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."