30 July 2010

Lambeth call on Government to guarantee decent homes for Lambeth tenants

Vassall Labour Councillors have joined with the Lambeth Cabinet Member for Housing Lib Peck to call on central Government to commit to funding decent homes improvements to Council housing in Vassall Ward and across Lambeth. Lambeth Leaders wrote to Conservative Housing Minister Grant Shapps in June urging him to commit to funding for decent homes but he has yet to respond.

Lambeth Coupoor housing in Vassall Wardncil is campaigning for continued investment in the decent homes scheme, which was started by the Labour Government, to bring all of the borough’s social housing up to a decent standard.

The so called 'decent homes' scheme is under threat after the Tory-Lib Dem Government gave no guarantees that funding would be secure in their manifestos or the Coalition Agreement.

Councillor Lib Peck said “We’re calling on the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government to fund the decent homes programme in Lambeth. In total this amounts to £233million for Lambeth Living; and £25million for United Residents Housing. This money is desperately needed so that our homes can be made safe, warm and secure. It will pay for new roofs, new boilers, new windows, new kitchens and new bathrooms that are desperately needed by our residents. The last government promised this money – we don’t want the new government to break this agreement and let down Lambeth residents.”

Vassall Councillor Adrian Garden added "We need the funding to continue the work to bring Vassall's housing up to a good standard, it would be scandalous if funding stops now before we have brought every home across Vassall and across Lambeth up to a decent standard."

Labour's Shadow Minister for Housing John Healey MP supports the Lambeth initiative. He commented “I want to see the new Government back tenants’ desire to live in a decent home. They deserve the improvements that others have already had. If ministers fail to give a clear commitment to finish Labour’s big refurbishment programme, tenants will be left in limbo and we’ll see the widespread unfairness of two-tiered council estates in our communities.”

Please help support Labour in Lambeth’s call on the government to commit to Decent Homes for Tenants by signing the epetition on the Lambeth Council website

29 July 2010

Grow your own workshop in Myatts Fields Park on Sunday

This Sunday 1 August 2010 there will be a Grow your own workshop in Myatts Fields Park in Vassall Ward. There will be an opportunity to plant summer and autumn salad crops both to grow in the park (to be eventually served in the cafe)and also to take home to carry on growing in your garden/ window box.

All are welcome - meet 2pm at the bandstand in Myatts Fields Park.

There will be further Grow your own opportunities on
Sunday 22 August 2pm to 4pm - meet at the bandstand
Saturday 11 September 10am to noon in the greenhouse

Lambeth Consorts of Winds to perform in Myatt's Fields Park this Sunday

The Lambeth Consorts of Winds will be performing in the bandstand in Mayyts Fields Park in Vassall Ward this Sunday 1 August from 2pm onwards. All welcome. Refreshments available in the Little Cat Cafe

28 July 2010

No Northern Line tube South of Kennington this weekend

This weekend there will be no service on the Northern Line South of Kennington owing to engineering works. Underground tickets are valid on all reasonable local bus routes.
Oval tube sign
A rail replacement bus service will operate between Clapham Common and Morden: calling at Clapham South, Balham, Tooting Bec, Tooting Broadway, Colliers Wood and South Wimbledon.

TflL have advised that journey times may be increased by up to approximately 40 minutes.

Further information is available on the Tfl website

27 July 2010

Metropolitan Police consult on policing prioritoes

The Metropolitan Police Authority (which is responsible for overseeing all of London's Policing) is consulting on London's policing priorities.

The police are inviting all Londoners to complete a questionnaire either online at www.mpa.gov.uk/publications/policingplans/haveyoursay/ or through a paper questionnaire available by leaving a message at 020 7202 0063. If you require a telephone questionnaire call 020 7202 0063, leave your name and telephone number and somebody will call you back.

26 July 2010

Brixton Splash this Sunday

This Sunday 1 August 2010 there will be music and dancing all day in Brixton. the Brixton Splash event will be taking place around Coldharbour Lane, Electric Avenue and Windrush Square, Brixton.

Brixton Splash is a community led street festival which celebrates the diversity, creativity and vibrancy of Brixton. It is Brixton’s largest free community street festival and continues to grow in popularity each year. This year the festival is titled the 'united colours of Brixton' and celebrates the many different people that make up Brixton and the wider Lambeth.

