27 December 2015

New entrance to Slade Gardens opens

A new pedestrian entrance has been opened up for Slade Gardens on Ingelton Street after work by local councillors, the Friends of Slade Gardens and the Crown and Anchor pub to secure £60,000 for
the project.

Ingelton Street has for many years been blighted by fly tipping and poor waste facilities, as well as traffic congestion as cars attempt to park in the small street.

Earlier this year, a project was approved by Lambeth to repave the street for pedestrians, refurbish the existing entrance gates and move the waste bins away from the area. The plan was completed in November and is now open to the public.

Vassall councillors - Annie Gallop, Paul Gadsby and Jacqui Dyer - said:

"This is a project that has been on the drawing board for a number of years and thanks to pressure from residents, the Friends of Slade Gardens, the local Crown and Anchor pub and councillors we have finally seen it completed. This area was frankly an untidy mess beforehand, but now there is a new entrance to the park and a paved area that is a real improvement.

"It is part of a wider effort to improve the area, which has seen new commercial bins put in on Brixton Road for businesses and a significant number of fines issued by Lambeth to stop fly tipping.

"We would like to thank residents, the Crown and Friends of Slade Gardens for their help and lobbying with this project, it was a great joint effort that has produced real results."

23 December 2015

Brixton People's Kitchen looking for volunteers and your food memories

The Brixton People's Kitchen are looking for local people to share their food memories, which will then be used as inspiration for two community feasts, cooked by a professional chef. Participants will be invited to one of the feasts in the Vassall area, free of charge!

The project are also looking for volunteers to help record memories, serve food and welcome people on the feast days. Full training will be provided. This project is taking place between January 13th and February 26th 2016. Feast dates and venues TBC in the new year. If you are interested in learning more, visit the Brixton People's Kitchen website and get in touch with Laura Mitchison here


13 December 2015

Pensioner's party at the Van Gogh street cafe

The vegan Van Gogh cafe in Vassall will be holding a free party for pensioners this week on Wednesday 16 December from 3pm.

The cafe, which reopened in September, offers a range of home made vegan meals and donates surplus food to local food banks. If there any pensioner groups interested in attending, they should RSVP the cafe owner Steve here.

11 December 2015

Christmas stories and activities tomorrow in the Minet Library

This Saturday, 12 December 2015, the Minet Library will be putting on Christmas craft activities and story telling for young people. Come to the library between 2 and 4pm and hear Christmas stories, make Christmas decorations and get in the festive spirit.

Minet Library Christmas flyer on vassallview.com

The Minet Library is located on the corner of Burton Road and Knatchbull Road, in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.

Carol singing and Christmas market this Sunday Myatt's Fields Park SE5

This Sunday, 13 December 2015, celebrate Christmas in Myatt's Fields Park, SE5 with a Christmas market from 2pm and carols from 5pm.

Myatt's Fields Park is located near Knatchbull Road, Calais Street and Cormont Road in Vassall Ward, Camberwell, Lambeth SE5

Lambeth encourages residents to recycle as much Christmas waste as possible

Lambeth council is encouraging residents to recycle as much of their Christmas waste as possible during the festive period.

Over the Christmas period, residents can:

  • Recycle wrapping paper, Christmas cards and any additional packaging along with usual items in clear sacks or estate recycling bins. The council can also accept paper and cardboard, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, food and drink cartons and tins and cans (no limit to the amount of recycling that can be left out).
  • Resident's food waste bins can be used to recycle cooked and uncooked food including scraps from plates, bones and vegetable peelings.
  • "Real" Christmas trees can be left on the pavement outside of properties on resident's collection days from 4 January. Residents on housing estates, can leave real trees in bulky waste areas between 6 and 15 January. Alternatively they can be taken to recycle sites in Lambeth, the closest to Vassall being Clapham Common, Windmill Drive. 
  • Collection days for all recycling and bins over the Christmas period are listed on the Lambeth website here.
You can also get tips on how to reduce food waste and save money from the Love Food, Hate Waste website here.

10 December 2015

Arnie has a point on climate change ...

Ahead of a screening of Naomi Klein's new film, 'This Changes Everything', Vassall Cllr Paul Gadsby spoke to members last night of Lambeth for a Cool Planet about the battle against climate change.

His speech about the impact of climate change on the local environment in Vassall is below...

I don’t think anyone in this room would disagree that climate change represents the biggest threat to the future of our planet. The science is 100% clear that our climate is changing more rapidly than it has done before and that it will have a profound impact on the next generation growing up in Lambeth – but it is also have a direct impact on the here and now, on everyone in this room. For me, climate change is an open and shut case.

However, I am still not 100% convinced that as an issue climate change is punching its weight when it comes to breaking into the public consciousness. As a local councillor, this issue and wider environmental problems are barely ever raised with me on the doorstep, by email or in conversation with residents. This is not because the public does not care or does not know about climate change: if we were to go out now into Brixton I bet that everyone could tell you what climate change is about and what it threatens. The real problem I suspect is that a lot of people have a lot on their plate: kids to take to school, jobs to work flat out in, relatives to care for, families to manage and a thousand other things that need to be done before we get to the next day.

This is not selfishness, its simple the fact that people have busy lives with a multitude of problems and challenges to deal with - and climate change at the moment, in my view, is still not pushing its way to the top of issues that people think of as a priority. There is a common, almost unspoken feeling, that climate change is something that will become an issue in 2050, 2060 or further off into the distant future.

A perfect example of this I think is demonstrated recently when the government scrapped its subsidy for the solar energy industry. I was not only dismayed by the decision, but also dismayed by the fact that no one really noticed it happening.

So how do we address that? Well, I think that great political philosopher of our age Arnold Schwarzenegger put it well this week. He said:

“It drives me crazy when people talk about 30 years from now, rising sea levels and so on. What about right now? Thousands of people are dying from pollution. People are living with cancer [because of air pollution].”

Now I think Arnie has a point here: I think we need to be a lot more direct, upfront and most importantly noisy about the impact of climate change on the here and now, not just what is going to happen in fifty years. And when I say we that means the council, other politicians and also residents: especially people in this room.

