21 October 2014

The story of Loughborough Road ...

Next week, local resident Tracey Gregory has organised a special event in conjunction with Lambeth Archives exploring the story behind Loughborough Road, one of the main streets in Vassall.

Using maps, documents and pictures from Lambeth Archives, Tracey will give an overview of history of the area and its development. The free event will be hosted at 52 Knatchbull Rd (SE5 9QY), 6.30pm-8pm on Monday, 27 October.

All residents welcome!

19 October 2014

New dispersal zone launched to tackle anti-social behaviour in Vassall

Lambeth council and the local police force have authorised the creation of a new dispersal zone covering parts of Vassall aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour in the area.

The new zone covers the Cowley, Myatts Field North and Church Manor estates, as well as sections of the Holland Town estate (Mandela Street, Chryssell Road, Preseverance Street and Holland Grove). Russell Grove, Cancell Road, Vassall Road and Cowley Road are also included in the zone. This dispersal area will allow local police to disperse groups of individuals they suspect of causing anti-social behaviour and allow officers to tell people who don't live in the zone to leave the area. Police can also instruct non-residents to leave for a set period (no more than 24 hours), while those under the age of 16 will not be allowed in the zone between the hours of 9pm and 6am unless they are under the effective control of a parent or responsible adult.

The creation of the zone - supported by local councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - comes after complaints of anti-social behaviour in the area over the past year from a number of residents and community groups. It will remain in place for a six month period until the 3 April 2015.

If you have any questions about the zone, please do get in touch with Vassall's local dedicated police officer, PC Louise Steedan on louise.j.steeden@met.pnn.police.uk

17 October 2014

Lambeth Living announcement: Housing services to be moved back "in-house"

Lambeth council announced last week that housing services currently provided by Lambeth Living will be moved back "in-house" from next year.

The announcement was made by Cllr Matthew Bennett, cabinet member for housing, who said in a statement:

“Thanks to the hard work and commitment of Lambeth Living staff we’re in a good position to reconsider how housing is best managed for tenants, leaseholders and the council in the years ahead.

“There are 21,000 people on the housing list and we’re committed to improving services for tenants and leaseholders alongside ambitious plans to provide new council housing.

“We are investing a record £490m in housing to bring thousands of homes up to the Lambeth Housing Standard, have drastically reduced the number of empty properties and cut the average time to re-let empty council homes to just 12 days.

“Now is the time to build on these improvements and re-integrate housing with other council services.”

Keith Hill, former Streatham MP and chairman of the Lambeth Living Board said:

“Lambeth Living’s outgoing chief executive Neil Litherland and his staff must take credit for all they’ve achieved.

“In the current financial climate and with a very different housing landscape, it’s a wise decision to pause and reflect on whether the current set up is what’s needed for the future.”

If you are someone who recieves Lambeth Living services, you can find out more about what the changes means for you here

16 October 2014

Get drawing at the Big Draw in Myatt's Fields Park this Saturday

This Saturday, 18 October 2014, the Big Draw takes place in Myatt's Fields Park. Come along for music, food, puppets, drawing and much much more.


Myatt's Fields Park is located near Knatchbull Road, Calais Street and Cormont Road in Vassall Ward, Camberwell, Lambeth SE5

10 October 2014

Vassall Councillor Surgeries for October 2014

Vassall Councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop will be holding their regular surgeries in Vassall in October. They will be held on:

Saturday, 25 October 
Myatts Field South Community Hall
Burton Lane
SW9 6QG
10am-11am

Thursday, 30 October
Cowley Estate Community Centre
off Vassall Road
SW9 6LZ
6.15pm-7.15pm

One other surgery has already taken place this week. 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

03 October 2014

Have your say about plans to improve Loughborough Junction

Lambeth council is currently running a consultation about new proposals to improve Loughborough Junction that will include road closures in Vassall.

The scheme aims not just to improve the public spaces around the area, but also take a further look at reducing traffic flow in the surrounding vicinity. It is important that residents give their views, particularly from a local perspective on the proposed road changes.

Full information can be found on the Lambeth website here - and following lobbying from local councillors there will also be a consultation event in Vassall at Longfield Hall on Wednesday. 15 October, 6.30pm - 8.30pm.


26 September 2014

Come to the World's Biggest Coffee Morning today at the Minet Library!

Today, Friday 26 September 2014, the Minet Library in Lambeth's Vassall Ward is hosting an event as part of MacMillan's Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning. Come along 11:30 - 4pm for this great fundraising event.

World Biggest Coffee Morning at the Minet Library at vassallview.com

21 September 2014

Local police launch new survey asking for resident's views about crimein Vassall

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)

Dear Resident,

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:

http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s.asp?i=127556cmbmf

Many thanks for your participation!

Vassall Safer Neighbourhood Team