27 December 2012

Join the Energy Bill Revolution

Are you worried about your next winter fuel bill? Is this more of a worry this year than last year?

Millions of families in the UK are struggling to heat their homes, with an increasing number having to choose between buying food and switching on the heating, or wearing hats and gloves indoors to keep warm. Cold homes damage people’s health – and lead to needless deaths – especially in the winter. Those who are more vulnerable, such as children and the elderly, suffer the most. In Vauxhall, more than 4,000 households are in fuel poverty, around 10% of all people living in the area

There is an answer to this problem. The Energy Bill Revolution is campaigning to lower everyone’s fuel bills and end cold homes. It is an alliance of 120 organisations calling on the Government to make our homes cheaper to heat and more comfortable to live in – with a real focus on those who struggle hardest to heat their homes. From next year the Government will even have a new source of money to pay for this as new policies increase the amount of our fuel bills that are paid to the Treasury.

But this won’t happen without your help. The Government needs to hear from all of us that this is a spiralling problem that must be tackled now. Please support the campaign by signing the petition at www.energybillrevolution.org – and ask your family and friends to do the same. Local Labour MP Kate Hoey has already given her support to this plan.

People shouldn’t have to live in cold homes and worry about their family’s health over the winter. Working together we can have warm homes and affordable bills for all.

24 December 2012

Lambeth waste and recycling collections over the Christmas period

Lambeth have released details of changes to waste and recycling collections over the Christmas period. The main change is that there will be no collections on Christmas Day and New Years Day and as a result all collections will be shifted back a day (ie if you normally have your rubbish collected on Wednesday it will no be collected on Thursday etc) - see the list of dates below.

Normal Collection Day Revised Collection Day
Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve) No change
Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day) Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day)
Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day) Thursday 27 December
Thursday 27 December Friday 28 December
Friday 28 December Saturday 29 December
Saturday 29 December (bulk bins only) Sunday 30 December
Monday 31 December (New Year’s Eve) No change
Tuesday 1 January (New Year’s Day) Wednesday 2 January
Wednesday 2 January Thursday 3 January
Thursday 3 January Friday 4 January
Friday 4 January Saturday 5 January
Saturday 5 January (bulk bins only) Sunday 6 January

After Christmas you can recycle your real Christmas tree - if you use the orange bag recycling collection put your tree out with your recycling in the week beginning 7 January 2013. If you do not have orange sack recycling you can still recycle your Christmas tree between 5 to 14 January 2013 at one of four sites across the borough:
  • Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4
  • Kennington Park, Smith Street off St Agnes Place, SE11
  • Streatham Common, rear of Upper Common car park, SW16
  • Archbishops Park, Carlisle Lane, SE1
  • Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre, Vale Street, SE27 9PA (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) 

Lambeth Customer Services and Lambeth Living opening times over Christmas

Customer service and call centres opening times over Christmas

The following customer service and call centres will be open as usual over the Christmas and New Year period but closed on Bank Holiday Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 December 2012, and Tuesday 1 January 2013.
Gracefield Gardens Customer Centre in Streatham
Brixton Customer Centre
The Lambeth Service Centre - 020 7926 1000
Revenues and benefits call centre - 0345 302 2312

In an emergency contact the Emergency phone line - 020 7926 1000 open throughout the Christmas and New Year period or 24-hours a day as usual.
Lambeth Living
Lambeth Living offices will be open as usual over the Christmas and New Year period apart from the three public holidays (Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 December 2012, and Tuesday 1 January 2013).

Emergency phone line for urgent issues or emergency repairs only - 020 7926 6666 open 24 hours a day and throughout Christmas and New Year from 5pm on 24 December until 9am 27 December 2012 and from 5pm on 31 December 2012 until 9am on 2 January 2013.

20 December 2012

‘PayByPhone’ and park for free in Lambeth on 21 and 22 December

Lambeth council has announced that shoppers looking for last-minute Christmas presents are being offered free parking in Lambeth on 21 and 22 December if they use the PayByPhone service. Free parking will apply to all pay and display and shared use pay and display bays (not including suspended bays) for motorists registered with the scheme.

PayByPhone was launched a year ago in Lambeth and almost 40,000 residents are now using the scheme as a quick, easy and secure way to park across the borough. Once motorists have registered their details they can use the PayByPhone service to park across the UK wherever they see the PayByPhone sign.

Cllr Imogen Walker, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, said:

“Lambeth’s PayByPhone scheme has made parking easier for motorists across Lambeth by reducing the need to hunt for change to feed the meter. Registering with PayByPhone is really easy, you can do it online, by text, over the phone or by downloading the PayByPhone app for your mobile.

“With only a few shopping days left before Christmas, it’s the perfect time for residents to make the most of free parking on the 21st and 22nd December to pick up a present in Lambeth’s fantastic range of shops and markets.”

