30 August 2014

Enjoy prosecco, wine and food this evening in Myatt's Fields Park

Tonight come to the Little Cat Cafe in Myatt's Fields Park, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward for an Italian aperitivo. The cafe will be serving prosecco, wine, beers and other drinks from 5pm onwards with free Italian nibbles and food.

The Little Cat Cafe is located in Myatt's Fields Park in Lambeth's Vassall Ward. See www.myattsfieldspark.info/ for more information.

29 August 2014

Local planning decisions: Saving the Grosvenor pub and neon signs for Tesco

This month has seen two thorny local issues reach Lambeth's planning committee that has resulted in a great deal of feedback to local councillors from residents:

The Grosvenor pub: Sitting just outside Vassall ward on Sidney Road, the Grosvenor pub is a popular local ale house that has managed to combine strong support for music/entertainment acts with a good relationship with residents. Last month, the new owners of the site applied for planning to convert part of the pub into flats, a move that Vassall Cllr Paul Gadsby described as "a common first step for converting good community pubs completely into flats"

As reported by Brixton Buzz, this move attracted a great deal of opposition from local people, including councillors and the Campaign for Real Ale. In good news this week, Lambeth turned down the application. However, as Cllr Paul Gadsby said: "While it is good news that this application has been knocked back, sadly the Grosvenor has in the past few weeks closed it doors after the landlord decided to call time on his tenure there. Currently, it stands empty which is a shame as it was a really vibrant part of the community. I am hoping that the owners of the site will move sharply to restore it to its proper use under a new management team."

Brixton Road's Tesco Metro: Another case before planning is an application from Tesco to put up neon signs on its outlet on Brixton Road (near Caldwell Street). Once again this has attracted concern from nearby residents as this outlet is part of an old historic building and Tesco opened under strict conditions about how the site was to be used. Vassall councillors have raised concerns about this application and are waiting for Lambeth council's decision ...

27 August 2014

Loughborough Road meeting: Residents asked to give their views on improving their road

Following lobbying from local residents and councillors, Lambeth council has organised a special meeting on Tuesday, 2 September to look at traffic control measures along Loughborough Road on the edge of Vassall ward.

The road at the moment suffers from high levels of congestion and incidents of road rage that have been increasing in the past few years. After the lobbying from the local Labour councillors - Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - the road and pavements will be resurfaced shortly and Mostyn Road will be going back to two way, resulting in some traffic no longer being channelled down Loughborough Road. However, as residents have made clear to the council, more needs to be done to make sure this key road is improved for local people. 
The council has suggested two options aimed at improving the situation. A summary is listed below, but a fuller outline of the proposals is avaliable from Haibat Abro on habro@lambeth.go.uk 
These options will be discussed at the specially arranged meeting on Tuesday, 2 September, 6.30-8.30pm, 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA. All residents welcome - and please do email Abro if you have any thoughts about these plans.

Option 1— New double yellow lines:

Where: Outside no. 40 to no. 46 Loughborough Road.

Benefit: Road width increased to reduce congestion and majority of the vehicles do not need to mount pavement outside no. 29.

Impact: Loss of about 6 car parking spaces while there is already a considerable pressure on parking demand.

Other considerations: The road will remain narrow when the disabled parking bay outside no. 48 is in use. We are unable to remove the disabled bay. Furthermore, this option will take longer to implement as it requires statutory consultation before implementation.

Option 2— Road widening by reducing pavement width:

Where: Pavement width reduced outside no. 29 to no. 35a Loughborough Road

The remaining pavement will still be at least 2m wide, which is wide enough to comply with Highways Agency recommendations.

22 August 2014

Big funding boost announced for early age services in Vassall

Following lobbying by Lambeth Labour, the Big Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £38 million to the Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) to help deliver on its mission to ensure all children in Lambeth, regardless of their background, have the best start in life. Vassall is one of the wards in Lambeth that will directly benefit from this funding.

As Lambeth Labour leader Lib Peck explained following the announcement:

“The aim of LEAP is to help ensure that all children in Lambeth, regardless of their background, from their very earliest years, have the best start in life. It aims to help improve the lives of more than 10,000 children over the course of the 10 year project.

It will use evidence-based interventions, with specific focus on three clear areas of child development: language and communication, social and emotional development and nutrition.

The work of LEAP will build on the huge progress made by Labour in terms of early intervention through the Sure Start programme, the value of which has been woefully disregarded by the current government.

However, LEAP will go even further. It will have more specific goals and will deliver more clearly measurable outcomes, such as improving breastfeeding rates, reducing childhood and maternal obesity and reducing domestic violence.

And, through linking up more tangibly with health partners, interventions can be targeted earlier and more effectively than ever.

Furthermore, the project recognises that the social, emotional, communication and language development of babies and children is affected not just by the wellbeing of their parents, but their social networks, and the strength of their communities and the wider environment too.

Intervening early to create resilient communities is a key part of our policy agenda in Lambeth. It is a fact that delivering effective early support negates the need for costly intervention later on. In our current climate of austerity, projects like LEAP simply make sense.”

Following the announcement, local Vassall councillors tabled a question at July’s council meeting asking for further details from Lambeth’s cabinet on what this will mean for the local area. The response from the cabinet member responsible for the project can be found here (question eight in the document).

Talking about the announcement, Vassall’s three Labour councillors – Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop – said:

“This is a fantastic boost following lobbying by the Labour party for the local area at a time when government cuts are continuing to bite hard. We will be making sure that this valuable money is spent in the right way so that children in our ward get the best start in life. “

Councillor surgeries in September 2014

Vassall Councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop will be holding their regular surgeries in Vassall in September. They will be held on ... 

Tuesday, 2 September
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
12pm - 1pm

Thursday, 25 September
Cowley Estate Community Centre
off Vassall Road

Saturday, 27 September 2014
Myatts Field South Community Hall
Burton Lane

If these dates are inconvenient for you or you have a problem or issue that requires immediate attention please contact the Vassall Labour Councillors directly:

Councillor Jacqui Dyer - 07920 548463 -jdyer3@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor Paul Gadsby - 07814 567 690 - pgadsby@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor Annie Gallop - 07920 560175 - agallop@lambeth.gov.uk

18 August 2014

Minet Library closed for refurbishment 16 - 25 August 2014

The Minet Library on Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward will be closed from Saturday 16 to Monday 25 August 2014 for internal redevelopment works including the installation of new toilet and baby changing facilities. Other libraries in Lambeth including Brixton Library, Clapham Library and the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill will be open as usual in this period.

During this period the archives will remain open and you will also be able to return books to the library. The archives are scheduled for closure from Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 August 2014.
Minet Library temporary closure notice