Eco group launches petition to put solar panels on Streatham Hub

This Is Local London: A computer generated image of how the Streatham Hub could look. A computer generated image of how the Streatham Hub could look.

An eco-conscious community group is campaigning for developers to include solar panels on the roof of a multi-million pound housing and leisure complex.

Members of Transition Streatham are offering to finance the green additions to the Streatham Hub but are facing stiff opposition from officers at Lambeth Council, which promotes itself as the ‘co-operative’ borough.

The council told the group further delays to the project, which aims to provide 250 homes, a leisure centre and a Tesco store by 2013, would result in extra costs from contractors.

But campaigners maintain the changes will benefit the community in the long run.

They are hoping to drum up support for the proposals, which include plans for steam room and sauna at the leisure centre, through an online petition.

The group, a network of businesses and community groups, have established their own renewable energy company, Repowering Streatham, to provide the necessary alterations to the Hub.

Group member Scott Ainslie said: “The people of Streatham are not going to give up pushing.

“We are trying to talk about brokering a deal to see if we can do something about it. We are not going to settle for this.”

Jonathan Bartley, Green Party candidate for the Lambeth and Southwark seat at the London Assembly, who helped draft the proposals, added that the council had supported solar panel projects in Brixton but was refusing to back the campaign.

“Once again Streatham is being short-changed”, he said.

Liberal Democrat councillor Jeremy Clyne, who represents Streatham Hill ward, said the council was guilty of “dodging” the issue.

He said: “The issue of sustainability has been raised at several public meetings by Transition Streatham and the question was dodged by the council.

“As it has a massive flat roof, there is nothing stopping the council from putting solar panels on the roof of the leisure centre”.

But a council spokesman said sustainability was “at the heart” of the development and said it was “committed” to delivering a leisure facility which was powered by renewable energy.

He added that a sauna and steam room were never part of the development.

“Energy efficiency will be provided by a combined heat and power (CHP) based system which will deliver a considerable reduction in CO2 omissions and energy costs which draws on industry leading technology,” he said.

To sign the group’s petition click here.

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1:59pm Sat 14 Apr 12

TrevorHutton says...

No surprises then, this council, it's officers, Tesco's and it's architects and contractors are not interested in delivering a scheme to benefit the community, nor the Leisure or Ice Centre users, they are only interested in building the new store, the housing and a reduced in size, cut down Leisure Centre with less facilities than we had originally, what ever happened to planning laws allowing the developers to provide less than PPG17 equivalence? Eric Pickles has a lot to answer for as more and more of these type of travesties will happen country wide, yet we can all guarantee that the Labour Authority and it's councillors will have many photo opportunities when it is finally built to try and dupe the residents and businesses in Lambeth by pretending we have a state of the art facility, who do they think they are kidding? only themselves!
No surprises then, this council, it's officers, Tesco's and it's architects and contractors are not interested in delivering a scheme to benefit the community, nor the Leisure or Ice Centre users, they are only interested in building the new store, the housing and a reduced in size, cut down Leisure Centre with less facilities than we had originally, what ever happened to planning laws allowing the developers to provide less than PPG17 equivalence? Eric Pickles has a lot to answer for as more and more of these type of travesties will happen country wide, yet we can all guarantee that the Labour Authority and it's councillors will have many photo opportunities when it is finally built to try and dupe the residents and businesses in Lambeth by pretending we have a state of the art facility, who do they think they are kidding? only themselves! TrevorHutton

1:41am Sun 15 Apr 12

RH2010 says...

The link for the petition at the end of the article doesn't work - it just leads you back to the article. Please can someone post up the correct link so we can sign the petition? Thanks!
The link for the petition at the end of the article doesn't work - it just leads you back to the article. Please can someone post up the correct link so we can sign the petition? Thanks! RH2010

1:57pm Sun 15 Apr 12

TrevorHutton says...

correct address for petition
http://www.gopetitio
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correct address for petition http://www.gopetitio n.com/petitions/stre atham-development-3s -solar-panels-sauna- and-st.html TrevorHutton

11:21am Mon 16 Apr 12

RH2010 says...

Many thanks for posting the correct link - and good to see the link in the article has been now repaired. Thanks!
Many thanks for posting the correct link - and good to see the link in the article has been now repaired. Thanks! RH2010

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