A good example of what can be done when we get noisy about this issues was a campaign I was involved in last year. Some of you may have seen that a leading charity did some research on the levels of pollution on Streatham High Street and Brixton Road. They found that TfL buses, with diesel engines, were contributing to horrendous levels of pollution: my ward, Vassall, for example, a deprived ward that sits around Brixton Road, got through a year’s worth of air pollutants by 2nd of January 2015.

I am going to repeat that because it is staggering: a highly built up residential area with schools, community centres, sheltered accommodation and parks had pumped into its air 365 days’ worth of dangerous pollution in 48 hours. That’s dangerous pollution that causes asthma in kids, lung disease in adults and a host of other conditions.

So we got a campaign going to try and address this problem with residents. I’ll be honest some people said it wasn’t worth doing at the time because the public wouldn’t be interested: one resident described it to me as “Guardian whinging”. But when we started shouting about it we had 500 signatures in a month, many from my estates, and Tfl has now agreed to change the engines in the buses in South London to make them cleaner and greener. The council has just set up a strategic transport study and one of its key aims is to reduce transport based emissions, and we will be inviting groups like Lambeth for a Cool Planet to feed into these plans so we keep up the pressure. I have no doubt at all this would not have happened without this local campaign and local pressure from residents who became engaged with the issue.

There is more that Lambeth as a council is doing and shouting about, along with its residents. Last week, Lambeth joined with other councils to redouble efforts to make Lambeth a clean energy borough by using cleaner energy supplies, greener transport systems and insulating homes. It is estimated that such moves will cut the UK's carbon footprint by more than 10%. And we’ve supported co-operatives like Brixton Energy that allow residents to generate their own energy and reduce carbon emissions. We are also backing other forms of clean transport and cycling initiatives, such as listening to resident feedback about the desire for Santander bikes to be brought further south in the borough, hence a recent campaign to get them into Brixton.

So what I would say to everyone is that Lambeth is pushing hard to do its bit on climate change, but we do need your support in this room and in the wider community to push it up the agenda for the public and those in government who have the most power.

I would tell you to keep coming to events like this, talk about it in your communities, with your neighbours, friends and families, work with groups like Lambeth for a Cool Planet and keep hassling people like me and my colleagues so we can collectively get this up people’s agenda.

Climate change can seem like an immense problem, it can seem overwhelming. But starting off in our communities with one on one conversations and local campaigns of the sort Lambeth for a Cool Planet are looking to run are the fundamental first steps to helping to protect our planet.

07 December 2015

New consultation on the future of Vauxhall Gyratory opens

Transport for London (Tfl) have launched a new consultation on proposals to make improvements to the Vauxhall Gyratory area.

Tfl have said that the changes, which can be viewed here, will:
"Aim to return the one-way road system at Vauxhall to two-way roads and significantly improve pedestrian and cyclist provision to help create a safer and less intimidating environment for vulnerable road users. The proposed changes would also help to improve connectivity throughout the area, and create a better environment for people living, working, and travelling through Vauxhall."
Talking about changes, Oval Cllr Jack Hopkins, said:
"For the last half a decade, Vauxhall Labour has been campaigning for a better Vauxhall: a place where it is nice to live, where people will come work and boost our local economy, and where people will choose to eat out with their families or meet with their friends. For too long Vauxhall has been missing out as people travel to Vauxhall only to catch another bus, tube or train to another area. In the meantime, families living in Vauxhall have had to look out onto an ugly, noisy one-way gyratory – an antiquated system where cyclists continue to die and where pedestrians are forced to make several crossings across dangerous lanes of traffic in order to reach the public transport stations. Vauxhall can be better. Vauxhall will be better."
Besides an online consultation here, there are two opportunities in the coming weeks to view the proposals for the changes close to the Vassall area:

06 December 2015

Fly tipping crackdown in Vassall

Vassall councillors have welcomed a new crackdown on fly tipping by Lambeth's Labour council after more than a dozen substantial fines were issued for dumped rubbish in the past few months.

Lambeth have confirmed that after listening to the concerns of local councilors and residents, a new team began work in September specifically to investigate residential fly tips in the borough and fine those responsible. So far they have issued 12 fines in the area around Brixton Road in Vassall alone since the start of September. Penalty notices have been issued on many roads, including Mowll Street, Stockwell Park Road, Mostyn Road, Lorn Road, Brixton Road and Robsart Street.

These fines will raise revenue to tackle the problem as well as deterring those who think this is acceptable.

Vassall councilors Jacqui Dyer, Annie Gallop and Paul Gadsby said:

"The majority of people in Lambeth do the right thing and they’re sick of seeing beds, building materials, radiators or black sacks full of rubbish strewn across streets. A bulky waste collection service is available from the council

"We would also urge local residents to report any instances of fly tipping they spot. In Vassall, there have been a number of occasions where councillors or residents have reported fly tips which have then been successfully investigated, leading to improvements in the area. We recently took the cabinet member for environment around Vassall to some of the worst areas that are now being investigated.

"But the council needs evidence - so we would encourage anyone with concerns and evidence about a fly tipping spot to use the council’s online reporting form here

03 December 2015

Vassall councillor surgeries in December

Vassall councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop will be holding their regular surgeries in November. Owing to the Christmas break, there will be some slight changes to when the surgeries will be taking place:

Tuesday, ​1 December 2015
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
1pm - 2pm

Friday, 18 December 2015
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)

Saturday, 19 December 2015
Myatt's 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

24 November 2015

Don't lose your right to vote!

Vassall's local councillors are running a campaugn urging residents to register to vote as new rules introduced by the government could result in thousands of people dropping off the electroal register on 1 December.

The new rules mean that voters must specifically register to ensure they can take part in future elections. Vassall councillors have produced this flyer with information about the changes - if you havent registered you can visit this website or call 020 7926 2254.

Lambeth have conducted a major drive to sign up voters (see page 13 of this record of a question asked at last week's council meeting), but it is advised that all voters check to make sure they are still on the register.

