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Streatham Hub Public Meeting 22nd February 2012 (updated 18.02.12)

Streatham Retrospective in iSKATE Magazine (added 18.02.12)

Fifth Streatham Hub Newsletter (added 18.02.12)

1926 Time Capsule Discovered (added 18.02.12)

Planning Conditions on Appearance of Streatham Hub Approved (updated 01.02.12)

Pictures of the Development (updated 09.02.12)

Updated Website for Brixton Rink (updated 03.02.12)

Redskins First Match in New Home (added 14.01.12)

Transition to Temporary Rink 18th-19th December 2011 (updated 21.12.11)

Fourth Streatham Hub Newsletter (added 21.12.11)

Closing Gala and End of Era Hockey Match 18th December 2011 (updated 01.01.12)

Rink on ITV London Tonight 16th December 2011 (added 17.12.11)

Pictures of the Development (updated 08.01.12)

Car Park Management Plan for Temporary Rink Approved (updated 15.12.11)

Conservation of Stained Glass (added 27.10.11)

Third Streatham Hub Newsletter (added 23.10.11)

Progress on the Temporary Rink (added 16.09.11)

Request for Photos/Memorabilia for Closing Gala (added 16.09.11)

Second Streatham Hub Newsletter (added 09.09.11)

Update from Future Streatham (added 03.08.11)

Development Agreement sealed, enabling works starting! (updated 03.08.11)

Streatham Action Public Meeting 14th July 2011 (updated 29.07.11)

Decision on Variation of Streatham Hub Development Agreement (updated 29.07.11)

Draft revised Section 106 agreement published (added 09.07.11)

GLL/Freedom Leisure to run Guildford Spectrum (added 22.06.11)

Applications approved at PAC 14th June 2011 (updated 22.06.11)

Scheme approved by Tesco Board (added 08.06.11)

Application to discharge some conditions on Streatham Hub planning permission (updated 08.06.11)

Management of temporary rink (added 29.04.11)

Timescale for temporary rink and Streatham Hub development (added 13.04.11)

Decision Notice for temporary rink published (added 20.03.11)

Streatham Ice Rink 80th Birthday (updated 28.02.11)

Planning applications appproved on 2nd February 2011 (updated 09.07.11)

Planning application for temporary extra parking submitted (added 22.12.10)

SISAG response to application to vary Section 106 Agreement (added 12.12.10)

Planning application to vary Section 106 Agreement submitted (updated 22.12.10)

SISAG response to temporary rink application (added 08.11.10)

Temporary rink planning application submitted (updated 30.10.10)

Streatham Hub Exbition open till 17th October 2010 (updated 05.10.10)

Chuka Umunna MP's view on the temporary rink (added 09.10.10)

Tesco planning application for mezzanine floor (updated 09.10.10)

Ice Rink coverage on BBC London 5th August 2010 (added 06.08.10)

Temporary ice site approved by Lambeth Cabinet 26th July 2010 (updated 01.08.10)

Update from Future Streatham announcing Cabinet report (updated 01.08.10)

Streatham Hub Public Meeting on 22nd July 2010 (updated 05.07.10)

Shortlist of three sites for temporary rink (added 26.06.10)

Controversy over temporary Ice Rink on Streatham Common (added 12.05.10)

Sites considered for temporary rink (updated 26.06.10)

For older news see Campaign News - Archive W

Streatham Hub Public Meeting 22nd February 2012

Tesco and Vinci are holding a Public Meeting about the Streatham Hub project on Wednesday 22nd February at The Hideaway, 2 Empire Mews, Stanthorpe Road, Streatham, SW16 2ED.

6.00pm - Doors open
6.30pm - Refreshments
7.00pm - Presentation (meeting starts)
7.20pm - Questions and Answers

Details of the facilities being provided in the new development and the timetable for the works will be presented, All are welcome.

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Streatham Retrospective in iSKATE Magazine

The February 2012 issue of iSKATE Magazine (Issue 62) contains a 5-page article "Streatham Ice Arena - A Retrospective" covering the history of the Streatham rink from 1931 to 2011. There are copies of the printed magazine on sale for £3.50 at the box office of the Brixton rink. The e-zine digital version can be read online for £1.25 by registering at http://www.iskatemagazine.com. The article is on pages 34-38.

We understand there will be a second article about Streatham in the March issue.

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Fifth Streatham Hub Newsletter

VINCI Construction have issued a fifth newsletter to local residents VINCI Newsletter No 5 - Feb 2012

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1926 Time Capsule Discovered

While demolishing the old Streatham Swimming Baths, Vinci were surprised to discover an unexpected time capsule that had lain below the foundation stone for 86 years. Among the artefacts found inside were copies of contemporary local newspapers, the Streatham Times and Wandsworth Borough News. The capsule also contained detailed council papers documenting the minutes of meetings to decide upon the building of the Baths. The contents will now be stored at the Lambeth Archives.

