23 April 2012

Akerman Health Centre open day this Thursday 26 April 2012

This Thursday the new Akerman Health Centre on Patmos Road, SW9 in Lambeth's Vasssall Ward will be holding an open day for local people to find out more about the new health centre which is due to open in August.

The event will be held at the PACCA Hall at 81 Lothian Road, SW9 (near to the new building) and will take place from 3-7pm.

Akerman Health Centre flyerCome and find out about:
• GP surgeries moving to the centre
• Specialist health services
• Lambeth Health Trainers for healthy living advice
• Expert Patient Programme
• Lambeth Council—plans for the local area
• NHS Lambeth—Patient Advice Liaison Service

Children welcome - drop in on your way home from school
or nursery
• Face painter
• Balloon sculpture
• Refreshments
Thursday 26 April 2012
PACCA Hall, 81 Lothian Road, SW9

18 April 2012

Come to the grand re-opening of the Slade Gardens under-5s playground this Saturday

This Saturday, 21 April 2012, Slade Gardens in Lambeth's Vassall Ward celebrates the opening of a new under-5s playground with a grand community picnic.

Slade Gardens playground in Vassall Ward, SW9Come and explore the fabulous new playground and take part in face painting, balloon modelling, giant drawing and park tours. Bring a blanket, bring food to share and bring your friends!
New play equipment in Slade Gardens, SW9

The event will take place between 12 and 3pm with amongst others Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey and Councillor Florence Nosegbe, Labour Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the Olympics.

The rejuvination of the play area is the result of partnership working between local group the Friends of Slade Gardens and Lambeth Council. The Council has used so called section 106 funding from local housing developers to part finance the redevelopment.

Local Vassall Councillor Adrian Garden commented "This is a fantastic facility for local children and a great addition to Vassall Ward, I am sure it will be very well used all year round. This is a great example of Lambeth Council working with local people to make the area better for everyone."

Further information

Friends of Slade Gardens flyer advertising event

17 April 2012

Crown and Anchor pub on Brixton Road to reopen on Thursday

The Crown and Anchor pub at 246 Brixton Road, SW9 near Slade Gardens in Lambeth's Vassall Ward is set to reopen this Thursday, 19 April 2012, in the evening.

Crown and Anchor pub on vassallview.com
 As you may have noticed the pub has been undergoing redevelopment over the past few months after falling into disrepair following closure last year.

Read more about the pub reopening on the Brixton Blog 

Edited to add: Brixton website Urban75 has some great photos of the new pub

15 April 2012

Have you received your polling card for the elections on 3 May 2012? Are you registered to vote?

You should have received your polling card for the London elections to be held on Thursday 3 May 2012 - if you have not it may be worth checking to make sure that you are registered to vote.

You have until Wednesday 18 April to get your completed forms to Lambeth Electoral Services department to ensure that you can vote to elect the Mayor of London and the London Assembly member.

To find out if you are registered to vote consult the electoral register: available in your local 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.

13 April 2012

Myatts Fields Park football tournament this Sunday

This Sunday, 22 April 2012, Myatt's Fields Park, Camberwell SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward, will be holding a football tournament to celebrate the opening of the new pitch.

Come along from 10am for the football followed by a barbecue.

The day will include competitions for under 9s, under 12s, under 16s, and adults. Play will be 15 minutes each way, all teams to be seven aside.

Anyone who can put a seven aside team together is welcome especially school teams, youth clubs and groups (you must have 10 players registered for subs etc).

Please register teams with Myatt’s park manager, Kasia Olszewska (kolszewska@lambeth.gov.uk)

11 April 2012

Livingstone pledges that "Millions of Londoners will be better off with Ken"

Ken Livingstone today launched his manifesto in his bid to become Mayor of London on 3 May 2012 by pledging that "millions of Londoners will be better off" if he is Mayor.

Ken Livingstone in Lambeth
Ken has pledged in his manifesto to make Londoners better off by:

• Cutting the fares by 7% this year - saving the average Londoner £1,000 over four years
• Working to reduce rents, improve homes with a London non-profit lettings agency
• Tackling heating bills - through insulation and an energy co-op to reduce prices and help households save over £150 a year
• Reinstating a London EMA of up to £30 a week to help young people stay in education
• Providing more support for childcare with grants and interest-free loans
• Reversing Boris Johnson’s police cuts, restore local sergeants

At the launch of the manifesto, Ed Miliband, Ken Livingstone, Val Shawcross and Tessa Jowell MP will unveil an innovative new online website: www.betteroffcalculator.com which allows every Londoner to see how they will be better off thanks to Ken's manifesto pledges.

