30 January 2011

New Akerman Road Health Centre newsletter

The new Akerman Road Health Centre project has circulated its latest newsletter - see below or download the newsletter in pdf format

As previously reported on Vassall View this exciting project will create a totally new health centre on Akerman Road, the work is being carried out by NHS Lambeth. in conjunction with Lambeth Borough Council. Construction is expected to be completed in July 2012

29 January 2011

Brixton Fencing Club now running sessions every Saturday morning at Stockwell Park School

Brixton Fencing Club is now running sessions 9:30 - 11:30 every Saturday morning at Stockwell Park School, Stockwell Park Road in Vassall Ward, Lambeth SW9. All levels welcome: this is great opportunity to try out fencing or develop your skills; no kit is required. 

For more information see the Brixton Fencing Club website or email brixtonfencingclub@yahoo.co.uk

28 January 2011

Vassall Gardens TRA general meeting 1 February 2011

All residents of the Vassall Gardens area (around Vassall Road, SW9) in Vassall Ward are invited to the Vassall Gardens Tenants and Residents Association general meeting on Tuesday 1 February 2011. The meeting will be held 7-9pm at the Church Manner meeting room, Vassall Road, SW9 6N. This is a great opportunity to find out what is happening in your local area.

26 January 2011

Come and hear Kate Hoey MP in conversation with Edward Stourton 2 February 2011

On Wednesday 2 February 2011 Kate Hoey, MP for Vauxhall, will be in conversation with BBC journalist and Vassall Ward resident Edward Stourton at an event at St Michael's Church Hall, Stockwell Park Crescent, SW9.

Come for an evening of lively conversation and a wide ranging discussion oof Kate's 21 years career in Parliament.

The event will be at 7 for a 7:30pm start.

Tickets £5 in advance or £10 on the day, to include refreshments

The event is being organised by the Stockwell Park Residents Association in aid of the Friends of Slade Gardens.

For more information see the Stockwell Park Residents Association website

25 January 2011

24 January 2011

12,000+ Christmas trees recycled in Lambeth

Following on from the Vassall View story Lambeth Council report that more than 12,000 Christmas trees have been collected and recycled in January. The 12,000 tress equate to 70 tonnes of trees - up from 54 tonnes last year. Lorna Campbell, Cabinet Member for the Environment estimated that the tree recycling has saved the Council almost £9,000 in collection costs as well as providing nutritious compost for Lambeth's parks. She commented "“Every tonne of waste that we have to send to landfill costs the council, and therefore council taxpayers, £128 in disposal charges, so every tonne we can divert from landfill really counts."

21 January 2011

Vassall and Stockwell area Lambeth Living winter newsletter published

The Vassall and Stockwell asrea Lambeth Living newsletter has been published - it is available to download on the Lambeth Living website

Lambeth Archives at Minet Library in Vassall Ward, Camberwell SE5 closed for stock taking 24 January - 5 February 2011

The Lambeth archives at the Minet Library in Knatchbull Road (on the corner with Burton Road) in Vassall Ward, SE5 will be closed for stock taking from Monday 24 January to Saturday 5 February 2011 inclusive.

The Minet library will be open as usual during this period:
  • Monday - 1pm to 8pm
  • Tuesday - 10am to 6pm
  • Wednesday - closed
  • Thursday - 10am to 6pm
  • Friday - 10am to 1pm
  • Saturday - 9am to 5pm
Further information on the Minet Library webpage

20 January 2011

Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team street briefing 22 January and drop-in surgery 23 January 2011

The Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team (part of Lambeth Police) are holding two events over the next few days which will provide an opportunity to find out more about their work and report any problems or issues for resolution.

Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team will be holding a street briefing on Saturday 22 January 2011 2-3pm - meet at the corner of Hackford Road and Hillyard Street, SW9

This event will be an opportunity to find out what the SNT are doing in the area to prevent crime and catch offenders.

Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team will be holding a drop-in surgery on Monday 23 January 2011 3-4pm at the Cowley Estate Management Board Offices, 147 Brixton Road, SW9

This is an opportunity to meet SNT members and discuss particular issues of concern.

