28 February 2010

Brixton Road disruption

Brixton Road signThere will be disruption to the bus lane on the A23 Brixton Road Northbound between Mostyn Road and Grove Way in the period 1 - 8 March 2010 due to gas replacement works.

Photo of bus passing Brixton Road roadworksThis comes on top of the extensive ongoing disruption and bus lane suspension on the Northbound side of Brixton Road from Crewdson Road upwards which is due top water mains replacement work.

All buses using this road - that is 3, 59, 133, 159 - will be affected, allow extra time.

27 February 2010

Vassall Action Team deliver Labour News

Over the past few days members of the Vassall Labour Action Team have been delivering copies of the latest Labour Party News to local residents in Vassall Ward.

The newsletter, produced and delivered at no cost to taxpayers, gives an update on Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey's local activities.

The whole newsletter is available to download as a pdf

Alternatively see below

Vauxhall Labour Party News February 2010
Vauxhall Labour Party New February 2010

24 February 2010

Mayor of Lambeth opens Liz Atkinson Children's Centre in Mostyn Road

The Mayor of Lambeth Councillor Christopher Wellbelove today opened the Liz Atkinson Children's Centre in Vassall Ward.

The centre in Mostyn Road, SW9, part of the Surestart network, is an important new resource for children and parents in the local area. It provides a range of services include childcare, learning and development for children from birth to five, family support services, health and advice about employment.

The new centre is named in memory of Liz Atkinson, former Vassall Ward Councillor and Mayor of Lambeth in 2006 - 2007. She sadly died in January 2008 after a short illness.

The Mayor was joined for the opening by Liz's husband Richard Hardman, Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey, Lambeth Council Leader Councillor Steve Reed, Vassall Ward Councillor Kingsley Abrams and other Councillors including Paul McGlone, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Councillor Sally Prentice, Cabinet Member for Environment. All remembered the hard work Liz Atkinson did as Vassall Ward Councillor and as Lambeth Mayor.

Vassall Ward Councillor Kingsley Abrams commented "The naming of this centre is a fitting memorial to our friend Liz who worked so hard for the residents of Vassall Ward. A particular concern of Liz's was ensuring that the children and young people of Lambeth had the best start in life. This new centre will help to give this start so that the children can develop to their full potential."

More information on the centre is available on the Children, young people and families page of the Lambeth website

Liz Atkinson Childrens Centre sign in Vassall Ward, Lambeth SW9

Valerie Shawcross secures temporary free replacement bus service along Coldharbour Lane

Valerie Shawcross, Labour member of the Greater London Assembley for Lambeth and Southwark, has secured a free replacement bus services linking Brixton and Camberwell whilst the usual bus routes are diverted due to gas works on Coldharbour Lane.

As previously reported here Coldharbour Lane at the junction with Hinton Road is closed for six weeks from 13 February.

As a result of this closure bus services 35, 45, 345 have had to be diverted via Effra Road and Denmark Hill because of low bridges near to Hinton Road. The diversion added more that 30 minutes to the journey time causing considerable inconvenience.

More than 700 local residents signed a petition calling for a replacement and numeours others contacted their Assembly Member directly.

Photo of 545 bus in CamberwellAs a result of the pressure from local people Shawcross was able to set up talks with Transport for London which have resulted in the provision of a free single deck bus service, number 545, travelling between Brixton and Camberwell via Loughborough Junction Station every 12 minutes from 4:30 am to midnight.

Val commented "The gas works mean that double deck routes 35, 45, 345 and N35 can’t get from Camberwell to Brixton along Coldharbour Lane because the diversion to allow for the gas works uses roads where there are low bridges."

She went on "This has meant that people living in the Coldharbour Lane/Loughborough Junction area have been without a bus service to access shops and facilities in either Brixton or Camberwell. I’m absolutely delighted that Transport for London has recognised these exceptional circumstances and listened to the many people who signed the petition. A single deck shuttle bus service will run five times an hour from today until the gas works are completed – which is expected to take until the end of March"’

23 February 2010

Further information on Myatts North residents' consultation on Thursday

Following on from the previous Vassall View post Lambeth have published further information on the drop in session for local residents which will be held this Thursday.
Photo of Myatts North sign, Vassall Ward, SW9
(Taken from Lambeth News page)

"Residents and local people are invited to give their views on a major redevelopment of Myatt's Field North. The £114 million development will transform the area providing hundreds of new affordable homes for sale and for rent, a safer environment, new streets, green spaces and community facilities. There will be a landscaped park, a new community centre, a local store and much more. But residents and local people are at the heart of these plans and we want to continue to listen.