23 November 2015

Changes to the Loughborough road closure programme announced by Lambeth

Lambeth council have announced significant changes to the Loughborough road closure programme
following an early review of the scheme.

As Vassall View has reported over the past year, the programme was part of a Transport for London (tfl) funded scheme to improve the Loughborough Junction area which involved the closure of a series local roads in the area for a six month period. Following a lot of feedback from residents, local councillors lobbied successfully for an early review of the scheme this month. After assessing the consultation feedback, Lambeth has decided to reopen Lilford and Loughborough Road, but keep Calias Street closed.

Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth cabinet member responsible for the scheme, said:

Having examined all the evidence presented in the eight-week review report, I have taken the decision to re-open Loughborough Road, Barrington Road, Lilford Road and Gordon Grove from next Friday (27 November).

Padfield Road and Calais Street will remain closed under a new Experimental Traffic Management Order.

The road closures were part of a wider vision to improve the public space in Loughborough Junction, make it a safer and more pleasant place to live and help the area become a destination in its own right, rather than a busy through road for traffic to and from central London.

That ambition for Loughborough Junction is clearly shared, even though it appears that a majority of residents remain opposed to particular road closures.

It was important to trial this ambitious scheme as an experiment so we could monitor the impacts closely. Having reviewed the evidence and listened to a wide variety of people in the area; it is clear that changes are needed but that the ultimate vision remains.

I hope to utilise the passion and strength of opinion that has been demonstrated on all sides over the last few months and bring people together to help guide the future of Loughborough Junction.

Over the coming weeks I will invite representatives from local businesses, ward councillors, community groups including LJAG, Loughborough Estate Management Board, Loughborough Estate TRA and the newly formed LJ Road Madness to join me and council officers on a steering group to begin the design work for public space improvements.

We will start with an open mind and welcome all ideas and contributions; there is money to spend from Transport for London, which if we work together and get it right, can make a positive and lasting difference to Loughborough Junction.

The experimental nature of the road closures made it difficult to communicate the wider benefits and vision for the area, and signage in some areas at the start of the trial was either unclear or ignored. Also, by focusing communications on the residents of Loughborough Junction, road users who travel through the area from further afield felt uninformed which undoubtedly led to confusion in the early stages.

However, it is clear from the review that more people are making journeys by foot and by bicycle through the area and I sincerely hope that continues.

Eight weeks was not enough time to provide any empirical evidence regarding response times and the Ambulance Service and Police did not oppose the continuation of the scheme, but the recent formal objection raised by the London Fire Brigade and anecdotal reports of increasing response times cannot be ignored.

That is why we will reopen Loughborough Road, Barrington Road, Lilford Road and Gordon Grove. The process of removing signs and road markings will take a few days so to avoid confusion all restrictions will remain in place until Friday 27 November.

The full report, which includes traffic survey data, official submissions from the emergency services and other important groups, a summary of public representations and the results of survey work undertaken by the Stockwell Partnership, is published online.

16 November 2015

Opportunties employment fair comes to Vassall

A wide range of organisations have come together to organise an employment opportunities fair at the Myatt's Field North community centre on Friday, 27 November.

Full details can be found in the below flyer

15 November 2015

Have your say on changes to the 436 bus route

Transport for London have launched a consultation on changes to bus route 436 which run along Camberwell New Road in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.

Photo of 436 busThe 436 currently runs from Lewisham to Paddington Station. TfL propose changing the route so that the 436 would run to Battersea Park via Nine Elms. This is to meet the demands of the new development taking place in the Nine Elams area and also provide a direct link to Battersea Park from Lewisham, Camberwell and Kennington.

To compensate for the loss of the 436 on the section between Vauxhall and Paddington TfL propose increasing the frequency of the parallel 36 bus service.

TfL are consulting on their proposals between 11 November 2015 and 10 January 2016. To fund out more and have your say on the proposed changes see the consultations section of the TfL website

13 November 2015

Local councillors urge residents to sign Lambeth Labour's tax credits petition

Vassall councillors have urged local resident's to sign Lambeth Labour's petition calling for the government to halt its plan to cut child tax credits, a move that could hit 15,000 families in Lambeth.

The figures from the government show that the following number of working families across Lambeth will receive cuts to tax credits, many of these with children:
  • Vauxhall: 5,100 
  • Streatham: 6,000 
  • Dulwich and West Norwood: 3, 800
​Speaking about the plans a few weeks ago, Lambeth Labour leader Cllr Lib Peck said:
These figures show that a huge number of people in Lambeth will be hit by this unfair and vindicitive Tory cut that will hurt working families at a time when many are already struggling financially. It cannot be morally right that 15,000 Lambeth families are going to have this vital support taken away, especially when these are residents who are already working, but need extra support to provide for their family.

It also comes at a time when the government is driving through deep cuts to public services, including local government, that is further hurting our community. We all accept that we need to be financially sensible as a country, but balancing the budget on the backs of working families already struggling to make ends meet is not the way to do it.
Ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn statement, Lambeth Labour has launched a new petition against the cuts which residents can sign here. Vassall councillor Paul Gadsby has also asked a question to this month's council asking for Lambeth Conservatives to confirm whether they support the cuts - see the response to that question on page 15 of the council papers here.

03 November 2015

New survey launched on the future of the Loughborough road closure scheme

Lambeth council has launched a new survey asking for resident's views about the current trial of road closures around Loughborough Junction as part of an early review of the project called for by local councillors.

As Vassall View has reported over the summer, the trial road closure programme is designed to expand public spaces, introduce safer conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, put in place environmental improvements and encourage a greater mix of retail outlets.  The project has lead to closures on the following roads:

· Loughborough Road, north of the junction with Ridgeway Road
· Barrington Road
· Calais Street
· Padfield Road
· Lilford Road
· Garden Grove

Following a large amount of feedback from local residents about the impact of the closures on local traffic and congestion, councillors asked for the review of the scheme to be brought forward in order to assess whether it should continue. As well as a survey, around 11,000 flyers will be be sent to the area and the council will also be asking for assessments from local emergency services.

Residents can fill in the survey here - it closes on the 6 November.

