26 August 2016

Myatts Field Park opening times for the bank holiday

Myatts Field Park will be closed on Sunday, 29 August at 4pm until Monday 30 August at 8am for the Big Sleepover event that is taking place over the bank holiday weekend.

The event, which was giving away free tickets last month as reported on Vassall View, is described as:

This FREE event includes a fire workshop, cooked dinner, story telling before bedtime and breakfast the next day. We’ll have lots of activities including foraging and cooking, bushcraft, plant art, and circus skills as well as lots of games and fun. Bedtime is 10pm and we will ask all participants to strictly respect the curfew.

The Sleepover is a joint project between Father Nature and the Myatt’s Fields Park Project (MFPP), with support from the London Regiment & Army Cadet Force who will provide stewards, overnight patrols and camping equipment. The Big Sleepover 2016 has only been made possible thanks to over 170 amazing individuals, businesses (the Dogstar, CLS Holdings plc, Organico and Sainsbury’s at Brixton Water Lane) and the Mayor of London’s Crowdfunding Programme who collectively donated the funds to make this a free event for the community. We thank you all.

Any questions about this event or the park's opersation in general, please contact the park manager at manager@myattsfieldspark.info

24 August 2016

Myatt's Field South Summer festival set for 3 September

The Myatt's Field South TRA has announced plans for its annual summer festival which will take place on Saturday, 3 September, 12pm - 8pm.

The festival, open to all residents, will include:

• Great Food by Home n Away Ltd.

• Music by Daddy Coolie (Venture FM)
• Lambeth Estate Pride - including outdoor gym session
• Bouncy Castle
• Face painting
• Free Bicycle Repairs
• Lambeth Housing Action Day
• Cake Baking Competition
• Lambeth College Stall

Stalls available for hire still, and if you are interested in taking up a spot please email lucy1998williams@live.com

16 August 2016

Air quality consultation launched by Lambeth


Lambeth has launched a new consultation asking for resident's views on its plans to improve the borough's air quality between 2017 and 2022.

In the consultation, the council puts forward  plans to lower levels of pollution through a variety of measures aimed at cutting emissions from traffic, encouraging more cycling and working with local businesses to make their operations more environmentally friendly.

Recent studies have shown that a quarter of all of London’s schools are in areas that regularly exceed recommended pollution levels and more than 9,000 Londoners die each year from conditions linked to poor air quality. Last year, Vassall councillors led a successful campaign to get cleaner engines fitted on buses using Brixton Road which has resulted in an improvement in local air quality, but the road remains one of the most polluted in London.

Talking about the consultation, Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, the Lambeth cabinet member with responsibility for the environment, said:

“Lambeth has some of the highest levels of air pollution in the UK. Our citizens’ health is at risk and it is for this reason we are determined to forge ahead with our bold and ambitious plans to improve the air quality in our borough. Poor air quality affects us all, but disproportionately it is the very old and young and individuals with existing heart and respiratory conditions that suffer the most. It is an invisible killer.”

Local councillors – Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop – said:
“We cannot go on ignoring the awful impact of pollution to our community’s health, especially in areas like Vassall which suffers from especially poor levels or air quality because of the traffic on Brixton Road.

Our successful petition – signed by hundreds of residents last year – to get the former Mayor to introduce cleaner engines on the A23 route was a good step forward and Lambeth Labour have been taking forward a number of positive green policies. This includes supporting the introduction of more cycle quietways and superhighways, introducing a 20 mph speed limit on the borough’s roads, planting more than 300 new trees in Lambeth, taking action against vehicle idling and working in partnership with other councils to reduce emissions from construction sites and delivery vehicles. We were particularly pleased with Cllr Brathwaite’s recent submission to the new Mayor about his strategy on air quality.

“But more needs to be done and we would urge residents not just to respond to this consultation, but also send your views to local councillors as we will be putting in our own submission on Lambeth’s suggested plan.”
You can learn more about the consultation here – and two drop in sessions will be hosted in the borough at the below locations:

  • Thursday 15 September 2016 between 6pm and 8pm at Roots & Shoots Hall, Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington, SE11 6DN
  • Wednesday 28 September 2016 between 6pm and 8pm at Streatham Tate Library, 63 Streatham High Road, Streatham, SW16 1PN

09 August 2016

Vassall councillors back campaign to protect local schools in Lambeth


Local councillors in Vassall have urged the government to reconsider their plans for deep cuts to the education budget and to force all local schools to become academies, as part of Lambeth Labour's campaign to protect local schools.

