07 October 2015

Review of Loughborough Junction road closure programme brought forward

Following feedback from residents and local councillors, Lambeth council will bring forward its planned review of the experimental road closures in Loughborough Junction.

The review had been planned to take place after 12 weeks, however it will now happen after eight weeks. Traffic data will be examined and all feedback will be listened to – from ward councillors, residents, campaign groups and businesses. Dialogue is ongoing with representatives from Transport for London and the emergency services and their views will also inform the review.

Deputy Leader of Lambeth council, Cllr Imogen Walker, said: “An ambitious project such as this always provokes strong reaction and we have had lots of feedback, both positive and negative.

“Due to the clear strength of feeling, and after discussions with ward councillors in the area, we have decided to review the scheme earlier than we initially planned. This will involve gathering all the evidence, to decide how to proceed.

“Our aim for Loughborough Junction to be a safe, pleasant destination remains and is undoubtedly shared by the majority of local residents, as demonstrated by our widespread consultation prior to this project. We will ensure that proper consideration is given as to how we achieve this and we will be certain to publish all the evidence from our review.”

Vassall ward councillors Jacqui Dyer, Annie Gallop and Paul Gadsby have been feeding back comments from residents about the programme. Cllr Gadsby, said: “I have as a local councillor asked for this review to be brought forward so we can get a true picture of the impact the road closures are having on the area.

"We have had residents contact me with positive feedback about its impact which should not be discounted. However, councillors from Coldharbour, Herne Hill and Vassall have had a large amount of concern expressed to them by residents about how these closures are proceeding.

“It’s only right that we all have a proper look at this situation, with all the evidence in front of us, and examine the case for either proceeding with changes to make the scheme more effective or stopping this project completely. We all want to see Loughborough Junction a cleaner, safer and more pleasant place, and we need to be certain about the best way to do this.”

In a bid to create a thriving town centre without the constant traffic flow that sees up to 13,000 vehicles pass through on a typical week day Lambeth council closed a section of Loughborough Road on August 29, for six months. Barrington Road, Calais Street, Padfield Road, Lilford Road and Gordon Grove were also subject to closures in order to minimise any knock-on congestion.

Traffic counts have been taken at 71 different locations in the surrounding area to measure the impact on neighbouring roads and repeat counts will be taken in key locations. This data will form part of the review, the results of which should be known in early November.

Our Road Exhibition at Loughborough Hotel Gallery

This weekend sees the opening of a new exhibition showcasing the creative talents of the residents of Loughborough Road and the surrounding streets at the recently opened Loughbourgh Hotel Gallery and Baked Salt Cafe. The art show is being organised in collaboration with the Loughborough, Evandale and Akerman Road Tenants and Residents Association (LEAF).

Works will include illustrations, paintings,sculptures, textiles, lino-­cuts, contemporary and heritage photographs. The theme ‘Our Road’ was chosen to reflect the work the residents have been doing to bring the community together and make the area a better place to be. The exhibition will run from the 9 October to the 18 October and takes place in the Loughborough Hotel Gallery at 39 Loughborough Road

02 October 2015

Lambeth announces long term plan for future of Minet library and local parks

Lambeth have announced the results of the 2020 consultation with a long term plan for the future of local libraries and parks in an era of deep cuts by central government.

With the borough losing 50% of its funding since 2010 - £200 million by 2018 - the council has been undertaking a review of its cultural services, covering libraries, parks and other leisure facilities. You can read more about the consultation earlier this year and the council’s initial proposals on Vassall View here.

Following feedback from residents and local councillors, Lambeth have decided not to proceed with the sale of the Minet library building and instead will from April 2016 work to transform the site into a healthy living centre in partnership with social enterprise GLL. This will include:

  • A gym with membership at affordable council level cost.
  • A self service library where residents can borrow and drop off books - this will contain less books than the current library, but the stock will be replenished by the Lambeth library service on a rotating basis taking into account local needs, such as Vassall’s diverse local cultures and language requirements. 
  • Free wi-fi access, computers and study spaces for residents.
  • The Minet archives will remain on the site while the borough explores during 2016 the options for another location for them in Lambeth.
  • Space will be provided for community use and small enterprises on a hire basis.
  • Total opening hours will double while the gym is open to around 70 hours - including access to the self-service library.
  • While there will be no permanent library staff on the site, provision will be made in the budget for staff to provide some services, such as children's reading hours.