The Vinci Construction website has an article about this in its “News and Downloads” section here. There was also an article in the South London Press on Tuesday 14th February 2012. (Both articles mistakenly refer to the capsule being under the ice rink, not the pool.)

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Planning Conditions on Appearance of Streatham Hub Approved

Two further conditions on the planning approval were approved at the Planning Applications Committee meeting on 31st January 2012.

  • the materials/appearance for the “Streatham Hub” development (partial discharge of Condition 3 of 08/03477/FUL) and
  • the details of the leisure centre canopy and fin or alternative design arrangements to provide the centre with a presence on Streatham High Road (Condition 4q of 08/03477/FUL)

The details are on the Council’s website in the Public Access Database under reference 11/04200/DET and 11/04198/DET respectively. To find the documents online using the planning application reference, see instructions here.

A presentation showing computer-generated images of the new Streatham Hub rink and leisure centre building and the wider scheme was prepared for presentation to the Committee. The PDF is here (3.5Mb - opens in new window)

Streatham Hub PAC Presentation - Jan 2012

There is a discussion of the changes to the scheme by Robert Doyle of the Streatham Society on the Streatham Action website here.

The papers for the PAC meeting (which will include the Minutes when published) are here.

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Pictures of the Development

We have pages to show Pictures of the Development on the two sites as they progress.

If you have pictures to contribute, please Contact SISAG.

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Updated Website for Brixton Rink

An updated website for the Brixton Rink, including the termtime and holiday timetables, is now online at www.brixtonicerink.co.uk linking through to www.planet-ice.co.uk/brixton.

The telephone number shown on the website 0207 737 5034 is also now working.

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Redskins First Match in New Home

Streatham Redskins’ first game in the new rink in Brixton took place on 7th January 2012 and drew one of their biggest crowds in years, as fans flocked to see the South London side take on league leaders Romford Raiders.

There is a report of the event here.

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Transition to Temporary Rink 18th-19th December 2011

The transition to the temporary rink has happened!

After a successful and well supported Closing Gala and End of Era Hockey Match the much-loved original Streatham Ice Rink closed on Sunday 18th December 2011. The Brixton Temporary Rink opened the following day Monday 19th December 2011 with a two-hour session from 2pm to 4pm. A fuller timetable operated from Tuesday onwards.

There are photos of the last days at Streatham and the first at Brixton in
Pictures of the Development.

This is a major milestone. We look forward to reporting the transition to the new permanent Streatham rink in about two years time.

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Fourth Streatham Hub Newsletter

VINCI Construction have issued a fourth newsletter to local residents VINCI Newsletter No 4 - Dec 2011

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Closing Gala and End of Era Hockey Match 18th December 2011

There was be a Closing Gala at Streatham on Sunday 18th December 2011 starting at 4pm with a Gala performance from 4 to 6pm followed by a party on the ice until 8pm. Here is the Gala Poster.

Streatham Redskins played a very special End of Era game at Streatham Ice Arena on Sunday 18th December 2011 after the Gala. They managed to postpone their scheduled league match so as to be able to play at home on the last day. Many past and present Redskins players took part including a couple flying in specially for the occasion.

Here are some clips that have appeared on YouTube (clips open in new window):

Becky and Roland skating to Swan Lake
http://youtu.be/kEjVuNdlgTA
http://youtu.be/15OIdjTRqGI

Tracy, who is totally blind, skating the Blues with Roland
http://youtu.be/-jSR6OEQYJ0

The last session – the on-ice party, the giant conga
http://youtu.be/EI5M8FkpZ9o
http://youtu.be/_g6W5tfGxr4

The End of Era hockey match
http://youtu.be/ENjm7BvGWKI
http://youtu.be/9_TeeaOMj-g

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Rink on ITV London Tonight 16th December 2011

There was a nice piece about the rink closure on ITV London Tonight on Friday 16th December 2011

It is currently available here. though we don’t know how long it stays online.

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Car Park Management Plan for Temporary Rink Approved

It was a condition of the planning consent for the temporary rink (10/03425/FUL condition 13) that details of the proposed Parking Management Plan had to be reported to the Council’s Planning Application Committee for approval prior to the commencement of use.

The proposals were published under reference 11/03904/DET. To find the documents online using the planning application reference, see instructions here. This condition was approved at the Planning Application Committee meeting on 13 December 2011. The papers for the meeting including the planning officer's report and the minutes, when published, can be found here.

The other conditions ( 4. Opening Hours 5. Specifications and Layout 6. External Lighting 7. CCTV 8. Management/Maintenance 9. Cycle Racks 15. Delivery Services 17. Travel Plan 19. Boundary Treatment ) can be determined by officers without coming to Committee, but the documents were published on the planning website. The instructions and reference numbers are here.

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Conservation of Stained Glass

AOC Archaeology are the Heritage Consultants for the Streatham Hub redevelopment. There is an article on the conservation of the ceiling glass from Streatham Swimming Baths here.

