13 October 2016

New council homes near completition in Vassall

Some of the first new council homes built in a generation in Lambeth are nearing completion in Vassall.

The nine new homes are located on Akerman Road on the site of a former hostel. The homes will be ready for new residents in the next few months and are part of Lambeth’s plan to build 1,000 homes for council level rent by 2018/19. More affordable housing and shared ownership properties are also being built across Lambeth.

In an answer to a question from Vassall councillors at next week’s Lambeth council meeting, Cllr Matthew Bennett said:

The nine new homes that the council is building at Akerman Road will be among the first to be completed as part of our ambitious programme to deliver 1,000 new homes at council rent. The Akerman Road development will not only provide much needed family sized homes at council rent, but also includes a green retro fit scheme to protect a listed Victorian building -the former home of Lambeth resident and music hall performer Dan Leo.

On another small development, Lambeth residents are already living in the eight new council homes that were completed in the last few months at St Oswald’s Place, as part of a successful partnership with Vauxhall City Farm and St James.

In addition to these small site developments, 189 homes will be built on council owned land as part of section 106 agreements with partners including Transport for London and St James. Construction has already started on the first 70 new homes at Lollard Street whilst planning permission has been secured for 55 new homes on the Fenwick estate.

A planning application for a further 64 homes at council rent levels will be made next year for the Westbury Estate. As well as spending £70m during 2017/18 on refurbishing estates as part of the Lambeth Housing Standard (LHS) programme, the council is working with residents on plans to rebuild some of our estates in order to improve the homes of current residents whilst building new homes. Detailed planning applications will be submitted for some of these new homes in 2017, with the intention to significantly increase the number of homes to be let at council rent levels

Talking about the new council homes, Vassall councillors Annie Gallop, Paul Gadsby and Jacqui Dyer said:

“The Tory government has done nothing to tackle the housing crisis in our borough which has left 21,000 people on the housing waiting list and many facing an impossible task of getting on the housing ladder. Lambeth Labour is doing its best, despite steep cuts, to address this problem and we are extremely pleased the first new council homes in Lambeth are being built here in Vassall.”

07 October 2016

Local police drop in sessions this winter

Vassall's local police force will be holding a number of Crime Prevention and  Drop in surgery days between now and Christmas to co-inside with their drive to tackle burglarys operations and
anti-social behaviour in the area.

The drop in sessions will take place at the following locations:

09/10/2016 – Durand Gardens 1700 – 1830

09/10/2016 – Van Gough Walk 1830 – 2000

14/10/2016 – Cowley Road, Durand School – 1530 – 1700

The next meeting of the local safer neighbourhood panel will take place on Saturday, 15 October at Holland Rise House between 11am and noon. All residents as always welcome.

For further information about the work of the team please contact them on Soren.t.j.c.dymond@met.pnn.police.net

Longfield Hall to host Tea Dance for residents in October

05 October 2016

Local councillor surgeries in October

Vassall councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop will be holding their regular surgeries in October which will be held on the following dates :

Thursday, 27 October
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)

Saturday, 29 October
Myatt's Field South Community Hall
Burton Lane

One surgery has already taken place this month. 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

28 September 2016

Cuppa with a copper event this Saturday

The local Vassall Safer Neighbourhood Team will be hosting a "cuppa with a copper" session this Saturday (1 October) at the Little Cat cafe in Myatts Field Park between 1pm and 2pm.

The event is for local residents to meet their local police officers informally and discuss any local issues they have in the area. All residents welcome and no appointment required!

23 September 2016

Success for clean bus campaign in Brixton

The Mayor of London has announced that the the southern stretch of A23, which includes Brixton Road, will be one of London’s first Clean Bus Corridors from next year.

