29 July 2015

Vassall councillors launch road resurfacing campaign

Vassall's local Labour councillors have launched a new campaign to get Liberty Street's road and pavement in Vassall resurfaced by Lambeth council - and are asking residents elsewhere to let them know if their road is in urgent need of repair.

Lambeth has already resurfaced hundreds of roads across the borough and fixed more than 2,000 potholes since 2010, despite the Tory led government and Lib Dem backed coalition cutting the council's budget by 50%.  Local councillors - Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - have received feedback from residents on Liberty Street that their road needs resurfacing. The councillors visited the area on Saturday to collect signatures for a petition and are asking any resident who wants to sign the petition to send their name and address to pgadsby@lambeth.gov.uk. They also want resident's in other parts of the ward to send through any suggestions they have for other road resurfacing targets to the same address.

In a joint statement, the councillors said:

"A lot of roads in the area have already benefited from Lambeth Labour's road resurfacing programme, many because of recommendations from the councillors after feedback from local people. Liberty Street is clearly in need of work and a petition will help our case to make sure it is resurfaced, but we do encourage other residents across Vassall to let us know if they feel their street needs to be worked on."

23 July 2015

Myatt's Field North resident's association AGM this weekend

One of Vassall's most active resident's associations will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) this weekend, with the event open to all those living in the area.

The Resident Association and PFI Monitoring Board (RAMB) plays a key roll in representing local resident's and scrutinising the recent housing development in the area, which encompasses the Oval Quarter. The meeting will not only elect officers from the community to represent the area for the coming year, but will also provide food and refreshments after the meeting, with music from Ninja Force Sound.

The gathering will take place at the Myatts' Field North Community Centr 24 Crawshay Road, beginning at 3pm, with festivities finishing at 9pm. All members of the community welcome, and please do contact the RAMB if you are interested in finding out more on myattsfieldnorth.ramb@gmail.com or 07415-764-35. All three of Vassall's councillors will be looking to attend the day.

22 July 2015

New date announced for Lambeth's 2020 consultation response

Lambeth have announced a new date for the publication of the borough's response to the cultural services consultation on the future of parks and libraries in our area. The outcome will now be announced in September.

You can read more about what the consultation is looking at on a Vassall View article here and a copy of a letter local councillors sent to the South London Press about this topic here.

Talking about the consultation, Cllr Jane Edbrooke, the councillor responsible for cultural services in Lambeth, said:
“Lambeth Council’s Cabinet is scheduled to consider the outcome of the Culture 2020 consultation into the future of the borough’s parks, open spaces, libraries, archives, sports and physical activities and the arts in September.  With so much input from residents, charities and third sector organisations on the wide ranging consultation we’ve had to delay the original date of the report until after the summer holidays.
The number and quality of written responses to our three month consultation has given us a lot to consider and we need to make sure this is done properly.  We’ve had alternative proposals from a range or organisations, including our internal library service, a not-for-profit enterprise and the Save our Libraries campaign.  We want to really thoroughly look at all these options and see if they are financially viable before we make important decisions about the future of our cultural services.
The council faces a huge strain on its budget and needs to make savings of 40 per cent, worth around £4 million, from its spending on cultural services.  Of course it’s a big financial challenge, but we’re working hard to deliver the best possible service with the remaining money.  Instead of slicing away at the budget we’ve decided to look at redesigning the whole area through Culture 2020 so we can best meet community needs.
I’ve always thought Lambeth residents would come up with lots of fresh thinking to help us find a new way forward and I’m pleased to say they have delivered.”

06 July 2015

Councillor surgeries in July

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

Tuesday, ​7 July ​2015
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
1pm - 2pm

Thursday, 23 July 2015
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)

Saturday, 25 July 2015
Myatt's Field South Community Hall
Burton Lane

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

29 June 2015

Burst water main in Kennington hitting water supply in Vassall

Earlier today a Thames Water pipe burst in Kennington, causing a mini-flood in the area and affecting water pressure and supply to large parts of Vassall.

You can read more about the burst pipe in the Evening standard here.

Thames Water are providing updates via their twitter account and local councillor Paul Gadsby contacted them swiftly asking for further, quick updates about the issue. Lambeth's scrutiny chair Cllr Ed Davie has already said on twitter that the incident will be looked into by his committee following a similar burst pipe in Herne Hill.

As we get further reports, we will seek to keep this page updated.


Thames Water have confirmed that they are now repairing the link and that water supplies are returning to the area, but it may take a number of hours before full water pressure returns.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 30 June

According to Thames Water, supplies have returned to Vassall, any issues do contact Thames Water.

19 June 2015

Val Shawcross backs councillor campaign for a safe crossing on Brixton Road

London Assembly Member Val Shawcross has backed Vassall's local councillors call for a new pedesterian crossing on Brixton Road.

Labour's Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop launched a petition at the end of May calling on the Mayor of London and Transport for London (Tfl) to install the crossing on one of London's busiest and dangerous road. It came after feedback from families and residents with mobility issues, especially those from the new Oval Quarter development, who were having trouble crossing. An unsuccessful application to  Tfl for funding for a crossing near Mostyn Road in 2010 highlighted     
how the crossing was needed owing to an increase in the population caused by the development.

Giving her support to the campaign at a visit to the site of the proposed crossing, Val Shawcross, Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, said:

“Anybody who has been through Brixton Road will testify that it is an incredibly busy and fast road that can be dangerous to cross. Residents in the area clearly want a new, safe crossing.”

Local councillors are planning to hand the petition in to Tfl on the week commencing 22 June - so please sign the petition as soon as possible here.

You can read more about the story on the front page of today's South London Press. 
Assembly Member Val Shawcross with Vassall councilors 
 Annie Gallop and Paul Gadsby

17 June 2015

Myatt's Fields Park Summer Fair this Saturday

This Saturday, 20 June 2015, come to the Myatt's Fields Park Summer Fair for music, dancing, food, fairground rides and much much more.
Myatt's Fields Park is located near Knatchbull Road, Calais Street and Cormont Road in Vassall Ward, Camberwell, Lambeth SE5

15 June 2015

What are your policing priorities for our community?

Vassall's new local community police office, PC Soren Dymond, has launched a new survey asking for local residents to input their views on what the local policing priorities should be in our area.

The survey is open to all residents and covers a range of issues, including asking what the major concerns are of residents and what the focus should be of the local police force. You can fill in the survey here.
PC Dymond is also looking for resident's views on how police should use a policing community action day on Thursday, 16 July. 
Is there a particular area where residents would like to speak to police on that day? Should an event be held with parts of our local community so police can better understand their needs?
To give your views to PC Dymond, please contact him below:
Talking about the survey and the community action day, Cllr Paul Gadsby, said:
"I would encourage residents to fill in this survey as it is important we get the policing priorities for our community right. Along with my colleagues - Jacqui Dyer and Annie Gallop - I have fed back that police do need to keep an eye on recent crime issues around Myatt's Field North and the Oval Quarter, as well as other forms of anti-social behaviour further afield in Vassall.
"We do all live in a great, friendly and safe community, but we do need to work with local police to keep it that way."
You can also follow the local policing team on twitter at @MPSVassall