Talking about the survey local councillors - Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - said:

"We have had an enormous amount of feedback about these proposals and we would strongly urge all residents, whatever their views, to fill in the survey. It is important we get local feedback on whether this scheme should continue."

02 November 2015

Vassall councillor surgeries in November

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

Tuesday, ​3 November 2015
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
1pm - 2pm

Thursday, 26 November 2015
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)

Saturday, 28 November 2015
Myatt's 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

11 October 2015

Vassall Safer Neighbourhood set for October

October's meeting of the Vassall Safer Neighbourhood panel will take place at the Myatt's Field Community Centre (6.30pm) this Monday (12 October). This forum brings together resident group representatives, the police and local people to discuss local crime and safety issues in Vassall. The meeting is open to all residents from the local area.

If you cannot attend, but have an issue you want to raise you can contact your local councillors who will be happy to raise your views at the meeting:

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

Alternatively, you can contact Vassall's dedicated police officer PC Soren Dymond on twitter, email or by phone on 07733 003216

09 October 2015

Street tidy event on Loughborough Road this weekend

Residents from the Loughborough, Evandale and Ackerman Road Tenants and Residents Association (LEAF) have organised with Lambeth a special street tidy and get together on Sunday 11 October 10am – 4.30pm (between Overton Road and Crowhurst Close). The road will be closed for these hours only during this event. People from the neighbourhood are welcome to join LEAF TRA residents to help improve the local area.

07 October 2015

Review of Loughborough Junction road closure programme brought forward

Following feedback from residents and local councillors, Lambeth council will bring forward its planned review of the experimental road closures in Loughborough Junction.

The review had been planned to take place after 12 weeks, however it will now happen after eight weeks. Traffic data will be examined and all feedback will be listened to – from ward councillors, residents, campaign groups and businesses. Dialogue is ongoing with representatives from Transport for London and the emergency services and their views will also inform the review.

Deputy Leader of Lambeth council, Cllr Imogen Walker, said: “An ambitious project such as this always provokes strong reaction and we have had lots of feedback, both positive and negative.

“Due to the clear strength of feeling, and after discussions with ward councillors in the area, we have decided to review the scheme earlier than we initially planned. This will involve gathering all the evidence, to decide how to proceed.

“Our aim for Loughborough Junction to be a safe, pleasant destination remains and is undoubtedly shared by the majority of local residents, as demonstrated by our widespread consultation prior to this project. We will ensure that proper consideration is given as to how we achieve this and we will be certain to publish all the evidence from our review.”

Vassall ward councillors Jacqui Dyer, Annie Gallop and Paul Gadsby have been feeding back comments from residents about the programme. Cllr Gadsby, said: “I have as a local councillor asked for this review to be brought forward so we can get a true picture of the impact the road closures are having on the area.

"We have had residents contact me with positive feedback about its impact which should not be discounted. However, councillors from Coldharbour, Herne Hill and Vassall have had a large amount of concern expressed to them by residents about how these closures are proceeding.

“It’s only right that we all have a proper look at this situation, with all the evidence in front of us, and examine the case for either proceeding with changes to make the scheme more effective or stopping this project completely. We all want to see Loughborough Junction a cleaner, safer and more pleasant place, and we need to be certain about the best way to do this.”

In a bid to create a thriving town centre without the constant traffic flow that sees up to 13,000 vehicles pass through on a typical week day Lambeth council closed a section of Loughborough Road on August 29, for six months. Barrington Road, Calais Street, Padfield Road, Lilford Road and Gordon Grove were also subject to closures in order to minimise any knock-on congestion.

Traffic counts have been taken at 71 different locations in the surrounding area to measure the impact on neighbouring roads and repeat counts will be taken in key locations. This data will form part of the review, the results of which should be known in early November.

Our Road Exhibition at Loughborough Hotel Gallery

This weekend sees the opening of a new exhibition showcasing the creative talents of the residents of Loughborough Road and the surrounding streets at the recently opened Loughbourgh Hotel Gallery and Baked Salt Cafe. The art show is being organised in collaboration with the Loughborough, Evandale and Akerman Road Tenants and Residents Association (LEAF).

Works will include illustrations, paintings,sculptures, textiles, lino-­cuts, contemporary and heritage photographs. The theme ‘Our Road’ was chosen to reflect the work the residents have been doing to bring the community together and make the area a better place to be. The exhibition will run from the 9 October to the 18 October and takes place in the Loughborough Hotel Gallery at 39 Loughborough Road

02 October 2015

Lambeth announces long term plan for future of Minet library and local parks

Lambeth have announced the results of the 2020 consultation with a long term plan for the future of local libraries and parks in an era of deep cuts by central government.

With the borough losing 50% of its funding since 2010 - £200 million by 2018 - the council has been undertaking a review of its cultural services, covering libraries, parks and other leisure facilities. You can read more about the consultation earlier this year and the council’s initial proposals on Vassall View here.

Following feedback from residents and local councillors, Lambeth have decided not to proceed with the sale of the Minet library building and instead will from April 2016 work to transform the site into a healthy living centre in partnership with social enterprise GLL. This will include:

  • A gym with membership at affordable council level cost.
  • A self service library where residents can borrow and drop off books - this will contain less books than the current library, but the stock will be replenished by the Lambeth library service on a rotating basis taking into account local needs, such as Vassall’s diverse local cultures and language requirements. 
  • Free wi-fi access, computers and study spaces for residents.
  • The Minet archives will remain on the site while the borough explores during 2016 the options for another location for them in Lambeth.
  • Space will be provided for community use and small enterprises on a hire basis.
  • Total opening hours will double while the gym is open to around 70 hours - including access to the self-service library.
  • While there will be no permanent library staff on the site, provision will be made in the budget for staff to provide some services, such as children's reading hours.

The above changes will take a few months to complete during which part of the building will be closed for refurbishment (the archives section will remain open). This will be the first stage of the Minet building's redevelopment: the council will by 2020 develop a long term solution for the site which could include the provision of social housing and, if the healthy living centre is successful, the retention of this model into the future. 