It follows a long running campaign by Vassall councillors to clean up the air in the area after research showed Brixton Road was one of the most polluted in London. Last year, a petition and lobbying by councillors resulted in new, cleaner bus engines being fitted to a large number of buses using the area. The new announcement means that from October 2017, the route will see exclusive use of hybrid or diesel buses with top-of-the-range anti-pollutant systems that meet or exceed Euro VI emissions standards. These are expected to reduce NOx emissions from buses along these routes by around 84 per cent. The cabinet member with responsibilty for the environment, Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, said:

We are delighted that the Mayor has lived lived up to his manifesto pledge to improve London air quality by focusing on London’s worst air quality hotspots outside central London. I would like to thank Lambeth for a Cool Planet for being our partners in this campaign and of course those who supported our aims by signing the petition.
Lambeth is currently consulting on a new Clean Air Action plan which residents can learn more about here - Vassall councillor Paul Gadsby recently wrote about the importance of the consultation for the Brixton Blog which can be read here.

22 September 2016

Consultation opens on new controlled parking zone in Vassall

A consultation has opened today on whether residents want to see new parking controls in streets in Vassall where no restrictions currently exist.

The consultation has been set up following the conclusion of Lambeth’s parking stress review survey, which was launched after lobbying from local councillors and residents. This concluded that a large area of Vassall was suffering from high levels of parking stress leaving many residents unable to find spaces for their vehicles during the weekdays as they were often taken up by commuters or non-Lambeth residents. This had led to reports of road rage, traffic congestion and problems for cyclists using the streets in the community affected.  Key causes for increased stress since include the fact all surrounding neighbourhoods have adopted forms of controlled parking since residents in the area were last balloted in 2009.

A key concession won by local councillors is that the results of the consultation will be analysed to look at patterns in certain streets, so that streets could end up with different parking arrangements which better reflect their local circumstances (including opting for no parking controls to be implemented).

Further details of the consultation include:
  • The area being consulted on will be around Myatts Field Park up to Vassall Road on the Camberwell side of Brixton Road (the Stockwell side of Brixton Road already has parking controls).
  • A range of options will be put to residents, including no parking restrictions and offering different possible options for timings on which potential restrictions could apply. 
  • A drop in session will be hosted at the Minet building on Saturday 8 October, 10am-4pm for residents to look at the proposals and speak to council officers. 
  • Residents will be sent an information pack with details of the consultation, the possible options, costs of any permits that might be applied and details of how to respond (each property will be issued with a unique number which they will need to complete the consultation).

You can find out more about the consultation here.

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

“It is very much up to residents to decide the parking arrangements they have on their streets, but we did feel now was time for the issue to be reopened. Circumstances in the area has changed substantially since the last ballot in 2009, with surrounding neighbourhoods opting for controls and an overall increase in the population. Car use remains low in Vassall comparative to the rest of Lambeth, but there have been numerous reports of problems for residents arising from a lack of parking spaces.

“There are of course areas that might want to keep their current arrangements, and that is why we have lobbied for the consultation to look at the responses from specific streets and areas, so that we do get a flexible outcome that reflects what people want locally.

“We would urge everyone to take a look at the consultation and respond to the survey if they live in the area.”

16 September 2016

Parliamentary boundary review makes "no sense" say Vassall councillors

Vassall councillors have criticised the recently announced boundary review for parliamentary constituencies which will see Vassall transferred into a new seat with wards from a different borough and has been put together based on an inaccurate electoral register.

The proposals announced this week from the government will result in the current Vauxhall constituency being broken up, with Vassall and Princes wards going into a new Camberwell seat with wards from Southwark. In addition, concerns have been raised that the new boundaries are based on inaccurate figures, with as many as two million voters missing from the figures used for the boundary review after the government refused to use an updated register. This means inner-city areas are underrepresented by the reallocation of seats by the boundary review: in Lambeth, the figures used for the new seats are missing over 22,000 voters who registered in time for the EU referendum in June.

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

"These changes don't make any sense and are based on dubious figures. It makes far more sense for, where possible, an MP to represent an area covered by the same council and with a geography that holds a community together. Pushing Vassall into a seat made up mainly of areas under Southwark council is an odd decision with no historical precedent. More importantly though, this decision is being taken on an inaccurate register which could leave as many as two million voters across the country, and 22,000 in Lambeth, not properly represented.

"We are keen to hear if residents in Vassall agree with our view before putting in a submission to the boundary review. We would welcome residents emailing their views to us about the new boundaries and putting in their own submissions here."