08 July 2016

Local researcher looking for resident's views about regeneration projects in South London

A local researcher is looking for resident's views about their experience of regeneration projects in South London following her visit to the recent Myatts Field North (MFN) community day.

Becca Antink is currently researching the impact of housing redevelopments at the London School of Economics and visited the MFN event to watch a screening of the documentary about the local regeneration scheme, Uprooted. Writing about the day, Becca said:

I recognised several faces from the ‘Uprooted’ documentary in the audience around me, and thought it brilliantly revealed the emotional and practical challenges of leaving a home, and how it is tied up with family memories and attachments like Miss Daley’s beloved tangerine tree.

The discussion that followed the documentary showed that MFN residents are still experiencing challenges, but I was really struck by how, in spite of this, there is such a strong sense of community. You could see it in the support for the residents’ stalls at the event, the family-friendly atmosphere and the members of the community being awarded certificates at the AGM – and it was much livelier than a typical AGM!

Another resident made a beautiful cake celebrating the diversity of the MFN community, which she had skillfully decorated with flags from all over the world. This diversity was clear to see in the strong bonds between residents of different ages and backgrounds coming together for the event.

In the last week, there has been a lot in the news about increased division and racism in the UK since the EU referendum vote. But this community event showed a much better way to be, with a mix of people from all different backgrounds working together, celebrating each other and having a good time. I’m disappointed that I had to leave before the music started up again later on, and have been told even the local policeman was throwing some shapes on the dance floor!

From what I saw at the community centre last weekend, we could do with having many more strong communities like Myatts Field North.
If you are interested in speaking to Becca about your experiences of the changing face of South London, you can email her here.

07 July 2016

Vassall councillor surgeries in July

Vassall councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop will be holding their regular surgeries in July. One surgery has already taken place this week. The remaining surgeries will be held on the following dates :

Thursday, 28 July 2016
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)

Saturday, 30 July 2016
Myatt's Field South Community Hall
Burton Lane

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 - 07920 548463 -jdyer3@lambeth.gov.uk

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

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

27 June 2016

Lambeth looks for new ideas for community projects in Vassall

Lambeth council has launched a new consultation asking for residents ideas on how to spend new funding on local projects within Vassall.

Fresh resources have become available as part of the Cooperative Local Investment Plan (CLIP) which collects a levy from private developers in the borough involved in building new housing or other developments. The funding has to be spent on infrastructure projects that contribute to improving the local area, such as, for example, new playgrounds, green spaces and other public realm improvements (under government rules, they cannot be spent on maintaining services or paying for staff).

The first wave of funding for projects is likely to become available in the next 12 months, and Lambeth is now asking for resident’s ideas on the priorities for the funding and suggestions on specific projects in their neighbourhood. Residents can view the consultation here – the closing date is the 8 July for the first round of this consultation.

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

Our community has been hit by years of savage government cuts that have reduced our budget by 56%, so this new source of funding is welcome. It will allow for investment in physical improvements to our area in the next few years that can make a real difference to our community, by potentially providing new youth play areas and improved green spaces.

“We would really encourage all residents to have a look at the information about this consultation and get their ideas in before the closing date. This is a real chance to help shape how this funding is going to be spent and we are pleased that Lambeth Labour is putting residents in the driving seat for this consultation."

26 June 2016

Future of Lambeth Archives and Minet site to be decided in new study

Lambeth council has launched a new study to determine the long term future of the borough’s archives and the future use of the Minet site.

The council has confirmed that following lobbying from local councillors and residents, it will pause proposals to convert the Minet library site into a healthy living centre with community space and a library service until after the study has concluded in September.

Lambeth’s historical archives are made up of thousands of documents, artefacts and photographs from Lambeth’s history. You can find out more about them here.

According to a statement from Lambeth council:
“Lambeth Archives Option Appraisal have been commisstioned to help decide where the best long-term home for the Archives would be. Working with local community groups, including historical societies and the Friends of Minet, the aim is to find a cost effective option to ensure Lambeth Archives is able to improve standards of collection care, maintain its high service to customers and seek to expand its audience reach. The Archives currently remain open to the public, despite Minet Library being closed. The exact future of the Minet building will be decided once the Archives study is complete, so the best use of the building can be properly assessed. It is still proposed that a Neighbourhood Library will re-open in the building in 2017.”
Cllr Sonia Winifred, Special Projects Lead, responsible for the study, said:

“Securing a long term future for the Archives is hugely important. So many seminal moments in history have happened in Lambeth and the Archives are a treasure trove of information about all of it.”

