) Forum held its AGM on Thursday 19th November at the Kennington Park Community Centre, now under joint community management by the Kennington Park Estate Tenants’ & Residents’ Association in partnership with Hyde Housing. It was the first Lambeth tenants’ AGM live-streamed on YouTube, at the encouragement of a Lambeth council officer following Greenwich council’s trials live-streaming council meetings. KOV Forum Secretary Bryon Green who sat at a laptop producing the webcast said he was amazed it went live on time as he needed three hours to set up properly: he is hopeful that the usefulness of covering community meetings this way may grow, as more people get into it.
Oval ward councillor Claire Holland addressed the meeting about a range of issues including the challenges posed by local economic inequalities, the housing waiting list, council campaigns, the Northern Line extension and encouraging cycling. She was challenged over TfL’s plans for the redevelopment of Vauxhall bus station, and South Lambeth Road and Clapham Road traffic levels. David Boardman, the Forum’s planning expert, described four new tall building proposals and their potential impacts, while KOV chair Helen Monger set out the 10 point plan agreed between Lambeth neighbourhood forums being put to the council about community involvement in planning. Zoe Thomson of Trees for Cities and Rupert Sutton, a counter-extremism specialist in Lambeth’s Community Safety service gave presentations. The AGM was well-attended and saw the KOV Executive Committee unanimously re-elected for another term.