The Vassall SNT 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

Contact them by email at Vassall.snt@met.police.uk or phone 020 8721 3661 or 07843 065918

In an emergency dial 999, for all other calls to the Metropolitan Police Service please dial 0300 123 1212.

For more information see the Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team webpage

19 January 2011

Get the new growth started this Saturday in Myatts Fields Park, Vassall Ward, Camberwell, SE5

There are opportuinities to help out with getting the new seasons crops started in the greenhouse in Myatts Fields Park this Saturday.

Lambeth's Victoria Sherwin writes

Help us get the New Year’s growing off to a great start in the greenhouse during sessions from January to March 2011.

We welcome help from local people to weed ground and fork in new compost and manure during our first session from 11am to 1pm on Saturday 22nd January.

We’ll get an early start on the growing season by planting seeds and mushrooms during a session from 11am to 1pm on Saturday 12th February. And we’ll plant more seeds and look after new seedlings on Saturday March 12th.
All food grown in the greenhouse will be used in the park’s cafĂ© or park-based cooking projects. We aim to grow year round salad and soup vegetables as well as a variety of fruits.
All ages are welcome. Local growing groups also welcome - there is space and support available for groups who want to get an early start. Plant seedlings in our greenhouse, then plant them out when you are ready

Sessions are funded by Activate London (Peabody Trust funded by Big Lottery) and organised by Myatt's Fields Park Project in partnership with London Borough of Lambeth. Contact Victoria Sherwin on 020  926 0394 if you have any questions

Myatt's Fields Park is situated in Camberwell: between Calais Street, Cormont Road and Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Vassall Ward in Lambeth.

18 January 2011

Tell Lambeth what matters to you: take part in the Lambeth consultation on its budget priorities

Lambeth Council are consulting on the budget priorities for the borough at two events - tonight 18 January 2011 and on Saturday 22 January 2011.

Further information on the budget page of the Lambeth website or see below

Taken from Lambeth website
We will be speaking to residents in the coming months about how we can meet the budget challenges the council faces over the next few years.
Due to the very substantial reduction in government funding to local authorities, as part of their deficit reduction programme, we need to make savings of nearly £80 million over the next three financial years. Find out more on our Budget 2011 – cuts to council funding page.

We welcome your views on how this challenge can be met. If you have a suggestion about how we can save money or increase the amount of money the council receives please send an email to yourchoice@lambeth.gov.uk.

We particularly want to know:
•What services you think must be protected at all costs and why?
•Which services you think could be reduced or have fees introduced or increased?
•How should the council respond to the budget cuts it is facing?

You Choose budget simulator
You can help the council to meet the financial challenge ahead by using the budget simulator to give your views on how the council should balance the budget.

The simulator has been developed using free software provided by YouGov and asks people to reduce our budget by £25 million in the areas they prefer, with illustrative examples of the potential impact.

Public events
We will be hosting public events to discuss how the council can meet the challenges posed by the Comprehensive Spending Review. Due to limited spaces we need you to register your interest in the event as otherwise we cannot guarantee you a space.

The events are:
•Tuesday 18 January 2011, 7-9pm, Lambeth Town Hall, Assembly Rooms.
•Saturday 22 January 2011, 1-3pm, Nettlefold Hall, Norwood.

We will be using 'open space methodology' which means we want you to set the agenda on the day to discuss the issues that matter most to you. This is different from a traditional public meeting where the council decides what the meeting will focus on.

Pram walking sessions in Myatts Fields Park, Camberwell SE5 start this Friday 21 January 2011

All new (and not so new) parents are invited to exercise and make friends in Myatt’s Fields Park during pram walking sessions on Friday mornings from 11am to noon starting Friday 21 January 2011.

People who take part are asked to meet next to the bandstand in Myatt's Fields Park at 11am, and are advised to wear sensible shoes and bring a bottle of water.

