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.

Download the latest August 2012 Myatts Field North newsletter

Read previous news items on Myatts Field North

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.

21 August 2012

NHS Lambeth AGM 5 September 2012

NHS Lambeth will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 5 September 2012 from 3pm. The event will be held at the Imperial Ward Museum, SE1.

This is you opportunity to find out what is happening to health services -including doctors, hospitals, dentists and community health services- in the local Lambeth area.

If you are interested in attending register on the NHS Lambeth website - www.lambethccg.nhs.uk/event/nhs-lambeth-annual-general-meeting-2012/

More details are on the NHS Lambeth website:

NHS Lambeth’s next Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 5 September 2012 from 3.00pm to 4.30pm at the Imperial War Museum.

The meeting will be chaired by Caroline Hewitt, Chair of NHS South East London.  Dr Adrian McLachlan, Chair of Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Collaborative Board, will talk about the performance and achievements of the last year and the development of clinical commissioning in Lambeth.

Andrew Eyres, the Managing Director of the Lambeth Business Support Unit for NHS South East London, said: “Everyone is welcome to our Annual General Meeting, where we will report on the last year, and look forward to the next. This is an opportunity for people to come and find out what’s been happening in their local NHS”.

Time will also be spent focussing on the development of integrated care and how this will improve health services for people across Lambeth.

The meeting will be held in the Cinema Room at the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ.

An agenda, any papers and the Annual Report for 2011/2012 will be available a week before the meeting, at www.selondon.nhs.uk/annualreports.

People can register their attendance for the event at www.lambethccg.nhs.uk/event/nhs-lambeth-annual-general-meeting-2012/

For further information, please contact Tania Barnett on 020 3049 4291 or email tania.barnett@nhs.net.

18 August 2012

Brixton Remakery sets out plans for Paulet Road site

The Brixton Blog reports that  Brixton Remakery are moving ahead with their plans to transform a set of garages on Paulet Road, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.

Brixton Remakery - source Brixton Blog

As previously featured on Vassall View  the Remakery have ambitious plans to transform the currently unused garages on Paulet Road into a collective work and education space working to re-use, recycle and repair.

Having gained planning permission the project is now moving to the building phase and hopes to have the building work completed by December.
Read more on the Brixton Blog feature: Remakery Brixton

See also the Remakery website

17 August 2012

Lambeth consults on new council tax support scheme

Lambeth are currently asking local residents about how they want the new council tax support scheme to operate.

The Government is abolishing council tax benefit which is given automatically to people on low incomes to cover the cost of paying the council tax.

From April 2013 the responsibility for helping people on low incomes pay their council tax will be shifted to councils so Lambeth will have to decide who will be eligible for help with their council tax. Disguised under the veneer of increasing power to councils, this change also sees a 10% reduction in grant funding for this benefit - this means that Lambeth needs to raise an extra £2.6million to make up for the funding lost. This will result in more people on lower incomes having to more council tax each year.

Although claiming that the change will allow councils flexibility central government have insisted that older people are not affected. This means that the rest of the population will see around a 20% cut in their council tax benefits which equates to roughly £5 per week or £250 per year.

Nationally this change in polcit will result in a saving of £500m a year for the coalition Government - a drop in the ocean of the total debt. The impact on families will be great with the increased cost of council tax likely to lead to increased rent arrears, repossessions and homelessness. This will bring costs to society which will more than likely wipe out any predicted saving. The impact on local communities will be great too - that £5 extra a week used to pay council tax will not be spent in local shops and services.

Local authorities have until January 2013 to devise their new schemes for implementing this new system.

Lambeth are asking local residents for suggestions on how the new system should be implemented - should certain vulnerable groups be protected? At what level of income should someone have to start paying full council tax? Should working people receive more or less benefit? The answers you give to these and other questions will help shape the new scheme. To take part in the consultation complete the short questionnaire on the Lambeth website or contact the council for a paper version - call 020 7926 6038 or email benefitsinfo@lambeth.gov.uk. The consultation closes on 19 October 2012 so be sure to have your say before then.

Lambeth information on the consultation
Central Government information on the new scheme

16 August 2012

Come and make ice cream in Myatt's Fields Park this afternoon!

This afternoon, 16 August 2012, young people are welcome 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
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!

If you miss it today you can also come back nextThursday, 23 August, when the session will be running again.

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.

14 August 2012

Cowley estate survey - deadline extended!

Since we are still getting surveys back in the post for our big Cowley estate survey, we are extending our online version of the poll until Saturday, 1 September - so if you have not got your views in, there is still time to do so!

Just fill in the poll here - and if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with the Vassall Labour Action Team - Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop at Vasslllabour@gmail.com

13 August 2012

Work begins on Myatts Field North regeneration project!