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Third Streatham Hub Newsletter

VINCI Construction have issued a third newsletter to local residents VINCI Newsletter No 3 - October 2011

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Progress on the Temporary Rink

This information comes from Andrew Boyle, Tesco Project Manager, with permission to circulate it.

Work on the temporary rink is progressing well. The market traders have moved to their new car park on Canterbury Crescent. The ring beam is being poured in the week ending 16th September 2011 and the frame is due on site the following week. It is scheduled to be complete by 13th December. Although the dates are still subject to change, the current plan is for the temporary rink to open before Christmas, with the permanent Streatham Hub rink and leisure centre opening 23 months later in November 2013.

It has been possible to make the temporary rink building slightly bigger and its internal layout has been adjusted. The number of seats has been increased to 162 in two tiered rows.

The number of dedicated parking spaces is unchanged at 22, including 2 disabled bays. There have been meetings with Lambeth about revising the parking strategy in the area around the rink.

The agreement with Planet Ice to manage the facility will be complete by the end of September. Tesco are leasing them the building and Planet Ice will equip and run it. All equipment and hire skates will be new. Arrangements are being made to protect the ice time and fees of existing user groups, and to offer jobs to all existing staff.

There are updated photos of the Pope’s Road site at Pictures of the Development and a hoarding poster at Hoarding Poster.

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Request for Photos/Memorabilia for Closing Gala

There will be a Closing Gala at Streatham to mark the closing of the much-loved 1931 building, pending the transfer to the temporary rink and then the new permanent rink and leisure centre. We hope to have a big screen and project scanned photos or film from the rink’s rich past. If you have any photos or other items that you could lend to contribute to the display, please could you Contact SISAG.

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Second Streatham Hub Newsletter

VINCI Construction have issued a second newsletter to local residents VINCI Newsletter No 2 - September 2011

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Update from Future Streatham

An email update from Future Streatham is at Future Streatham e-update 3rd August 2011

It says the temporary rink is due to open "in the New Year". We have queried this with Lambeth, because previously dates of November/December 2011 have been given, and received the following reply: "The latest the temporary ice rink will open is early January 2012. I am sorry I cannot be more precise than this at the moment, but I will keep you informed."

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Development Agreement sealed, enabling works starting!

We have had confirmation from Lambeth that the Development Agreement and associated documents have been sealed and Tesco’s contractor will be doing hoarding and enabling works.

Staff from the contractor (VINCI Construction) were on site in the week beginning 25th July 2011. White lines have been painted on the edge of the Streatham site to mark the hoarding line. The project manager explained that it is at the boundary between Lambeth and TfL land. He also said that preparation for the demolition of the old Sunday School building next to the church some of the parking bays on the left side (as you face the rink) will be closed off. However, there will still be access to drive down that side and parking will be available at the back and on the other side.

VINCI Construction have issued a newsletter to local residents VINCI Newsletter No 1 - July 2011

Work on the temporary rink site in Pope's Road, Brixton, is due to start on Monday 1st August 2011. It is planned to take 14 weeks to construct and should be opening at the latest in early January 2012.

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Streatham Action Public Meeting 14th July 2011

Streatham Action held a public meeting at English Martyrs Church on Thursday 14th July at 7.00 pm.
For details see
here.

Among the topics was an update on the Streatham Hub development. Councillor Nigel Haselden (Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Strategic Transport) said the signing of the development agreement and associated documents was “imminent” and enabling works would start in August, with major construction starting in November.

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Decision on Variation of Streatham Hub Development Agreement

The report on the decision to vary the Development Agreement on the Streatham Hub has been published on the Lambeth website here.

The Development Agreement was entered into on 7th December 2007 by the Council and Tesco and governs the relationship between them. The Agreement is to be varied as a consequence of the decision to use a temporary ice rink. The authority to make the necessary changes was delegated to council officers by Cabinet in March 2011. This is the report outlining the changes. (Although the wording implies that the actual deed of variation is included, it is not on the web page.)

The decision was initially wrongly classified as a "Key Decision" subject to Call In but the webpage has now been updated to correct this. The status of the decision has been updated to “Recommendations Approved”.

At the end of the report is a timetable:

Tesco and preferred contractor sign contract (OJEU Process completed) 8 July
Start on site temporary Ice Rink August 2011
Enabling works on Hub site August 2011
Open temporary ice rink November 2011
Open temporary car park on Buckner Road November 2011
Completion of permanent site End 2013
Decommissioning of temporary rink From end 2013

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Draft revised Section 106 agreement published

At the Planning Applications Committee on 2nd February 2011 (see below) the Committee approved application 10/04049/S106 which is the one allowing the Section 106 agreement for the Streatham Hub to be varied to use a temporary ice rink. The Committee required the draft agreement to be published on the Council’s website.

In line with this resolution, the draft agreement has now been published under reference 10/04049/S106. To find the document online using the planning application reference, see instructions here.