A full explanation of the plans for library services across the borough can be read here

Talking about the plans for the Minet library, Jane Edbrooke, cabinet member with responsibility for cultural services, said:

"We have listened to feedback from residents and local councillors: both made it very clear during the consultation that they didn’t want the Minet library site sold. We still need to make savings as Tory cuts are slashing our resources in half and by law we need to set a balanced budget. This means we do need to find new ways of delivering services, and by working with GLL we will keep the building in community use, with a new gym and a self service library facility that will include study spaces and free wi-fi. We will be working with residents on the long term options for the site into the future. “

Vassall councillors Anne Gallop, Paul Gadsby and Jacqui Dyer, said:

"We are pleased that Lambeth have listened to our feedback and are keeping hold of the MInet library site for community use, including a library self-service system. Given the huge cuts being imposed on the council by the Tories, supported during the coalition by Lambeth Liberal Democrats, we believe this is the best solution on offer.  We will be working with the community in the coming years on the long term plans for the libraries in the run up to 2020."

Local parks in Vassall

Following the outcome of culture 2020 consultation, Lambeth will work with resident groups to try and manage the impact of government cuts. There will be good news for Myatt’s Field Park including:

  •  Heritage lottery funding commitments worth around £3 million will continue.
  •  Paddling pools and toilets in the park will remain open.
  • The park will continue to be locked at night by council staff.
  • The council will continue to work with residents on their business plan for future development of the park.

For Slade Gardens, the council will continue to work with residents on the business plan for the park and the adventure playground. There are other plans for the park, including funding for the repaving of Ingelton Street that will pedestrianise the area and create a new improved entrance to the park.

Vassall councillors Anne Gallop, Paul Gadsby and Jacqui Dyer, said:

“We are glad that a lot of services in our area are being protected as particularly Myatt’s Field Park which is heavily used by residents in the area.”

If you have any views about these changes, please do contact your councillors below:

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

Big Draw, greenhouse openday and music on the bandstand this Sunday in Myatt's Fields Park SE5

This Sunday, 4 October 2015, the Big Draw will take place in Myatt's Fields Park, Knatchbull Road, SE5. Join the world's biggest drawing festival in the park 1-5pm with free drawing workshops and much more.

The park's greenhouse will also be open for tours and there will be music on the bandstand.

Myatt's Fields Park is located near Knatchbull Road, Calais Street and Cormont Road in Vassall Ward, Camberwell, Lambeth SE5 

30 September 2015

Come to the Minet Library Fun Palace this Saturday

This Saturday, 3 October 2015, the Minet Library on Knatchbull Road, in Vassall Ward SE5 will be transformed into a 'Fun Palace'.

There will be activities for young people including the opportunity to design your own mug, make up and tell stories about objects found in the local area and make comic books. Everyone is welcome

Get colourful, get creative! 11-2pm
11:00am  Design and decorate your own mug/cup with Sharpie pens

Electronic arts and crafts workshop 10-12 noon
10:00am  Carlos, your tutor and instructor will bring a makey makey and raspberry pi
Urban Myths of lambeth 10-3pm

10:00am  These unusual objects have been foraged from the streets of Lambeth - rescued from sheds and attics and shops, offices and parks and even libraries! What mysteries do they conceal? What stories could they tell?

Comic Book Making 10-3pm
10:00pm  We want you to use the characters that we supply to create a comic book story. Watch the story unfold as people share!

Further information on the Fun Palaces website

The other Lambeth libraries will also be transformed into Fun Palaces on Saturday - see the full listing of activities

27 September 2015

Councillor surgeries in October

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

Tuesday, ​6 October 2015
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
1pm - 2pm

Thursday, 29 October 2015
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)

Saturday, 31 October 2015
Myatt's 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

24 September 2015

Loughborough Road: The story of the street, its houses and residents

Loughborough Road resident Tracey Gregory will be hosting a special history event this Saturday  unveilling the history of Loughborough Road through maps, documents and photos she has found in Lambeth archives.

Find out what the road and the area were like before the houseswere built, how the road has changed and who some of its past residents were. Details of the events are:

Saturday 26th September, 3.00–3.45pm 
Michael Church
131 Burton Road
London SW9 6TG

21 September 2015

Home grown food festival in Myatt's Fields Park on 26 September

Myatt's Fields Park will be hosting a special home grown festival this weekend showcasing local food grown by community producers.

Full details of the festival below - local councillors Paul Gadsby, Annie Gallop and Jacqui Dyer will also have a stall at the festival.

New campaign launched for Clean Air in Brixton

A new campaign backed by local Vassall Labour councillors has been launched to clean up pollution in the Brixton area.

Lambeth for Cool Air is a network of Lambeth families and community members campaigning for action on climate change. They have put together a petition calling for the Mayor and Tfl to redouble their efforts to reduce pollution in the Brixton area and organised a march for Clean Air, attended by local councillors, on Sunday (13 September) which drew at least 40 people.

Over the summer, Vassall councillors successsfully campaigned for new cleaner engines to be installed on London buses after dreadful levels of pollution were recorded on Brixton Road:. This key highway through Vassall recorded a full year's worth of recommended pollutants after just four days in 2015.

Local councillors - Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - said:

"Poor air quality causes the premature death of thousands of Londoners every year and the pollution on Brixton Road is particularly shocking. We have managed to get the Mayor to act on polluting buses, but more needs to be done. We fully support this campaign and would ask all residents to sign the petition."

18 September 2015

Come on a bat walk in Myatt's Fields Park this Saturday

This Saturday, 19 September 2015, come on a bat walk around Myatt's Fields Park. Learn how to survey and identify bats. Meet at the park depot on Cormont Road, SE5 at 7pm.

See flyer below for further information.

13 September 2015

Vauxhall's historic Royal Vauxhall Tavern listed by Historic England

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT) has been listed Grade II by the government on the advice of Historic England after a campaign by the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) community and residents that was backed by local councillors.

