“Save Hootananny” campaign

New licensing restrictions are stopping entry to the Hootananny after 11pm. The venue is campaigning to change this back to the 2am time and have put some leaflets through doors in our area, but in the meantime urges people to get there before 11pm. To sign the online petition go here. There were around 630 signatures as of sunday night. What do local residents think?

Protest about proposed train cuts!

News has reached Effrablog that the government is consulting on stopping trains from Herne Hill going all the way through London. Instead the idea is to stop them at Blackfriars. This is a pain in the neck for people trying to get from here to Luton Airport, not to mention jobs in the City, or indeed anywhere else. The consultation closes on 23rd August so we need to take action.

Here’s the link to the government consultation:http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2012-23/ . And here’s some things you can do to protest:

1) write to complain to thameslink@dft.gsi.gov.uk There’s a sample letter below
2) signing the number 10 downing st petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/36932
3) liking/sharing http://www.facebook.com/SaveTheThameslink
4) forwarding to colleagues, friends, family and anyone else that you think would support this campaign.
5) Write to one of our local councillors Matt Parr (mparr1@lambeth.gov.uk), Rachel Heywood (rheywood@lambeth.gov.uk) or Donatus Anyanwu (danyanwu@lambeth.gov.uk)
6) Complain to the MP, Tessa Jowell MP on jowellt@parliament.uk or call on 020 7219 3000

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing in response to the consultation on the combined Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchises: http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2012-23/ .

I am very concerned by section 7.21 and the recommendation from Network Rail to start and terminate Thameslink (Wimbledon loop) trains at Blackfriars station, rather than continuing through central London.

This proposal is devastating for millions of Thameslink residents and commuters who have made significant financial and personal commitments to live by the Thameslink (Wimbledon loop) line precisely because it takes them directly into central London, particularly Farringdon, St Pancras and City Thameslink. To take this option away in order to provide new services for other parts of London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, which already have better and less overcrowded services than the Thameslink, and whose populations are smaller than the Wimbledon loop boroughs, makes no sense and is deeply unfair.

Moreover most Thameslink (Wimbledon loop) residents and commuters have no access to the Underground. To them the Thameslink (Wimbledon loop) is absolutely vital – they have few other transport choices in this part of South London and they have made decisions to live and/or buy homes based solely on the Thameslink running through central London i.e. Farringdon, St Pancras and City Thameslink stations.

It is also particularly galling given that the Wimbledon loop (Thameslink) residents and commuters have suffered more than five years of poor service in the evenings and at the weekend, based on the understanding that these “vital renovations” were essential to providing them with a dramatically improved service in the future. Whereas, I am shocked to discover the complete opposite is true and appalled by the lack of communication.

I therefore urgently urge the Wimbledon loop MPs, Rail Minister Theresa Villiers and the Department for Transport to do everything they can to wholeheartedly reject Network Rail’s proposals that Thameslink Wimbledon loop trains should terminate at Blackfriars station.

Yours faithfully,