These fitness classes are funded by Activate London (Peabody Trust funded by the Big Lottery) and organised by Myatt's Fields Park Project in partnership with London Borough of Lambeth. For further information contact Victoria Sherwin on 020 7926 0394.

Myatt's Fields Park is situated in Camberwell: between Calais Street, Cormont Road and Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Vassall Ward in Lambeth.

17 January 2011

Ken Livingstone launches programme of Tell Ken events to consult Londoners

Taken from the Ken Livingstone campaign website http://www.kenlivingstone.com/

Ken Livingstone has announced an ambitious programme of meetings and events designed to reach every community in the capital in 2011.
Over the coming months Ken will spend a full day in every London borough starting with the outer-London borough of Merton on Monday 17th January.

Londoners will be invited to ‘Tell Ken’ their views and concerns at a series of public meetings and events. Ken Livingstone made his commitment to the 32-borough visit programme when he was selected as Labour’s candidate for the Mayoralty.

Ken and his team will meet residents, businesses and community groups in workplaces, schools and on high streets across the capital.

During the visit to Merton on Monday 17th January, Ken Livingstone will call for greater support for the victims of crime in London including the creation of the first ever Victims Commissioner for London.

Ken Livingstone, his running mate Val Shawcross AM, local MP Siobhain McDonagh and Leader of Merton Cllr Stephen Alambritis will meet staff and volunteers at a Victim Support centre in Mitcham.

Ken Livingstone said:
“When I was selected as Labour’s candidate for Mayor I promised to listen to the views and concerns of Londoners. Over the coming months I will fulfil that promise with public meetings and events in every London borough speaking directly to thousands of Londoners.

“Crime is an issue that affects Londoners in every part of the capital. I believe it is time for a new approach in which the needs of the victims of crime are put at the top of the agenda at City Hall.”

Leader of Merton Council, Cllr Stephen Alambritis said:
“I am delighted that Ken and Val have chosen Merton to launch this unprecedented programme of meetings with thousands of Londoners.

“I know many Merton residents are concerned by the cuts to policing in London and huge increases in bus, tube and train fares which have been brought in by the Conservative Mayor and Conservative-led government. It’s time for an alternative and fresh ideas in City Hall and Whitehall.”

MP for Mitcham and Morden, Siobhan McDonagh said:
“Thanks to Labour there are 20 dedicated Safer Neighbourhood Police teams in Merton. Boris Johnson’s policing cuts are threatening the future of these local teams which have increased the visibility of the police on the streets and provided reassurance for residents.

“I am pleased Ken has put providing greater support for the victims of crime and protecting safer neighbourhood teams at the heart of Labour’s campaign to win back City Hall.”

Labour’s Deputy Mayoral candidate, Val Shawcross AM said:
“It’s time for City Hall to act in interests of Londoners and make the needs of the victims of crime a priority.

“Hundreds of thousands of Londoners are the victims of crime every year. It is vital that Conservative cuts do not threaten the future of organisations which provide invaluable support to the victims of crime in London.”

16 January 2011

Lambeth leader Steve Reed clashes with Eric Pickles on Sky News

Lambeth Council leader Steve Reed today clashed with the Conservative-led coalition Government's Communities Secretary Eric Pickles on Sky News today.

Reed accused pickles of "fiddling the figures" and causing greater pain by 'front-loading' the cuts that local councils are having to make.He commented "If he [Mr Pickles] understood how local government works he would not have allowed the front-loading the way he has done."

Read more and see the debate on the Sky News website

14 January 2011

Get involved in scrutinising Lambeth's budget decisions

Lambeth Council's Scrutiny Committee plays an important role in assessing the Council's actions and spending decisions. This year they have an important role in considering the Council's budgets and the cuts that will have to be made.

The Scrutiny Commitee meetings are open to members of the public and are a good way of finding out more about what the council spends or money on.

There are several meetings coming up - to find out more see the flyer below or go to www.lambeth.gov.uk/scrutiny

13 January 2011

Lambeth Council leaders write to Eric Pickles protesting at Conservative-led coalition cuts

The Labour leadership of Lambeth Council have written to Eric Pickles, the Government Minister responsible for local government, protesting at the cuts in funding being faced by Lambeth.