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

“Given the importance of the archives to Lambeth, it is important we get the decision right about their long term future after the huge government cuts to our budget. This also affects what happens to the future of the Minet site and what services look like there, so we are pleased that Lambeth has both agreed to wait to decide the future of the Minet and work with local groups, such as the Friends of Minet, to shape a solution for the future.”

23 June 2016

Contribute your memories of living in Vassall Ward to the Lambeth Archives this Saturday 2-4pm

This Saturday, 25 June 2016, and again on Saturday 9 July 2016 Lambeth Archives at the Minet Library on Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall and are running an event for people who have lived in the area since the 1950s. The aim of the project is to collect the memories of local people to provide a social history of the area. Come to the Lambeth Archives and 2 and 4pm to get involved.

See flyer below

Did you live, work or move to the Vassall Ward between 1950 and 1980?

Do you remember when there were houses, shops and streets before the new estates were built?
Did you move into the new estates when they were built in the 1970s and 1980s?
Share your memories at the Minet Archives.

All memories will help us build up a picture of the past which will be held in the Archive. We hope to record your memories too so that they can be shared with other people (only with your permission). We will provide resources to help job memories, eg shop names, newspaper articles, estate brochures.

Tea and cake provided

21 June 2016

Myatts Field North Annual meeting and community fun day

The Myatts Field North Residents Association PFI Monitoring Board (RAMB) will be hosting a community fun day and AGM this coming Saturday (25 June) at the estate community centre (24 Crawshay Rd, SW9 6FZ) from 1.30pm to 8pm.

This annual event is open to all residents across the estate, and will kick off with food, refreshments and music, with the annual meeting to elect RAMB officers beginning from 3.30pm. As always, the RAMB will be looking for local community residents to join the board and get more involved in its acitivites.

If you live on the estate and are interested in finding out more please email myattsfieldnorth.ramb@gmail.com

14 June 2016

New controlled parking zone consultation announced for Vassall

Lambeth council has confirmed that a new controlled parking zone (CPZ) consultation is set for the part of Vassall currently suffering from extreme parking stress following lobbying from local councillors and residents.

Last year, Lambeth announced a parking stress review to examine the problems facing a large area of Vassall around Myatts Field Park, Paulet Road, Loughborough Road and Russell Grove (as well as other parts of the ward). This neighbourhood does not currently have controlled parking following a ballot rejecting a CPZ in 2009, but other surrounding areas have since opted for CPZs and the population has risen, resulting in parking stress increasing.

After the first phase of the review, Cllr Brathwaite, the cabinet member responsible for transport, confirmed a CPZ consultation would take place and said:

"Some concerns were raised by ward councillors about the timetable for this next phase, which was initially estimated to take 18 months to 2 years. However, I’m pleased to let you know that we have managed to significantly reduce this. If everything goes to plan consultation and implementation will take around 12 months, meaning the CPZ could be operational by July 2017"

You can read further information about this announcement here which outlines some of the details around the project

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

"We are delighted that Lambeth has listened to our lobbying and shortened the time frame for the CPZ consultation so that there will be some clarity on this issue in the next year. We worked hard, along with residents, to get the parking stress review to look at Vassall first.

"It will now of course be down to residents to decide whether controlled parking is what they want for their area and we do encourage everyone to participate in the consultation when it hopefully begins later in the year."

10 June 2016

Myatt's Fields Park Summer Fair this Sunday

This Sunday, 12 June 2016, the annual Myatt's Fields Park Summer Fair takes place in Myatt's Fields Park in Lambeth's Vassall Ward. Come along for dance, music, crafts, stalls, food, drink and more

Myatts Fields Park Summer Fair 2016 flyer on vassallview.com

More info: www.myattsfieldspark.info/
Myatt's Fields Park is located near Knatchbull Road, Calais Street and Cormont Road in Vassall Ward, Camberwell, Lambeth SE5