29 September 2013

October coffee morning - Come and discuss your issues with your local Labour team

On Saturday, 19 October 2013, the local Labour party will be hosting a coffee morning where you can come and discuss your issues with your Labour representatives, including Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey, Lambeth council leader Lib Peck and your local Labour council candidate team (Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop).

If you have views or feedback about the issues on your street, estate or block, or have an individual matter you want to discuss, this is your chance to speak directly to your MP, council leader and council candidates. We are particularly keen to hear from residents who are suffering from the impact of the government's  bedroom tax, or those struggling with their bills in general. Information on these topics, including the benefits of mutual banking, will be on hand at the event. Alternatively, you are more than welcome to drop in to meet everyone!

The coffee morning will be held at the Myatts Field South Community Hall between 11am and 1pm on Saturday, 19 October 2013. Free refreshments will also be provided.

If you can't make the event, please email any questions or feedback you have about your issues to vassalllabour@gmail.com

19 September 2013

Myatts Field South Estate Fun Day this Saturday

This Saturday, 21 September 2013, come to the Myatts Field South Estate Fun Day on the Myatts Field South estate in Lambeth's Vassall Ward, SW9. The fun day will start at 11am and go on to 6pm.

There will be music, food, face painting, crazy golf, a bouncy castle, stalls, basketball and lots more as well as information and from Lambeth Living and practical advice on job seeking and CVs. There will also be an opportunity to get your dog chipped so that it can be returned to you if it get lost.

13 September 2013

Levi Roots, food and childrens activities at the Myatt's Fields Park Harvest Festival this Saturday

Come and see Brixton cook, entrepreneur and musician Levi Roots with his Herbs and Spices Band in Myatt's Fields Park this Saturday, 14 September 2013, 1pm-5pm.

Levi and band will be performing with Mafia and Fluxy and special guests: Earl 16, Tasonia, the Reggae Choir and more.

As well as music there will be Thai and Caribbean foods made from vegetables grown in the park's greenhouse, and a cake stall featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Brixton People's Kitchen, who make monthly feasts at Myatt's from waste food, will be making magic with their mobile kitchen.

Children will be able to cook pumpkin soup over an open fire as well as foraging for food during a workshop provided by NaturActive (who give children the chance to explore nature during weekly sessions in the Mulberry Centre).

Bee Urban will run a bee keeping workshop complete with a hive of bees.

 Ceri from Invisible Food will be offering a wild herb forage at 2pm, then making pakoras from 3pm to 4pm. There will also  be tours of the park greenhouse.

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

12 September 2013

Free health check at the Minet Library on Monday

NHS Lambeth are offering free health checks on Monday, 16 September 2013, at the Minet Library on Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.  

If you are aged between 40 and 74 call 020 7926 6073 or ask a member of library staff to arrange an appointment. 

09 September 2013

Mostyn Road to be closed for up to two months from 9 September 2013

Mostyn Road, SW9 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward will be closed to motor vehicles for up to two months from Monday 9 September 2013.

The road is being closed to allow Thames Water to service and repair the water pipes in the area.

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Drivers are advised to take alternative routes via Brixton Road, Loughborough Road and Akerman Road and vice versa; or via Brixton Road, Normandy Road and Cowley Road.

Lambeth Council Mostyn Road Traffic Order covering the closure

07 September 2013

Pothole petition success - local roads set to be resurfaced this year!

Last year your local Labour team started a petition aimed at sorting out the worst pothole problems afflicting a number of streets in our area. After presenting the pothole petition to the council, signed by residents across the community, Lambeth council has agreed to resurface these roads in the autumn:

Cancell Road
Russell Grove
Evandale Road
Inglis Street
Templar Street
Lothian Road

Pleasingly Mowll Street, which had some particularly deep potholes, has already been resurfaced. All of the works are being carried out as part of a £10 million Lambeth Highway Improvement programme that is
being funded by the sale of redundant office blocks. This will mean over a hundred roads or pavements in Lambeth will be re-laid, leaving streets looking smarter and making life easier for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians.

We are delighted that the pothole campaign has been a success and wanted to thank all those who signed the petition!

We are aware though that other roads in the area also need resurfacing and we will be looking at how we can help to make this happen in the future, within the current tight funding constraints all councils are facing. One of the roads we did campaign for, Cowley Road, is not being resurfaced in the immediate future owing to the ongoing works around the Myatt's North estate which would have made resurfacing difficult.

If you have any feedback about this decision, want to talk about other issues in your local area or join the local Labour mailing list, then please contact your candidates for the 2014 council elections, Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop on vassalllabour@gmail.com. Alternatively you can contact your local Labour councillor Adrian Garden on agarden@lambeth.gov.uk and 07814 568 024.

