24 October 2013

Byelection called in Vassall Ward: Voting on 28 November 2013

Photo of polling station on vassallview.com
A Lambeth Council byelection has been called for Vassall Ward following the resignation of Councillor Kingsley Abrams.

The byelection will be held on Thursday 28 November 2013.

Read the Notice of election on the Lambeth website

23 October 2013

Call in for a health check next Monday at the Minet Library SE5

NHS Lambeth are offering free health checks next Monday, 28 October 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. 

21 October 2013

Free computer sessions for older people at the Minet Library

Sign up now for the free Silver Surfers sessions at the Minet Library in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.

These sessions aimed at older people wanting to gain computing skills run on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 10-11:30am.
Silver Surfers poster on vassallview.com

Come along and learn how to

  • use a mouse and keyboard
  • Set up and email addresss
  • Access the internet
  • Use wi-fi in the libary
  • Print documents and pictures
  • Write letters and emails
Speak to a member of the Minet Library staff to sign up for the next session

The Minet Library is located at 52 Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward

18 October 2013

Coffee morning this Saturday Myatts South

This Saturday come and meet Kate Hoey MP and Lambeth Council Leader Lib Peck at the Myatts South Community Hall in Vassall Ward.

This Saturday, 19 October 2013, the local Vassall Ward Labour party will be hosting a coffee morning where you can come and discuss your issues with the 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 queries 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

17 October 2013

The Big Draw this Saturday in Myatt's Fields Park

This Saturday, 19 October 2013, all children are invited to take part in The Big Draw in Myatt's Fields Park in Lambeth's Vassall Ward. Taking place from 1-4pm this free event will be centred on the bandstand where music will be provided by Jammin. The park cafe will also be open for this event

This is a free event for all ages.

Poster advertising The Big Draw in Myatts Fields Park, Vassall Ward

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

14 October 2013

Labour Action Team listen to residents' concerns across Vassall Ward

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

During September our team visited a number of streets, including Foxley Road and Caldwell Street, as well as the parts of Clapham Road, South Island Place and Camberwell New Road that fall within Vassall ward.
A host of different issues were thrown up during these surgeries, from personal concerns caused by the government’s welfare changes (more information about the welfare changes here) and other more street specific topics.

Below is a summary of some of the queries raised with us by residents and how we have attempted to address them.

 If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Labour council candidate team – Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop – at vassalllabour@gmail.com.

Street cleaning
Residents on all of the streets listed above mentioned that they were concerned about the cleanliness of their roads, especially the amount of litter. We have spoken to the street cleaning department at Lambeth council and asked them to ensure that this problem is addressed. If you have problems with the state your roads, please do contact Lambeth council’s Streetcare service on 020 7926 9000

Tree pruning on Camberwell New Road
 With the autumn approaching, residents on Camberwell New Road raised concerns about a number of overgrown trees and how large numbers of leaves were causing some roads to become slippery and dangerous. We have asked for the council to look at pruning a number of trees in the area in the next few months.

State of the drains on Camberwell New Road
A number of residents raised concerns about the problems with drains on the street particularly that they overflow during heavy rain and occasionally cause a strong smell during the summer. We have written to Thames Water asking them for an explanation as to why this problem hasn’t been solved and for them to keep residents better informed about their work on the road. We are still waiting for a response to this letter, but please keep an eye on www.vassallview.com for further updates.

13 October 2013

Holland Town Residents' Meeting

Residents in the Holland Town area of Vassall (covering Mandela Road, Minerva Close and Cranmere Road) are a meeting on Wednesday, 30 October, 7.30pm at the Brixton Road Youth Centre (143-45 Brixton Road).

The meeting will be discussing a variety of issues, including the installation of new bathrooms and kitchens as part of Lambeth’s housing improvement scheme, and approaches to parking and estate maintenance.

All residents from these areas are welcome to attend. 

11 October 2013

Labour team listens to concerns of residents on the streets off Knatchbull Road

The Vassall Labour team regularly carries out 'rolling' surgeries where we 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 August and the beginning of September, the team visited residents along the streets off Knatchbull Road, including Penford Road, Templar Street, Upstall Street, Welby Street and Inglis streets in Vassall SE5 (have a look at the ward map here).  Following on from a number of concerns about particularly parking and rubbish collection, the team organised two “walkabouts” with a Lambeth cabinet member and council staff to address a number of specific issues.  Some of the concerns 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:

Parking issues

A number of residents raised concerns about various parking matters, including cars being parked without up to date tax discs and vans blocking parts of the streets, especially on Templar and Penford streets. We have been in touch with Lambeth council who will be sending traffic wardens to check the area for illegally parked cars in the coming months. This has already resulted in one abandoned car being scheduled for removal by council staff.

Resurfaced roads and pavements
As residents on Inglis Street and Templar Road will hopefully have seen, their roads are due for resurfacing following a successfully petition last year from the local Labour team. We have noted residents concerns about the state of other roads, particularly Welby Street, and will be passing that onto the council for them to consider for the next round of road resurfacing.

Burglar arrest
We have contacted the local police about some of the recent crimes in the area, particularly a spate of burglaries. They have informed us that a burglar was recently arrested in part due to evidence from the CCTV camera on Templar Street and that in the past month there has been a drop in crime in the area following a focus by local police. Thanks to the feedback from one resident, we have confirmed that the Templar CCTV camera is being partly obscured by an overgrown tree which we are now asking to be pruned.

Bins in the area
Several residents were concerned about overflowing bins in part of the area and about the impact of the closure of a communal bin on Paulet Road which is resulting in more rubbish being dumped on surrounding streets. We are in discussion with the council about this issue, but if you live in the area do send us your views about the cleanliness of the area.

If you have any further issues your want to discuss with us or want join the local Labour mailing list, please contact your candidates for the 2014 council elections, Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop on vassalllabour@gmail.com 

01 October 2013

Celebrate Black History Month this October across Lambeth

October 2013 sees many events taking place across Lambeth to celebrate Black History Month

Lambeth Black History Month guide October 2013
The month sees a range of creative, inspirational and celebratory events at various locations across the borough including some at the Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.

To see the full programme events pick up a guide in the library or council offices or download the Black History Month guide on the Lambeth website