Ken said "Two weeks ago, the Conservative government launched an attack on Londoners’ living standards. Four hundred thousand London pensioners were hit by the Granny Tax. Two hundred and fifty thousand families in London lost tax credits.   London needs a mayor who will stand up to that attack and do what they can to help working Londoners. Instead, all he did is lobby to cut tax for people on £150,000 a year – five times what the average working Londoner earns."
He went on "Those are the priorities of a Conservative mayor. My priorities are different. My manifesto today has at its core key pledges that will make Londoners better off by £1000 or more, through their fares, household energy bills, rents, education maintenance allowance and childcare costs. The Conservative campaign has nothing to offer by comparison. In the central choice on the cost of living, Londoners will be better off with a Labour mayor.”

Read Ken's full manifesto
Further information www.kenlivingstone.com

03 April 2012

Ken pledges to tackle gangs on visit to Myatts Field in Vassall Ward

Ken Livingstone today set out serious new measures to tackle gangs and serious crime in London, during a visit to the Myatt’s Field estate in Lambeth's Vassall Ward today.

Ken’s plans include driving forward the community-led commissioning approach being pioneered in Lambeth, where Pastor Mimi Asher has helped over 80 local young people turn their back on gang culture, with her work to set up a range of positive activities for young people on the estate.

Ken met Pastor Mimi Asher and some of the young people she works with during his Lambeth ‘Tell Ken’ visit last July and returned to the estate today, to set out his policies for tackling gangs in the capital. If elected in May, Ken will:

1. Learn from successful gang mediation projects – Working with the Met to learn from the Brathay and Ceasefire projects and successful initiatives in Strathclyde, where trained anti-

gang co-ordinators work in ‘at risk’ neighbourhoods, along with ‘mediation projects’ to de-escalate conflicts within and between neighbourhood.

2. Adopt an ‘early intervention’ approach that helps adolescents find alternatives to gang culture before they are drawn in

3. Drive change from the bottom up, putting communities in charge of finding the solution that work best in their area –Learning from the Lambeth example, Ken will provide

funding for twenty pilot projects that will put residents in control, mobilising and building community resources in the fight against serious violent crime.

4. Fight to protect children and young people from the ravages of growing up in poverty – Ken will reinstate the London Child Poverty Commission and Annual State of

London’s Children Report, and monitor the impact of changes to housing benefit caps and the introduction of the universal benefits cap, to inform discussion about how to prevent negative impacts on children and families.

Ken Livingstone said:

“Gang crime has scarred communities across the capital, snatched potential away from young people, and put simply, ruined lives. The Conservative Mayor’s broken promises and failure to act mean that last year there were over 1,000 more young victims of knife crime than at the beginning of his mayoralty.

“I believe young Londoners deserve better. Through developing partnerships between London government, the police, local communities and young people, and by learning from what is proven to work, such as Pastor Mimi Asher’s work, we can begin to win the fight against gang culture.”

Cllr Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council said:

“Mimi Asher has shown us the dramatic difference a community can make in reducing gang crime. Communities know the young people who are getting into trouble, and they know what needs to happen to steer young lives back on track. Lambeth’s new youth services trust puts communities in control of council funding, buildings and staff so they can fight the problem instead of wasting their energy fighting the system when it refuses to listen. It’s great that Ken wants to extend this radical new approach across London.”

02 April 2012

Vassall Labour Councillor's surgeries April 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 April 2012 on the following dates

Tuesday 3 April 2012 - 6:30-7:30pm The Holland Room, Christ Church, Brixton Road, SW9 6BE
Thursday 19 April 2012 - 6:30-7:30pm, The Annex, Cowley Estate, Brixton Road, SW9 6LZ
Saturday 14 April 2012 - 2-3pm, Myatts Field North TMO Boardroom, Foxley Square, SW9 7RY
Saturday 28 April 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