27 December 2012

Join the Energy Bill Revolution

Are you worried about your next winter fuel bill? Is this more of a worry this year than last year?

Millions of families in the UK are struggling to heat their homes, with an increasing number having to choose between buying food and switching on the heating, or wearing hats and gloves indoors to keep warm. Cold homes damage people’s health – and lead to needless deaths – especially in the winter. Those who are more vulnerable, such as children and the elderly, suffer the most. In Vauxhall, more than 4,000 households are in fuel poverty, around 10% of all people living in the area

There is an answer to this problem. The Energy Bill Revolution is campaigning to lower everyone’s fuel bills and end cold homes. It is an alliance of 120 organisations calling on the Government to make our homes cheaper to heat and more comfortable to live in – with a real focus on those who struggle hardest to heat their homes. From next year the Government will even have a new source of money to pay for this as new policies increase the amount of our fuel bills that are paid to the Treasury.

But this won’t happen without your help. The Government needs to hear from all of us that this is a spiralling problem that must be tackled now. Please support the campaign by signing the petition at www.energybillrevolution.org – and ask your family and friends to do the same. Local Labour MP Kate Hoey has already given her support to this plan.

People shouldn’t have to live in cold homes and worry about their family’s health over the winter. Working together we can have warm homes and affordable bills for all.

24 December 2012

Lambeth waste and recycling collections over the Christmas period

Lambeth have released details of changes to waste and recycling collections over the Christmas period. The main change is that there will be no collections on Christmas Day and New Years Day and as a result all collections will be shifted back a day (ie if you normally have your rubbish collected on Wednesday it will no be collected on Thursday etc) - see the list of dates below.

Normal Collection Day Revised Collection Day
Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve) No change
Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day) Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day)
Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day) Thursday 27 December
Thursday 27 December Friday 28 December
Friday 28 December Saturday 29 December
Saturday 29 December (bulk bins only) Sunday 30 December
Monday 31 December (New Year’s Eve) No change
Tuesday 1 January (New Year’s Day) Wednesday 2 January
Wednesday 2 January Thursday 3 January
Thursday 3 January Friday 4 January
Friday 4 January Saturday 5 January
Saturday 5 January (bulk bins only) Sunday 6 January

After Christmas you can recycle your real Christmas tree - if you use the orange bag recycling collection put your tree out with your recycling in the week beginning 7 January 2013. If you do not have orange sack recycling you can still recycle your Christmas tree between 5 to 14 January 2013 at one of four sites across the borough:
  • Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4
  • Kennington Park, Smith Street off St Agnes Place, SE11
  • Streatham Common, rear of Upper Common car park, SW16
  • Archbishops Park, Carlisle Lane, SE1
  • Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre, Vale Street, SE27 9PA (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) 

Lambeth Customer Services and Lambeth Living opening times over Christmas

Customer service and call centres opening times over Christmas

The following customer service and call centres will be open as usual over the Christmas and New Year period but closed on Bank Holiday Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 December 2012, and Tuesday 1 January 2013.
Gracefield Gardens Customer Centre in Streatham
Brixton Customer Centre
The Lambeth Service Centre - 020 7926 1000
Revenues and benefits call centre - 0345 302 2312

In an emergency contact the Emergency phone line - 020 7926 1000 open throughout the Christmas and New Year period or 24-hours a day as usual.
Lambeth Living
Lambeth Living offices will be open as usual over the Christmas and New Year period apart from the three public holidays (Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 December 2012, and Tuesday 1 January 2013).

Emergency phone line for urgent issues or emergency repairs only - 020 7926 6666 open 24 hours a day and throughout Christmas and New Year from 5pm on 24 December until 9am 27 December 2012 and from 5pm on 31 December 2012 until 9am on 2 January 2013.

20 December 2012

‘PayByPhone’ and park for free in Lambeth on 21 and 22 December

Lambeth council has announced that shoppers looking for last-minute Christmas presents are being offered free parking in Lambeth on 21 and 22 December if they use the PayByPhone service. Free parking will apply to all pay and display and shared use pay and display bays (not including suspended bays) for motorists registered with the scheme.