Sunday midday - 7pm, central Brixton

Brixton Splash logo

25 July 2010

Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team newsletter published

The latest Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team newseletter is available to download on the Vassall SNT webpage

The Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team is made up of Sgt Jeff Palmer, PC Soren Dymond, PC Allan Douglas-Smith, PCSO David MacMillan, PCSO Christopher McGill, PCSO Juliana Robinson, PCSO Steve Hunt

The Vassall SNT can be contacted at Frank O'Neil House, Clapham Road, Kennington, London SW9 0JZ. Tel 020 8721 3661 / 07843 065918. Email: Vassall.snt@met.police.uk. In an emergency phone 999.

24 July 2010

Becontree Brass Band to perform in Myatt's Fields Park this Sunday

The Becontree Brass Band will be playing a selection of music at the Bandstand in Myatts Fields Park this Sunday 25 July afternoon.

As well as the music the Little Cat Cafe will be open from 2pm onwards serving home made cakes, ice creams as well as hot and cold drinks.

23 July 2010

Lambeth publish summer holiday activities listing

Young Lambeth have published its annual listing of summer holiday activities for young people across the borough.

The Whats on offer? booklet includes details of play schemes, youth clubs, sports activities, arts and music and library activities for all age groups throughout the summer months. Pick up your copy in Lambeth Council offices or libraries, or click on the image left to download a pdf version from the Young Lambeth website.

Also available is the Summer university guide which gives details of an exciting range of courses and activities for young people 11 - 19 throughout August.

Introducing the programme Lambeth's Youth Mayor Darren Tenkorang writes "This year Lambeth is providing a wider range of activities than ever before, in more venues than ever before – from play schemes in our primary schools, performances in our parks and art in our youth clubs, to capoeira, radio stations and sports in every corner of the borough. With this year's summer season set to be a hot one, I hope you make the most of all that's on offer. I will be visiting as many of the activities as I can, and would love to get your feedback on how you enjoy them. I look forward to seeing you all there. Until then, have a great summer."

20 July 2010

Myatts Fields Park cafe now open Wednesday to Sunday

The Little Cat cafe in Myatt's Fields Park is now open five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday for home made cakes, snacks, and hot and cold drinks.

Lambeth Council's Future Jobs Fund has supported the cafe providing funding to pay staff costs to enable the cafe to get off the ground.

Chair of the group which oversees the park, the Myatt's Fields Park Project Group, Lindsay Avebury said “When we’ve asked people what they want in the park, a cafe always came out as a top request. We are very excited that after a year of running the cafe just on Sundays we are now in a position to open five days a week. We hope that everyone who lives around the park will use the cafe as somewhere to meet up with friends. We also hope that as the business grows we will be able to open full-time.”

Local resident and Vassall Ward Councillor Kingsley Abrams welcomed the move saying "This is a great addition to Myatt's Fields Park which I'm sure will be well used. Its an excellent example of how Lambeth Council works with local people to make their local area better. The funding for the cafe will also provide employment and training giving opportunities for local unemployed people."

The park featured in Friday's South London Press

19 July 2010

Your chance to give your views on the new cooperative council

Lambeth residents have been invited to give their views to the first meeting of the new Cooperative Commission on 29 July 2010.

The Lambeth logoCouncil is hearing residents' views on its plans to become a cooperative council. The new cooperative council will give residents a greater say and more involvement in how public services are shaped, managed and run.

At the 29 July meeting members of the public will be given five minute slots to outline their views and suggestions about the new cooperative council. Listening to residents' views will members of the Cooperative Council Commission.

The Commission is made up of people experienced in policy making, charities and government including journalist Polly Toynbee, Matthew Taylor who was chief adviser to Tony Blair and Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of drugs charity Turning point (full details of the Commissioners on the Lambeth website) The Cooperative Council Commission will hear evidence from local people and community groups in response to the council's white paper about the proposals, and attendees will be able to hear the commissioner's views in response to questions.

If you would like to speak at the meeting, please email cooperativecouncil@lambeth.gov.uk to book your slot.

The meeting will be held on 29 July 2010, 6 to 8.30pm in Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2.

Further information on the cooperative council is at www.lambeth.gov.uk/CooperativeCouncil

18 July 2010

Transport for London consults on P5 bus proposals

Transport for London have published their proposals for changes to the P5 route.

As previously reported on Vassall View Tfl last year consulted on possible permanent changes to the route of the P5 following on from its temporary rerouting whilst the Myatts Fields Park works made Calais Road hard for the bus to navigate.

TfL now propose to return the route of the P5 bus to its original 2001 routing, ie it will run along Vassall Road, Langton Road, Lothian Road and then on to the Patmore Estate, this will provide a better service to people living around Akerman Road but will not be so convenient for users of the Minet Library.

