23 December 2011

Waste collections and Lambeth Council office opening times over Christmas

Lambeth have given details of Council service opening times over the Christmas and New Year period.

Your rubbish and recycling will be collected on your normal day as usual over Christmas and the New Year.

The Lambeth customer centres  will be open as usual over the Christmas and New Year period apart from the bank holidays Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December and Monday 2 January when they will closed.

Lambeth libraries inclduding the Minet Library in Vassall Ward will be open as usual over the Christmas and New Year period apart from bank holidays Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December and  Monday 2 January.

The Lambeth Living call centre will only be taking calls on urgent issues or emergency repairs from Saturday 24 December to Tuesday 27 December 2011 and from Saturday 31 January 2011 to Monday 2 January 2012. Ring 020 7926 6666 (24 hours a day) if you have an urgent issue or emergency repair. A normal service will resume again at 9am on Wednesday 28 December 2011 and Tuesday 3 January 2012.

21 December 2011

Christmas message from Lambeth Council Leader Steve Reed

Councillor Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council, has released a Christmas message to all residents of Lambeth

(taken from Lambeth website)

Happy Christmas from Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council

2011 Christmas Card, designed by Dylan DuffyThis has been a difficult year for many people in Lambeth. Many residents have faced the loss of jobs, income or benefits, youth unemployment is soaring and we all faced the turmoil of the riots across London in early August. Yet despite all of that Lambeth remains a confident place buzzing with new ideas, energy and creativity that I know will see us through the difficult times in better shape than ever.

We recovered quickly from the summer riots. Our main high streets were reopened within hours, most affected businesses were open and trading the same day, and we were all inspired as our community showed the world that the rioters do not represent us. People across Lambeth came out to help with the clean up and hundreds of new volunteers signed up to help their community.

That powerful spirit of cooperation is what makes this such a wonderful place to live and it's the driving force behind our plans to turn Lambeth into Britain's first cooperative council. We are looking at new ways to hand more power, choice and control to local people over the place they live and the services they use.

No one will have to run their own services, of course, but you will get a much bigger say in how they're run on your behalf. It's a bold experiment that's put us at the centre of a national debate about the future of local government.

I was disappointed at the way the Government has shared out the spending cuts as they pay down the national debt. They chose to impose cuts of £37m on Lambeth this year, which is one in every three pounds we had to spend, while wealthier boroughs such as Richmond lost only £1m.

We have worked hard to protect the front line services local people depend on, and I am proud that over 90 per cent of our savings have been found by cutting back office costs. This helps us to meet our objective which is to protect the most vulnerable while also keeping Lambeth safe, and investing in a better quality of life through improved schools, housing and a cleaner environment.

Looking to the coming year and, while acknowledging the challenges we face, I feel a sense of confidence. Our town centres remain busy despite the recession, our communities are coming together to support each other and our council is exploring new ways to run services that give more control to local people.

The London Olympics will be a highlight for 2012 and I hope our young people will be inspired by the world class athletes visiting our city. We must never forget our duty to help those who are most vulnerable but we are a strong and resilient community and that's why I know that the New Year will be a good one.

I wish everyone who lives or works in Lambeth a very Happy Christmas.

15 December 2011

Steve Bradley selected for London-wide Liberal Democrat list

According to independent party website Liberal Democrat Voice Vassall Ward Liberal Democrat Councillor Steve Bradley has been selected for the Liberal Democrats' London-wide list for the London Assembly elections in May 2012.

The London Assembly is made up of 25 Assembly Members - 14 of which are drawn from constituency seats (Vassall Ward is in the combined Lambeth and Southwark seat) together with 11 additional London-wide Assembly Members with places allocated according to the overall number of votes each party gets.

Currently the London Assembly constituency section has eight Conservative Assembly Members and six Labour Assembly Members. The London-wide section has three Conservative Assembly Members, three Liberal Democrat Assembly Members, two Labour Assembly Members, two Green Assembly Members and one British Nationalist Assembly Member.

13 December 2011

Older peoples Christmas lunch in Myatt's Fields Park this Friday: everyone welcome

Christmas in Myatt's Fields Park, Vassall WardAfter a successful Christmas market and carol singing in Myatt's Fields Park last Sunday (pictured) events in the park continue this week with a retired people's Christmas lunch on Friday.

All older people in the local area are invited to celebrate Christmas in Myatt's Fields. The lunch will be held in the park depot building (Cormont Road/ Brief Street side of the park) from 1-2:30pm this Friday, 16 December 2011. Suggested donation £2.

The food will be prepared by volunteers in the park depot kitchen 10:30am onwards - if you can help with the preparations contact rebeccamaddox@myattsfieldspark.info.

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

10 December 2011

Advent and Christmas at St John the Divine, Vassall Road, SW9

Our local church; St John the Divine on Vassall Road, SW9, has published details of its Advent and Christmas 2011 services.

Information on the services can be found on the Church's website

08 December 2011

New playground at Slade Gardens

A new playground for under-5s is being constructed in Slade Gardens, SW9 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.

Building of the new playground began in mid-November and will be completed by Christmas. This fantastic new facility is being built through the Community Spaces programme run by Groundwork UK and financed by Big Lottery funding, it will bring benefits for all of Vassall Ward's children. An artists impression of the new facility is shown below.

new playground at Slade Gardens on vassallview.com

Photo and information from Young Lambeth website

07 December 2011

Christingle, Carols and Christmas market in Myatt's Fields Park this Sunday

This Sunday, 11 December 2011, come to Myatt's Fields Park, Camberwell in Lambeth's Vassall Ward for a celebration of Christmas.

bandstand in Myatt's Fields Park, Vassall Ward, SE5
There will be a Christmas market, Christingle making for children and carols led by the Choir of St John the Divine Church and Southwark Concert Band.

Come along from 1pm for the Christmas market then from 4-5pm children will be making Christingles before everyone joins together from 5pm onward for carols around the bandstand.

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

05 December 2011

Minet Library film club Tuesday 6 December 2011: Look back in Anger

Come to the Minet Library in Lambeth's Vassall Ward on Tuesday for a screening of the classic film Look Back in Anger.All are welcome and admission is free to the film which starts at 6:30pm

Minet library Look back in Anger flyer on vassallview.com

01 December 2011

Christmas 2011 in Lambeth

With Christmas approaching Lambeth Council have published a guide to Christmas in Lambeth - see the Lambeth website for details of festive events.

Christmas in Lambeth starts on Friday 2 December 2011 with the Christmas lights switch on in Windrush Sqaure, Brixton - come along from 4pm onwards