The Conservative-led coalition Government have slashed grants by a third over the next three years. They have concentrated the pain in the first two years in spite of calls to spread the cost evenly and allow councils to prepare and protect services.

The Government’s emergency budget has resulted in Lambeth losing a total of £79 million over the next 3 years with a staggering £37 million worth of savings having to be met for the next financial year.

In a strongly worded letter to the Secretary of State for Local Government Eric Pickles Councillor Paul McGlone, who is responsible for the council's finances, outlined the impact the cuts will have on Lambeth residents with cuts having to be made to schools, care services for older people, policing, house-building and repairs, help for the unemployed, carers, disabled people and even child care.

The cuts to local government are also hitting inner city boroughs harder than many of the rich rural shires meaning that the poorest will be hit the hardest with a third of Lambeth’s children already living in poverty and a quarter of our workforce falling into the poorest section of the country.

Lambeth is one of the most efficient London borough councils after cutting £30 million of waste over the last 4 years however further savings cannot ‘simply be met by the same approach so the reductions in council grants will hit services hard.

Councillor McGlone (pictured here with Vassall Labour Councillor Kingsley Abrams)  said “The cuts to Lambeth will punish the most vulnerable in community and slashing budgets in this way will set back years of progress achieved by Lambeth, we need a fair and balanced approach to the unavoidable deficit that was caused by the global banking crises. To implement cuts of this level in such a short space of time will ultimately cause immense damage to local communities such as Lambeth’s and take years to repair”.

Councillor McGlone has asked to meet with Eric Pickles personally to state Lambeth’s case for a fairer funding deal

See the letter sent by Councillor Paul McGlone to Eric Pickles

See also Evening Standard - Cuts will spark a teen crime whirlwind, says council chief

12 January 2011

First edition of Up Your Street published

The first edition of Lambeth's new quarterly local news publication Up Your Street has been published.

It is available to download on the Lambeth website

10 January 2011

Councillors consult local residents on road and pavement maintenance in Vassall Ward

Vassall Ward Labour Councillors Kingsley Abrams and Adrian Garden are asking local people which roads and pavements they think need improving in Vassall Ward.

The local councillors are promoting a Lambeth Council initiative to identify roadways and pavements in the Ward which have suffered particularly badly in the recent cold weather so that they can be included in the new improvements programme for action.

If the roads or pavements you regularly use are in need of maintenance please contact Councillor Kingsley Abrams - kabrams@lambeth.gov.uk or Councillor Adrian Garden - agarden@lambeth.gov.uk by 21 January 2011 so that it can be included in the maintenance schedule.

If the road or pavement problem is dangerous and requires urgent attention please phone 020 7926 9000, or email TandHCallCentre@lambeth.gov.uk where details will be taken and the problem inspected immediately for the worst problems and within three days for lesser problems with appropriate action being taken shortly afterwards.

Councillor Adrian Garden commented "Lambeth has an ongoing programme of road and footpath maintenance but inevitably some roads and pavements in the ward are more heavily used than others or particularly susceptible to frost damage and so develop problems faster than expected. On my regular walks around Vassall with Kingsley we are always on the look out for problems but cant guarantee that we see everything so Kingsley and I are asking local people -the real experts- to contact us with any problems."

Councillor Kingsley Abrams added "Maintenance of the roads and pavements is one of the Council's core functions so if you spot any problems report them to us and we will pass them on to the Transport and Streets Department for repair and chase up if required to ensure the work is completed."

This week Cormont Road in Vassall Ward, SE5 (pictured) is undergoing resurfacing as part of the planned maintenance programme. As a result parking and access in the road is severely restricted.