17 December 2012

Lighting on Lorn Road

During a recent mobile surgery, a few residents highlighted that the street lights along the Lorn Road allotments were not working, as well as pointing out a general lack of street lighting on the back lane behind 1 Lorn Road.
The Vassall Labour Team have asked Lambeth Living to look into this and they have confirmed that their technical services team will be seeking to make repairs shortly.  

If there are any other issues with street lightening in the area please contact Councillor Garden on agarden@lambeth.gov.uk or 07814568024

14 December 2012

Celebrate Christmas in Vassall Ward: Carol singing and Christmas market in Myatt's Fields Park this Sunday

This Sunday, 16 December 2012, come and celebrate Christmas in Myatt's Fields Park, Camberwell SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.

Poster for Carol singing and Christmas market on vassallview.com From 2pm onwards there will be a Christmas market in the area around the bandstand.

From 4pm children will be making Christingles to celebrate Christmas before everyone will be assembling around the bandstand for Christmas carols with the Southwark Wind Orchestra and the choir of St John the Divine Church. Mulled wine and food will be available from the park's cafe.

Bandstand in Myatts Fields Park SE5 on vassallview.com

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

12 December 2012

Transport for London outline plans for changes to P5 bus route

Transport for London have outlined plans for changes to the P5 bus route as it passes through Vassall Ward in Lambeth.

TfL bus route P5 travels from Elephant and Castle to Brixton and Clapham before heading on to Nine Elms and Vauxhall. It is valued for its convenience as it largely travels along back roads close to where people live.

As we outlined on Vassall View in 2009 TfL would like to return the bus service to its original Southbound routeing taking it along Langton Road and Lothian Road, SW9 (see map, left) rather than Flodden Road, Knatchbull Road and Lilford Road, SE5.
Proposed new route for P5 bus on vassallview.com

TfL argue that the restoration of the original route brings the bus closer to more people living on the Myatts North estate, and on Akerman, Lothian and Langton Roads.

The new route will not be as convenient for people using Myatt's Fields Park or the Minet Library which will be a further walk from the bus stops.

TfL want to know what you think - letters and further information has been distributed to households in the area around Knatchbull Road - you can have your say by filling in the consultation questionnaire on the TfL website where you can find further information. The closing date for submission of responses is 11 January 2013.

See consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/p5

09 December 2012

Myatts Field North Redevelopment Consultation Day

On Monday, 10 December 2012, the Myatts Field North Development team are hosting a design consultation event between 2pm and 8pm at The Happenings 40 Bramah Green, Myatts Field North.

The event will present the latest designs for the Phase 2 dwellings on the Myatts Field North Estate as part of the redevelopment of the whole estate.

You will be able to see:
1. Intended layouts for the Phase 2 blocks, and the individual dwelling types.
2. Elevations for the blocks, so you can see how the new buildings will look.
3. The layout for the new community garden and the redesigned Foxley Square retail area.

 The full Regenter team, who are overseeing the redevelopment, will be there to answer any questions you may have about these proposals. All residents are welcome!

07 December 2012

Durand Gardens improved street lighting

During a recent mobile surgery, we received some positive feedback about recently improved street lighting in Durand Gardens area, which was put into place by Lambeth's Labour council. 

Despite Tory and Liberal Democrat cuts to policing, we are keen that this new street lighting contributes to a safer environment for residents, their family and friends.   

If there are any issues with crime generally please get in touch with Vassall Labour on vasslllabour@gmail.com or Councillor Adrian Garden on 07814568024

05 December 2012

Building works on Clapham Road

A number of residents raised concerns during our recent mobile surgery about the impact of building works to one property on Clapham Road, near the entrance to Durand Gardens, especially its effect on public pavements and access.

Following on from these concerns, your local Labour team requested a site visit by Lambeth’s Building Control Team on 22 October. They carried out an investigation of the area and found that there was no danger to the public, although there was damage to surrounding footpaths that the local highways agency is now working to rectify.

We do want to keep a close eye on this development so that no issues emerge in the future. If you have any concerns please contact Cllr Adrian Garden on agarden@lambeth.gov.uk or 07814568024

04 December 2012

Reay Primary School Christmas Fayre!

This Friday (7 December) Vassall's Reay Primary School will be hosting a special Christmas Fayre to celebrate the coming holidays.

There will be a host of activites on offer for the family including festive food and a raffle. The event is open to all and runs from 3.30 - 6pm.  All profit goes towards The Friends Of Reay (providing trips for schoolchildren at Reay School).

Reay Primary School Christmas Fayre
Hackford Road, SW9 0EN
Friday 7 December 3.30 - 6pm

01 December 2012

Advent and Christmas services at John the Divine Church Vassall Road SW9

St John the Divine Church on Vassall Road, SW9 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward has published details of  church services over the Advent and Christmas period.

Service details are given below or see the church's website to download further information.
Advent and Christmas Service details at St John the Divine SW9 on vassallview.com
St John the Divine service infomation on sjdk.org.uk