PayByPhone was launched a year ago in Lambeth and almost 40,000 residents are now using the scheme as a quick, easy and secure way to park across the borough. Once motorists have registered their details they can use the PayByPhone service to park across the UK wherever they see the PayByPhone sign.

Cllr Imogen Walker, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, said:

“Lambeth’s PayByPhone scheme has made parking easier for motorists across Lambeth by reducing the need to hunt for change to feed the meter. Registering with PayByPhone is really easy, you can do it online, by text, over the phone or by downloading the PayByPhone app for your mobile.

“With only a few shopping days left before Christmas, it’s the perfect time for residents to make the most of free parking on the 21st and 22nd December to pick up a present in Lambeth’s fantastic range of shops and markets.”

17 December 2012

Lighting on Lorn Road

During a recent mobile surgery, a few residents highlighted that the street lights along the Lorn Road allotments were not working, as well as pointing out a general lack of street lighting on the back lane behind 1 Lorn Road.
The Vassall Labour Team have asked Lambeth Living to look into this and they have confirmed that their technical services team will be seeking to make repairs shortly.  

If there are any other issues with street lightening in the area please contact Councillor Garden on agarden@lambeth.gov.uk or 07814568024

14 December 2012

Celebrate Christmas in Vassall Ward: Carol singing and Christmas market in Myatt's Fields Park this Sunday

This Sunday, 16 December 2012, come and celebrate Christmas in Myatt's Fields Park, Camberwell SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.

Poster for Carol singing and Christmas market on vassallview.com From 2pm onwards there will be a Christmas market in the area around the bandstand.

From 4pm children will be making Christingles to celebrate Christmas before everyone will be assembling around the bandstand for Christmas carols with the Southwark Wind Orchestra and the choir of St John the Divine Church. Mulled wine and food will be available from the park's cafe.

Bandstand in Myatts Fields Park SE5 on vassallview.com

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

12 December 2012

Transport for London outline plans for changes to P5 bus route

Transport for London have outlined plans for changes to the P5 bus route as it passes through Vassall Ward in Lambeth.

TfL bus route P5 travels from Elephant and Castle to Brixton and Clapham before heading on to Nine Elms and Vauxhall. It is valued for its convenience as it largely travels along back roads close to where people live.

As we outlined on Vassall View in 2009 TfL would like to return the bus service to its original Southbound routeing taking it along Langton Road and Lothian Road, SW9 (see map, left) rather than Flodden Road, Knatchbull Road and Lilford Road, SE5.
Proposed new route for P5 bus on vassallview.com

TfL argue that the restoration of the original route brings the bus closer to more people living on the Myatts North estate, and on Akerman, Lothian and Langton Roads.

The new route will not be as convenient for people using Myatt's Fields Park or the Minet Library which will be a further walk from the bus stops.

TfL want to know what you think - letters and further information has been distributed to households in the area around Knatchbull Road - you can have your say by filling in the consultation questionnaire on the TfL website where you can find further information. The closing date for submission of responses is 11 January 2013.

See consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/p5

09 December 2012

Myatts Field North Redevelopment Consultation Day

On Monday, 10 December 2012, the Myatts Field North Development team are hosting a design consultation event between 2pm and 8pm at The Happenings 40 Bramah Green, Myatts Field North.

The event will present the latest designs for the Phase 2 dwellings on the Myatts Field North Estate as part of the redevelopment of the whole estate.

You will be able to see:
1. Intended layouts for the Phase 2 blocks, and the individual dwelling types.
2. Elevations for the blocks, so you can see how the new buildings will look.
3. The layout for the new community garden and the redesigned Foxley Square retail area.

 The full Regenter team, who are overseeing the redevelopment, will be there to answer any questions you may have about these proposals. All residents are welcome!

07 December 2012

Durand Gardens improved street lighting

During a recent mobile surgery, we received some positive feedback about recently improved street lighting in Durand Gardens area, which was put into place by Lambeth's Labour council. 

Despite Tory and Liberal Democrat cuts to policing, we are keen that this new street lighting contributes to a safer environment for residents, their family and friends.   

If there are any issues with crime generally please get in touch with Vassall Labour on vasslllabour@gmail.com or Councillor Adrian Garden on 07814568024

05 December 2012

Building works on Clapham Road

A number of residents raised concerns during our recent mobile surgery about the impact of building works to one property on Clapham Road, near the entrance to Durand Gardens, especially its effect on public pavements and access.

Following on from these concerns, your local Labour team requested a site visit by Lambeth’s Building Control Team on 22 October. They carried out an investigation of the area and found that there was no danger to the public, although there was damage to surrounding footpaths that the local highways agency is now working to rectify.

We do want to keep a close eye on this development so that no issues emerge in the future. If you have any concerns please contact Cllr Adrian Garden on agarden@lambeth.gov.uk or 07814568024

04 December 2012

Reay Primary School Christmas Fayre!

This Friday (7 December) Vassall's Reay Primary School will be hosting a special Christmas Fayre to celebrate the coming holidays.

There will be a host of activites on offer for the family including festive food and a raffle. The event is open to all and runs from 3.30 - 6pm.  All profit goes towards The Friends Of Reay (providing trips for schoolchildren at Reay School).

Reay Primary School Christmas Fayre
Hackford Road, SW9 0EN
Friday 7 December 3.30 - 6pm

01 December 2012

Advent and Christmas services at John the Divine Church Vassall Road SW9

St John the Divine Church on Vassall Road, SW9 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward has published details of  church services over the Advent and Christmas period.

Service details are given below or see the church's website to download further information.
Advent and Christmas Service details at St John the Divine SW9 on vassallview.com
St John the Divine service infomation on sjdk.org.uk

26 November 2012

Tree maintenance on Lorn Road and Groveway

During our recent mobile surgery along Lorn Road and Groveway, we received a lot of feedback about the maintenance of trees in the area, particularly those that have become overgrown. Although all the residents we spoke to valued the trees as a vital part of the community's green space, there were concerns that some of the trees were blocking light to certain properties and damaging the pavements. Along Groveway, residents also raised issues around safety, suggesting that some of the trees near Asquith Nursery were darkening the area, a situation that may have contributed to a spate of recent muggings.

Following these reports, your Vassall Labour team contacted Hyde Southbank Housing Association who are responsible for the issue along Lorn Road. They informed us that they now intend to do a series of inspections, carried out by trained tree surgeons, on the trees connected to the properties they are responsible for on Lorn Road before 1 December (weather permitting). They will consider from this whether pruning can take place, but only if this is allowed by local conservation orders that are designed to protect the important green spaces in the area. 

In terms of the Asquith Nursery area, we have been in touch with Lambeth’s Environmental services team who have now committed to pruning these trees. The local Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team have also been made aware of the muggings so that they can look at the recent criminal activity. 

We  intend to keep an eye on these issues in the coming months. Please let your local Labour councillor Adrian Garden know if you have any further views about tree maintenance at agarden@lambeth.gov.uk or 07814568024, or alternatively contact your Vassall Labour Action Team Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop on vassalllabour@gmail.com  

24 November 2012

Coming to a street near you ... Vassall Mobile Surgeries!

Over the past few months Vassall Labour has been going direct to resident's doorsteps as part of a new "mobile councillor surgery" to talk to them about the issues on their street, block or local area. This follows on from our resident's survey, coffee morning and pothole petition earlier in the year.

Since we kicked off our surgeries in early October, we have spoken to well over 200 residents around Vassall. Feedback has ranged from the need to address overgrown trees on Lorn Road and crime issues on some of our estates to praise for new lightening around Durand Gardens. In the next few weeks, we will start updating Vassall View with what resident's have been telling us and what we have done to help out.

Over the coming years we are hoping to get round as many streets as possible, although it will take time for our band of volunteers to cover the whole area, even if we have enthusiastic helpers like young Toby!

In the meantime if you have any issues, problems or feedback about what is happening in your community, then you can ...

  • Get in touch with your local councillors and ask them to help with council related matters - see details on the right hand panel
  • Contact your local Labour Action Team, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop with any other issues on vassalllabour@gmail.com 
  • Tell us your thoughts on Twitter and facebook
  • Join our mailing list and get monthly updates on what is happening locally by emailing vassalllabour@gmail.com 

All your feedback is appreciated and will be acted on!

13 November 2012

Streetscape are recruiting Senior Landscape Gardener at Myatt's Fields Park

Streetscape, based at Myatt's Fields Park in Lambeth's Vassall Ward, are currently advertising for a Senior Landscape Gardener.

Details from the Streetscape website

We are looking for an experienced landscape gardener/ trainer with exceptional interpersonal skills to join our team and: lead and provide high-calibre on-the-job training to our second team of apprentices; provide an unrivalled hard and soft landscape gardening service to our clients.

Salary: £25,000 – £30,500 p.a., depending on experience.

Closing date: Friday 23 November 2012 at 9AM.

To apply please send a CV and brief cover letter explaining why working for Streetscape would appeal to you to info@streetscape.org.uk.

Further details and job description on the Streetscape website

12 November 2012

Come to the Myatt's Fields Park Project Group AGM this Thursday

The Myatt's Fields Park Project Group will be holding their Annual General Meeting this Thursday, 15 November 2012, at 7pm at Longfield Hall in Knatchbull Road, Camberwell SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.
Photo of Myatts Fields Park on vassallview.com

The AGM will review the past success year of operations at the park and elect a new Committee to take forward the running of the park over the next year.  Come along to find out more and get involved with our local park.

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

07 November 2012

Lambeth Council pledge no Council Tax increase for two more years

Lambeth's Labour Council has pledged not to increase Council Tax in the borough for at least another two years. That means that Council Tax will have not increased since 2008.

Lambeth 0% Council Tax pledge on vassallview.comWith living costs rising and the price hikes recently announced by the energy companies, the Labour group of Councillors want to support residents.

Council Tax has been frozen at the 2008 level for four years now and when this measure is passed  will have stayed at the same level for six years.

Labour Lambeth Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources Councillor Paul McGlone said “The economic failure of the Coalition Government means the cost of living is increasing and many local people are now struggling to make ends meet.

“We are doing what we can to help residents and the Council Tax freeze is part of that."

Vassall Ward Councillor Adrian Garden added "The Council Tax freeze is great news for all Vassall and Lambeth residents. We in the Labour Party understand the tough times that we are all going through facing increases in the cost of gas and electricity, transport and food and so anything that the Council can do to help is welcome."

25 October 2012

Halloween in Myatt's Fields Park this Sunday

This Sunday, 28 October 2012, celebrate Halloween in Myatt's Fields Park in Camberwell SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.

There will be African drumming by Master drummer and drum doctor Henri Gaobi on the bandstand as well as a fancy dress competition for children with prizes awarded for the best costume: 5 and under; 12 and under; and anyone else – judging from 3pm to 3.20pm.

The Little Cat Cafe will also be open for food, including spooky cakes, and drinks  Halloween 2012 in Myatts Fields Park SE5 on vassallview.com

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

19 October 2012

Food Heroes this Saturday in Myatt's Fields Park

This Saturday, 20 October 2012, everyone is welcome to come along and learn how to make Mexican corn tortilla, guacamole, fresh salsa and sour cream in Myatt's Fields Park, Camberwell in Lambeth's Vassall Ward. Come along for the 10:30am start.

The event is part of the Food Heroes sessions which are held regularly in the park. The session is open to everyone – come along and help cook, or just turn up and eat at noon if you want to. You don’t need to be an expert cook, the sessions are designed so that people can just roll up their sleeves and help with chopping, stirring and eating!

If you have knowledge of a particular food would you be interested in sharing it with others? The park pay food heroes £40 to teach other people about the food they know and love. No experience is needed and you will be supported by food manager Fiorella Fronzi during the session. If you are interested in becoming a food hero please contact Fiorella Fronzi on fiorella.fronzi@myattsfieldspark.info.

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

17 October 2012

Paradise Cove licensing application passed with revised opening times and conditions

The licensing application submitted by Vassall Ward cafe Paradise Cove on Brixton Road, SW9 in Vassall Ward was passed at the council's Licensing Sub-Committee on 9 October 2012.

Paradise Cove restaurant on vassallview.comFollowing responses to the licence application from local residents, the Police and businesses the cafe owner submitted a revised licence application accepting restricted opening hours and music conditions. The revised licence was agreed by the committee.

Full details of the licence granted are on the Licensing Sub-Committee web page

11 October 2012

Pothole petition delivered to the council!

Last week we delivered our Vassall Labour pothole petition to Lambeth council calling for improvements to be made to the pot hole ridden state of some of our local streets, listed below:

Mowell Street
Cancell Road
Russell Grove
Cowley Road
Patmos Rod
Templar Street
Evandale Road
Inglis Street

Seventy six members of the public signed the petition during our summer campaign on the issue - and a big thank you to all those who spoke to us and supported this effort. We are now waiting for the council's response which will appear on Vassall View as soon as we have it.

If you want to stay up to date with this campaign and recieve news about what else is happening locally let us know at vassalllabour@gmail.com and we will put you on our mailing list.

02 October 2012

October is Black History Month in Lambeth libraries

October is Black History Month with a wide variety of events in Lambeth's libraries including the Minet Library in Vassall Ward.
Black History Month 2012 programme on vassallview.org.uk

See the programme (left) for details.

30 September 2012

Vassall Ward cafe Paradise Cove licence to be considered by Licensing Sub-Committee

The Paradise Cove cafe at 226a Brixton Road, SW9 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward has submitted an application to the Lambeth Licensing Sub-Committee for a premises licence to serve alcohol, play recorded music and offer late night refreshment to midnight Sunday to Thursday, and 2am Friday and Saturday.

This application will be considered by the Committee on 9 October 2012. Households and businesses in the local area have been informed and given an opportunity to raise concerns; these will be considered at the meeting.

28 September 2012

Lambeth Archives Open Day this Saturday, Minet Library

This Saturday, 29 September 2012, the Lambeth Archives, located at the Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward will be holding an open day.

The theme of the open day is local government. There will be talks, film screenings, an exhibition, local societies' stands and bookstalls and fun children's activities all centred on the question What has local governemnt ever done for us?

In this current period of "austerity" council services are going through some extraordinary challenges and changes and any previous certainty about who should run and fund them no longer exists. So this year the Arhcives are taking a long view of local government in Lambeth and considering its versatility, the services which it has provided and the impact it has had and continues to have on local people's lives.

Highlights include
10am - Vocation to Serve? Setting the scene. From the Elizabethan poor law to the big society - Len Reilly

10.15am - The measure of a city's greatness is to be found in the quality of it's spaces, Lambeth's parks and and open spaces - Dr Iain Boulton

11am - To sweep, flush and collect. Sewers and waste disposal - Fiona Price

11.45am - Civic architecture in Lambeth - Edmund Bird

12.30pm - The battle of the books: the free Public Library movement in Lambeth - Jon Newman

1.15pm - Films from the archives 

2.15pm - The health of the people is the highest law. Hospitals and health on the rates - Len Reilly

3pm - The rise and fall of council housing - Brian Bloice

3.45pm - Reflections on Lambeth Council and community action since the 1970's - sean Creighton

19 September 2012

Stockwell Festival this Saturday, Larkhall Park

The Stockwell Festival will be held this Saturday, 23 September 2012, in Larkhall Park, Stockwell SW8 from 11:45am - 6pm.

Stockwell Festival flyer on vassallview.com

16 September 2012

SE5 Forum for Camberwell open meeting and AGM this Wednesday 19 September 2012

Vassall Ward residents living or working in the SE5 section of the ward are invited to the SE5 Forum open meeting and AGM which is taking place this Wednesday, 19 September 2012, from 6:30pm onwards. The meeting will take place at the Harry Caddick Community Centre at 63 Lilford Road, SE5, everyone is welcome.

Come and get the latest updates on revitalising Camberwell Town Centre and greater Camberwell Green, the Denmark Hill Station rebuild and new campaigns to take the Vision for Camberwell to a new level.

The SE5 Forum is a non-political, umbrella organisation that exists to work for the improvement of Camberwell to benefit all members. As you are probably aware the greater Camberwell area (ie the SE5 postcode area) is split between two local authorities - Lambeth and Southwark, three MPs - Kate Hoey, Harriet Harman and Tessa Jowell and several council wards which has meant that in the past it has not received the attention it deserved and as a result has not received the attention and investment that neighbouring areas such as Brixton, Peckham and Elephant have received.

More information on the AGM and SE5 Forum is available on the SE5 Forum website

14 September 2012

Vassall Labour Coffee Morning!

Do you have a burning local issue that needs sorting out? Do you have an idea for how to improve your neighbourhood or local services? Want to meet those who have been elected to represent your views?
To help you get your views over to our local Labour team, Vassall Labour has organised a special free coffee morning event on Saturday, 22 September, where you will be able to meet and speak to your Labour team about any local or national issues that you have.
Hosted at the PACCA building, 81 Lothian Road between 11am and 1pm, this event will be attended by:

  •       Vauxhall Labour MP Kate Hoey 
  •       Lambeth council leader Cllr Steve Reed   
  •       Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly Member Val Shawcross  
  •       Members of your local Vassall Labour Team   

There is no need to register, just come along!
If you have any further questions, please contact your local Vassall Labour Action Team on vassalllabour@gmail.com 

13 September 2012

New school, St Gabriel's College, opens in Vassall Ward

This September a new coeducational secondary school in Lambeth's Vassall Ward admitted its first pupils.

St Gabriels College SW9 logo on vassallview.com
St Gabriel's College, located on two sites in Vasall Ward: Langton Road, SW9 and Cormont Road, SE5, is a Church of England voluntary aided school. Places are open to everyone in the local area. 

The new school developed out of Charles Edward Brooke Girls School to meet the need for boys' as well as girls' schools in Lambeth.

Photo of St Gabriels College SW9 on vassallview.com
Following extensive building work the school site has been transformed ready to accept 120 boys and girls in each year. The new school builds on Charles Edward Brooke's strengths to offer a high quality, inclusive education for boys and girls in the local area. It has strong links with St John the Divine Church on Vassall Road.

The school will be running open events over the next few weeks for parents considering the school for September 2013 entry.

St Gabriels' College open days
Monday 24 September 2012 9.00 - 11.00am
Thursday 18 October 2012 9.00 - 11.00am
Thursday 25 October 2012 9.00 - 11.00am
Saturday 6 October 2012 9.00am - 12.00pm

Open evenings 
Tuesday 9 October 2012 6.00 - 8.00pm
Thursday 18 October 2012 6.00 - 8.00pm
Tuesday 23 October 2012 6.00 - 8.00pm

Further information on the St Gabriel's College website
Download the school's prospectus

Contact Student Services Officer Natalie Lalsee for further information - tel 020 7793 3901 / email admissions@saintgabrielscollege.org.   

11 September 2012

Aged 16-24 and looking for training on the job? Lambeth College apprenticeship open day 12 September 2012

Lambeth Council are working with Lambeth College to promote paid apprenticeships for Lambeth people aged 16-24 who are looking to earn whilst they train. The initiative is part of the council's More jobs campaign.

If you are interested in finding out more come along to the apprenticeship open day on Wednesday 12 September 2012 from 1-5pm at the Lambeth College Clapham Common site.

The following information is taken from the Lambeth website

Are you aged 16-24 and looking for an opportunity that allows you to work whilst training on the job?

Why not come along to our apprenticeship open day at Lambeth College?

When: Wednesday 12 September
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Where: Lambeth College Hub Space, Lambeth College, Clapham Campus, 45 Clapham Common South Side, SW4 3BL.

The council is working in partnership with Lambeth College to support this exciting event. The open day will showcase 38 real apprenticeship opportunities from a high street bank and a large construction company, as well as giving 16-24 year olds the chance to get general support and advice about apprenticeships and jobs. Sound interesting? Then make your way to the open day to find out more.

We are working hard to make sure that Lambeth residents have the best chance to access apprenticeship opportunities. To emphasise our commitment, we are also recruiting an Apprenticeship Coordinator who will increase the number apprenticeship opportunities in the borough by working with local people, businesses and apprenticeship training providers.

For more information about our open day or apprenticeships in general, email lambethworking@lambeth.gov.uk or apprenticeships@lambethcollege.ac.uk

This event is part of the council’s ‘More jobs’ campaign.

The aim of ‘More jobs’ is to support, signpost and work with residents who are looking for employment; work with businesses to create employment and apprenticeship opportunities; and encourage entrepreneurialism by offering support to those who want to set up on their own.

Further information on More jobs

10 September 2012

Return your Voter registration form to stay on the electoral register

The Council has recently sent out electoral registration information to all households in the borough.

You should have received a letter addressed "To the Present Occupier" at your home with electoral registration details. Dont ignore it: to stay on the electoral register you need to return the form or update your details, even if nothing has changed.

Polling Station sign on vassallview.com
You can update your electoral registration details by returning the paper form, text message or online - instructions and your unique security code are contained in the letter.

Whilst we are not  expecting an election in 2013 in Lambeth or across London it is important that the Council has up to date details for administrative purposes. Whether or not you are on the electoral register also affects your credit rating - not being on it may affect your ability to get a bank account, credit card or mobile phone contract.

If you have lost the voter registartion form you can download a new one on the Lambeth website

Further information on the Lambeth website Elections and voting section

31 August 2012

New Akerman Health Centre in Patmos Road now open

The new Akerman Health Centre on Patmos Road, SW9 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward has now opened promising local people better access to health, dental and other services.

View of Akerman Health Centre on Patmos Road, SW9 on vassallview.com

Three local Doctors practices have now moved to the new location: Iveagh House Surgery, Foxley Square Surgery and the Myatts Field Medical Practice

In addition health, community and dental services will be provided at the Akerman Health Centre as well as the care of long term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, and access to mental health services, including a specialist outreach service. It will be the main base for district nursing and specialist maternity services for people in Brixton.

Akerman Health Centre on Patmos Road on Vassallview.comLocal GP and chair of the NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group  Dr Adrian McLaughlin commented  “The great strength of the Akerman Health Centre will be its bringing together under one roof of the healthcare and social care services that people living and working in Lambeth will need to stay well and healthy.  We hope that the centre will also bring shorter waiting times and better access to services for patients.  For us as clinical commissioners, reducing inequalities and improving healthcare for local people is a priority, and the Akerman Health Centre will go some way to achieving this.”
Funding for Akerman Health Centre was provided through the Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme. This is a public private partnership between Building Better Health, a private sector development partner set up in 2003 to bid for NHS LIFT projects in Greater London, and the NHS in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. It provides funding for brand new health and social care facilities which are then leased to the public sector, including NHS organisations and GPs.

Further information on the Akerman Health Centre website

30 August 2012

Myatts Fields Park are recruiting a Cafe Manager (maternity leave)

The fabulous cafe in Myatt's Fields Park, Camberwell, SE5 in Laambeth's Vassall Ward are advertising for a Cafe Manager to cover maternity leave.

This is a part time post for 21 hours a week. the salary is £30,000 pro rata

See the Cafe Manager job advert- apply with CV and covering letter

The closing date for applications is 10 September 2012
For further information contact Victoria Sherwin Vsherwin@lambeth.gov.uk

The cafe is also recruiting Cafe Assistants to work on a casual basis -£6.50 per hour. See the Cafe Assistant job description - contact Rebecca Maddox 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. 
Myatt's Fields Park website

29 August 2012

Myatts Field North Community Fun Day this Saturday 12 - 5pm

This Saturday, 1 September 2012, come along to the Myatts Field North Community Fun Day. Come along to the Bramah Green Community Centre between 12 and 5pm for fun, food, music and children's activities. there will also be an opportunity to find out more about what is planned for the estate over the next few years by Regenter.

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24 August 2012

Apprenticeship in Landscape Gardening at Myatt's Fields Park

Myatt's Fields Park in Lambeth's Vassall Ward are advertising an Apprenticeship in Landscape Gardening- this a great opportunity for a local person to gain training in landscape gardening.

You must be able to start work on 10 September 2012. The closing date for applications is 31 August 2012.

For further details and to apply see the Myatts Fields Park website

23 August 2012

Ice cream making this afternoon in Myatt's Fields Park!

This afternoon, Thursday 23 August 2012 all young people are invited to come along to Myatt's Fields Park in Lambeth's Vassall Ward to make (and eat!) ice cream.

Myatts Fields Park Bandstand SE5 on vassallview.com
After last week's successful session the Park are running another one today

The ice cream will be made using fruit grown in the park's greenhouse. All children are welcome to come along to the park's roundhouse from 3-5pm for ice cream making fun!

This activity is funded by the Big Lottery Fund's Local Food Scheme 

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