31 July 2012

The Big Cowley Estate Survey




This summer Vassall Labour is carrying out a big resident's survey on the Cowley estate in Vassall.

We want to know what the big and small issues are for residents, whether it's problems in their block or home, and their views on how the estate can be made even better for them and their neighbours. In the past six weeks, we have been collecting these opinions by knocking on doors to speak to local people and dropping our survey through letter boxes. We have already helped to sort out a number of problems and picked up a lot of feedback - but we want more!

If you live on the Cowley estate and have missed us or haven't received a questionnaire yet, we still want your views! You can fill in an online copy here - and please be assured, all responses are kept confidential. If you would prefer us to send a survey in the post then please send an email to your Vassall Action Team members Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop at Vasslllabour@gmail.com.

And please pass on news about this survey to anyone who lives on the estate.

Once the survey closes on Saturday, 1 September, we will be feeding them back to the Cowley Resident's Management Organisation (CMRO), the leader of Lambeth council, your MP Kate Hoey and Vassall councillors as well as putting the results up on Vassall View.

And dont forget  if you have any problems - whether you live on Cowley or not - please remember to contact either one of your Labour councillors:

Cllr Adrian Garden: AGarden@lambeth.gov.uk

Cllr Kingsley Abrams: kingsleyabrams@hotmail.com

27 July 2012

Join our campaign to end Vassall’s pothole problem!




Vassall Labour and Lambeth council are launching a new campaign to end the pothole problem that has been affecting a few streets in our area.

Lambeth Council are planning to resurface a record number of roads and pavements this year as part of a £10 million scheme paid for by the sale of redundant council office blocks. This will mean over a hundred roads or pavements in Lambeth will be re-laid, leaving streets looking smarter and making life easier for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians. 

The project has earmarked a number of roads in Vassall for investment - a full list is below:

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

However, we need you help to make sure that these roads are improved. We want to be able to prove that local residents are backing our campaign – which is why we are launching a petition to get this money spent in Vassall. In the next few weeks we will be knocking on the doors of residents on these roads to ask them to sign our petition, and if they are not in, dropping a letter through their door about it.

If we have missed you on our rounds, then you can still sign up by emailing your name and address to Vassall’s Labour Action Team Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop at Vassalllabour@gmail.com. And if you have any views about the campaign, let us know them too! Do feel free to share this page with your friends as well.

We are in tough economic times, especially as the government has cut Lambeth’s funding by a third, a move sadly backed by Lambeth Liberal Democrats. But with this extra investment and your support we can get these roads and pavements improved.

18 July 2012

Myatts Fields Park praised as one of the best in the country

Myatts Fields Park in Lambeth's Vassall Ward has been awarded a Green Flag for another year recognising it continued high quality of cleanliness, safety and attractiveness.

Myatts Fields Park bandstand in Vassall Ward
In particular Maytts Fields Park, located in Camberwell, SE5, was praised for its community greenhouse and cafe both of which bring together local people and volunteers to offer opportunituies for training and skills development. the park was also praised for the way in which the council works with the local community.

Myatts Fields was one of nine parks in Lambeth to be awarded a green flag in recognition of their continued excellence. The other parks awarded a green flag in Lambeth are Archbishop’s Park, Hillside Gardens Park, Kennington Park, Milkwood Park, Ruskin Park, Vauxhall Park, St. Paul’s Churchyard in Clapham and St. John’s Church Gardens in Waterloo.

Councillor Sally Prentice, Lambeth's Cabinet member for Culture, welcomed the green flags saying "We have some fantastic green spaces across Lambeth and it’s not hard to see how popular and valued they are. Being awarded a Green Flag is a huge achievement, but with the criteria so challenging, retaining them from year to year is equally impressive. What really makes the difference between a good park and a great park is the role played by local people. We simply couldn’t have achieved these awards without the commitment of our dedicated park user groups, who have worked so hard to make these green spaces safe, attractive and welcoming. This is what being a Cooperative Council is all about.”

More information on the Green Flag award and Myatt's Fields Park

14 July 2012

Download the Holidays Activity Programme and Summer University guides

Young Lambeth have compiled useful guides to the holiday activities available for young people across Lambeth as well as the Summer University programme operating in the borough.

The holiday activities programme offers activities for children and young people - including sports, arts and music. Contact each provider listed directly to secure a place.

The Summer University offers over 30 accredited courses in Lambeth for young people aged 11 to 19 years.

Download both guides on the Young Lambeth website

11 July 2012

Minet Library announce summer reading programme

The Minet Library on Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Road has announced its Story Lab programme for the summer holidays. See below for the programme - all events are free and open to everyone. Enquire at the Library for further details


Source - Minet Library Twitter feed

05 July 2012

Music on the Myatt's Fields Park bandstand every Sunday in July, August and September 2012

There will be music on the Myatt's Fields Park bandstand every Sunday in July, August and September 2012 from 2pm onwards. See below below for the wide range of music available week by week.


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

03 July 2012

Vassall Councillors' surgeries in July 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 July 2012 on the following dates


Tuesday 3 July 2012 - 6:30-7:30pm The Holland Room, Christ Church, Brixton Road, SW9 6BE
Thursday 19 July 2012 - 6:30-7:30pm, The Annex, Cowley Estate, Brixton Road, SW9 6LZ
Saturday 21 July 2012 - 2-3pm, Myatts Field North TMO Boardroom, Foxley Square, SW9 7RY
Saturday 28 July 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