The iconic London location has an international reputation as arguably one of the most inclusive LGB&T venues in England, built on a tradition of hosting alternative, transgender and drag performances. However, as Vassall View reported in June, the future of the pub was placed into question after it was sold to developers.  After failing to get assurances from the owners about their plans for the site, a local campaign by RVT Future aimed to get the building listed by Historic England which will help protect it from development. Local Cllr Paul Gadsby put in a submission supporting the listing, which has now been approved.

Talking about the news of the listing, Cllr Gadsby said:

"This is great news and RVT Future deserve a lot of praise for getting the site protected. This is an important community building with a long historic legacy and we must ensure it is not needlessly lost to development. I do hope that the owners will now take this opportunity to properly engage with RVT Future and the local LGBT community to ensure a bright future for the RVT."

11 September 2015

Brixton set for the Walk for Clean Air event

The campaign group, Lambeth for a Cool Planet, is organising a “Walk for Clean Air” in Brixton on Sunday 13 September from 2pm- and local councillors are urging as many residents as possible to join the march.

The campaigners are meeting at 2pm this Sunday at the top of Rush Common (just below Holmewood Road) and walking to Windrush Square, Brixton. The event is listed on Facebook. The campaign is focused on getting London's pollution problems addressed.

Local Labour councillors - Paul Gadsby, Annie Gallop and Jacqui Dyer - said:

"The A23 through Brixton has some appalling levels of pollution – annual EU limits for Nitrogen Dioxide were reached after just four days in 2015 for the part of Brixton Road that runs through Vassall. The list of diseases and conditions caused by air pollution is endless, including affecting lung development in children and worsening asthma conditions for older people. About 9,500 premature deaths in London each year are attributed to air pollution. In Vassall some of the largest estates in the area border Brixton Road.

"Earlier this year, we got hundred of signatures for a campaign to clean up this pollution, demanding that the Mayor fit newer, cleaner engines to local buses that were a key contributor to pollution in the area. Following this campaign, the Mayor agreed to upgrade buses so they have cleaner engines. This is a positive step, but the pressure needs to be maintained - which is why events like those on Sunday are important. Good luck to the campaign and we do hope there is a strong turnout."

10 September 2015

Van Gogh cafe reopens on Brixton Road

Vassall's Van Gogh cafe is open for business once again with a relaunched vegetarian  and vegan menu - and a new community focused ethos.

The cafe, next to Mowll street at 88 Brixton Road, is looking to work with local people struggling with issues of food poverty - any food surpluses from the cafe will be ploughed back into the local community.

A special open day will be held on Thursday, 10 September, with a free taster menu during the day, with the cafe opening for breakfast and lunch on Friday, 11 September. On Saturday and Sunday's, the cafe will be open from 10am serving delicious veggie and vegan brunches inspired from the owner's travels in North America - with some Lancashire and Scottish treats thrown in for good measure! Coffee, teas and delicious cakes served all day everyday.

08 September 2015

Lambeth ready to act on refugee crisis

Lambeth Labour leader Lib Peck has issued a statement offering the council's support to refugees affected by the humanterian crisis emerging across Europe,

Cllr Peck said:

"Lambeth has always been a place of refuge for those who have needed it and we will ensure that it continues to be so in these difficult circumstances. I am pleased that Lambeth, working with London Councils, have led the way in calling for the Government to accept more refugees and we stand ready to play our part in helping to accommodate Syrian refugee families.

"We look forward to working with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on a clear plan to resettle vulnerable people in our community. However, it is worrying that the Prime Minister only offered details of funding for the first year of the five-year visa programme for refugees; the Government must offer a clearer framework of funding and support for local authorities.

"The slow and unsure response of this Government stands in great contrast to the many heartening offers of support across the country, and in Lambeth, for refugees. From local collections of clothing and food such as those organised by Lambeth staff and trade unions and many offers of accommodation for Syrian families to the letters I have received from residents demanding action and support, the people of this borough have demonstrated an incredible generosity of spirit that the Government should now match.  As a Council, Lambeth will be assessing our temporary accommodation capacity and working with DCLG to determine how best we can support those most in need. We will keep our residents informed about developments in the coming weeks."

MFN quiz night this Friday

The Myatt's Field North Resident Association and PFI Monitoring Board (RAMB) are organising a quiz night open to all residents this Friday - full details below!

07 September 2015

Historic South London pub listed as an asset of community value after successful local campaign

A successful campaign by local residents, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and local
councillors has resulted in local pub the Grosvenor being listed as an Asset of Community Value by Lambeth council.

This move will give the pub in Sidney Road next to Vassall an extra layer of protection from developers and means that the community will have to be informed if there is an attempt to change its use away from being a public house. The building is currently owned by property business Golfraite who have not made clear their long term plans for the business. For many years, the Grosvenor had been a well-run community pub and music venue that was one of the last outposts for local musicians to perform in the Brixton and Stockwell area.

Talking about the successfully bid, local CAMRA activist and SW9 resident, Valerie Farnell, said:

"This is a really excellent move which a lot of people got behind. It is so sad to walk past a pub which used to be so vibrant and see it boarded up. It is a real community asset and I am glad Lambeth have recognised this. We just need it now to be reopened as a music pub and not turned into another convenience store, estate agents or more flats.”

Local Vassall Labour Cllr Paul Gadsby, said:

"CAMRA and local residents deserve praise for their ongoing campaign to keep the Grosvenor alive. It is now the turn of the current owners to end their year long silence and make clear what their plans are for the building. Under its previous owner the pub was successful, well run and had no trouble keeping itself going financially as well as supporting local music talent. Nobody I have spoken to wants to see this building turned into flats: it should go back to being a thriving pub."

01 September 2015

Lambeth announces new details of parking stress review in the borough

Lambeth council have announced further details of the parking stress review taking place in the borough, confirming that Vassall remains a priority for the project.

The review was unveiled earlier in the year after sustained lobbying from residents and local councillors – Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop – around the Myatt’s Park and Loughborough Road area. Although ballots on controlled parking zones (CPZs) for this part of Vassall were rejected in 2004 and 2009, councillors have been calling for the area’s parking issues to be re-examined as the population rises in the area (especially due to the Oval Quarter development) and more cars have been parking on this patch as surrounding streets have adopted CPZs.

