09 August 2017

Santander cycles set to be rolled out in Brixton

The Mayor of London has announced that the Santander cycle scheme will be extended into the Vassall area with seven docking stations slated to be installed between Stockwell and Brixton. 

The decision came after a long running campaign by Lambeth council, Lambeth Labour councillors and residents to bring the successful programme further into south London. After years of inaction by the last Conservative Mayor, Sadiq Khan has authorised the move with the bike docking stations likely to be installed in the next six months.

Local Vassall councillors - Paul Gadsby, Annie Gallop and Jacqui Dyer - welcomed the move and confirmed they will be pressing for the stations to be installed in Vassall. They said:

"We are delighted that Mayor Khan has listened to residents and agreed to extend this scheme into our neighbourhood. It will help significantly improve cycling infrastructure in Brixton and give local people the option of swapping their cars for bikes which will lessen pressure on public transport and reduce the air pollution problems that affect our area. We are also pleased that Vassall is being considered as a location for some of the docking stations as we did campaign for this in our submission to Lambeth's recent Clean Air consultation."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, said:

“I’m thrilled that we are expanding our iconic cycle hire scheme to Brixton. We’re working hard to make cycling more accessible across London and this will make a real difference to those living in, working in or visiting Brixton. It’s another step forward in our work to improve air quality and the health of all Londoners. The bikes will be available for as little as £2 per day and details of the locations of the new docking points will be confirmed later this year.

08 August 2017

Campaign launched to halt closure of local police stations

Vassall's councillors have backed a new campaign against government plans to cut another £400 million from London police funding which could cause the closure of all but one police station in Lambeth.

According to the Lambeth Labour campaign, backed by local MPs and community activists:

  • Eight police stations across the borough could face closure as part of the government's plan to remove another £400 million from the police budget in London. 
  • The capital's police force has already had to save £600 million since 2010 when the Conservative-Lib Dem Coalition began reducing spending on community safety.
  • Only one station will be left open to the public in Brixton with Vassall's nearby Kennington police station one of those slated for closure.
  • More than a thousand police officers have been taken off the streets in the past few years and London's Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned 12,800 more could be lost before the end of the decade. 
A petition against the proposed closures can be signed here.

Local Vassall councillors - Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - said:

"It is very clear that the government is trying to provide community safety and policing on the cheap. These moves will remove a vital face to face link between the community and their local police force at a time when this is needed more than ever. The entire borough is likely to be left with just one functioning police station in Brixton which is likely to become badly overstretched. We urge all residents to sign our petition: it is vital we get these damaging cuts stopped."

01 August 2017

Councillor surgeries in August

The regular Vassall councillor surgeries will be taking place in August and will be held on the following dates (one surgery has already taken place last week):

Tuesday, 1 August
Cowley estate Annex
1pm-2pm

Thursday, 24 August
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)
6.15pm-7.15pm

Saturday, 26 August
Myatt's Field South Community Hall
Burton Lane
SW9 6QG
10am-11am

If these dates are inconvenient for you or you have a problem or issue that requires immediate attention please contact the Vassall Labour Councillors directly:

Councillor Jacqui Dyer - 07500 971619 -jdyer3@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor Paul Gadsby - 07814 567 690 - pgadsby@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor Annie Gallop - 07920 560175 - agallop@lambeth.gov.uk

25 July 2017

Myatts Field North AGM and Community Fun Day set for August


Major gas work project to start on Brixton Road

Brixton Road will from Friday 4 August be subject to a major seven month gas work project costing £2.4 million aimed at upgrading gas supply pipes throughout the Vassall area.

The project will result in traffic disruption according to SGN, which manages the distrubution of gas supplies in the neighbourhood. According to their statement:
The essential work forms part of an ongoing mains replacement programme developed with the Health and Safety Executive. Following discussions with Transport for London (TfL) and Lambeth Council, our project will start on Friday, 4 August* and last approximately seven months.

We’ll be progressing southwards along the A23 Brixton Road from Camberwell New Road towards Normandy Road in sections. To ensure everyone’s safety, we need to put lane restrictions in place around our work area in Brixton Road for the duration of the project. The centre two lanes will be closed with all traffic, including cyclists, filtered through the bus lanes.

We would encourage road users to please plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys.
SGN Engineering Manager Paul Gibbons said:

“We’ve worked closely with the local authorities in planning this work and we will be doing everything we can to limit disruption during our essential project, including working extended hours, seven days a week.

“We appreciate that roadworks can be frustrating, however, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. By upgrading our network, we will continue to ensure a safe and reliable gas supply to south London homes and businesses for many years to come.”

Information about the project can be found here.

Note: News story updated on Sunday, 30 July: Following a burst water main on Brixton Hill on Thursday, 27 July, and resulting traffic problems, the road works on Brixton Road will now start on Friday, 4 August rather than the originally intended start date of Monday, 31 July.


19 July 2017

New permit parking zone announced for Vassall area

Lambeth council have confirmed that a new controlled parking zone will be introduced in Vassall in the next few months after a series of consultations with local residents.

The residential street area in the ward which surrounds Myatts Field Park and extends up to Vassall Road and Loughborough Road is one of the few in South London without any form of controlled parking (other parts of Vassall on the Stockwell side of Brixton Road do have a controlled parking zone). Surrounding parts of both Lambeth and Southwark have in the past decade opted to introduce permit parking, as have many estates within the same neighbourhood (Lambeth designated estates have different arrangements from the residential streets covered in these proposals).

These developments have led to increasing concern about traffic stress as parking spaces are often taken up by commuters and those who dont live in the area, which has left residents struggling to find a place for their vehicles. There have been increasing complaints from local people about incidents of road rage and from cyclists who find the overcrowded roads difficult to navigate.

Local councillors - Paul Gadsby, Annie Gallop and Jacqui Dyer - asked for the issue of controlled parking to be looked at again with the final say going back to residents. Following a parking stress review, a formal consultation and a further feedback period on proposals for the area, the council has approved a new set of parking controls for the area.

These include:
  • Parking permits to be introduced, with residents only able to buy permits although short stay paid for parking bays will be available in parts of the area.
  • The controlled parking zone will operate 8.30am-6.30pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Work will begin in early August on making the area ready for the implementation of the scheme with the parking permit system coming into force during September.
  • Lobbying from local councillors has ensured that there will be more short stay parking pays near GP practices in the area for patients dropping off or collecting people.
Full details of the plans and the background of the consultation process can be found here

07 July 2017

Councillor surgeries in July


The regular Vassall councillor surgeries will be taking place in July and will be held on the following dates (one surgery has already taken place last week):

Thursday, 27 July
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)
6.15pm-7.15pm

Saturday, 29 July
Myatt's Field South Community Hall
Burton Lane
SW9 6QG
10am-11am

If these dates are inconvenient for you or you have a problem or issue that requires immediate attention please contact the Vassall Labour Councillors directly:

Councillor Jacqui Dyer - 07500 971619 -jdyer3@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor Paul Gadsby - 07814 567 690 - pgadsby@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor Annie Gallop - 07920 560175 - agallop@lambeth.gov.uk