29 September 2009

Minet Library to remain open: Minet Library definitely NOT closing

Photo of Kingsley Abrams and Tracy Ritson outside Minet Library: Library definitely not closing, Vassall Ward, SE5Labour–run Lambeth Council have stated that there are no plans to close the Minet Library in Knatchbull Road.

Instead of closing the facility the Council is looking at ways to improve and expand the services offered by this much loved and much used local library.

Over the next few months we will be looking into how we can modernise the current building to make it better for users or even whether its possible to build a new library on the existing site. Before the council decides what to do we will be asking local people what they want from the service.

Labour Councillors will make sure that our area gets its fair share of council investment.

Vassall Ward Councillor Kingsley Abrams said “reports of the Minet’s closure are political mischief making by our opponents. My colleagues and I are committed to expanding library services across the borough, the Labour Council will not close the Minet Library.”

Further information on the Minet Library on Knatchbull Road, SE5 is available on the Lambeth website

26 September 2009

October 2009: Black History Month in Lambeth

Black History Month promotional photo
A full programme of events has been announced for Black History Month in Lambeth - further information is available from your local library or on the Lambeth Borough Council website

25 September 2009

Lambeth Living useful numbers

Lambeth Living important addresses and phone numbers



See the Lambeth Living website



Housing offices

All calls to local housing offices go through the Lambeth Service Centre on 020 7926 6000

North Lambeth Area Housing Office
91 Kennington Lane
London SE11 4HQ

Stockwell and Vassall Housing Office
Springfield Community and Medical Centre, 110 Union Road
London SW8 2SH

Clapham Area Housing Office
Worsopp Drive, London SW4 9QU

Norwood Area Housing Office
Cranfield Close, London SE27 9JT

Brixton Customer Centre
18 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RD

Gracefield Gardens Customer Centre
2 – 8 Gracefield Gardens
London SW16 2ST

Leaseholder enquiries
020 7926 6700

Comments and complaints
feedback@lambethliving.org.uk

Noise nuisance
020 7926 5999 (night) or
020 7926 6111 (day time Monday to Friday)

Anti-social behaviour officer
020 8649 2161

Lambeth Victim Support
020 7820 0007

Lambeth Revenue and Benefits
0845 300 0328

Rent payment touchtone service
0845 3000 328

Refuse bin collection problems
020 7926 9000

Emergency repairs
020 7926 6666

Lambeth police
0300 123 1212

National debt line
0808 808 4000

Citizens’ Advice Bureau
020 8715 0707
advice@mertoncab.org.uk

If you want to make an appointment to see your respective housing officer, regarding rent or tenancy issues, please telephone 020 7926 6000.

To keep up-to-date with regular Lambeth Living e-bulletins please email
comms@lambethliving.org.uk.

24 September 2009

2008 Mayor of London and GLA elections results in Vassall Ward

In the 2008 Mayor of London elections held on 2 May 2008 residents of Vassall Ward voted overwhelmingly for Ken Livingstone to be Mayor of London with Conservative Boris Johnson coming in second and Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick third on first choice votes.
Polling Station sign
Voting for the Greater London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark Constituency saw Labour's Valerie Shawcross with a large majority, the Liberal Democrats' Caroline Pidgeon second and the Conservatives' Shirley Houghton third. The voting for the London-wide GLA members in Vassall also reflected these opinions.

For further information on the 2008 Mayor of London and GLA elections see the London Elects website

Results for Vassall Ward (part of the Lambeth and Southwark Constituency)
First Choice votes in Vassall Ward
Richard Barnbrook, British National Party, 23 votes
Gerard Joseph Batten, UK Independence Party, 16 votes
Sian Berry, Green Party, 126 votes
Alan Craig, Christian Peoples Alliance and Christian Party, 62 votes
Lindsey Ann German, Left List, 22 votes
Boris Johnson, Conservative Party, 731 votes
Ken Livingstone, The Labour Party Candidate, 1567 votes
Winston Truman McKenzie, Independent, 11 votes
Matt O'Connor, English Democrats, 9 votes
Brian Leonard Paddick, Liberal Democrats, 436 votes

Second choice votes in Vassall Ward
Richard Barnbrook, British National Party, 42 votes
Gerard Joseph Batten, UK Independence Party, 58 votes
Sian Berry, Green Party, 472 votes
Alan Craig, Christian Peoples Alliance and Christian Party, 129 votes
Lindsey Ann German, Left List, 60 votes
Boris Johnson, Conservative Party, 239 votes
Ken Livingstone, The Labour Party Candidate, 537 votes
Winston Truman McKenzie, Independent, 56 votes
Matt O'Connor, English Democrats, 54 votes
Brian Leonard Paddick, Liberal Democrats, 880 votes

