The Vauxhall Society is a Civic Society covering the northern part of the borough of Lambeth with adjacent areas of Southwark and Wandsworth. It was founded in 1969, and is registered with the Civic Trust.
Membership is open to all who live or work in or who are interested in the area and the Society is independent of any political affiliation.Among the aims of the Society are:
All members receive the Society's Newsletter published about six times per year, and public meetings are held with guest speakers on a variety of topics of local interest.
The Society's activities are co-ordinated by an Executive Committee of volunteers elected at the Annual General Meeting around June each year. Working groups meet from time to time to consider such matters as Planning, local History, Publications, and the Society's programme of meetings, talks and visits. The Society is consulted by the Planning Authorities on local planning and transport issues and works with them to influence their decisions in the interests of our area.
The Society encourages the formation of local residents' associations within the area and, where possible, supports them in conserving their neighbourhoods from inappropriate development.
Members of the Society conduct research into local history and prepare articles for publication in the Newsletter.
The Society has recommended the designation of many new Conservation Areas, giving them protection from unsympathetic development. It helped to compile a list of buildings for the review of the Statutory List of Buildings of Architectural and Historic Interest, resulting in many more buildings now being protected from demolition.
The Society has been actively involved in the setting up of the Stockwell and Vauxhall Neighbourhood Council, the Vauxhall Cross Amenity Trust, the Lambeth Civic Societies' liaison Committee, end the Lambeth Planning Resource Centre. It has also commented constructively on the Lambeth Plan and on the Waterloo District Plan.
The Society has opposed major speculative office developments at Vauxhall Cross, and the demolition of homes, and has supported schemes for the improvement of traffic conditions.
The Society has mounted exhibitions of local history at the Lambeth Country Show, and at other events: it has published guides to the Manor of Kennington and to the former parish Church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, as well as a variety of greetings cards and prints based on historic local scenes. It publishes, in the Newsletter, a regular listing of Town Planning Applications and of meetings about local history and Planning issues.
The Society provides a programme of talks on a variety of topics and arranges occasional visits to historic buildings and places of interest.
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