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GLL/Freedom Leisure to run Guildford Spectrum

GLL/Freedom Leisure has been appointed to run Guildford Borough Council's Leisure Management service, which includes Guildford Spectrum, for a 10 year contract from 1 November 2011. The announcement on the Spectrum website is here. The Council Executive minutes are here.

This is relevant because GLL has the contract to run Lambeth leisure centres including the new Streatham Hub centre. Until now, GLL had no ice rink experience. That now looks set to change.

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Applications approved at PAC 14th June 2011

At the Planning Applications Committee meeting on 14th June 2011, all four applications

were approved by the Committee.

At the beginning of the meeting were representations asking the Committee to defer the consideration because of problems with the consultation process. After advice from the legal officer that the statutory requirements had been met, they decided to proceed.

Almost all the discussion was about the discharge of conditions, and specifically the part about the layout of the leisure centre. The Chair of the committee expressed some surprise that they seemed to be being asked to consider this at a greater level of detail than is usual for planning decisions. The planning officer said that they needed to approve the position of the main elements, such as the pool, the gym, the ice pad, the spectator seating and the lobby. Beyond that they needed to be persuaded that the building envelope could deliver the service - it would be up to the operator to actually deliver it.

The management of Lambeth's leisure centres went out to tender in 2007 and was awarded to Greenwich Leisure. Their contract includes the Streatham leisure centre and some of the decisions about the layout have been as a result of discussions with them.

The issue of café provision and enclosed seating within the ice rink was raised by several speakers. Again they said the the allocation of refreshment areas within the building would be up to the operator. The area of tables and chairs shown at rink side is 43 m2. It is not currently enclosed. When asked, the architect confirmed that there was no technical reason it could not be enclosed if the operator wanted to do so. The role of the larger room on the second floor (marked "Community Rooms" on the plans) was also raised. There is an overall requirement for 415 m2 of community space. That is met by the two rooms on the ground floor and the second floor space is additional. As long as the operator delivers the correct amount of community space in the building as a whole they can choose how to do it, so they could potentially put in a café on the second floor.

There was also discussion of the hockey changing rooms, with queries about their size and the number of toilets and showers. The architect said that the previous arrangement of 4 changing rooms was changed to 6 after a meeting in 2008 and that the rooms had been benchmarked to standard changing room requirements of the ice hockey bodies.

The applicant confirmed that the missing off-ice doors to the players' benches and the DJ area would be reinstated.

On the question of how the complete replacement of the Zamboni would be handled, there is a removable wall panel at the back of the building to allow it to be hoisted in and out.

There was considerable discussion of the changes to the external appearance of the buildings, which now have a more horizontal rather than vertical feel, and use large areas of render. The Committee also felt that the front of the leisure centre needed to have a stronger presence on the High Road. In the end they approved the overall form and design (the condition under consideration at this meeting) and agreed that their concerns about breaking up the facade, and the stronger presence on the High Road, could be handled under the separate condition about the detailed materials that will come to Committee later.

The substation, energy centre and lobby seemed relatively uncontroversial, although there was some discussion about the addition of the lobby reducing the space in front of the store where the bus stops are.

This is the last consideration about the internal layout as far as the planning process is concerned. There will clearly be further development of the layout and fittings in discussion with the operator. The report said that "It is expected that the Council will continue to communicate with stakeholders throughout the construction phase to ensure they are updated as the scheme progresses". We pointed out that updating is not the same as consultation and asked for a stonger commitment by Lambeth to consult with the users. The representative of Leisure said that was their intention.

This was a three hour meeting and obviously this account does not include everything that was discussed. The minutes of the meeting are here. The commitment to further consultation is minuted as follows (page 6):

There was a necessity for further consultation about changes in the layout. It was noted that this was not in the remit of the Committee but officers present from Adults and Community Services committed the Council to consult with interested parties in future regarding the layout and facilities provided in the Leisure Centre.

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Scheme approved by Tesco Board

Tesco's board have given final approval to the scheme. Work will be starting on the main site in mid August and the Temporary Ice Rink in Brixton in mid July.

Andrew Boyle, Development Project Manager for Tesco said:

I hope you'll enjoy the temporary rink for the two years as we've done our utmost to give you the best available. And the new Leisure Centre will be a fabulous facility for all of Lambeth. I'm sure you will not be disappointed as my team and I will do our best to ensure its delivered on time and to a quality befitting the local community.

Here's to a successful project.

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Application to discharge some conditions on Streatham Hub planning permission

Applications have been submitted with respect to various conditions on the Streatham Hub planning permission, including partial discharge of one about the internal arrangement of the leisure centre. The application reference is 11/01059/DET.

The description is:

Discharge of various conditions pursuant to planning permission ref; 08/03477/FUL for the redevelopment of the site to provide a leisure complex (ice rink, swimming pool, health and fitness facilities and community uses), 250 residential units, including affordable housing, a retail store, bus lay-over, public square together with associated car parking and servicing (known as the "Streatham Hub" development).

