(Image taken from Lambeth Planning database and Copyright 2010 Beckett Rankine on behalf of St George).
Heads up to Vauxhall Society for mentioning a new pier at St George Wharf, Vauxhall. Due to the vagaries of the Lambeth Council planning system, I don't get an auto alert for every new development / shrub pruning etc. taking place in SE11. It's particularly difficult when this Lambeth patch is split into Princes, Oval and Bishops wards, and sometimes developments of local interest to residents are proposed for the Albert Embankment or down even as far as Vassall ward. Parts of SE11 are even under the remit of Southwark Council, so tracking it all is tricky. Consequently, I missed (and I'm sorry I did so) the planning application for a taxi pier at St George Wharf. It's presumably another transport method to serve the new tower, but it should provide a fantastic service for local residents too. It turns Vauxhall into a mega 5 pronged transport hub (train station, tube station, bus station, Boris Bike station and river service station). I'm a huge supporter of the idea, and would have promoted it thoroughly here had I happened to notice it earlier (the consultation is now over). Anyhow, take a look at the application on the Lambeth Planning database here here - 10/02300/FUL.
As you may remember from my "whatever happened to Vauxhall pier?" post several months ago, I could never understand why this wasn't built when the main section of St George Wharf was constructed, but I'm delighted to see it might arrive (depending on outcome of Lambeth Planning Committee). It appears that would be partly located on St George Wharf land, but only the edge. The rest of it floats in the Thames:
In other news, a new Londis shop (if the banner is anything to go by) is to be opened at 228 Kennington Park Road and somebody has applied (10/02931/ADV) to put an illuminated sign outside of 220 Kennington Park Road (which has been a very sad and sorry looking empty laundrette for some time). I need to check I've got this in the correct order as I'm not 100% sure that the Londis sign isn't in 220 Kennington Park Road. Can anybody confirm?
236 Kennington Park Road (the old Corine's Cafe) was meant to be turning into a chiropractic practice, but I've not seen any sign of it yet.
I noticed a man (on Sunday) busy refurbishing what was formerly Supreme Motorbikes at 113 Kennington Road next to the Grand Union bar. I received an email from a reader to say that the unit will be taken over by Chas Bikes, a firm that is currently based at Great Suffolk Street in SE1 and which has been providing service there for 20 years. If the testimonies on his website are anything to go by, he'll be a fantastic asset to the area for local bikers.
And finally, as one Tweeter noticed, the Kennington Road tattoo parlour (Tattoo end) has opened (after a ridiculous debarcle, involving somebody objecting and pretending to be Gary Phillips, the Lilian Baylis head teacher, reported by the SLP). The tattoo parlour should fit in just nicely with the estate agents, but be careful not to go to the wrong place after visiting a local pub. It might be difficult to get the "For sale" tattoo removed in a falling London housing market :-)