The petition was launched earlier this year in response to a plan by ministers to make every school in England become an academy irrespective of the views of local parents. At the same time, the government also confirmed plans to change education funding, which would have left Lambeth schools facing a budget reduction of 20%. Under pressure from local councils like Lambeth, the government has temporarily put on hold both reforms – but is still determined to push ahead with them in the future.

Local councillors – Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop – said:

“Lambeth Labour has helped deliver real improvements to local schools, with every child in a primary school now having a free school breakfast and Lambeth moving in the top 10% of boroughs nationally for performance, with 90% of primary schools getting a good or outstanding rating recently.

“But recent government proposals have threatened to put a lot of this at risk. Academies may deliver benefits in some areas, but removing schools from local authority oversight is a big decision that should be made in discussions with parents, not just forced on an area. And steep funding cuts are the last thing that local schools need.

“Under pressure, the government has put off the cut – but only for a year and despite changes to its legislation the government clearly still intends to push academisation forward. Lambeth Labour passed a motion condemning both moves at a recent council meeting and we need to keep up the pressure in the months ahead. So we would strongly urge all residents to sign our local petition against these changes: we must ensure that these damaging proposals are not pushed in through the back door.”

02 August 2016

Free tickets now available for The Big Park Sleepover in Myatt's Fields Park

Myatt's Field Park is set to host Father Nature's Big Park Sleepover on the upcoming bank holiday weekend after a successful crowd funding drive - and free tickets are now available online.

The event will take place in the park between Sunday 28 August (4pm onwards) and Monday 29 August (till 1pm) and according to Father Nature will include:

This FREE event includes a fire workshop, cooked dinner, story telling before bedtime and breakfast the next day. We’ll have lots of activities including foraging and cooking, bushcraft, plant art, and circus skills as well as lots of games and fun. Bedtime is 10pm and we will ask all participants to strictly respect the curfew.

The Sleepover is a joint project between Father Nature and the Myatt’s Fields Park Project (MFPP), with support from the London Regiment & Army Cadet Force who will provide stewards, overnight patrols and camping equipment. The Big Sleepover 2016 has only been made possible thanks to over 170 amazing individuals, businesses (the Dogstar, CLS Holdings plc, Organico and Sainsbury’s at Brixton Water Lane) and the Mayor of London’s Crowdfunding Programme who collectively donated the funds to make this a free event for the community. We thank you all.

You can apply for free tickets for your family here.

01 August 2016

Local councillor surgeries in August

Vassall councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop will be holding their regular surgeries in August which will be held on the following dates :


Tuesday, ​2 August 2016
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
SE5 9RA
1pm - 2pm

Saturday, 20 August
Myatt's Field South Community Hall
Burton Lane
SW9 6QG
10am-11am

Thursday, 25 August 2016
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)
6.15pm-7.15pm

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

08 July 2016

Local researcher looking for resident's views about regeneration projects in South London


A local researcher is looking for resident's views about their experience of regeneration projects in South London following her visit to the recent Myatts Field North (MFN) community day.


Becca Antink is currently researching the impact of housing redevelopments at the London School of Economics and visited the MFN event to watch a screening of the documentary about the local regeneration scheme, Uprooted. Writing about the day, Becca said:

I recognised several faces from the ‘Uprooted’ documentary in the audience around me, and thought it brilliantly revealed the emotional and practical challenges of leaving a home, and how it is tied up with family memories and attachments like Miss Daley’s beloved tangerine tree.

The discussion that followed the documentary showed that MFN residents are still experiencing challenges, but I was really struck by how, in spite of this, there is such a strong sense of community. You could see it in the support for the residents’ stalls at the event, the family-friendly atmosphere and the members of the community being awarded certificates at the AGM – and it was much livelier than a typical AGM!

Another resident made a beautiful cake celebrating the diversity of the MFN community, which she had skillfully decorated with flags from all over the world. This diversity was clear to see in the strong bonds between residents of different ages and backgrounds coming together for the event.

In the last week, there has been a lot in the news about increased division and racism in the UK since the EU referendum vote. But this community event showed a much better way to be, with a mix of people from all different backgrounds working together, celebrating each other and having a good time. I’m disappointed that I had to leave before the music started up again later on, and have been told even the local policeman was throwing some shapes on the dance floor!

From what I saw at the community centre last weekend, we could do with having many more strong communities like Myatts Field North.
If you are interested in speaking to Becca about your experiences of the changing face of South London, you can email her here.






07 July 2016

Vassall councillor surgeries in July

Vassall councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop will be holding their regular surgeries in July. One surgery has already taken place this week. The remaining surgeries will be held on the following dates :


Thursday, 28 July 2016
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)
6.15pm-7.15pm

Saturday, 30 July 2016
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 - 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