26 September 2014
21 September 2014
The local police force in the Vassall have opened up a new survey asking for resident's views on what the top issues are in the area.
Below is a message from the local team with more details - please do fill in the survey and come along to the next meeting of the Vassall Safer Neighbourhood Panel (full information below)
Your local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team are contacting as many residents and businesses as possible to help find out what issues affect you. Please could you take 3 minutes of your time to complete the attached survey so we can use the information to provide you with a better policing service.
All information gathered will be used in the next Ward Panel Meeting which is being held on 9th October 2014 at 6.30pm and the venue will be Church Manor Housing Office.
Here is a link to the survey:
Many thanks for your participation!
Vassall Safer Neighbourhood Team
17 September 2014
02 September 2014
The day will run from 12 - 7pm
Come along to the Funday for fun, food, music, information, advice and more including
The great Lambeth Living Bake-off cake baking competition
Music from Anita Roadshow
Meet Amazon the Gladiator
Healthy eating advice
CV and job application advice
Information from Lambeth Living on housing and benefits
30 August 2014
29 August 2014
The Grosvenor pub: Sitting just outside Vassall ward on Sidney Road, the Grosvenor pub is a popular local ale house that has managed to combine strong support for music/entertainment acts with a good relationship with residents. Last month, the new owners of the site applied for planning to convert part of the pub into flats, a move that Vassall Cllr Paul Gadsby described as "a common first step for converting good community pubs completely into flats"
As reported by Brixton Buzz, this move attracted a great deal of opposition from local people, including councillors and the Campaign for Real Ale. In good news this week, Lambeth turned down the application. However, as Cllr Paul Gadsby said: "While it is good news that this application has been knocked back, sadly the Grosvenor has in the past few weeks closed it doors after the landlord decided to call time on his tenure there. Currently, it stands empty which is a shame as it was a really vibrant part of the community. I am hoping that the owners of the site will move sharply to restore it to its proper use under a new management team."
Brixton Road's Tesco Metro: Another case before planning is an application from Tesco to put up neon signs on its outlet on Brixton Road (near Caldwell Street). Once again this has attracted concern from nearby residents as this outlet is part of an old historic building and Tesco opened under strict conditions about how the site was to be used. Vassall councillors have raised concerns about this application and are waiting for Lambeth council's decision ...
27 August 2014
The road at the moment suffers from high levels of congestion and incidents of road rage that have been increasing in the past few years. After the lobbying from the local Labour councillors - Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - the road and pavements will be resurfaced shortly and Mostyn Road will be going back to two way, resulting in some traffic no longer being channelled down Loughborough Road. However, as residents have made clear to the council, more needs to be done to make sure this key road is improved for local people.
Option 1— New double yellow lines:
Where: Outside no. 40 to no. 46 Loughborough Road.
Benefit: Road width increased to reduce congestion and majority of the vehicles do not need to mount pavement outside no. 29.
Impact: Loss of about 6 car parking spaces while there is already a considerable pressure on parking demand.
Other considerations: The road will remain narrow when the disabled parking bay outside no. 48 is in use. We are unable to remove the disabled bay. Furthermore, this option will take longer to implement as it requires statutory consultation before implementation.
Option 2— Road widening by reducing pavement width:
Where: Pavement width reduced outside no. 29 to no. 35a Loughborough Road
The remaining pavement will still be at least 2m wide, which is wide enough to comply with Highways Agency recommendations.
22 August 2014
As Lambeth Labour leader Lib Peck explained following the announcement:
“The aim of LEAP is to help ensure that all children in Lambeth, regardless of their background, from their very earliest years, have the best start in life. It aims to help improve the lives of more than 10,000 children over the course of the 10 year project.
It will use evidence-based interventions, with specific focus on three clear areas of child development: language and communication, social and emotional development and nutrition.
The work of LEAP will build on the huge progress made by Labour in terms of early intervention through the Sure Start programme, the value of which has been woefully disregarded by the current government.
However, LEAP will go even further. It will have more specific goals and will deliver more clearly measurable outcomes, such as improving breastfeeding rates, reducing childhood and maternal obesity and reducing domestic violence.
And, through linking up more tangibly with health partners, interventions can be targeted earlier and more effectively than ever.
Furthermore, the project recognises that the social, emotional, communication and language development of babies and children is affected not just by the wellbeing of their parents, but their social networks, and the strength of their communities and the wider environment too.
Intervening early to create resilient communities is a key part of our policy agenda in Lambeth. It is a fact that delivering effective early support negates the need for costly intervention later on. In our current climate of austerity, projects like LEAP simply make sense.”
Following the announcement, local Vassall councillors tabled a question at July’s council meeting asking for further details from Lambeth’s cabinet on what this will mean for the local area. The response from the cabinet member responsible for the project can be found here (question eight in the document).
Talking about the announcement, Vassall’s three Labour councillors – Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop – said:
“This is a fantastic boost following lobbying by the Labour party for the local area at a time when government cuts are continuing to bite hard. We will be making sure that this valuable money is spent in the right way so that children in our ward get the best start in life. “