Lambeth have announced changes to the timescale of the project, which began in April, after it was found more work needed to be done to examine the impact of any potential changes in specific areas on traffic in the whole of the borough. The formal work examining issues in Vassall will now begin in October as part of the first six month phase.

A statement from Lambeth said:

“There are areas of particular concern that will need to be dealt with urgently. For example, we know that Vassall ward has a very high level of parking stress, as it is surrounded by Controlled Parking Zones causing problems and frustration for residents which we need to address. The Parking Study is not in itself a consultation on any CPZ, however it will inform the design and early stage consultation of any future CPZs, allowing us to plan them properly and efficiently. We hope to have some answers for Vassall in the first six months. From that information, we will be able to say categorically whether the area needs a CPZ and will have gone some way to designing what it would look like.”

Vassall councillors Paul Gadsby, Jacqui Dyer and Annie Gallop said:

“We know that proposals for controlled parking do arouse strong passions as both ballots in the past ten years were very close, but it’s clear parking stress has increased significantly since the last test of opinion in 2009. The area around Myatt’s Field Park and Loughborough Road is now surrounded by CPZs resulting in real parking problems for residents who often cant find a space to park their car.

“We lobbied hard and successfully for the parking stress review to come about, and we are pleased that Vassall remains a priority. The final say on what happens to parking should lie with residents.”

29 August 2015

Lambeth Healthwatch AGM set for September

Lambeth's local healthwatch body will be holding its AGM on Wednesday, 23 September, with all residents with an interest in healthcare invited to attend.

Full information about the AGM can be found in the below flyer.

Vassall councillor surgeries in September

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, ​1 September 2015
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
1pm - 2pm

Thursday, 24 September 2015
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)

Saturday, 26 September 2015
Myatt's 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

24 August 2015

Longfield Hall wins funding for wheelchair access improvements

Longfield Hall has received new funding from Lambeth council to make the hall wheelchair accessible following a bid backed by Vassall's three Labour councillors.

The grant of £7,000 from the council's Transitional Fund for Co-operative Libraries and Hubs will enable to building to host a wider range of meetings and events now it has wheelchair accessible. Longfield Hall is an iconic building first opened in 1892 which is already used by over 500 residents each week for a variety of activities, including dance classes and local community events.

Vassall councillors - Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - welcomed the new funding and said:

"Longifeld Hall is a really excellent local community hall run by volunteers who devote a lot of time to continuing its long tradition of serving the local area. This new improvement will help the Hall expand it's services even further and we were very happy to support this funding push; a lot of the praise should be going to the Hall's team who lobbied hard to get this award."

You can find out more about the Hall here.

21 August 2015

Myatt's Field South Festival in September

Myatt's Field South are organising a special end of summer festival at the beginning of September that includes a host of activities from face painting for children to free bicycle repairs. Full details below.

20 August 2015

Loughborough Junction road closures to begin at end of August

Plans to implement a series of road closures as part of a six month experimental trail to improve the Loughborough Junction area are set to go ahead on Saturday 29th August.

The proposals for Junction are designed to expand public spaces, introduce safer conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, put in place environmental improvements and encourage a greater mix of retail outlets.  The project will lead to closures on the following roads:

· Loughborough Road, north of the junction with Ridgeway Road
· Barrington Road
· Calais Street
· Padfield Road
· Lilford Road
· Garden Grove

These closures will be a six month experiment that will be kept under continuous observation to monitor the impact on traffic flows in the area - an issue that was raised by many residents in the neighbourhood.

Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, the cabinet member with responsibility for the project, said:

"We anticipate starting to get a decent understanding of the trial’s impact after about 4weeks; will hold an interim review at 3months; and a final consultation and evaluation of the project’s effectiveness at 6 months.

"Stockwell Partnership, a Lambeth-based community charity, have been appointed to manage on-going consultation and engagement with local residents and businesses – dates, times and venues will be advertised as soon as possible. On that note, following the recent Call In, local councillors in Coldharbour, Vassall and Herne Hill have made clear that they would like to ensure as many local people as possible are aware of and involved in this project. I am asking (council) officers to help establish a councillor led tri-ward forum which meets regularly over the initial life of the project to discuss its impact and influence its outcome.

"I do appreciate that this matter has not been without its share of controversy. However, the sole intention is to create a safer, cleaner, more pleasant place to live and work. I am confident that we can succeed but will of course ensure that all views are taken on board and that the evaluation process is objective and transparent"

Lambeth is encouraging residents to send feedback to the two leads on the project once it has begun on the 29th August:

George Wright on gwright@lambeth.gov.uk

Barbara Poulter on bpoulter@lambeth.gov.uk

Vassall councillors - Jacqui Dyer, Annie Gallop and Paul Gadsby - said:

"We have as councillors received a huge amount of feedback about this project, both for and against these proposals. We have sought to ensure residents have had their voices listened too, by organising a public meeting about the matter and lobbying successfully for a pause in its implementation while improved monitoring procedures were drawn up by Lambeth. The decision to move ahead with these proposals was recently reviewed by Lambeth's scrutiny committee with a further set of conditions placed on the project before it moved forward.

"The proposals do have the potential to improve the Loughborough Junction space which has long been neglected, but we have to make sure the balance is right and that traffic is not made worse in the area. We would encourage all residents to feedback during this trial and let us know if they have any views on how it is working in practice."

17 August 2015

Lambeth council first in country to ban laughing gas as a recreational drug

Lambeth Council has today become the first in the UK to ban the use of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, as a recreational drug.

Although medically safe and not illegal, the chemical can cause a drop in blood pressure, fainting and heart attacks when used on a regular basis. Last month a death of a teenager in Bexley was linked to the drug. Between 2006 and 2012 the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs said the use of laughing gas could have caused 17 fatalities in the UK with the US recording around 15 deaths a year.

It is illegal to sell to under-18s if there is a risk they will inhale it, but it remains available for adults to buy. However, from today, those using it publicly in Lambeth can now be issued with an on-the-spot fine of up to £1,000.