The conditions to be discharged are:

  • Part discharge of condition 3 in respect of the building envelopes, elevational treatment of the building, access strategy, parking arrangements,and amenity space;
  • Part discharge of condition 4 in respect of (j) the internal arrangement of the leisure centre, (i) refuse strategy for the leisure centre, (n) positioning of the hardstanding for the chemical deliveries to the leisure centre, (o) the ground floor levels to each of the buildings, (p) the ground floor flat gardens and their means of enclosure or alternative use of this space for residents and (q) the leisure centre canopy and find or alternative design arrangements to provide the centre with a presence on Streatham High Road:
  • Condition 16 in respect of the west boundary wall.
  • Condition 17 in respect of the proposed roof cover over the food store service yard.
  • Condition 21 in respect of the provision and layout of the 250 residential cycle spaces for residents.
  • Condition 22 in respect of the number and location of cycle parking spaces for the non-residential elements of the scheme.
  • Condition 23 in respect of the roof line of the leisure centre as viewed from Natal Road.
  • Condition 32 in respect of the layout of the car parking site .
  • Part discharge of condition 36 in respect of the storage and collection of refuse and recycling for the leisure centre.
  • Condition 37 in respect of the ramp leading to the residents car park.
  • Condition 39 in respect of the screening of the ramp leading to the residents car park.

There are also three other related applications:

  • Erection of a sub-station to serve the development, reference 11/01056/FUL
  • Erection on any energy centre and extension to the service yard for the development, reference 11/01057/FUL.
  • Erection of an entrance lobby to the retail store, reference 11/01058/FUL.

To view the applications online, see instructions here.

SISAG's letter in response to the application is here.

The applications are due to be considered by the Lambeth Planning Applications Committee on Tuesday 14th June 2011. The report and papers for the meeting are here.

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Management of temporary rink

This information comes from Andrew Boyle, Development Project Manager for Tesco, and we have his permission to circulate it.

Tesco intend to appoint Planet Ice, an experienced ice rink operator, to operate the temporary rink on a purely management basis employed by Tesco Plc. The operators have agreed to implement all the promises Tesco have made, including

  • to preserve the current rink timetable so that all groups keep their existing ice time
  • to reserve the whole car park for the use of the Werewolves special needs hockey club during their sessions and reimburse them for any additional paid parking they may require
  • to employ those staff from Streatham who wish to work at the Brixton site.

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Timescale for temporary rink and Streatham Hub development

This information comes from Andrew Boyle, Development Project Manager for Tesco, and we have his permission to circulate it. He says "I must stress that the timescale below is our desired programme and is still subject to delays not of our making. I can however assure you my team and I are fully committed to delivering this scheme and will do all in our power to make it happen".

Demolition of the Pope's Road car park is complete and the site is being surveyed prior to the final design stage for the temporary rink. They expect construction of the temporary rink to start on site in the summer and for it to be operational at the end of November 2011. They plan to use a company called De Boer, a specialist in temporary buildings, to build it.

The main Streatham Hub scheme is now out to tender. On current plans the demolition of some buildings on the site (NOT the ice rink) could start in parallel with the building of the temporary rink. The existing ice rink will remain open until the temporary rink is open. After that the main construction can start and the permanent leisure centre, including the new rink, is expected to open in November 2013.

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Decision Notice for temporary rink published

As described below, the decision to grant planning approval for the temporary rink was taken at the planning application committee meeting on 2nd February 2011. The Decision Notice has now been published and is available here.

At the meeting we expressed concern that the opening hours would not be sufficient to allow the training sessions as they are at the existing rink. This has been addressed by separating the condition on the operating hours into two. Condition 3 restricting the hours to 7am to 11pm now refers specifically to "general public use". There is a new condition 4 allowing longer hours for sports development skating to be submitted and approved before the opening of the rink.

As expected from discussion at the meeting, condition 13 about the parking management plan specifies that when disabled user groups have their sessions, the whole of the car park will be reserved for their use.

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Streatham Ice Rink 80th Birthday

The 80th anniversary of the opening of Streatham Ice Rink was on 26th February 2011.

In the years from 1927 to 1940 there was a great expansion of ice skating in the UK. For eight years prior to 1927 the Manchester Ice Palace was the only rink, but in the next 13 years 33 rinks opened. These included Streatham Ice Rink, opened on 26th February 1931. 3000 people attended the opening.

The rink was designed by Robert Cromie, a prolific designer of cinemas in the 1930s. The original ice surface was 210 ft. long by 100 ft. wide. This is about 10-15 feet bigger in each direction than today’s ice surface - the area was reduced in 1951 to make room for 800 more seats.

In 1931, before the Rink opened, Mr J.W. Davidson, secretary of the Streatham Congregational Church, responded to a question about the opening of the Rink next to the church with the remark “We do not like it, of course. Personally, I do not think it will last long.” He was to be proved wrong!

After Queen’s Ice Rink (opened 1930) it is the second oldest UK ice rink still open today.