06 September 2013

Labour team listens to concerns of residents on Loughborough and Lilford Roads

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

At the end of July, the team visited residents along the parts of Liflord and Loughborough Road inside Vassall ward (have a look at the ward map here). Some concerns that residents raised with Labour's council candidate team -  Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - are listed below, along with the actions they are taking to address them:

Bar on Loughborough Road

A number of residents raised concerns about the noise levels from the Xperience bar on Loughborough Road, especially late at night. We have written to Lambeth’s licensing department asking them to look into the issue as soon as possible. It is important that residents let Cllr Adrian Garden know of any specific times and dates when the noise from the club is causing a nuisance, you can contact him on agarden@lambeth.gov.uk

General state of streets and council properties in the area

We are currently following up individual queries from residents about the state of their properties. If you have any queries about your home or the state of local streets, please do get in touch with your Labour team at vassalllabour@gmail.com. Road resurfacing for Lilford Road is scheduled for 2013/14 and Loughborugh Road some point after that.
Controlled Parking Zone

Several residents raised issues about the difficulty of getting parking in the area. We have raised this repeatedly with Transport for London, especially about the possibility of having a controlled parking zone at times most useful to local residents. The next consultation on this issue will be in 2014 and we will keep you informed about this issue in the future.

Do you need help?

If you have any issues you want the local Labour team to look into on your behalf, or have feedback about your local area, you don't have to wait for us to turn up on your doorstep! You can contact Cllr Adrian Garden on agarden@lambeth.gov.uk or our council candidate team address on vassalllabour@gmail.com

05 September 2013

Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Panel - give your views about crime and safety in your area

The next Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods Panel will be taking place next week on Thursday, 12 September from 6.30pm at the offices of the Church Manor estate.

The meeting, open to all local residents, will discuss any issues around safety or crime in the area and will be joined by our area's dedicated police officer. If you are free that night and have something you want to raise, please do come along.

Alternatively, you can send your views to your local Labour candidate Paul Gadsby who will be attending the meeting. Please get in touch by emailing Paul and the other Labour candidates - Jacqui Dyer and Annie Gallop - at vassalllabour@gmail.com

04 September 2013

Myatt's Field Park - Help our local park win a People's Choice Award

Myatt's Field Park is in the running for yet another prize, a People's Choice Award, following on from its success in achieving Green Flag status.

You can help our local park get this well deserved nod by voting for the park here.

Please do let your friends and family know about the vote by passing on this article. You can read more about the park here and follow them on twitter or facebook.

03 September 2013

Find out more about where you live at the Lambeth Heritage Festival

In September 2013 an exciting new event takes place in Lambeth which will offer an insight into the borough's history and offer residents an opportunity to find out more about where we live.

The Lambeth Heritage Festival takes place throughout September with events such as talks, guided walks and open days at various locations around the borough.

Download the full Heritage Festival brochure on the Lambeth website.

Lambeth Heritage Festival 2013 on vassallview.com
Many events take place at the Lambeth Archives at the Minet Library on Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Vassall Ward. Events at the Archives and other Vassall Ward locations include

Walk – 300 Years of Lambeth’s Black History
Date: Saturday 7 September
Venue: Meet outside Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, SW1 1JQ
Time: 11am
A walk led by author and local historian Steve Martin, which traces the roots of the Notting Hill Carnival, Black publishing and theatres. This walk between Brixton and Minet libraries will also touch on an overlooked Black Edwardian Pan-Africanist and the impact of the Windrush arrivals on Lambeth in 1948.

Walk – Walking in the shoes of Vincent Van Gogh
Date: Saturday 21 September
Venue: Meet at 87 Hackford Rd, SW9 0RE
Time: 2pm
When Vincent Van Gogh lived in Hackford Rd he wrote happily of his time in Stockwell and the walks he enjoyed into town and out into the countryside. Led by George Wright as one of the ‘Secret Lambeth’ walks, this will be an easy stroll from Vincent Van Gogh’s former lodgings taking in many of the
local sights and sounds that the artist would have seen in the 1870s. More information is available at:

Workshops – Sources for house history
Date: Wednesday 25 September
Venue: Lambeth Archives, 52 Knatchbull Rd, SE5 9QY
Times: 2pm and 6pm
For anyone interested in tracing the history of houses in Lambeth these workshops are a great starting point.
You will be introduced to using and interpreting original documents like maps, building plans, census and
rate books that together can be used to build up the history of houses or buildings in the borough.
Booking is essential as places are limited, to reserve your place please e-mail: archives@lambeth.gov.uk or
tel: 020 7926 6076

Lambeth Archives open day
Date: Saturday 28 September
Venue: Lambeth Archives, 52 Knatchbull Rd, SE5 9QY and lectures at The Michael Church, Burton Rd
Time: 10am-5pm
A day-long programme of talks, exhibitions, stalls from local organisations, and children’s activities. The day is loosely focused on the period a century ago, just before the outbreak of World War I.
This was a time of social and political change, sometimes controversial, and for the small number of people who could afford it, of extravagance.