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 31 July 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 Monday 31 July 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.




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

19 June 2017

Lambeth statement on Grenfell Tower fire in Kensington

Lambeth's leader Cllr Lib Peck has offered the borough's help to the victims of the terrible Grenfell Tower tragedy in Kensington and assured residents locally that our area's social housing blocks have up to date fire risk assessments.

Issued in the aftermath of last week's events, Cllr Peck said:

“I have been in contact with the leader of Kensington and Chelsea to offer any practical support we can. Hundreds of people are without homes and have nothing except the clothes they fled in.

“I know many residents in Lambeth may be concerned about the state of our housing blocks and I wanted to give an update of the current situation and response to last night’s fire.

“Lambeth officers have confirmed that all Lambeth Housing structures have an up-to-date fire risk assessment. There are a range of actions required as a result of the assessments which are being followed up – and blocks are being prioritised. Our Director of Housing Services chairs a fortnightly health and safety meeting which monitors the action plan and reviews fire risk. He is also meeting with the Health & Safety team today to review further actions following last night’s incident, and these will include:

  • Reviewing blocks which have similar designs to Grenfell
  • Writing to all residents in blocks to reassure them, confirm there is an up-to-date risk assessment and remind them to not use communal areas or walkways for storage of any kind
  • Meeting LFB to discuss evacuation procedures and ensure notices in blocks are renewed or updated where required

“Finally, I am sure we would all like to place on record our collective appreciation to the London Fire Brigade, and London Ambulance Service, who have worked through the night to bring the fire under control and keep residents as safe as possible.

“As we know more about the cause of the fire, lessons learnt and good practice will follow which will be reviewed alongside Lambeth procedures.”


02 June 2017

Lambeth asks for views on proposed Patmos Road housing project

Lambeth council has opened a new consultation on plans to deliver more housing, including council homes, and green spaces on a currently derelict patch of land in Vassall.

The proposed development will be on the site of a former care home that was demolished in 2013. The council has been in negotiations with the owners of part of the site, and with these concluded the authority is proposing a redevelopment scheme to be run by Homes for Lambeth, an organisation owned wholly by the council, to build a new housing complex.

The current ideas for the site include:
  • To build potentially (after consultation with local residents) around 40 to 50 homes.
  • This will be a mixed community, with a target of 40% aimed at being council homes on social level (i.e. council) rents. This is part of Lambeth Labour's pledge to build 1,000 council homes by 2019 to help address London's housing crisis - the first new homes recently had families move into them on Akerman Road in Vassall (read more about this housing project here). 
  • Presevation of the green feel of the area, with many of the properties built with gardens for larger families, and communal green areas.
  • The height of the proposed development will be restricted to between two and six storeys

The full proposals for the development and how to respond can be read here . A series of consultation events will be held in the coming weeks and the council is asking for resident's comments by 25th June, although there will be a second round of consultation later in the year. Currently, construction on the site is planned, should the proposals be approved, for the end of 2018.

Local councillors - Paul Gadsby, Jacqui Dyer and Annie Gallop - are encouraging residents to respond to the consultation and share their views with them. They said in a joint statement:

"It is important that we address the huge housing crisis facing London - a crisis that the current government has all but ignored. Building a 1,000 new council homes, along with other kinds of accommodation like the developments on Wynne Road, are vital to this. However, it is important that we get these housing projects right, making sure that they take on board views from the community about the impact on local roads, schools and the area more generally. We would strongly urge residents to put in their views and let us know as councillors how they feel about these proposals."

31 May 2017

Councillor surgeries in June

Following the general election, the regular Vassall councillor surgeries will be returning in June and will be held on the following dates:

Thursday, 22 June
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)
6.15pm-7.15pm

Saturday, 24 June
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