22 April 2013

Vassall Action Team listens to concerns of residents in Holland Rise and Whitebeam Close, SW9

The Vassall Ward Labour Action Team regularly carries out 'rolling' surgeries where they go out and talk to people around the ward to find out their concerns, complaints and (occasionally!) praise for the Council.

Recently the Vassall Action Team visited residents in Holland Rise and Whitebeam Close, SW9 (pictured) - these are located in the Northern end of Vassall Ward near to Caldwell Street, Hackford Road and South Island Place, Lambeth SW9

Some concerns that the residents raised with the Vassall Action Team included

Maintenance in Holland Rise and Whitebeam Close 
We did receive a lot of positive feedback about how the local Tenants Management Organisation (TMO) are providing services in the area. However, issues were raised about the performance of the lifts in Holland Rise and repair works in certain properties. We have notified the relevant authorities and have been assured they have been looked at. If you have any further feedback about the upkeep of your area please contact your local Labour Vassall Councillor Adrian Garden on agarden@lambeth.gov.uk or 07814568024

Drains on Clapham Road
Despite the wet weather easing up in the last few weeks, we nevertheless got in touch with Transport for London after a number of residents complained about overflowing drains on Clapham Road.  We would appreciate residents keeping an eye on this issue and reporting any further concerns to the Vassall Labour Action Team on vassalllabour@gmail.com or ring Adrian on 07814568024

Concerns about the new Barclay’s Bike docking station on Clapham Road 
Several residents shared their concerns with us about the proposed location of the Barclays Bikes’ docking stations on Clapham Road, which would leave them next to the walls near Whitebeam Close. Although the addition of the new cycling facilities is to be welcomed, there is a fear they could be used by criminals to get a “leg up” over the Whitbeam Close walls.

Vassall Councillor Adrian Garden objected to the proposed location on behalf of residents and highlighted the advantages of placing the station on the opposite pavement. Unfortunately this objection and idea was overruled. Once the docking stations have been installed we will be monitoring the situation, but would appreciate residents contacting Cllr Garden with any problems on agarden@lambeth.gov.uk or 07814568024

Holland Rise and Whitebeam Close TMO website

17 April 2013

Come to Myatts Field North employment and training open day this Friday

Local Vassall Ward residents are invited to come to the employment and training open day on the Myatts Field North Estate this Friday, 19 April 2013, 11am-3pm. take part in job search surgeries, hear about local apprenticeship opportunities and learn about business start ups.

Further details in the flyer below

Myatts North employment and training day flyer on vassallview

The event will take place at the Happenings, 40 Bramagh Green, Myatts Field North, SW9 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.

10 April 2013

Caldwell Gardens to bloom

Work started today to set the Caldwell Gardens Estate in the centre of a colourful blaze of meadowland. The Caldwell Gardens estate is located just off Brixton Road in Lambeth's Vassall Ward, SW9.

Mears have just laid earth in long and winding swathes all around the estate. It is part of Lambeth Living’s 'Getting Involved’ resident engagement strategy.

Lambeth Living together with Mears and members of Caldwell Gardens Tenants and Residents Association have got together to provide this innovative rural improvement to an otherwise very city environment. The next time we post a photo of this there will be a blooming meadow surrounded by members of the community who have contributed to it.

Photo shows Vassall Ward Councillor Adrian Garden after the seed sowing on the Caldwell Gardens Estate.

09 April 2013

Caldwell Gardens AGM this Saturday

This Saturday 13 April 2013, sees the Caldwell Gardens Annual General Meeting taking place at Reay Hall, SW9 between 2pm and 4pm.

All residents of the area are welcome to attend!

05 April 2013

Apply now for Community Gardener vacancy at Myatt's Fields Park SE5

Myatt's Fields Park in Camberwell, located in Lambeth's Vassall Ward is advertising for the post of Community Gardener.
Myatts Fields Park sign on vassallview.com

Details from the Myatts Fields Park Project website:

Myatt's Fields Park 2 years fixed term until 2015, part time 21 hours per week £30,000 per annum pro rata

Myatt’s Fields Park Project is recruiting for a community gardener who can help develop our park
greenhouse area into a centre of excellence for food growing, as well as offering support to ten local growing projects each year.

In 2013, thanks to a grant from City Bridge Trust, we are able to expand the help we can offer to local food growing projects by employing a community gardener to offer training and support on and off site from Myatt's.

To apply: send a CV and covering letter to Victoria Sherwin, development/education officer, by email to Vsherwin@lambeth.gov.uk, or by post to The Old Depot, Myatt's Fields Park, Cormont Road, London SE5 9RA by 5pm on 11 April 2013.

Further details including job description on the Myatts Fields Park Project website

03 April 2013

Are you affected by the welfare changes?

The government is making a number of changes to welfare payments this year, with some taking effect this month, April 2013. The cuts will affect thousands of people across Lambeth, including many in Vassall Ward.

Lambeth benefits cuts poster on vassallview.comThis includes alterations to housing benefit, disability living allowance and community care grants.

* Council Tax Benefit is being scrapped – 20,758 Lambeth households will be hit by the reductions in financial support. 
* Disability Living Allowance is being abolished – 9,000 people in Lambeth will be affected
* Housing Benefit criteria is being changed in relation to the number of occupied bedrooms in a property – that affects 4,000 Lambeth households.
* A new Cap on Housing Benefit is being introduced later in the year – 667 Lambeth households most of them families will be affected. The average shortfall is £94 per week.
* London has the highest percentage (25.5%) of households receiving Housing Benefit of any region in the country
* Lambeth has 2nd highest number of Housing Benefit claimants in London and the 4th highest number of council tax benefit claimants
* Lambeth has the highest number of Job Seekers in London.

Lambeth council is keen to ensure residents are kept up to speed with this issue. If you want further information, please contact the Lambeth information service on 020 7926 1000 or email Vassall Labour Action Team member Annie Gallop on vassalllabour@gmail.com