How we're responding as a council
We are working hard to minimise disruption to our services as a result of coronavirus, however some of our services are changing due to new government rules and the re-deployment of staff to coronavirus related duties. Where possible, we are encouraging staff to work from home. We are increasing the cleaning frequency across all of our buildings and are providing supplies like hand sanitiser to help staff clean their hands regularly.
Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan
Led by our Public Health Team, we have been working to respond to local outbreaks of Covid-19 in Lambeth, particularly with our NHS partners.
Our Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan establishes how we will work together with our partners and communities to prevent and respond to outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Lambeth. Read more about the plan.
Read more about how Lambeth has responded
We have published a special report on the council's response to the crisis so far, showing how we have adapted our services and worked with our partners and residents to keep people safe. Read 'Lambeth United: Our Response to Covid-19'
We've also published three special coronavirus (Covid-19) editions of the Lambeth Talk residents magazine:
- Read Aprils Special Community edition of Lambeth Talk
- Read Aprils Special Business and self-employed edition of Lambeth Talk
- Read Aprils Special Families edition of Lambeth Talk
Changes to services
See changes to services at a glance
We have created a live dashboard which shows the level of disruption to our services at the moment.
Detailed information about service changes (click to expand)
Lambeth Civic Centre
If you previously paid your council tax bill in person at the kiosks, you can setup a Direct Debit, pay online, pay by phone, pay by post or pay in person at any post office, bank branch or PayPoint outlet. Visit our ways to pay your council tax page for more information.
Recycling and waste services
The current changes to our services are:
Commercial waste customers can now freeze their agreement with us if they are closed due to coronavirus. This means you won't be charged for collections during the time you're closed.
Lambeth's recycling centres have reopened, with new measures in place to keep residents and staff safe and to reduce queues. Smugglers Way re-opened on Monday 11 May 2020 and details regarding visiting the site can be found on the WRWA website. Vale Street re-opened on Thursday 14 May 2020 and details regarding visiting the site can be found on the Vale Street information page.
Charities are currently unable to collect from the majority of on-street textiles banks across the borough. Please don't use the textiles banks and keep any unwanted items at home until collections from the textiles banks can resume
If you are self-isolating you must follow the government's advice on disposing of your waste to make sure you protect our collection teams and the public from the spread of coronavirus.
Please visit the main rubbish and recycling page for more information on specific services.
Services for children and young people
We want to make sure people who visit our parks remain safe, therefore please continue to follow the Government rules on social distancing and maximum group numbers. We also ask that all park users adhere to the site signage, which has clear instructions on how to keep you and others safe when using park facilities.
We have prioritised reopening of some toilets at our busiest sites. We are working to reopen the remaining toilets once bacterial sampling has taken place to ensure they are safe for public use. Please note that reduced opening hours may be in place as the onsite signage.
Also please be aware that parks’ infrastructure is not sanitised (e.g. play areas, fitness equipment, benches, gates, fencing etc).
Facilities that will be open as of Saturday 4 July 2020 are:
- All Tennis courts. Bookings must be made online at Better Lambeth website.
- All play areas
- All outdoor gyms
- Brockwell Park Stable Block and BMX toilets
- Brockwell Park BMX track and basketball court
- Clapham Common basketball court, skatepark, fishing on Mount Pond and Eagle Pond only. Anglers must be in possession of both a Lambeth Fishing Permit and an Environment Agency Rod Licence. Anglers can apply for a Lambeth Fishing permit.
- Clapham Common tennis court toilets and Windmill Drive Adult toilets
- Hillside Gardens basketball courts
- Kennington Park adult toilets
- Kennington Park basketball hoops and basketball court
- Larkhall Park basketball court
- Myatt’s Fields Park toilets near to Park Depot on Cormont Road
- Norwood Park skatepark. Norwood Park toilets
- Ruskin Park basketball hoops, skatepark and toilets
- Streatham Common Lower playground toilets
- Stockwell skatepark
- Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens basketball court
Please note that the sports complex at Archbishops Park, Kennington Park and Larkhall Park which are managed by our Leisure Provider remain closed for now.
Sports & leisure
The decision to close libraries, while regrettable, means that we can help safeguard library users and our hard-working staff against the risk of contracting Covid-19.
While the libraries are physically closed, there are still a wealth of online services still available for library members, which are free. These include a wide range of e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and e-comics, as well as a wide range of other resources including film streaming, Times Digital Archives, PressReader which provides access to free global newspapers and Newsbank, a large archive of local and regional UK newspapers. All library overdue fines and loan charges incurred during this period will be waived. Library users can find out more at www.lambeth.gov.uk/libraries
Parking on housing estates
Reporting a noise nuisance
Lambeth Country Show
Support for Care Homes
In a letter dated 14 May, the Department of Health and Social Care required local authority Chief Executive Officers to set out plans, consisting of the following covering letter and template, to support care homes in their local area. You can view these below: