30 March 2012

Black Sheep pub becomes the Kennington

The Black Sheep pub at 60 Camberwell New Road, SE5 (at the junction with Foxley Road) in Lambeth's Vassall Ward has recently been refurbished and, looking very smart, has reopened as the Kennington.

See the pub's website for further details

27 March 2012

Minet Conservation Association Extraordinary General Meeting

The Minet Conservation Association will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting on Tuesday 27 March 2012 from 7pm at Longfield Hall, corner of Burton and Knatchbull Roads in Lambeth's Vassall Ward. All local people are invoted to come and hear about the MCA's activities.

Longfield Hall in Vassall Ward on vassallview.com
The Minet Conservation Association is concerned about developments in the area around Myatt's Fields Park with a particular focus on the Minet Library, the park and Longfield Hall.

The MCA's website describes the purpose of the meeting as "A meeting to talk about the future of the Minet Conservation Association - your chance to give views on what the focus should be for the MCAand hear about options for local amenties including the Minet Library and Longfield Hall.  Also an opportunity to find out more about other local developments that will impact on the Conservation Area and how you can get involved."

Further information on the Minet Conservation Association website

26 March 2012

Van Gogh's former house on Hackford Road featured in the Guardian

The house where artist Vincent Van Gogh lived in 1873 on Hackford Road, SW9 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward  (pictured) has been put up for sale.

Van Gogh's house in Vassall Ward

A Guardian reporter made a visit to the house - see the article and video reporting Guardian - Vincent van Gogh's London home up for auction

Our local paper the South London Press carried a report on the sale earlier this month: South London Press - Outside loo where Vincent would Gogh

25 March 2012

London elections 3 May 2012 - are you registered to vote?

The elections for Mayor of London and London Assembly take place on Thursday 3 May 2012.

To take part in the London 2012 elections you must be registered to vote in your current home.

To find out if you are registered consult the electoral register: these are available in your local library such as the Minet Library or by contacting the Electoral Services department of Lambeth Council- 020 7926 2144, electoralservices@lambeth.gov.uk.

You have until 18 April 2012 to send back a registration form to Lambeth in order to take part in the elections on 3 May.

Registration forms and other information can be found on the Lambeth website – www.lambeth.gov.uk/registertovote.

You can register and vote in these elections if you are a citizen of the UK, the Commonwealth or another EU nation.

For information on the London elections see the London Elects website

21 March 2012

Lambeth Cooperative Libraries consultation sessions at the Minet Library, SE5 Friday and Monday

Lambeth will be carrying out cooperative libraries consultation sessions at the Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, Camberwell SE5 in Vassall Ward on Friday 22 March 2012 (10am-12pm) and Monday 26 March 2012 (7-9pm).

Minet Library in Vassall Ward on vassallview.com
At these sessions staff from Lambeth will be giving out information on the new cooperative libraries way of working and finding out what we as local people want from our libraries. So come along to the Minet and give your views and find out about how the library service will de developing.

There is further information on the consultation, including the consultation questionnaire, on the Lambeth website.

13 March 2012

Ken pledges to tackle London's childcare crisis

Labour's candidate for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone today put families at the heart of his Mayoral campaign, as he launched a pledge to tackle childcare in the capital. With research showing that 40% of an average London family’s income goes on childcare and travel, Ken is committed to tackling this through his Fare Deal fares cut and new childcare measures he will announce today.

On a visit to a North London Children’s Centre, with Shadow Home Secretary & Minister for Women Yvette Cooper MP, Emily Thornberry MP, and Lambeth and Southwark Assembly Member Val Shawcross, Ken pledged that if elected in May he will:
- Help families with upfront childcare costs through offering grants of up to £700 to low income families and interest-free loans to families earning up to £40,000 per year
- Provide funding to create more out-of-hours childcare places at 200 nurseries across London.
- Campaign against Tory cuts to childcare tax credits

Londoners face some of the highest childcare costs in the world. The GLA estimates that London parents accessing full-time childcare have to pay, on average, £200 a week – nearly £10,000 a year.

One of Boris Johnson’s first acts as Mayor was to abolish the GLA’s Childcare Affordability programme, which helped more than 10,000 families to enter or sustain employment through helping with the cost of childcare. The Tory-led Government have reduced the entitlement for the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit, costing more than 50,000 London families over £1,200 per year.

Labour candidate for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone on vassallview.com
Ken Livingstone said:

“Families in London are facing a childcare crisis which I believe the Mayor has a duty to address. Not only is this in the interests of millions of families across the capital, it is in the economic interests of London.

“Parents in London face the most expensive childcare in the country and huge barriers in being able to access childcare when they need it. Yet the Tory Mayor and the Tory government have hit London families with a double whammy, with their cuts to the Mayor’s Childcare Affordability programme and childcare tax credits.

“I will take action for London’s parents, through offering grants and interest-free loans for upfront childcare costs, increasing out of hours childcare, and lobbying the Tory government to reverse their cuts.

“It is completely unacceptable that 40% of a London family’s income goes on childcare and travel. But with my childcare pledge and Fare Deal fares cut, families in every corner of the capital will find themselves better off.”