There are pictures of the 80th birthday cake and celebration at Rink 80th birthday. The display about the 1931 opening is still up in the rink foyer.

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Planning applications approved on 2nd February 2011

The three planning applications for

  • the temporary ice rink in Pope's Road
  • the variation to the Streatham Hub Section 106 agreement
  • the temporary car park in Porden road
were approved by Lambeth Planning Applications Committee on 2nd February 2011.

The reports and minutes for the meeting are available on the Lambeth website here. To view the applications themselves online, see instructions here.

The meeting was very vocal, with many contributions from groups and individuals, and went on until nearly 1am! At the end all three applications were approved by the Committee with some changes and additions to the conditions. One of the changes was to require the draft Section 106 agreement to be published on the Lambeth website. This happened in June 2011, see above.

In response to expressions of concern that the temporary rink operating hours (7am to 11pm in the application), while adequate for public opening, were insufficient for sports development, the officers said there was a mechanism to extend the operating hours to allow for the training sessions as they are at the existing rink, without a separate application.

One of the conditions is for a parking management plan to come back for approval. It appears this will include special reserved use of the temporary rink car park for the Werewolves disabled hockey sessions, in response to presentation of their specific difficulties to the Committee by a number of speakers.

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Planning application for temporary extra parking submitted

As part of trying to provide substitute parking for Brixton town centre to replace the Pope's Road car park, where the temporary rink is planned, Lambeth Parking Services have applied to put a temporary car park of 33 spaces, for a period of three years, on a site at the corner of Porden Road and Buckner Road SW2 5SA. The application reference is 10/04174/FUL. The expiry date for consultation is 7th January 2011.

This site is just south of Lambeth Town Hall and the Fridge, about 600 metres from the temporary rink site.

We looked through the documents to find information relevant to potential users of the temporary rink, about operating hours, maximum length of stay, and pricing. The following is from the "Electrical Design Pack" document:

The proposed opening hours for the new car park will be 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week, with a maximum stay of 4 hours. The proposed charge will be £2 per hour, to be collected by use of a pay and display machine... The Parking Contractor ... will close the gates by 11pm to prevent overnight parking.

To view the application online, see instructions here.

You can comment on the application online using the 'Submit comments' button, by email to
or in writing to Lambeth Planning, Phoenix House, 10 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LL. When submitting comments by email or letter, please remember to quote the reference number, 10/04174/FUL and your name and address.

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SISAG response to application to vary Section 106 Agreement

This is the response we have sent. To respond yourself, see instructions below

Application to vary the Section 106 (legal) Agreement dated 4 December 2008
Reference: 10/04049/S106
Response from : Streatham Ice Skating Action Group (SISAG)

This response to the consultation letter is from Streatham Ice Skating Action Group, which is a local interest group whose main aim is to preserve ice-skating in Streatham and ensure continuity of ice provision

The original planning consent guaranteed continuity of ice by keeping the existing rink open until the new permanent rink was open. This application seeks to remove the clauses requiring continuity of ice provision on site. It is crucial that the changes retain the full commitment to continuity, despite it occurring off-site. As stated in our response to the Pope’s Road application (10/03425/FUL), we are prepared to accept the temporary rink, but only if there are robust conditions in the revised Section 106 agreement to ensure
1. Continuity of ice provision between the existing rink, the temporary rink and the new permanent rink
2. Under no circumstances will the Tesco store be allowed to open until the new permanent leisure centre and ice rink in Streatham are open.

We were told that this application could not be submitted until some weeks after the application for the temporary ice rink to allow for negotiations as to the drafting, and so were expecting the application to include the actual wording of the agreement, at least in key areas such as continuity of ice provision.

This was not available, and the associated document “Schedule of Variations Required to Section 106 Agreement” appears to have been written much earlier in the process. It contains phrasing such as (Sch 6 para 4) “Query whether Council still expects continuity of ice even though temporary facility may be off site. Need to explore Council's and Tesco's expectations in this regard especially if Tesco expects the obtaining of permission for a temporary facility to be at the Council's risk”.

It is very alarming to see this uncertainty in the documents attached to the application. Surely the Council needs to have confirmed the commitment to, and definition of, continuity of ice with Tesco, before considering this substantial change in the original permission. The current wording does not reaffirm the general commitment in full, nor does it contain sufficiently detailed and explicit clauses setting out how continuity of ice will be provided in these new circumstances.

The description of the application does state explicitly that
- The temporary ice facility would remain open until the new permanent leisure centre (including the replacement ice rink) is built out and handed over to the Council
and this is essential.

However, there is no similar explicit statement of two other essential points:
- The existing ice rink must remain open until the temporary ice facility is open
- The Tesco store will not be allowed to open until the permanent leisure centre (including the replacement ice rink) is open.

We ask the Committee to make the granting of permission subject to these two conditions being included.