Voting for Constituency Member of Greater London Authority
Shane Collins, Green Party, 322 votes
Jasmijn De Boo, Animals Count, 32 votes
Shirley Houghton, Conservative Party, 452 votes
Daniel Lambert, Socialist Party of Great Britain, 43 votes
Geoffrey Macharia, Christian Choice,98 votes
Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat, 857 votes
Janus Polenceus, English Democrats, 24 votes
Valerie Shawcross, Labour Party, 1095 votes
Jens Winton, UK Independence Party, 30 votes
Katt Young, Left list, 5 votes


The next London-wide elections in Vassall Ward will be the Lambeth Borough Council elections on 6 May 2010

23 September 2009

2006 Election results in Vassall Ward

Vassall Ward like all the 21 electoral wards that make up Lambeth elects three Councillors every four years.
Polling Station sign

Full information on the 2006 Lambeth Borough Council elections is available on the Lambeth website





Vassall Ward 2006 election results
At the 2006 Lambeth Borough Council elections held on Thursday 4 May 2006 three Labour Party Councillors were elected to represent Vassall Ward: Kingsley Abrams, Liz Atkinson and Alex McKenna.






Name of CandidateDescriptionVotes
Kingsley Joseph AbramsLabour Party Candidate1426
Adeline AinaLiberal Democrat1146
Liz AtkinsonLabour Party Candidate1421
Ernest Kwame Baidoo-MitchellLiberal Democrat1044
Stuart David BarrConservative Party Candidate369
Steve BradleyLiberal Democrat1092
Abdul Mumin ChowdhuryRespect257
Judith Margaret CollierConservative Party Candidate341
Stephen Richard HackRespect287
Alex McKennaLabour Party Candidate1305
Aboubakar SakoRespect234
Deborah Helen ThomasConservative Party Candidate360


Vassall Ward byelection results
Councillor Liz Atkinson sadly died in January 2008 and at the subsequent byelection held on 20 March 2008 a Liberal Democrat Councillor: Steve Bradley was elected to represent Vassall Ward.



Name of CandidateDescriptionVotes
Stuart David BarrConservative Party Candidate206
Steve BradleyLiberal Democrat1209
Dr Andy FlannaganLabour Party Candidate859
George GrahamGreen Party109
Janus PolenceusEnglish Democrats Party8
Leo Matthew SyronIndependent7


The next elections in Vassall Ward and across London will be on 6 May 2010

22 September 2009

2005 Vauxhall Constituency election results

Vauxhall Constituency results for election held on 5 May 2005

Name of CandidatePartyVotes
Charles AnglinLiberal Democrat9,767 votes (26.1%)
Edward HeckelsConservative Party5,405 votes (14.5%)
Kate HoeyLabour Party Candidate19,744 votes (52.9%)
Daniel LambertSocialist Party of Great Britain240 votes (0.6%)
Robert McWhirterUKIP271 votes (0.7%)
Janus PolenceusEnglish Democrats221 votes (0.6%)
Tim SummersGreen Party 1,705 votes (4.6%)


Majority = 9,977 (26.7)


Turnout = 37,363 (46.9%)

Further information on the Guardian election 2005 page or the BBC election page

21 September 2009

Vassall Labour Councillors surgery details

Your two Labour Vassall Ward councillors hold regular surgeries where any Vassall resident can go and seek advice on issues relating to Lambeth Council or the local area.

You can of course contact them or other members of the Vassall Action team at any time - contact details below.

Members of the Vassall Action Team are out and about around the ward every weekend and try and attend as many TRA, TMO and other local meetings as possible.

Councillor Kingsley Abrams hold surgeries:
1st Thursday of the month: 6.30-7.30pm, Cowley Estate Office (147 Brixton Road, SW9 6LZ)
3rd Saturday: 2-3 pm, Myatt’s Field North TMO Boardroom (40-41 Foxley Sq, SW9 7RY)
4th Saturday: 2-3 pm, Mostyn Road Methodist Church SW9 6PH (entrance in St Lawrence Way, Myatt’s Field South)

To contact Kingsley - phone 020 7274 1257 or email kabrams@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor Alex McKenna holds surgeries:
1st Thursday of the month: 6.30-7.30pm, Cowley Estate Office (147 Brixton Road, SW9 6LZ)
3rd Saturday: 2-3 pm, Myatt’s Field North TMO Boardroom (40-41 Foxley Sq, SW9 7RY)
4th Saturday: 2-3 pm, Mostyn Road Methodist Church SW9 6PH (entrance in St Lawrence Way, Myatt’s Field South)

To contact Alex - phone 020 8677 6598 or email amckenna@lambeth.gov.uk

Our Member of Parliament Kate Hoey also holds regular surgeries in various locations across the constituency - to find out more and book an appointment please phone 020 7219 5989 or email hoeyk@parliament.uk

20 September 2009

Streets that make up Vassall Ward

Vassall Ward is located in the North of the London Borough of Lambeth - it contains bits of Brixton, Camberwell, Kennington, Oval and Stockwell in the SE5 and SW9 postcodes.