12 March 2012

Concerns raised about new development proposed for Robsart Street

Some Vassall Ward residents have raised concerns about a proposed development on Robsart Street, SW9 which, it is feared, will have an adverse impact on the local area.

The proposals are being put forward by landlord Community Trust Housing which wants to regenerate the Stockwell Park estate and provide more desperately needed accommodation for Lambeth residents.

Community Trust Housing expect to submit plans to Lambeth for the redevelopment shortly. Initial plans would, if approved by Lambeth's Planning Committee, see the replacement of Wayland House by several new blocks of flats providing a mixture of social and private housing. The landlord has held several consultations with residents of the Stockwell Park Estate - residents supported the construction of new housing rather than the refurbishment of existing accommodation. Demolition of Wayland House will start later in 2012.

Concern has been raised about the replacement of the main block with a possible 19 floor block of flats as well as the construction of further high-rise blocks which it is feared will overshadow the local area and Slade Gardens. To read more about the concerns of some residents in surrounding streets see the Wayland Action Group webpage

Local Vassall Councillor Adrian Garden has expressed concerns that a 19 storey building may not be appropriate for the area and supported local residents in raising their concerns.

Local Lorn Road residents Paul Nixon and Valerie Farnell also expressed concerns about the proposals, both however stressed that providing good quality affordable housing was the top priority for the area.

Read the Wayland House regeneration bulletin

11 March 2012

Myatts Field North residents' newsletter published

The latest edition of the Myatts Field North residents' newsletter has been published giving an update on the regeneration plans.

Read the newsletter on the Lambeth website

05 March 2012

Brixton Remakery sets out future plans for Paulet Road site

Brixton Remakery have published plans to convert a disused garage on the corner of Paulet Road and Lilford Road, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward into a reuse and recycling centre.

The scheme, supported by Lambeth Council, Lambeth Living, Transition Town Brixton and others, has been given a 15 year lease on the site which will provide a cost-effective working space for re-use and recyling businesses.

Organisers state  "The Remakery is a community led initiative to establish a co-working space for re-use and upcycling enterprises. The Remakery will provide affordable workspace, access to materials and business development support. It will create employment, training and volunteering opportunities and will save 200 tonnes of materials each year from being thrown away, including bicycles, wood, textiles, furniture and computers."

"The Remakery has been offered a 15 year lease on a 1000 sq m disused garage block in Paulet Road, and has been awarded £100,000 of capital funding through Lambeth Council's public voting project Your Choice, after receiving over 3000 votes from local residents. Architecture for Humanity (AfH London), a built environment charity, has designed the workspace, and a planning application for the Remakery was submitted in January 2012."

The Remakery have submitted a formal planning application which will be considered shortly, they have produced an exhibition of their plans for local residents which is on display in the entrance to the Minet Library on Knatchbull Road, SE5 from 3 - 19 March 2012.

Representatives of the Remakery will be at the Minet Library on Monday 5 March 2012 to talk through their plans at a drop-in session from 5 -8pm


For further information see the Brixton Remakery website.

04 March 2012

Myatts Field North £150 million regeneration plans approved

After years of campaigning by local residents and Labour Councillors the Myatts Field North estate in Lambeth's Vassall Ward is to finally get the revamp it desperately needs.

Work on the crumbling estate (pictured) was delayed by the government last year but after some hard campaigning by the tenants management organisation, they have finally approved the £150 million regeneration project which will see more than 800 new homes being created and a much needed face lift for the area.

The regeneration will be financed by Lambeth Council working in partnership with developers. In total 305 brand new homes will be developed for tenants to replace existing crumbling homes. The development will see a further 172 affordable homes being built with 500 for private sale.

A brand new heat and power plant which will also be installed aimed at cutting carbon emissions by 80% and will provide the estate with greener hot water and heating. Work to start demolishing the estate block will being in spring 2012.

Cllr Lib Peck, Cabinet member for Housing said “Our residents will benefit from better quality homes and their quality of life will have improved by an environment that is totally transformed. Labour have committed to invest in quality housing and improving the lives of our council tenants through raising money by selling of void properties and using funds from the new homes bonus scheme recently announced by the government.”

01 March 2012

Vassall Labour Councillor's surgeries March 2012

Photo of Adrian Garden and Kingsley Abrams, Vassall Ward Labour Councillors on Vassall View
Vassall Ward Labour Councillors Kingsley Abrams and Adrian Garden will be holding surgeries in Vassall Ward in March 2012 on the following dates


Tuesday 6 March 2012 - 6:30-7:30pm The Holland Room, Christ Church, Brixton Road, SW9 6BE
Thursday 15 March 2012 - 6:30-7:30pm, The Annex, Cowley Estate, Brixton Road, SW9 6LZ
Saturday 17 March 2012 - 2-3pm, Myatts Field North TMO Boardroom, Foxley Square, SW9 7RY
Saturday 24 March 2012 - 10-11am, Myatts Field South Tenants Hall, Burton Lane, SW9 6NX

(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 kingsleyabrams@gmail.com tel 07932 447763
Adrian Garden - email agarden@lambeth.gov.uk tel 07814 568 024