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Planning application to vary Section 106 Agreement submitted

The planning application to vary the Section 106 Agreement for the Streatham Hub development is now avalable to view online and open for consultation. The reference is 10/04049/S106.To view it online, see the instructions here.

This application is necessary because the current proposal is to use an off-site temporary rink to provide continuity of ice provision and the agreement has to be changed to allow this. The description is:

Application to vary the Section 106 (legal) Agreement dated 4 December 2008 in respect of planning permission 08/03477/FUL to allow for the:

Removal of the clauses requiring continuity of ice provision on site;

Provision of a temporary ice facility in Pope's Road, Brixton whilst the

Existing ice rink is demolished and the Hub scheme is built out in one phase; and the

Temporary ice facility would remain open until the new permanent leisure centre (including the replacement ice rink) is built out and handed over to the Council.

Comments need to be submitted by 16th December 2010.

We understand the application will be considered at the same planning committee meeting as the application for the temporary rink. 2nd February 2011 has been identified as a potential date for this meeting.

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SISAG response to temporary rink application

This is the response we have sent. To respond yourself, see instructions below

Temporary ice rink at Pope's Road
Reference: 10/03425/FUL
Response from : Streatham Ice Skating Action Group (SISAG)

We have been campaigning for continuity of ice skating provision in Streatham since Tesco bought the ice rink site in 2001. We were disappointed that the scheme agreed in 2008, where the existing ice rink would have remained open until the replacement was open, did not go ahead. When it became clear that the only option was to accept a temporary rink, we would have much preferred a site in Streatham. The proposed Brixton site will cause inconvenience to many current users of the rink and serious problems for some, but Lambeth Council have made it clear that a temporary rink in Pope's Road is the only way that the development of the permanent leisure centre is going to go ahead with continuity of ice in the meantime. On these grounds we are prepared to support the application, because we believe the alternative, where the permanent leisure centre and ice rink remain stalled for the forseeable future, would be worse.

The temporary ice rink plan seems to make reasonable use of the limited space available. As expected, there is very restricted parking, and it will be important to make sure the spaces are managed so that those staff and rink users with most need are accommodated, and the parking cannot be used other than for the rink.

Our acceptance of this scheme only makes sense if there are robust conditions in the revised Section 106 agreement for the Streatham Hub site to ensure
1. Continuity of ice provision between the existing rink, the temporary rink and the new permanent rink
2. Under no circumstances will the Tesco store be allowed to open until the new permanent leisure centre and ice rink in Streatham are open.
We will be responding separately to the application to revise the Section 106 when it is published.

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Temporary rink planning application submitted

The planning application for the temporary ice rink has been submitted and is now online to view, as well as at the Town Planning Office and Brixton Library. The reference is 10/03425/FUL To view it online, see the instructions here.

The consultation period is open with a deadline of 12th November. Since this application only makes sense for us as a means of delivering the permanent replacement ice rink in Streatham, it is important to ensure there will be continuity of ice and the Tesco store will not be allowed to open before the permanent rink is open. These conditions are expected in the forthcoming application to vary the section 106 agreement for the Streatham Hub development. We are hoping it will be possible to see that second application before 12th November so that we can comment on both applications together.

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Streatham Hub Exbition open till 17th October 2010

The exhibition of the latest plans is on from Tuesday 28 September until Sunday 17 October at Streatham Library. It includes

  • a refresh of the overall Streatham Hub scheme plans for new leisure centre and ice rink
  • latest planning application plans for the mezzanine floor in the Tesco store
  • new plans for the temporary ice rink at Pope’s Road, Brixton

The layout is displayed on the lower half of the boards, so is a bit difficult to see closely, but we have been told there will be another copy available at the library reception. There is a feedback form for comments.

There is an online version of the exhibition at http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/streathamhub (opens in new window).

We all hoped that the temporary rink would be in Streatham - the proposed Brixton site will cause inconvenience to many current users of the rink and serious problems for some, but Lambeth Council have made it clear that a temporary rink in Pope's Road is the only way that the development of the permanent leisure centre is going to go ahead with continuity of ice in the meantime. We therefore need to try to make sure the temporary rink layout makes the best use of the limited space available. If you can, please go in person or look online and form your own impression.

On the Lambeth website there is also a new Streatham Hub Newsletter.

For more information visit http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/futurestreatham
Email:
Tel: 0800 052 6336

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Chuka Umunna MP's view on the temporary rink

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna has written a piece about the temporary ice provision here.

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Tesco planning application for mezzanine floor

Tesco’s planning application for a mezzanine floor as part of their new store within the Streatham Hub development will be considered by the Lambeth Planning Applications Committee on Tuesday 12th October 2010.

The report and papers for the meeting are here.

The reference number for the planning application is 10/02434/FUL and you can view the plans online at http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/publicaccess/.

Note that this is not the application for the temporary ice rink. It is the application for adding the mezzanine within the store that already has planning permission. The separate applications for the temporary ice rink and the deed of variation of the original Hub section 106 agreement to allow them to provide continuity of ice off-site are to be considered together at a future meeting.

