31 January 2013

Val Shawcross publishes annual report

Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly Member Val Shawcross has published her annual report detailing her activities over the past year.
Photo of Val Shawcross

Read the annual report on Val's website


24 January 2013

Campaigners declare victory as rail services from Loughborough Junction to St Pancras and beyond saved

Campaigners have welcomed the announcement by the Government that trains from Loughborough Junction station on Coldharbour Lane will continue to serve Farringdon, St Pancras, West Hampstead and other stations North of London on the Thameslink line.

Diagram of Thameslink Wimbledon Loop railway

Network Rail announced in summer 2008 that services on the so called Wimbledon loop line, which serves Herne Hill, Tulse Hill and Streatham as well as Loughborough Junction,  were to terminate at Blackfriars following the redevelopment of the station.

This move would have inconvenienced local Vassall Ward residents, many of whom catch the train from Loughborough Junction to travel to work in the city and to the North of London. Following the announcement a cross-party campaign developed to oppose the proposal supported by Lambeth Labour MPs, Lambeth Councillors, the Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross and many others from across South London. More than 2,000 letters were submitted to Network Rail opposing the proposal. As a result of pressure from local people Network Rail have had a change of heart and so the train services are safeguarded.

22 January 2013

Come to the Friends of Slade Gardens AGM next Monday

The Friends of Slade Gardens will be holding their Annual General Meeting next Monday, 28 January 2013, in St Michael's Church Hall, Stockwell Park Crescent, SW9. The meeting will start at 7pm. (see flyer below)

Come and hear about the past year's activities in the Gardens and find out about the park's exciting plans for the next year.
Slade Gardens is located between Lorn and Road and Robsart Street just off Brixton Road in Lambeth's Vassall Ward. See the Friends of Slade Gardens website

21 January 2013

Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team publish Spring 2013 newsletter

The Metropolitan Police's Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team have published their first newsletter of 2013.

The newsletter has been delivered to all homes in Vassall Ward or it can be downloaded on the Vassall SNT webpage.

The Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Team is made up of five members and based locally to best respond to the needs of Vassall residents. More information about the team is on the Vassall SNT webpage
To contact the Vassall SNT phone 020 8721 3661 or email Vassall.SNT@met.police.uk

07 January 2013

Put your Christmas tree out for collection this week

This week Lambeth will be collecting real Christmas trees at the same time as your normal recycling collection.

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) 

05 January 2013

Lambeth produce booklet advising on how to keep warm and save money

Warmer homes leaflet frontcover image

Lambeth Council's benefits advisory service and NHS Lambeth have produced a new booklet offering advice on how to stay warm in winter and save money. It is aimed at everyone but especially those who are on lower incomes such as older people who may worry about the costs of heating their homes.

The booklet (left) is being issued as part of the Warm and Well in Winter partnership project between the London Borough of Lambeth, NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group and Age UK Lambeth. The project aims to reduce winter mortality by raising awareness throughout the whole community; however our target groups are older people and those with long term medical conditions. Every winter, as many as 25,000 older people die needlessly because of the cold.

The booklet is available to download on the Lambeth website or paper copies can be picked up from the following locations in the borough

Age UK Lambeth
336 Brixton Road London SW9 7AA
t: 020 7346 6800

Hambrook House ( a few minutes walk from Lambeth Town Hall)
contact: Karen Klomp Energy Strategy Officer
3rd Floor, Hambrook House, Porden Road,
London SW2 5RW
T: 020 7926 0653
E: kklomp@lambeth.gov.uk

Phoenix House
contact: Fraser Serle, Well Being in Winter Project Manager
t:07932 785671 email: fserle@lambeth.gov.uk

Guy's & St Thomas' Community Health Services
contact: Futsum kasha
Guy's & St Thomas' Community Health Services
Unit 4, Burgess Industrial Park
Park House Street
London SE5 7TJ
Tel: 020 3049 6258
Fax: 020 3049 6257
E-mail: Futsum.kahsa@lambethpct.nhs.uk

02 January 2013

Boris puts fares up again

As many of us will have realised when we returned to work today after the Christmas break fares on the buses, Underground, DLR, trams and trains have increased.

Image of an Oyster Card on vassallview.com
On the buses and trams Boris has increased the cost of single fares from £1.35 to £1.40. On the Underground, rail and DLR fares have gone up between 10p and 40p if you use Oyster pay as you go (similar increases are also being seen for cash fares).

 For residents of Vassall Ward this means that it now costs £2.80 to travel to central London from Brixton, Stockwell or Oval tube stations at peak times and £2.10 if travelling off-peak.

If travelling by train the fare from Loughborough Junction to central London has increased to £2.40 peak (£2.10 off-peak).

 London Labour has warned that under Boris this is only the start and we face many more years of above inflation fare increases. Lambeth and Southwark Great London Authority Member Valerie Shawcross commented "Under Boris, Londoners are now facing another 10 years of above-inflation fare rises. We have already seen fares go up above inflation for the last five years. The Mayor needs to realise that Londoners are struggling, it is time he reined these inflation-busting fares in."

 Full details of the 2013 fares are on the Transport for London website

01 January 2013

Labour Leader Ed Miliband promises to stand up for the forgotten in his New Years Message

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband MP has released a New Year's message in which he promises to stand up for the workers and young people of Britain who have been forgotten by the Consevrative/ Liberal Democrat Coalition Government.
See Ed Miliband's message