The above changes will take a few months to complete during which part of the building will be closed for refurbishment (the archives section will remain open). This will be the first stage of the Minet building's redevelopment: the council will by 2020 develop a long term solution for the site which could include the provision of social housing and, if the healthy living centre is successful, the retention of this model into the future. 

A full explanation of the plans for library services across the borough can be read here

Talking about the plans for the Minet library, Jane Edbrooke, cabinet member with responsibility for cultural services, said:

"We have listened to feedback from residents and local councillors: both made it very clear during the consultation that they didn’t want the Minet library site sold. We still need to make savings as Tory cuts are slashing our resources in half and by law we need to set a balanced budget. This means we do need to find new ways of delivering services, and by working with GLL we will keep the building in community use, with a new gym and a self service library facility that will include study spaces and free wi-fi. We will be working with residents on the long term options for the site into the future. “

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

"We are pleased that Lambeth have listened to our feedback and are keeping hold of the MInet library site for community use, including a library self-service system. Given the huge cuts being imposed on the council by the Tories, supported during the coalition by Lambeth Liberal Democrats, we believe this is the best solution on offer.  We will be working with the community in the coming years on the long term plans for the libraries in the run up to 2020."

Local parks in Vassall

Following the outcome of culture 2020 consultation, Lambeth will work with resident groups to try and manage the impact of government cuts. There will be good news for Myatt’s Field Park including:

  •  Heritage lottery funding commitments worth around £3 million will continue.
  •  Paddling pools and toilets in the park will remain open.
  • The park will continue to be locked at night by council staff.
  • The council will continue to work with residents on their business plan for future development of the park.

For Slade Gardens, the council will continue to work with residents on the business plan for the park and the adventure playground. There are other plans for the park, including funding for the repaving of Ingelton Street that will pedestrianise the area and create a new improved entrance to the park.

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

“We are glad that a lot of services in our area are being protected as particularly Myatt’s Field Park which is heavily used by residents in the area.”

If you have any views about these changes, please do contact your councillors below:

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

Big Draw, greenhouse openday and music on the bandstand this Sunday in Myatt's Fields Park SE5

This Sunday, 4 October 2015, the Big Draw will take place in Myatt's Fields Park, Knatchbull Road, SE5. Join the world's biggest drawing festival in the park 1-5pm with free drawing workshops and much more.

The park's greenhouse will also be open for tours and there will be music on the bandstand.

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

30 September 2015

Come to the Minet Library Fun Palace this Saturday

This Saturday, 3 October 2015, the Minet Library on Knatchbull Road, in Vassall Ward SE5 will be transformed into a 'Fun Palace'.

There will be activities for young people including the opportunity to design your own mug, make up and tell stories about objects found in the local area and make comic books. Everyone is welcome

Get colourful, get creative! 11-2pm
11:00am  Design and decorate your own mug/cup with Sharpie pens

Electronic arts and crafts workshop 10-12 noon
10:00am  Carlos, your tutor and instructor will bring a makey makey and raspberry pi
Urban Myths of lambeth 10-3pm

10:00am  These unusual objects have been foraged from the streets of Lambeth - rescued from sheds and attics and shops, offices and parks and even libraries! What mysteries do they conceal? What stories could they tell?

Comic Book Making 10-3pm
10:00pm  We want you to use the characters that we supply to create a comic book story. Watch the story unfold as people share!

Further information on the Fun Palaces website

The other Lambeth libraries will also be transformed into Fun Palaces on Saturday - see the full listing of activities

27 September 2015

Councillor surgeries in October

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

Tuesday, ​6 October 2015
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
1pm - 2pm

Thursday, 29 October 2015
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)

Saturday, 31 October 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

24 September 2015

Loughborough Road: The story of the street, its houses and residents

Loughborough Road resident Tracey Gregory will be hosting a special history event this Saturday  unveilling the history of Loughborough Road through maps, documents and photos she has found in Lambeth archives.

Find out what the road and the area were like before the houseswere built, how the road has changed and who some of its past residents were. Details of the events are:

Saturday 26th September, 3.00–3.45pm 
Michael Church
131 Burton Road
London SW9 6TG

21 September 2015

Home grown food festival in Myatt's Fields Park on 26 September

Myatt's Fields Park will be hosting a special home grown festival this weekend showcasing local food grown by community producers.

Full details of the festival below - local councillors Paul Gadsby, Annie Gallop and Jacqui Dyer will also have a stall at the festival.