21 April 2014

Vassall Labour launches its key pledges for local area

The Vassall Labour team - Jacqui Dyer, Cllr Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - have launched their pledges for our local area ahead of this year's council elections on Thursday, 22 May.

The team, who recently called for the Bedroom Tax to be scrapped in a letter to the South London Press, have committed to a series of campaign pledges that they will carry out if elected. These are:

1. Keeping residents safe by fighting against cuts to local policing and clamping down on irresponsible off licenses on Brixton Road.

2. Improving our community by battling for extra investment to make our roads, pavements and parks better -  following on from the successful campaign to keep the Minet library open and winning over £100,000 worth of new investment from Lambeth's Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme.

3. Campaigning for better housing conditions for local people and standing up for residents against bad private sector landlords.

These pledges form part of Lambeth Labour's manifesto for the elections, which includes a commitment to freeze council tax for a sixth successive year and giving young people the best start in life by offering free breakfasts in all of the borough's primary schools. You can read Lambeth Labour's plans here.

Talking about Labour's three candidates for the May elections, local MP Kate Hoey:

"I am pleased to give my full support to Paul, Jacqui and Annie. Jacqui and Annie are keen to build on the good work already carried out by Paul and they will be a strong team. I look forward to their election as Councillors and hope local people will support them"

If you want to show your support for Vassall and Lambeth Labour's pledges you can sign up to back them here.

Kate Hoey MP, Cllr Paul Gadsby, Annie Gallop, Jacqui Dyer & Lambeth Labour Leader Lib Peck

Vassall Labour's candidates for the May elections
Jacqui Dyer has been a leading force in championing resident’s views on the Myatt’s North regeneration project as chair of the local resident’s group, especially making sure local people get the best from the project. She is co-chair of Lambeth’s Black Health and Wellbeing Commission.

Cllr Paul Gadsby has been a committed local community activist for years, helping to organise public meetings on welfare reforms, roving councillor surgeries and getting new resident groups off the ground. If re-elected he wants to campaign for improved green spaces and better
housing for local people.

Annie Gallop has lived in the area for 20 years and is a former chair of the Cowley estate tenant’s organisation. Annie has had a long track record of supporting local residents. She helped found the Cowley Food Farm, an award winning local project, and is a former school trustee.

27 March 2014

Free security help to protect your bike

The local police force are hosting a special session to help improve cycle security on Friday, 4 April, between 10am and noon by the Tesco on Clapham Road.

The service offers cycle owners free registration to the bikeregister.com website and security markings which allow the bike to easily traced if stolen. This has been shown to deter thevies from taking bikes in the first place.

For further details contact the local team on vassall.snt@met.police.uk

More roads set for resurfacing in Vassall

Over the past few years, the local Labour team have been working hard to ensure that local streets in the Vassall area get their fair share of a Lambeth programme designed to improve the borough's roads and pavements.

Already more than 2,000 potholes have been fixed since 2010 and 200 streets are set to be resurfaced this year. This large improvement programme, supported by the sale of empty council offices, has come despite the council losing half of its budget owing to cuts by the Lib Dem-Tory government; cuts supported by local Liberal Democrats.

In our area, a number of roads were resurfaced last year thanks to a campaign run by the local Labour team. This year, Welby Street and Lilford Road will see their roads resurfaced, while Loughborough Road has already had work done this year.

Thank you to all the residents who fed back to us during our roving surgeries about the issues on their roads - and rest assured we will continue to campaign for other streets to be improved in the years to come.

If you have any feedback about the issues on your street, please contact your local Labour team - Jacqui Dyer, Cllr Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - at pgadsby@lambeth.gov.uk

16 March 2014

Help the Little Cat Cafe reach its fundraising target

The excellent Little Cat Cafe in Myatt's Field Park is to re-open for customers on Saturday, 29 March - but it needs resident's help to raise £1,000 by Friday, 21 March to buy and install a new cooker for the grand opening.

The cafe has been a central feature of the award winning park's success over the past few years, providing high quality food and drinks, especially during the many events run on the park during the summer months. It's re-opening sees a new food manager make her debut, using food from the local greenhouse.

However, the cafe does rely on support from local volunteers and the community. To help support its food production the cafe needs a new cooker and is looking for donations of any kind to reach a fundraising target of £1,000. Even a few pounds would be hugely helpful.

If you are able to donate, visit Myatt's Field Park Project's donation here.

13 March 2014

Learn about fruit pruning this Saturday in Myatt's Fields Park

This Saturday, 15 March 2014,  learn how to prune fruit trees in Myatt's Fields Park. See flyer below - contact Victoria Sherwin to book your place - vsherwin@lambeth.gov.uk/ 020 7926 0394

Myatt's Fields Park is situated in Camberwell: between Calais Street, Cormont Road and Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Vassall Ward in Lambeth

09 March 2014

Myatts Field South's AGM this Tuesday

This week the Myatts Field South's Tenant Resident Association will be hosting their AGM on Tuesday, 11 March from 7pm at the Myatt's Field South Community Hall (Burton Lane)

All resident's from the area are welcome to attend.

03 March 2014

Apply now for Streetscape Apprenticeships in Landscape Gardening

Aged 18-25, unemployed and interested in a career in gardening?  Have you thought about an apprenticeship? Come along to Myatt's Fields Park to find out more about Streetscape's Apprenticeships in Landscape Gardening.

Further information on the flyer below or see www.streetscape.org.uk/apprenticeships/ 

Streetscape apprenticeships flyer

Myatt's Fields Park is situated in Camberwell: between Calais Street, Cormont Road and Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Vassall Ward in Lambeth

28 February 2014

Clapham Road flood - update from the local Labour team

As many residents will know, Clapham Road and parts of the surrounding area suffered from flooding on Thursday night (27 February 2014) after a water pipe burst near Oval tube station. 

The emergency services responded quickly and the water flow was brought under control within a few hours. According to Thames Water, the pipe was not carrying sewage as reported elsewhere, especially on Twitter ...

In the aftermath of this accident,  a number of roads remain fully or partially closed 24 hours later, resulting in some traffic problems, including heavier congestion than usual on Brixton Road and Camberwell New Road. There are currently no reports of an impact on local water supplies.

The local Labour team - Jacqui Dyer, Cllr Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - are keen to support any residents who might have been affected by this incident and need additional help. You can contact them via Twitter or Cllr Gadsby directly at pgadsby@lambeth.gov.uk

If you experience specific problems, the below contact details could also be useful:

  • Thames Water on 0845 9200 800 if you have any concerns about water supply or water pressure in your home. 
  • Transport for London on 0343 222 1234 or http://www.tfl.gov.uk if you have any queries about road works or travel issues in the area.  
  • Lambeth Streetcare at http://bit.ly/1bRXepG or 020 7926 9000 if there are any issues with the cleanliness of local streets following the accident - although please do allow some time for the clean up operation to be completed fully!