30 November 2009

Christmas Carols in Myatts Fields Park this Sunday!

This Sunday, 6 December 2009, there will be carol singing at the bandstand in Myatts Field Park from 5pm. For the children there will also be Christingle making and mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies will be available from the kiosk.

All are welcome: come along to celebrate Advent and the start of the festive season

This event is being put on by the Myatts Field Park Project Group.

Carol singing in Myatts Field Park flyer, Vassall Ward SE5

20 November 2009

Boris in Brixton: transcript and audio now available

Boris Johnson speaking at the Brixton AcademyA transcript of the People's Question Time session held in at the Brixton Academy on 9 November is available on the Greater London Authority website.

The lively event saw the Mayor of London Boris Johnson questioned on London-wide and South London specific topics such as transport, housing, employment, Policing and youth facilities. Other members of the London Assembly also took part in the event which was chaired by Lambeth and Southwark Labour London Assembly member Valerie Shawcross.

Further information on the event
Download a transcript of the evening's discussions
Download an audio podcast

12 November 2009

Transport: its fare increases AND cuts in services from Boris

Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced that fares on buses and the tube from January 2010 will increase by above inflation - in the case of buses by an eye watering 20%, up from £1 to £1.20.

He is also cutting £150 million of subsidy from bus services which will mean that they will run less often and will be more overcrowded.

At the same time the Mayor plans to abolish the Western extension of the Congestion Charge zone and get rid of the extra charge that was introduced for 4x4 vehicles which cause the most pollution.Photo of Brixton Road/Vassall Road bus stop sign, Vassall Ward, SW9

This all comes on top of Boris' decision to cut the Cross River Tram which would have brought benefits to the people of Vassall Ward.

Former Labour Mayor Ken Livingstone has pointed out that Johnson did not have to make the cuts in services which will hit those is poorly paid jobs the most. In particular Livingstone criticised the decision to get rid of the Western Congestion Charge zone.

Ken commented "His plan to abolish the western extension of the congestion charge to Kensington will cost £50m-70m a year. His decision to scrap the £25 charge on the worst polluting gas guzzlers, like Chelsea tractors, has cost another £50m a year."

Lambeth and Southwark Greater London Aseembly Member Valerie Shawcross also condemned the move noting "The proposed cuts to the bus service are deeply worrying and, along with his fare rises, contradict all the Mayor has said about getting people out of their cars and on to public transport."

She added "Buses in London are set to get more expensive, less frequent and overcrowded with salami sliced service cuts. The quality of the service could also decline if TfL drops its incentive contracts with bus operators. All this adds up to an attack on the bus service and its passengers who are clearly way down on the Mayor's list of priorities."

The main changes in fares from January are
  • Oyster pay as you go bus fare up from £1.00 to £1.20
  • A seven day bus pass up from £13.80 to £16.60
  • On the Tube, the Zone 1 Oyster pay as you go fare u[ from £1.60 to £1.80
  • Most other Oyster pay as you go fares on Tube also increase by 20p, with larger increases in some longer distance peak fares
Boris did announce some good news for Vassall commuters - from early 2010 national rail stations such as Loughborough Junction, Denmark Hill and Vauxhall will be accepting pay as you go Oystercards.

11 November 2009

Rent reductions coming through this month

As previously mentioned on this site tenants of Lambeth housing will be receiving details of their rent reduction in November - overall tenants will receive a reduction of 3% in their rent - best of all it will be backdated to April meaning that tenants paying average rent levels will see about £50 credited to their rent account - a welcome winter bonus for the people of Vassall ward.

The reduction came around after Lambeth Labour Councillors worked with Vauxhall MP kate Hoey to put pressure on the government which delivered extra funding for the borough.

Vassall Labour Action Team member Tracy Ritson welcomed the move saying "I like all Lambeth tenants welcome this extra boost to our incomes at Christmas time. The Labour Council and Labour government were able to work together to deliver this rent reduction and maintain the massive investment in Lambeth's housing. "

Lambeth Borough Council have put answers to common questions on the reduction on their website

10 November 2009

Myatts Fields South Tenants and Residents Association meeting

Myatts Field South Tenants and Residents Association will be holding a public meeting on Thursday 19 November 2009 at 7.30pm at the The Cloisters, Cowley Street, SW9
Myatts Field South estate sign, Vassall Ward, SW9
Issues up for discussion will include the following:

- renewal of the windows in the inner parts of the estate
- the drainage system on Evesham Walk estate
- repairs
- cleaning on the estate
- anti-social behaviour

Everyone on the Myatts Field South estate is welcome to attend to raise their concerns

06 November 2009

Vauxhall Civic Society relaunches website

The Vauxhall Civic Society has relaunched its website and is looking for new members.

The Society, established in 1969, is a civic consultative group which covers the Vauxhall Parliamentary constituency.

It has broad aims which as stated on their website are

  • To offer planning, transport and other authorities an indispensable consultation route;
  • To alert fellow-citizens, and associations of citizens, who live or work in the area to developments that will affect their lives, and for which they will be expected to pay;

  • To offer citizens a chance to have their say, as well as to play a part in protecting or improving the way they and their neighbours live;

  • To stimulate public interest in and care for the character, history and future of the area, and to maintain and improve the quality of life for all who live or work here;

  • To encourage higher standards of architecture and civic design;

  • To monitor and comment upon planning proposals in order to protect the natural and built environment, and its living community.

Membership is availabe for £3 a year or £13 for five years.

Further information on the Vauxhall Civic Society is available at http://www.vauxhallcivicsociety.org.uk/

03 November 2009

Come dancing in Vassall Ward...

If you have been inspired by the antics of the contestants on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing you may be interested in ballroom dancing classes that are being run in Vassall Ward.
photo of Longfield Hall, Knatchbull Road in Vassall Ward, SE5
The classses take place at the Longfield Hall (left) on Knatchbull Road, SE5 on Monday evenings 7:30 - 8:30pm. Further information is available by contacting Yvonne Saunders on 020 8641 1005.

Ballroom dancing is just one of the many activities being run at Longfield Hall.

Other activities include
Keep Fit Classes - Monday 9:30-10:30am - contact conservation@minet.fsnet.co.uk
Belly dancing - Monday 7pm - contact Aurora Belly Dancing 07910 361895/ aurorabellydance@googlemail.com
Yoga - Tuesday 7:30-8:30pm - contact 020 7277 1901
Pilates - Wednesday and Thursday 7pm - contact dawn@fwd-pilates.com

Also running at Longfield Hall is the McAlpine Dance Studio (tap, contemporary, modern, and Spanish dancing, ballet, drama) - see http://www.mcalpinedance.com/ for further information

Longfield Hall also hosts the Nest Pre School (Monday-Friday 9:15am-12:15pm) - see http://www.thenestpreschool.org.uk/

01 November 2009

Fireworks this Thursday in Lambeth parks

Lambeth Borough Council will be putting on three family firework displays on Guy Fawkes Night this Thursday (5 November 2009).
Lambeth Council fireworks poster
The displays will take place in Brockwell Park, Streatham Common and Clapham Common - all starting at 7:30pm.

The closest display for Vassall ward residents is probably Brockwell Park - the event will be located on the Herne Hill side of the park easily accessible on foot, by bus (numbers 2, 3, 37, 57, 68, 196, 322, 432, 468), Herne Hill railway state or Brixton tube station.

The fireworks are provided by Festival Fireworks a UK company with an international reputation. Festival have displayed in over 10 different counties winning several prestigious competitions along the way - so the Lambeth displays will be world class.