We will be asking local people:

* what the new homes should look like
* the design of the community centre
* what the landscape and street should look like
* what play facilities and art should be in the park and play area

Regenter Myatt's Field North Consortium has won the bid to deliver this project and they are planning consultation events over the next 12 months. The next event is a drop-in session on Thursday 25 February at 4pm to 8pm at 46 Foxley Square, London SW9 7RY.

For more information please contact Jacqui Henry, PFI Project Support Officer, on 020 7926 8315 at jhenry@lambeth.gov.uk or visit the Myatt's Field redevelopment webpage."

(Taken from Lambeth News page)

21 February 2010

Myatts North regeneration to start later this year

The plans for the regeneration of the Myatts North estate in Lambeth's Vassall Ward have been finalised and contractors appointed.

Photo of Myatts North sign, Vassall Ward, SW9Starting later this year contractors Regenter Myatts Field North Consortium will be transforming the estate by building new housing and regenerating the existing housing stock.

As well as the housing the contractors will be building new community facilities and will create a landscaped park area as well as outside children's play areas. The estate will feature an innovative environmentally friendly energy plant that will provide reliable heating and hot water to estate residents.

In total Regenter Myatts Field North Consortium will:

  • build 305 new homes to replace properties that are currently in a very bad condition
  • modernise and refurbish 172 existing homes
  • provide 146 new affordable homes
  • build 357 new homes for sale
  • create new streets, green spaces and play areas
  • provide a new landscaped park with a games area
  • build a new community centre with indoor sport facilities
  • build a new energy plant to provide more reliable and efficient heating and hot water and substantially reduce the carbon footprint of the homes
  • refurbish commercial units and create a new local store

The total value of the project is over £150million with funding coming from an innovative £114million PFI scheme. The work is expected to take in total six and a half years.

The regeneration plans have been developed in consultation with local people at all stages to ensure that the finished development best meets needs. Lambeth is now carrying out final consultations on the details before building starts later this year.

Two consultation events have taken place so far in February 2010 and a third drop in session will be held on Thursday 25 February 2010 4-8pm at 46 Foxley Square, SW9.

For further information on the scheme see the Lambeth website or contact Jacqui Henry, PFI Project Support Officer at Lambeth, on 020 7926 8315 at jhenry4@lambeth.gov.uk.

Lib Peck, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration commented "This is an exciting development and I’d like to thank all of the people who have worked so hard to make it happen...When this scheme is complete, tenants will benefit from better quality homes, and their quality of life will have been improved by an environment that is totally transformed."

Local Labour Vassall Ward Councillor Kingsley Abrams welcomed the scheme saying "Over my years as a Vassall councillor I have witnessed numerous problems on Myatts Field North caused in large part by the poor quality and design of the housing and estate layout. The regeneration of Myatts North offers us a chance to wipe the slate clean and transform the area to provide first class housing and community facilities for Vassall Ward residents."

20 February 2010

Free pet microchipping this Thursday

Lambeth Living has arranged for the RSPCA London South East Branch to offer free microchipping for cats and dogs this Thursday 25 February 2010 at the North Lambeth Area Housing Office from 4pm - 6pm.
Photo of Florence the cat
The microchip containing the owner's contact details is painlessley implanted into the pet allowing for easy return if your pet should be found lost on the streets of London.

The service is offered free by the RSPCA supported by Lambeth Borough Council Environmental Services Department.

No appointment is necessary - just bring your pet, between 4pm and 6pm, to the North Lambeth Area Housing Office, 91 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 4HR (click on postcode for map) - nearest buses 3, 59, 133, 155, 159, 333, 360, 415

19 February 2010

Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team report 17% drop in crime on Paulet Road estate

Safer Neighbourhoods logoThe Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team (part of the Metropolitan Police) has reported a 17% drop in crime on the Paulet Road Estate in Vassall Ward in the six month period from July 2009 - January 2010 in which they implemented a dispersal zone in the area.

Local residents and councillors identified problems on the Paulet Road Estate (right) and brought them to the SNT's attention in 2009 at Panel meetings and in other public forums. Residents in particular reported being frightened as a result anti-social behaviour committed by young males in the vicinity.

In response to the concerns the SNT worked with Lambeth to implement a dispersal zone giving the Police powers to move on groups of young males (dispersal zones were introduced by the Labour government to give the Police powers specifically to tackle anti-social behvaiour such as this). As a result of the implementation of the dispersal zone between 27 July 2009 and 27 January 2010 there was a 17% drop in crime reported on the Paulet Road Estate compared to the previous six months. Local residents have reported feeling much safer. There are now plans to make the dispersal zone permanent so that the gains made continue to benefit local people.

