12 December 2017

New Low Emission Zone announced for Brixton in big victory for clean air campaign

The Mayor of London has listened to local campaigners and Labour councillors by announcing a new Brixton Low Emission Zone that will result in only buses which meet the toughest emission standards being permitted on routes in the area, including those using Brixton Road.

The measures have been welcomed by clean air campaigners as parts of Brixton have consistently recorded some of the highest levels of dangerous toxins from traffic in Europe. This is partially being caused by the large number of Tfl buses that run through some of the main routes in Lambeth. In Brixton alone 450 buses carry 130,000 passengers each day, with many of these passing through Brixton Road in Vassall. It is estimated that thousands of people across England have their health damaged by poor air quality, which disproportionately affects the old, the young and those from less well off backgrounds who live near major roads.

Vassall councillors - Paul Gadsby, Jacqui Dyer and Annie Gallop - have been campaigning over the past three years for tougher action to be taken to clean up local air quality. They helped organise Lambeth Labour's petition for the low emission zone, as well as supported plans to increase cycling opportunities for residents by recently successfully lobbying for the extension of the Santander bike scheme to Brixton.

The new Brixton Low Emission Zone is likely to cut pollution from the bus network in the area by 84%.

Lambeth Labour leader Lib Peck said:

“Having a clean bus corridor through the heart of our borough is something we’ve been campaigning for for a long time and I’m delighted that the Mayor has implemented this.  Poor air quality is a killer, there is no doubt about that, and we are determined here in Lambeth to do all we can to tackle pollution and improve the air we breathe. This is an issue that needs us all to work together and I’m encouraged by the Mayor’s commitment to do just that.”

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

"This is a real step forward that we have campaigned hard for over the past three years. It is welcome that we finally have a Mayor in Sadiq Khan who is taking this matter seriously after years of inaction under Boris Johnson. The new Brixton Low Emission Zone sits alongside other measures we have been campaigning for, such as better cycling facilities.

"But we do need the government to start acting. As Lambeth Labour has called for, ministers need to ensure Brexit does not harm pollution controls and we need a new Clean Air Act which draws a line under the repeated failure of the Tories to get their clean air plans through the courts. This is a good start, but only the first step."






04 December 2017

Myatts Field South hosts "Tiny Tots" event for parents and carers




You can find out more about the LEAP project here - and about the recent extra investment for the Mulberry Centre in Myatts Field Park here. 

03 December 2017

01 December 2017

Councillor coffee morning in December

Local Vassall councillors will be holding a coffee morning for residents on Saturday, 16 December at Longfield Hall in Myatts Field Park between 9.30am and 11am.


The surgery will be open to all residents to drop in and discuss any local issues they have with councillors Paul Gadsby, Annie Gallop and Jacqui Dyer.

29 November 2017

New investment for the Mulberry Centre in Myatts Field Park

The Mulberry Centre in Vassall's Myatts Field Park has received a funding boost from the Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) which will see new facilities added to the building with the aim of expanding services for young children and parents in the area.

LEAP is a lottery funded project aimed at supporting early age development in babies and young children in particularly deprived areas. Local councillors successfully lobbied for Vassall to be a focus of the £10 million project along with Stockwell, Coldharbour and Tulse Hill. The extra investment in the Mulberry Centre, which is run by the Outdoor Urban Pre-school and hosts a free One O'Clock club, will see:
  • Improvements made to make the Centre safer and secure.
  • Outdoor improvements, including new soft landscaping and renovations to the building.
  • New kitchen facilities and flooring installed as well as new children’s toilets and repairs to the plumbing.
Other projects to be taken forward in Vassall include a new playground on the Cowley estate and significant extra investment in the Liz Atkinson children's centre in the ward.

Cllr Jane Pickard, Lambeth’s cabinet member for families and young people, said:

“It’s great to see this work completed, the first of a series of LEAP-funded improvements to play areas and buildings across four of Lambeth’s most deprived wards. The council believes that intervening early to tackle some of the problems many families face can make a real difference to the future life chances of their children. LEAP, in which the council is a key partner, is critical in carrying out some of this work, especially in showing what methods work best.

“But first we need to create attractive, high-quality places for families to come and meet while children play. The work done will enable Mulberry to be one of these places. I look forward to meeting families there when it is finished.”

Cllr Paul Gadsby, Vassall ward councillor, said:

“It’s great to see this space being spruced up for local parents and children. This is a highly valued centre and the work being done should ensure it attracts many more families for years to come.”

24 November 2017

Minet neighbourhood library service extended

Lambeth council has announced that the summer services at the Minet building in Vassall will be extended and the Lambeth Archives will remain on the same site until moving to a new facility in Kennington.

The council said:
While the Archives remains at the Minet site at 52 Knatchbull Road, a neighbourhood library is open alongside.

The library has as a self-service facility with trained library staff support for between two and a half and three hours a day from the Hubs Library team. The Home Visit library service will continue to be based in the building, whose staff, alongside the Archives staff, will be able to monitor use of the library, when librarians are not present.

The library will open for the same hours as the Archives, as below:
Monday 1pm-8pm (A librarian will be available from 2 to 5pm)
Tuesday 10am-6pm (A librarian will be available from 10am to 12.30pm)
Wednesday closed
Thursday 10am-6pm (A librarian will be available from 2 to 5pm)
Friday 10am-3pm (A librarian will be available from 10am to 1pm)
Saturday 9am-1pm & 2pm–5pm (A librarian will be available from 9 to 11.30am)

Activities delivered include a weekly Under 5s group – Wriggle & Rhyme every Tuesday morning from 10.30 – and a monthly Reading Group, as well as other library activities, such as school holiday activities and digital support.

IT facilities are available and the number of PCs will also be increased soon.
A decision on the long term future of the Minet building will be made in partnership with the community.

17 November 2017

Review of the Lambeth Local Plan: Give your views to the council

Lambeth council is asking for resident's views as part of a review it is conducting into the borough's Local Plan.

The Local Plan, the most recent of which Lambeth drew up in 2015, sets out the borough's vision for how it can develop to improve opportunities for local people. It sets out Lambeth's planning policies, approach to housing, business development and other key policy areas.

The Plan is being reviewed folowing changes to national planning and policy law, although the opportunity is also being taken to look at other aspects, including how the council addresses poor qir quality.
Cllr Paul McGlone, Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council, said:

"The Local Plan Review is important as it could affect everyone living, working and studying in – as well as visiting - Lambeth and that's why it’s important for people to get involved and have their say in the councils current Consultation process."

Residents can give their views on the review, which runs until the 4 December, here.

05 November 2017

Councillor surgeries in November

The regular Vassall councillor surgeries will be taking place in November and will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, 7 November
Cowley estate Annex
1pm-2pm

Thursday, 23 November
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)
6.15pm-7.15pm

Saturday, 25 November
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