Local residents have previously petitioned Lambeth to keep the current rerouting along Flodden and Knatchbull Roads, another group also petitioned to return to the original route (as now proposed). The proposed rerouting fo the bus will be subject to route tests to ensure that the bus can get round and will also require the agreement of Lambeth.TfL P5 bus on Knatchbull Road

The TfL consultation on the new proposals runs until 6 August 2010. If you have are in favour or against the new route do contact Transport for London with your views - email STEngagement@tfl.gov.uk or write to TfL Consultation and Engagement Centre, Zone G2, Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ. Please copy any responses to your Vassall Ward councillors so that they can gain as wide an idea of local opinion.

Read the Tfl consultation letter

16 July 2010

Vassall Gardens Tenants and Residents Association meeting Tuesday 20 July 2010

There will be a meeting of the Vassall Gardens Tenants and Residents Association on Tuesday 20 July 2010. The meeting will take place from 7pm at the Church Manor Meeting Room. The guest speaker will be a representative from the London Fire Brigade. Everyone welcome

15 July 2010

Lambeth Living Stockwell and Vassall Summer newsletter published

The summer 2010 edition of the Lambeth Living newsletter has been published. It provides a summary of local news for tenants and leaseholders of Lambeth Living properties.

The newsletter is available to download on the Lambeth Living website

14 July 2010

Lambeth Country Show this weekend

This weekend in Brockwell Park, Brixton is South London's premier summer event, the Lambeth Country Show. Attended by over 100,000 people every year the show has a good mixture of dance, music, food, flowers, farm animals and owls. The Lambeth Labour Party will have a stall in the charities and organisations section of the Show

The Lambeth Country Show takes place 11am - 6pm Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July 2010. For a full programme see the Lambeth website

13 July 2010

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12 July 2010

Lambeth politicans condemn central government's school building cuts

Lambeth Labour politicians have condemned cuts in school funding being proposed by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government.

The Schools Minister Michael Gove has announced that the Building Schools for the Future programme is to be scrapped. The programme, established by the Labour government, provided funding for schools for major building works to begin to address years of underinvestment. Five schools in the borough have already received funding which has made them far better places in which students could learn.

The cuts in funding will leave many children in Lambeth learning in cramped school classrooms which are unhealthy and not fit for purpose. The move by central government also means that Lambeth's plans to provide more school places for local children will probably have to be cut back.

In total 11 schools across the borough have had their building works curtailed or cancelled including Charles Edward Brooke, Stockwell Park High, Archbishop Tenison and Lansdowne schools in or near Vassall Ward.

Lambeth's Cabinet Member for Education Councillor Pete Robbins said “We are incredibly disappointed at the decision to pull the plug on what are much needed projects. Some of these schools are in an incredibly poor condition with children in temporary classrooms.We put a lot of money, time and effort to create designs for these eight secondary schools and now that's all gone.The whole point was to create more secondary school places for every child in Lambeth. We were days away from creating 240 more places.There are three that are still up in the air. We are now in a position we were a going to have to fight for as much money as possible for these projects.”

Councillor Robbins called on Lambeth Liberal Democrats and Conservatives to put pressure behind the scenes to try and see if the funding could be safeguarded as all political parties on Lambeth Council recognise the need to invest in the borough's children. The Lib Dem Deputy Leader (and Southwark MP) Simon Hughes has sought to distance his party from the policy and it is known that many Lib Dem members are unhappy at the cuts to schools in particular.

Vassall Ward Councillors Adrian Garden and Kingsley Abrams were united in their condemnation of the cuts saying "Young people in Vassall and across Lambeth will be hit hard by these cuts and may not be able to achieve their full potential at school."

Bus route 36 to feature on Radio 4's Top Deck Tales tonight

Bus route 36 which runs from Paddington to New Cross and passes through Vassall Ward is featured in an edition of Top Deck Tales on BBC Radio 4 due to be broadcast on Monday 12 July at 8pm and available on the BBC iplayer shortly afterwards.

The BBC has produced an article that looks at some of the people who work on and use the route - BBC: Meet the people who drive and use London bus number 36

11 July 2010

Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team public meeting 13 July 2010

The Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team will be holding a public meeting on Tuesday 13 July 2010 6:30-8pm at Church Manor Estate Offices, Vassall Road, SW9. The meeting will be a chance to gain advice, have your say about local Policing issues and help make a difference to your neighbourhood.