Local resident and Vassall Ward Councillor Kingsley Abrams welcomed the reduction in crime saying "This is an excellent example of Lambeth Council and the local Police working together to tackle an identifed problem. I am very pleased that as a result of this action local people on the Paulet Road Estate can feel safer. Our aim in Lambeth is to build stronger, safer communities in Vassall Ward and across the borough."

He added "I would urge any Vassall Ward residents to contact me or the Safer Neighbourhoods Team directly with any low level anti-social behaviour or crime related problems they encounter - we will do our best to develop solutions to prevent the problems and make life better for everyone."

More information on the Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team is available on the Metropolitan Police website
BBC information on dispersal zones

The Vassall SNT hold regular street briefing and panel meetings in Vassall Ward where local people can raise concerns.

Details of the next scheduled meeting are available on the SNT website or see below

23/02/2010 - Street briefing: Cowley Road Estate Offices, 18:30 - 19:30
06/03/2010 - Justice Seen Justice Done presentation in Myatts Fields Park on Dangerous Dogs Initiative, 12:00 - 13:00
23/03/2010 - SNT Panel meeting: Church Manor Estate offices, Vassal Road, SW9, 18:30 - 21:00
24/03/2010 - Street briefing: Mostyn Gardens Mostyn Road, SW9, 14:00 - 16:00
04/04/2010 - Street briefing: Slade Gardens Park, Lorn Road, SW9, 12:00 - 14:00
20/04/2010 - Street briefing: Vassall Road/ junction with Russell Grove , SW9, 18:30 - 19:30
11/05/2010 - SNT Panel meeting: Church manor Estate Offices, Vassall Road, SW9, 18:30 - 21:00

To contact the vassall SNT phone 020 8721 3661/07843 065918. In an emergency dial 999.

15 February 2010

Coldharbour Lane closed at Hinton Road for six weeks: 35, 45, 345 and P4 buses disrupted

Owing to essential gas mains replacement works Coldharbour Lane will be closed to all motor traffic at the junction with Hinton Road near to Loughborough Junction station for the period 13 February 2010 - 28 March 2010. Cars are being diverted up Hinton Road but owing to low bridges Transport for London has had to reroute bus routes 35, 45, 345 and P4 adding in some cases considerable extra time on the journey times.

During the day it is likely to be quicker to walk along Coldharbour Lane rather than stay on the bus for the diversion.

The details of the diversions are as follows
35 - buses diverted via Denmark Hill, Dulwich Road and Effra Road. Nearest bus stops on Camberwell Green or Acre Lane

45 - buses diverted via Denmark Hill, Dulwich Road, Effra Road and Brixton Water Lane. Nearest bus stops Camberwell Green or Brixton Hill

345 - buses diverted via Brixton Road, Effra Road, Dulwich Road and Denmark Hill. Nearest bus stops Denmark Hill or Stockwell Road

P4 - buses diverted from Herne Hill Road via Wanless Road and Hinton Road

The disruption will take place between Sunday 13 February 2010 and Sunday 28 March 2010

Further information is available on the Transport for London website
Further information on the work being carried out is on the Scotia Gas Networks website

08 February 2010

Mayor of Lambeth breaks ground for new children's centre at Myatt's Fields Park

As previously mentioned here on Vassall View the Mayor of Lambeth formally 'broke the ground' at Myatt's Field Park on 1 February.

Mayor of Lambeth Christopher Wellbelove (with the spade) carried out the cermony to officially mark the start of the construction of the new children's centre and toilet facilities in the park. Wellbelove was joined by council officers, members of the Myatt's Fields Park Project Group and local Vassall Ward councillors including Kingsley Abrams (pictured to the Mayor's left). (Photo courtesy of Christopher Wellbelove's website)

06 February 2010

Stockwell and Vassall Area Housing Forum Thursday 11 February 2010 7-9pm

All residents of Lambeth Living properties are invited to come to the Lambeth Living Stockwell and Vassall Area Housing Forum on Thursday 11 February 2010 from 7-9pm.

Stockwell and Vassall Area Housing Forum posterThe Area Housing Forum is a chance for residents to find out about whats planned for the Lambeth Living housing in the area and ask questions about repairs, developments and any other matters. There will be an opportunity to raise individual problems from 6:30 onwards before the main meeting.

The Stockwell and Vassall Area Housing Forum will be held at Pedlars Acre Hall, 1 Opal Street at the rear of 91 Kennington Lane, SE11 (click on address for map) - tube Kennington/ 133, 333, 196, 155, 415 buses.

