London Borough of Lambeth

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London Borough of Lambeth
Shown within Greater London
Status London borough
— Total
Ranked 341st
26.82 km²
ONS code 00AY
Admin HQ Brixton
— Total (2005 est.)
Ranked 30th (of 354)
10,034 / km²
Ethnicity 62.4% White
25.8% Afro-Caribbean
4.8% Mixed Race
4.6% South Asian
1.3% Chinese
Leadership Leader & Cabinet
Mayor Cllr Liz Atkinson
Executive Labour
MPs Keith Hill (Lab)
Kate Hoey (Lab)
Tessa Jowell (Lab)
London Assembly
— Member
Lambeth and Southwark
Valerie Shawcross (Lab)
Coat of Arms
Official website

The London Borough of Lambeth is a London borough in South London, England and forms part of Inner London.


[edit] History

The London Borough of Lambeth was formed in 1965 from the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Lambeth and part of the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Wandsworth containing Streatham and Clapham.

[edit] Geography

Lambeth is a long, thin borough (approximately 3 miles wide and 7 miles long). It has no one single "town centre" as such. Great variety exists in the districts. The largest shopping areas are (in order of size) Streatham, Brixton, Vauxhall and Clapham.

According to the 2001 census, Lambeth has a population of 266,169. 62% of the borough is White, 12% Black Caribbean and 12% Black African. 37% of householders are owner–occupiers. Lambeth has the highest population density of the Inner London boroughs.

In the northern end of the borough are the Central London districts of the South Bank and Lambeth which have a developing tourist economy while at the very south of the borough are the leafy suburbs of Gipsy Hill, Tulse Hill, West Dulwich and West Norwood. In between the two are built-up and inner-city districts of Brixton, Brixton Hill, Clapham, Clapham Park, Herne Hill, Stockwell and Kennington which are each at different stages of gentrification and have elements of suburban and urban settlement while Vauxhall and South Lambeth are central districts being redeveloped with high density business and residential properties. Streatham sits somewhere between suburban London and inner-city Brixton with the partly suburban and partly built-up areas of Streatham, Streatham Hill and Streatham Vale.

[edit] Parks and green spaces

Lambeth is responsible for 64 parks and green spaces, in addition to 34 play areas and eight paddling pools, within its boundaries. The largest of them include:

  • Agnes Riley Gardens, Atkins Road, SW12
  • Archbishops Park, Carlisle Lane, SE1, adjacent to Lambeth Palace
  • Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, SE24, includes Brockwell Lido (public swimming area)
  • Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4, wholly maintained by Lambeth Borough, although the western half is situated in Wandsworth Borough
  • Hillside Gardens, Hillside Road, SW2
  • Kennington Park, Kennington Park Road, SE11, a wooded area, although it has sports facilities and gardens
  • Larkhall Park, Courland Grove, SW8
  • Max Roach Park, Brixton Road, SW9
  • Milkwood Community Park, Milkwood Road, SE24
  • Mostyn, Olive Morris and Dan Leno Gardens, Myatt's Fields North housing estate, Akerman Road, SW9
  • Myatt's Fields Park, Cormont Road, SE5
  • Norwood Park,Crystal Palace, Salters Hill, SE19
  • Rush Common, Brixton Hill, SW2
  • Ruskin Park, Denmark Hill, SE5
  • Spring Gardens, Tyers Street, SE11
  • Streatham Common, Streatham High Road, SW16
  • Streatham Vale Park, Abercairn Road, SW16
  • The Rookery, Covington Way, SW16, with formal gardens and an open air theatre
  • Vauxhall Park, Lawn Lane, SW8, near The Oval cricket ground

[edit] Landmarks

Along and around the South Bank a tourist area has developed around the former GLC headquarters of County Hall and the Royal Festival Hall and National Theatre. Also on the river is the London Eye and Hayward Gallery. Nearby and still in the north of the borough is St Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth Palace and the Florence Nightingale Museum.

Prominant Church buildings: Trinty Rise, S.W.2 St Luke's, West Norwood Mass (formerly St Mathew's) Brixton All Saints' Rosendale Road

The London borough has a high population density but there are open spaces and outdoor attractions including Brockwell Lido, Brixton Market, Clapham Common and the Oval cricket ground. There is also the Museum of Garden History on the South Bank as well as Streatham Common and West Norwood Cemetery in the south of the borough.

[edit] Civic affairs

[edit] Mayor

The Mayor of Lambeth for 2006 is Cllr Liz Atkinson (Vassall ward). Lambeth is perhaps unusual in that since 1994 the Mayor is elected unanimously by their fellow councillors with each of the political parties supplying a candidate in rotation. This underlines the apolitical nature of the Mayor’s role and enables them to represent all the citizens of the borough.  

[edit] Executive

 The council is run by a Leader and Cabinet Executive, chaired by council leader Steve Reed. All members of the Executive are from the ruling Labour Party.  

[edit] Coat of arms

The coat of arms is that of the former Metropolitan Borough of Lambeth with the addition of two gold stars to indicate Clapham and Streatham.  

[edit] Twinning

The former Metropolitan Borough of Lambeth and its successor have been twinned with the Vincennes district of Paris in France since 1955. Lambeth also has twinning arrangements with Bluefields in Nicaragua; Moskvoretsky in Russia (although this is abeyance since changes to the city government of Moscow); Shinjuku in Japan; and Spanish Town in Jamaica.  

[edit] Politics

[edit] Lambeth London Borough Council

  Summary of council election results:  

Overall control Labour Lib Dem Conservative Others
2006 Labour 39 17 6 1
2002 No overall control 28 28 7 -
1998 Labour 41 18 5 -
1994 No overall control - - - -
1990 Labour - - - -
1986 Labour - - - -
1982 No overall control - - - -
1978 Labour - - - -
1974 Labour - - - -
1971 Labour - - - -
1968 Conservative - - - -
1964 Labour - - - -

[edit] Westminster Parliament

The borough is covered by three parliamentary constituencies:

[edit] Transport

[edit] Bridges and tunnels

Image:Hungerford Bridge, River Thames, London, England.jpg
Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridges, seen from the north
Image:Stockwell deep level shelter entrance.jpg
Stockwell war memorial and shelter

[edit] Railway stations

[edit] Lambeth areas

[edit] Tube stations

[edit] Individuals associated with Lambeth

[edit] Christmas controversy

In November 2005, Lambeth London Borough Council became the centre of a controversy over the naming of the Christmas lights used in the annual festival "winter lights", and "Celebrity lights" [1]. This was interpreted by many as an overzealous attempt at political correctness, and was reported in several national newspapers, including the Daily Mail as an attempt to "ban Christmas". A spokesperson for the council, however, announced that "It was a junior-level decision and it happened to go into print which was an error."

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Enclaves: Inner Temple | Middle Temple

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