More information is available on the Vassall SNT web page

Meetings later this year
Street briefing 28/08/2010 - 15:00 - 17:00

Public meeting 14/09/2010 - 18:30 - 21:00

Street briefing 19/09/2010 - 15:00 - 16:00
BRIXTON ROAD junction with DEAL WALK area

Street briefing 16/10/2010 - 17:00 - 18:00
KENDAL CLOSE junction with FOXLEY ROAD area

Public meeting 30/11/2010 - 18:30 - 21:00

10 July 2010

Guide to NHS in Lambeth published

NHS Lambeth have published a guide to using NHS services in Lambeth - download the guide from the NHS Lambeth website

NHS Lambeth guide

See also the NHS Lambeth community health and wellbeing ward profile for Vassall Ward

Public meeting

Ensuring people get the right healthcare – from the right person, in the right place, at the right time
NHS Lambeth are holding a public meeting on Wednesdy 14 July 2010 which gives an opportunity to have a say on local NHS services.

Details from the NHS Lambeth website :
Come to a public meeting on Wednesday 14 July 2010 and have your say on how your local healthcare services are provided – all are welcome. Speakers include Caroline Hewitt, chair of NHS Lambeth, and refreshments will be provided.

The meeting takes place from 6–8pm at St Mary’s Parish Hall, 1 St Alphonsus Road (off Clapham Park Road), London SW4 7AS – click here for a map. The nearest tube is Clapham Common station and the following bus routes are nearby: 35, 37, 50, 88, 155, 322, 345 and 417.

To find out more contact the Lambeth LINk team on 020 7274 8522, email info@lambethlink.org.uk or go to http://www.lambethlink.org.uk/.

09 July 2010

Planting in Myatt's Fields Park this Saturday

Come and join the Myatt's Fields Park Project Group for a planting workshop in this park this Saturday 10 July 2010.

Everyone is welcome to join us at a planting workshop on this Saturday (10th July 2010) from 10am to 1pm in the park greenhouse. We will be re-potting plants sown earlier this year by volunteers and also sowing new salad leaves.

The session is suitable for all ages and is free. The project is sponsored by Activate London (run by Peabody Trust and funded by the Big Lottery). All vegetables and fruit grown in and around the greenhouse will be used in the café or in cooking projects in the park.

A meeting about the project will be held on Thursday 15th July from 7pm in the park’s depot meeting room

08 July 2010

London Saxophone Choir to play in Myatt's Fields Park on Sunday

This Sunday 11 July 2010 the London Saxophone Choir will be giving a concert in the Bandstand of Myatt's Fields Park in Vassall Ward SE5.

Come along and hear the music of the saxophone. The Choir plays a variety of styles of music ranging from ancient to modern with influences from across the world.

The London Saxophone Choir, formed in February 2008, is a group of enthusiastic amateur Saxophone players based in Denmark Hill, South East London. It has an inclusive membership policy and draws members from all walks of life and from across London.

London Saxophone Choir website
London Saxophone Choir Facebook page

The Myatt's Fields Little Cat Cafe will be open for the sale of hot and cold drinks and refreshments

07 July 2010

Vassall Ward Labour Party membership jumps by over a quarter

The latest figures received from the Labour Party nationally show that in the period April to June 2010 membership of the Labour Party in Vassall Ward increased by over 26%.

The increase in membership has been attributed to the General Election and local Lambeth Council election campaigns when Vassall people elected two Labour Councillors and overwhelmingly endorsed Vauxhall Labour MP Kate Hoey.

Labour Councillor for Vassall Ward Adrian Garden welcomed the increase saying "In my walks around the ward before, during and after the election campaign I have found support for Labour wherever I go - people know that Labour on Lambeth and nationally offer the best policies to improve their quality of life. By joining the Labour Party people are supporting Labour's vision of society and rejecting the Conservative Party/ Liberal Democrat government's cuts."

Vassall Ward Councillors and MP  Kate Hoey
Adrian is pictured here on the right of the photo along with Vassall Ward Councillor Kingsley Abrams (left), Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey (second from left) and local Vassall Ward residents.

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7/7/2010 Edited to add - it seems that the increases in Vassall membership are part of a nationwide trend - The Guardian reports that the Labour Party is gaining 1,000 new members each week - many of the new members former Liberal Democrat supporters who are upset at the cuts that Lib Dem/ Conservative coalition government is implementing.

06 July 2010

Free Bike Checks every Tuesday in July

Lambeth's Transport Department will be running free Dr Bike sessions every Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm in July. This is a chance to get your bike checked for roadworthiness and get minor repairs carried out so that you can keep on cycling through the summer.