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Ice Rink coverage on BBC London 5th August 2010

There was an item on BBC London 94.9 about the Hub development and the relocation of the temporary ice rink in Brixton on Thursday 5th August. The item is available on BBC iPlayer here.

An associated text article is here. At the bottom of this article is a nice link In pictures: Skating in Streatham showing a series of historical photographs.

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Temporary ice site approved by Lambeth Cabinet 26th July 2010

A report on the Streatham Hub was presented to Lambeth Cabinet on Monday 26th July 2010. The published report is here. The minutes of the meeting are here.

At the meeting, the Cabinet agreed to Pope's Road Car Park in Brixton as the recommended temporary ice rink site. A planning application for the temporary rink is expected in August.

In reply to the question from SISAG, Council officers reconfirmed the commitment that the Tesco store will not be allowed to open before the new permanent leisure facilities. We were concerned that this guarantee might be weakened when the legal agreements on the development are modified for the new phasing. This commitment is recorded in the minutes (page 8): "Cabinet Members confirmed that the Tesco store would not be able to open until the leisure facilities had been completed."

Resolutions approved at Cabinet:

  1. That the progress to date with the Streatham Hub development be noted.
  2. That Pope’s Road Car Park in Brixton be the recommended temporary ice rink site and the proposals with regard to management, community safety and car parking associated with the temporary ice rink be noted..
  3. That officers be authorised to seek any necessary permissions (excepting planning consent) to locate the temporary ice rink site at Pope’s Road and to grant a licence to Tesco to provide, operate and decommission the temporary ice rink on this site and ensure that the temporary ice rink is operational prior to the closure of the current Streatham ice rink.
  4. That it be noted that Tesco has expressed its intention to submit planning applications for the additional mezzanine floorspace in mid-July 2010 and intend to submit a planning application for the temporary ice rink in August 2010.
  5. That the progress on the temporary dry sports facility and swimming pool be noted.

The e-update after the Cabinet meeting is at Future Streatham e-update 30th July 2010

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Update from Future Streatham announcing Cabinet report

The e-update announcing the Cabinet report (see item above) is at Future Streatham e-update 16th July 2010

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Streatham Hub Public Meeting on 22nd July 2010

(NOTE DATE/TIME CHANGE from 15th July at 7 to 22nd July at 6.30)

There will be a Public Meeting on the Streatham Hub on Thursday 22nd July at 6.30pm at Dunraven School (Leigham Court Road), organised by newly-elected Streatham MP Chuka Umunna. He will chair the meeting and there will be representatives from Lambeth Council and Tesco. The meeting was postponed by one week from the original date to allow people to digest a report on the Hub project, due to be released on 16th July.

The meeting is open to the public, but we have been told it would be helpful if people who wish to attend could email Chuka Umunna's Office Manager with Streatham Hub Meeting in the subject line, giving their full name and postal address. For more information contact her at the same address.

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Shortlist of three sites for temporary rink

From the original list of 14 (see below) Lambeth has narrowed the possibilities for the temporary ice rink to three sites. They are

  • Streatham Common
  • The former MI5 site on Streatham High Road
  • The Popes Road Car Park site in Brixton.

This was covered in a short item in the 15th June 2010 edition of Lambeth Life at Lambeth Life Latest Edition (see page 2). The Streatham Hub page on Lambeth's website has also been updated to match.

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Controversy over temporary Ice Rink on Streatham Common

Lambeth and Tesco's new plan involves having a temporary rink off-site during the development. The March announcement of Streatham Common as preferred site for the temporary rink is controversial, and several groups are mobilising to resist it (see www.handsoffourcommon.com). This new issue has made campaigning for the ice rink in a way that unifies the local community more complicated. Most of these groups say they want an ice rink in Streatham, and want continuity, but their priorities may be different.

As a group, SISAG's single issue is continuity of ice provision, and if a temporary rink on the Common is the only option to get continuity, we cannot oppose it. However, we have no desire to be in conflict with other groups, and it would be better if a temporary site could be found that was less divisive, as long as it didn't cause additional delay.

We will continue to circulate any information we receive about potential alternative sites.

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Sites considered for temporary rink

Lambeth's Regeneration and Enterprise Division responded to a question from Cllr Whelan (triggered by the Streatham Society) asking which sites other than Streatham Common were considered for the temporary ice rink. This is the first place we have seen that actually lists the sites considered in what is described as a "high-level scoping exercise".

The Streatham sites considered included: Streatham Common, Stockport Playing Fields, St Julian’s Farm Road SW16, Valley Road SW16, Former M15 site on London Road SW16.

Other sites outside of Streatham that were considered included: Brockwell Park, Somerleyton Road (temp school site), Coldharbour Lane (opposite Barrier block of flats), Popes Road car park, Clapham Common, Knights Hill (former Lambeth College site in Norwood), Tooting Common (near public Lido) and Crystal Palace.

The full question and response are here.

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