Map of Vassall Ward Lambeth

If you live in one of these streets then you live in Vassall Ward!

Akerman Road SW9
Bowhill Close SW9
Brixton Road SW9 (between Camberwell New Road and Loughborough Road)
Burton Road SW9
Calais Street SE5
Caldwell Street SW9
Camberwell New Road SE5 (between Brixton Road and Flodden Road)
Cancell Road SW9
Clapham Road SW9 (between South Island Place and Stockwell Park Road)
Claribel Road SW9
Cormont Road SE5
Cowley Road SW9
Cranmer Road SW9
Cranworth Gardens SW9
Denmark Road SE5 (between Knatchbull Road and Carew Street)
Durand Gardens SW9
Elliott Road SW9
Evandale Road SW9
Eythorpe Road SW9
Flodden Road SE5
Fountain Place SW9
Foxley Road SW9
Gosling Way SW9
Groveway SW9
Hackford Road SW9
Hillyard Street SW9
Holland Grove SW9
Isabel Street SW9
Knatchbull Road SE5
Langton Road SW9
Liberty Street SW9
Lilford Road SE5
Lorn Road SW9
Lothian Road SW9
Loughborough Road SW9 (between Brixton Road and Akerman Road)
Mandela Street SW9
Melbourne Mews SW9
Morat Street SW9
Mostyn Road SW9
Mowll Street SW9
Myatt Road SW9
Normandy Road SW9
Patmos Road SW9
Paulet Road SE5
Penford Street SE5
Robsart Street SW9
Russell Gove SW9
South Island Place SW9
Southey Road SW9
St Lawrence Way SW9
Stockwell Park Road SW9
Templar Street SE5
Tindal Street SW9
Upstall Street SE5
Vassall Road SW9
Welby Street SE5

(Some of these roads such as Flodden Road, Camberwell New Road and Knatchbull Road are split between Lambeth and Southwark)

19 September 2009

Where is Vassall Ward?

Vassall Ward location and everything else about Vassall Ward

Vassall Ward is located in the North of the London Borough of Lambeth containing parts of Brixton, Camberwell, Oval, Stockwell and Kennington in the SW9 and SE5 postcodes.

Map of Vassall Ward (click on map to enlarge/ access it on the Lambeth website)
Map of Vassall Ward Lambeth





















The Lambeth Borough Council website describes the boundaries of Vassall Ward as: "The A202 Camberwell New Road, as far as Flodden Road/ Denmark Road, and the railway line into Loughborough Junction, bound Vassall to the north.

The ward reaches as far south as Lilford Road/Loughborough Road, and across Brixton Road to Robsart Street.

The eastern boundary of Vassall is the A3 Clapham Road between Stockwell Park Road and South Island Place.

Vassall includes the section of A23 Brixton Road between South Island Place and Loughborough Road.

The largest open spaces are Myatts Fields, Mostyn Gardens and Slade Gardens.

The ward includes the Minet Library, home of the Lambeth archives.

There are several large housing estates in the ward, including Myatts Fields North, Myatts Fields South, Cowley, Holland Town and Caldwell Gardens. "

(Description taken from Lambeth Borough Council profile of the ward)

18 September 2009

How do I find out which ward I live in?

For electoral and administrative purposes Lambeth is split into 21 Wards. Each ward is represented by three Coucillors.

To find out which Lambeth Council Ward you live in go to the Lambeth Council website and enter your postcode.

17 September 2009

Welcome to Vassall View

Vassall View (vassallview.com) is a website about Vassall Ward in the London Borough of Lambeth. Vassall View will contain information and news of interest to local Vassall Ward residents as well as information on local Vassall and Lambeth Labour Party initiatives. So come to Vassall View for anything Vassall Ward related!

Vassall Ward is located in the North of the Borough of Lambeth. Vassall Ward is made up of parts of Stockwell, Brixton, Kennington, Oval and Camberwell - London SW9 and SE5.