Free bike checks in Lambeth flyerThe free bike checks will take place at
  • The first Tuesday of the month – Waterloo
    (King's College, SE1 8WA)
  • The second Tuesday - Clapham Common
    (Cedars Road, SW4 0PN)
  • The third Tuesday - Brockwell Park
    (Lido, Dulwich Road, SE24 0PA)
  • The fourth Tuesday - Streatham Common south side (SW16 3BT)
Further information on the Lambeth Transport webpage

05 July 2010

Lambeth to work with Lewisham and Southwark to cut costs and improve services

Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham are building on plans announced before the election to work together to cut costs and protect frontline services.

PaPhoto of Lambeth Town Hallrtnership working between the three boroughs has taken on a new urgency in light of the unprecedented cuts from the Tory/Lib Dem Government that local councils will face over the coming years.

Sir Steve Bullock, elected Mayor of Lewisham, Councillor Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth and Councillor Peter John, Leader of Southwark, have written to their respective Chief Executives to commission them to begin joint discussions to consider where potential exists for efficient and effective joint working. They have been asked to work together to present a range of options by the autumn.

Councillor Steve Reed said: “Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark councils all provide many services that are identical, but do we really need to pay twice for separate sets of senior management and back-office support? We need to proactively look at making savings at a time when the Tory/Lib Dem government is making cuts to council funding in order to protect frontline services”

Councillor Peter John added: “Local councils are facing unprecedented cuts from the Tory/Lib Dem Government. We know that we’re going to have to change the way we work to rise to the challenge those cuts present and carry on making the improvements to local services that our residents need. Pulling together with our neighbouring boroughs, which face many of the same challenges we do, promises to deliver some of that change.”

Mayor Sir Steve Bullock said: “We have to seek dramatic improvements in efficiency by working in partnership with our neighbouring Councils, other public services and the private sector. Every pound we can save through efficiency is a pound we can spend on frontline services. I hope this innovative approach can be used as a model across Local Government, rather than a return to slash and burn cuts”

This story is covered in the latest edition of Lambeth Life

04 July 2010

Lambeth Leader lays out cooperative council plans

Councillor Steve Reed, the Labour Leader of Lambeth Council, has set out his plans for the Lambeth Council cooperative council. In an interview with Progress he highlights how Lambeth are consulting residents on the plans for the new council.

Read the article: Progress - working cooperatively

03 July 2010

Labour MEPs vote to limit bankers' bonuses

Labour Members of the European Parliament have backed plans that will limit bankers' bonuses.

Labour MEP and vice Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee Arlene McCarthy commented "Two years on from the global financial crisis, these tough new rules on bonuses will transform the bonus culture and end incentives for excessive risk taking. A high-risk and short-term bonus culture wrought havoc with the global economy and taxpayers paid the price".
"The public want banks to prioritise stability and lending over their own pay and perks. In the last two years the banks have failed to reform, and we are now doing the job for them.
“New capital rules will ensure banks are properly covering the risks they are running on their trading activity, including for types of investments like mortgage backed securities that were central to the crisis. Making sure banks put aside enough money to cover losses on high risk trading so that taxpayers never again have to bail out banks” .

Read more
BBC: EU agrees bank bonuses limit deal
Progress: No more ‘Fred the shred’ bonuses

Your Labour Members of the European Parliament
London is represented by two Labour MEPs - Mary Honeyball and Claude Moraes.
All Labour Party MEPs are members of the biggest group within the European Parliament - the Party of European Socialists

02 July 2010

Dont miss music and dance this Sunday in Myatts Fields Park

This Sunday, 4 July, come and see two exciting events at the bandstand in Myatts Fields Park in Vassall Ward, London SE5

Myatts Fields Park signAt 1:30pm there is a performance by the Etta Ermini Dance Theatre of their work Roadworks - Set in a typical London environment, this short performance features a busker, a dancer and a BMX rider with humorous consequences. The event is part of the Big Dance (previously highlighted on Vassall View)

And at 2pm onwards there will be a performance in the bandstand by the Lambeth Wind Orchestra.

The cafe in Myatts Fields Park will also be open on Sunday afternoon for refreshments.

So come along and enjoy the good weather and performances in Myatts Fields Park

01 July 2010

Oval Farmers' Market to consult on future plans at market on Saturday

Oval Farmers’ market will be holding a consultation day on Saturday 3 July to find out customers's views on options for their planned revamp. Organisers of the market want to improve the site at St Mark’s Church yard opposite Oval tube station. Plans will be available to look at during the course of the regular market day.

Oval Farmers Market runs every Saturday 10am - 3pm.

Further information is available on the Farmers' Market website

Edited to add: The SE11 blog has a report of the event and the proposals for the market