Further information Lambeth Transport and Streets Deaprtment

09 January 2011

Put your Christmas tree out with the rubbish for collection this week across Lambeth

Lambeth Borough Council will be collecting Christmas trees for recycling this week 10 - 14 January 2011

Photo of Christmas tree lined up with rubbish waiting to be collected, Vassall WardIf you live in a kerbside property just put your Christmas tree out along with your normal rubbish on the collection or take it to your estate recycling bin area where it will be collected.

Alternatively take your Christmas tree to one of the recycling sites across the borough in the week of 10-14 January 2011:
* Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4
* Kennington Park, Kennington Park Road, SE11
* Streatham Common, Streatham High Road, SW16
* Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre, Vale Street, West Norwood, SE27

The trees collected and taken to the recycling sistes will be composted and the results used to improve the soil of Lambeth's parks and gardens.

05 January 2011

Recycle your Christmas tree in Vassall Ward week of 10 - 14 January 2011

As we reach twelfth night many of us will be wanting to dispose of Christmas trees.

Lambeth Borough Council will be collecting Christmas trees for recycling next week (10 - 14 January 2011)

Photo of Christmas tree lined up with rubbish waiting to be collected, Vassall WardIf you live in a kerbside property just put your Christmas tree out along with your normal rubbish on the collection or take it to your estate recycling bin area where it will be collected.

Alternatively take your Christmas tree to one of the recycling sites across the borough in the week of 10-14 January 2011:
* Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4
* Kennington Park, Kennington Park Road, SE11
* Streatham Common, Streatham High Road, SW16
* Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre, Vale Street, West Norwood, SE27

The trees collected and taken to the recycling sistes will be composted and the results used to improve the soil of Lambeth's parks and gardens.

04 January 2011

Bus passengers feel the pinch: Shawcross condemns Boris's 44% fare increase

Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross has codemned the 44% fare increase imposed on London's bus users since the current Mayor of London Boris Johnson came to power.

From Sunday 2 January 2011 single bus journeys are increasing by 10p to £1.30 on a pay as you go Oyster card, with weekly bus passes increasing to £17.80.

Tube fares also increase with a zone 1 journey going up 10p to £1.90 whilst a 2-1 zone peak tube fare (for example a journey from Oval, Kennington or Brixton to central London) now costs £2.50 (up 20p).

Valerie Shawcross commented "Once again, it’s bus passengers who are feeling the pinch of these increases. When Boris Johnson became Mayor, it cost 90p for a single pay-as-you-go Oyster bus journey – it will now cost £1.30 – that’s an increase of 44%. At the same time, we know that Transport for London are reducing bus subsidy and even cutting the miles that our bus services will cover – we are quite simply paying more and getting less."

Val continued "TfL and the Mayor say these latest inflation-busting increases are necessary given budget pressures, but the Mayor has just scrapped the Western extension of the congestion charge zone, which was bringing in £70million a year. Instead some of London’s lowest paid workers – who tend to rely on the bus as the most affordable form of transport will be footing the bill instead – and getting a worse service for i
Val concluded ‘These increases will make a big difference to Londoners who may already be struggling financially. It all adds up to a not very happy new year present from the Mayor to Londoners’.

02 January 2011

Vassall Labour Councillors' surgeries in January 2011

Vassall Ward Labour Councillors Kingsley Abrams and Adrian Garden will be holding surgeries in Vassall Ward in January 2011 on the following dates

Tuesday 4 January 2011 - 6:30-7:30pm The Holland Room, Christ Church, Brixton Road, SW9 6BE
Saturday 15 January 2011 - 2-3pm, Myatts Field North TMO Boardroom, Foxley Square, SW9 7RY
Thursday 20 January 2011 - 6:30-7:30pm, The Annexe, Cowley Estate, Brixton Road, SW9 6LZ
Saturday 22 January 2011 - 2-3pm, Mostyn Road Methodist Church, entrance in St. Lawrence Way, Myatts Field South Estate, SW9 6PH

(Click on the address for a link to a map showing the location)

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:
Kingsley Abrams - email kabrams@lambeth.gov.uk tel 07932 447763
Adrian Garden - email agarden@lambeth.gov.uk tel 07814 568 024