Further information on Area Housing Forums is available on the Lambeth Living website

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05 February 2010

Get set for adventure in Slade Gardens!

At the other side of Vassall Ward to Myatt's Fields Park, entrance in Lorn Road, SW9, is Slade Gardens. This open space was created by London County Council for community use following the second world war, it opened in 1962 and continues under Lambeth control to offer a pleasant open park setting for activities.

Of most interest to young people is the adventure playground including a large pirate ship which is open to everyone for supervised play from 3:30-6:30pm Tuesday - Friday and 11am - 4pm on Saturdays and alternate Sundays. In school holidays it is open 10am - 6pm Monday - Friday.

Slade Gardens Adventure Playground, Vassall Ward, SW9

As well as the adventure playground there is a dog free children's play area and a One O'Clock Club which is open to all parents with under 5s and provides a range of activities for children whilst allowing parents and carers time to relax. The One O'Clock Club in Slade Gardens is open on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays (closed first Tuesday of the month) from 1-4pm. In addition the Club runs a Father to Father drop in on Tuesday mornings (10am-12pm), a Muslim Women's drop in on Wednesday mornings (10am-12pm) and a Spanish and Portugese language drop in session on Friday mornings (9:30-11am).

Slade Gardens sign in Vassall Ward, SW9
The Club also runs regular events for local parents and carers - the next one will take place on Wednesday 17 February 2010 from 1 - 3:30pm and will focus on healthy living. Come along to find out how to improve your family's physical and mental wellbeing - a speech and languge therapist, a nutritionalist and early years librarians coming on the day. There will also be a stop smoking counsellor available.

Local Vassall Labour Action Team member Adrian Garden commented "Slade Gardens is a great local facility for Vassall Ward residents and I would encourage everyone to use it for adventure, for sports and for fun. In my dealings with the management committee I have been very impressed with their commitment to the adventure playground and Slade Gardens generally, I think this is an excellent example of Lambeth working well with local people to make the borough a better place in which to live."

Labour Vassall Action Team on a walk around in Slade Gardens, Vassall Ward, SW9

The Labour Vassall Action Team on a recent walk around Slade Gardens

Further information
Slade Gardens adventure playground
Slade Gardens One O'Clock Club

04 February 2010

Children's activities this week in Myatts Fields Park

As previously mentioned on Vassall View childen's activities are taking place in Myatt's Fields Park every Saturday.

This Saturday (6 February 2010) children will be able to make Valentine’s bags from old woollen clothes.

Jackie Parsons will lead a free sewing workshop for children aged six to 13 from 2pm – 4pm.

Lambeth Play Association will offer indoor and outdoor play from 1pm – 4pm in the old depot meeting room.

The activities will take place in the meeting room in the old depot (situated at the opposite end of the park to the playground)

02 February 2010

Lambeth rent increases limited to 3%

Lambeth Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Lib Peck, has announced that the rent increase for Lambeth Council tenants for 2010/2011 will be 3.14%. Ms Peck will make the recommendation for approval at the Council's Cabinet meeting on Monday 8 February 2010. The increase will mean that the average rent bill in Lambeth will go up by £2.60 a week - little more than the cost of a tube journey.
Housing in Vassall Ward

The rent increase will enable Lambeth Living to increase the repairs and maintenance budget by £3.3million in the next year ensuring that the improvements that have been seen in the past few years can be kept up.

Speaking about the rent increase Lib Peck stressed that the council had listened to protests about the costs of rent increases last year saying "We have listened to what our tenants have said - that is why we are working to secure the smallest possible increase of £2. 60 per week. This is in line with Government guidelines." She went on to stress the extra investment that the council is making adding "I am pleased that we have managed to secure an extra investment of £3.3 million into repairs; and to freeze any increases in hot water and heating charges."

Local Labour Vassall Action Team member Adrian Garden commented "Whilst no-one likes to pay extra I'm pleased that this year rents wont be going up too much. The extra money raised will enable Lambeth Living to continue to invest in improving the housing in Vassall Ward making up for years of neglect. Even with the increase Lambeth still has some of the lowest rent levels in inner London."

Vassall Action Team at the Caldwell Gardens Estate, Lambeth SW9

Vassall Councillor Kingsley Abrams added "I am very pleased that through efficiency savings we have been able to limit the rent increase for Lambeth tenants and maintain services. This comes on top of the pledge made by the Labour Council not to increase Council Tax and shows that Labour-run Lambeth is able to deliver better services whilst saving you money."