You may have noticed that construction has started in Myatts Field North as part of a £150 million Myatts Field North redevelopment scheme backed by Lambeth Labour.
Despite cuts and delays by the Lib Dem and Tory government, the project is finally underway with its mission to bring better homes, more jobs and new modern facilities to local residents. Here is what this exciting project will mean for our area.

What does the redevelopment mean … for residents?

The project will see the refurbishment of 172 properties, while 305 will be rebuilt from scratch to give residents new homes for them and their families. All current residents on the estate will be able to move to their new or refurbished homes on the same contracts as they currently have.  A further 503 houses and flats will be built, including 146 set at affordable prices. 
The redevelopment will also seek to create public areas that everyone in Vassall can enjoy. This will include a new park with games and play areas for young people, and a modern community centre and local store. It will be a green redevelopment as well, with a pledge to cut carbon emissions by 80% for the area.
The project is scheduled to be finished in 2017 and local community members are involved in monitoring the implementation of the contract through a resident’s forum. For more information about this get in touch with the Council’s Client Team on 020 7926 8315 or at MFN@lambeth.gov.uk.

What does the redevelopment mean … for jobs?

In order to give local jobs a boost, a set of refurbished commercial units will be put in place to attract businesses to the area. The project is also aiming to fill at least 50 per cent of jobs on the project with local residents. The opportunities include 12 management traineeships, 18 apprenticeships and 16 mentoring placements with one of the consortium partners.
If you’re interested in any of these position or other job opportunities get in touch with the client team. 

How do I find out more?

Despite all the good things that this development will do, Vassall Labour has been campaigning for better communications to residents from the developers, Regenter, following feedback we have had from local people. Thank you to those of you who have been in touch and have been keeping the pressure on/
We hope this update has helped give you more detail, but if you have any other feedback, complaints or questions send them straight away to the Council’s Client Team on 020 7926 8315 or at MFN@lambeth.gov.uk or directly to Regenter’s Resident Advisor on 0800 317 066.
Alternatively, get in touch with your local Labour Councillor Adrian Garden here.

12 August 2012

Akerman Road traffic disruption to affect P5 bus route

Regenter have issued advance warning of traffic disruption in Akerman Road, SW9 from 13 August to December 2012 to enable the redevelopment of the Myatts North estate to take place. Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

During this period the P5 bus will not be stopping  at the Mostyn Gardens and Myatts Field G bus stops.

Transport for London P5 route map

03 August 2012

Youth Mayor Fund 2012 - applications now open!

Are you a young person aged 11 – 19 years (or up to 25 with additional needs)? Do you have an idea that could positively benefit young people in Lambeth?
The Youth Mayor Fund 2012 is now open for applications. 
Each year, the Youth Mayor with support from other youth council members allocates a total of £25,000 to projects for young people in Lambeth.  Applications can be made for any amount up to £5,000, and funds can be used for any type of project as long as it positively benefits young people and meets the funding criteria. Last year, the funds were allocated to projects delivering self esteem workshops, a drama project for disabled young people, teenage pregnancy awareness workshops, club facilities and dance therapy.
This year the Youth Council want to fund projects that help to achieve their collective aims:
  • Offering learning opportunities for young peop  
  • Improving relationships with the older generation  
  • Helping young people feel safer  
To find out more, please visit www.younglambeth.org, email youthmayor@lambeth.org.uk or call 020 7926 2169.

02 August 2012

Vassall Safer Neighbourhood Team publishes priorities

The Police's Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team has published its updated locallly agreed priorities.

The Vassall SNT is made up of Sergeant Jeff Palmer, PC Allan Douglas-Smith and PC Soren Dymond working with PCSO Christopher McGill, PCSO Juliana Robinson, PCSO Juliana Robinson and PCSO Steve Hunt. They are responsible for overseeing the safety of Vassall Ward residents.

The list of priorities has been compiled following discussions between the Police and local people. Over the next few months the Vassall SNT will prioritise tackling Anti-social behaviour; gangs, Robbery, Burglary and will continue to engage with local young people.

The Vassall SNT will be holding a street briefing for local residents on Saturday 11 August 2012 - meet 11am on the corner of Burton Road and Akerman Road, SW9.

See the Met Police website for full details of Vassall priorities and further information on the Vassall SNT 

Come to the Brixton Splash this Sunday

This Sunday from 12pm the annual Brixton Splash takes place in Brixton town centre. As usual a wide range of artists will be performing on several stages in the space around Coldharbour Lane, Atlantic Road, Windrush Square and the St Matthews Peace Gardens.

This year the event will be celebrating 50 years of Jamaican independence.

For further details of the event see the Brixton Splash website

01 August 2012

Vassall Ward Councillors surgeries in August 2012

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

Tuesday 7 August 2012 - 6:30-7:30pm The Holland Room, Christ Church, Brixton Road, SW9 6BE
Thursday 16 August July 2012 - 6:30-7:30pm, The Annex, Cowley Estate, Brixton Road, SW9 6LZ

(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