Councillor Jane Edbrooke, the cabinet member responsible for community safety in the borough, said using the gas was "not harmless fun" and with the gas has quickly become the UK's fourth popular recreational drug with the Home Office statistics showing some 470,000 people taken nitrous oxide in 2013-14. She also said the new measures would tackle the disposal of the cannisters in the brough's streets:

"The government's new laws will tackle production, importation and supply of legal highs, but there's a big gap around actually tackling people who use these drugs and leave canisters lying all over our streets,"

"The mess left in some of our neighbourhoods after a Friday and Saturday night just isn’t acceptable, with families having to witness this behaviour on a regular basis, as well as coming across these canisters in their playgrounds, parks and streets."

13 August 2015

Healthwatch Lambeth launch new mental health survey in Vassall

Healthwatch Lambeth have launched a new survey about mental health wellbeing in Vassall.

The survey, which is being supported by local councillors, aims to build on the recommendations of Lambeth’s Black Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which explored how the borough could improve the prevention and treatment of mental illness within the black community. This survey is looking for responses from across Lambeth's communities on what they know about how to get advice and help about mental health issues.

You can fill in the survey here and follow Healthwatch Lambeth on twitter for their latest updates.  

12 August 2015

Lambeth confirms roll out of 20mph limit on borough's roads

Lambeth council have confirmed that from November this year it will begin the roll out of a 20mph speed limit on all roads controlled by the borough, including those in Vassall. It fufils Lambeth Labour's ongoing pledge to make roads in Lambeth safer.

The announcement is designed to deliver a number of improvements to health and safety, including:
  • Cut the number of casualties in the borough
  • Improving pedestrian safety
  • Encouraging more confidence among cyclist
  • Cutting the number of accidents around schools.
Talking about the announcement, Lambeth cabinet member for Environment & Sustainability, Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, says:

“We want safer streets in Lambeth; streets where people enjoying living and working and where they feel safe to walk and cycle”.

Talking about the impact on the local area, Labour councillors Jacqui Dyer, Annie Gallop and Paul Gadsby, said;

"We are very happy the roll out of this programme is due to start in November and it will contribute to making local roads safer for families and children, especially near our local schools."

You can find out more about the announcement on here - including a helpful Q&A.

05 August 2015

Home Grown food festival set for Myatt's Field Park

Myatt's Field Park will be hosting a special food festival on Saturday, 26 September between 1pm and 5pm.

The event will showcase the area's rich food culture with local bakers, cooks, food growers and producers invited to showcase their wears in stalls around the park. Levi Roots will also be live on stage with his Herbs and Spices band from 1pm in the main bandstand.

All residents are welcome to attend and if you are interested in running a stall prices are £10 for individuals, £20 community organisations and £50 commercial. There will be 20 free stalls, with priority given to local food growing groups and local food producers (stalls allocated on a first come first served basis).

Get your queries and applications through to enquiries@myattsfieldspark.info .Application deadline 15th August 2015.

31 July 2015

Vassall councillor surgeries in August

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

Tuesday, ​4 August ​2015
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
1pm - 2pm

Thursday, 27 August 2015
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)

Saturday, 29 August 2015
Myatt's 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

30 July 2015

Little Cat Cafe launches Italian Aperitivo evening

The Little Cat Cafe in Myatts Fields Park is holding an Italian Aperitivo Evening every second Saturday from the 8 August. All residents welcome, full details in the flyer below.

29 July 2015

Vassall councillors launch road resurfacing campaign

Vassall's local Labour councillors have launched a new campaign to get Liberty Street's road and pavement in Vassall resurfaced by Lambeth council - and are asking residents elsewhere to let them know if their road is in urgent need of repair.

Lambeth has already resurfaced hundreds of roads across the borough and fixed more than 2,000 potholes since 2010, despite the Tory led government and Lib Dem backed coalition cutting the council's budget by 50%.  Local councillors - Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - have received feedback from residents on Liberty Street that their road needs resurfacing. The councillors visited the area on Saturday to collect signatures for a petition and are asking any resident who wants to sign the petition to send their name and address to pgadsby@lambeth.gov.uk. They also want resident's in other parts of the ward to send through any suggestions they have for other road resurfacing targets to the same address.

In a joint statement, the councillors said:

"A lot of roads in the area have already benefited from Lambeth Labour's road resurfacing programme, many because of recommendations from the councillors after feedback from local people. Liberty Street is clearly in need of work and a petition will help our case to make sure it is resurfaced, but we do encourage other residents across Vassall to let us know if they feel their street needs to be worked on."

23 July 2015

Myatt's Field North resident's association AGM this weekend

One of Vassall's most active resident's associations will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) this weekend, with the event open to all those living in the area.

The Resident Association and PFI Monitoring Board (RAMB) plays a key roll in representing local resident's and scrutinising the recent housing development in the area, which encompasses the Oval Quarter. The meeting will not only elect officers from the community to represent the area for the coming year, but will also provide food and refreshments after the meeting, with music from Ninja Force Sound.

The gathering will take place at the Myatts' Field North Community Centr 24 Crawshay Road, beginning at 3pm, with festivities finishing at 9pm. All members of the community welcome, and please do contact the RAMB if you are interested in finding out more on myattsfieldnorth.ramb@gmail.com or 07415-764-35. All three of Vassall's councillors will be looking to attend the day.

22 July 2015

New date announced for Lambeth's 2020 consultation response

Lambeth have announced a new date for the publication of the borough's response to the cultural services consultation on the future of parks and libraries in our area. The outcome will now be announced in September.

You can read more about what the consultation is looking at on a Vassall View article here and a copy of a letter local councillors sent to the South London Press about this topic here.

Talking about the consultation, Cllr Jane Edbrooke, the councillor responsible for cultural services in Lambeth, said:
“Lambeth Council’s Cabinet is scheduled to consider the outcome of the Culture 2020 consultation into the future of the borough’s parks, open spaces, libraries, archives, sports and physical activities and the arts in September.  With so much input from residents, charities and third sector organisations on the wide ranging consultation we’ve had to delay the original date of the report until after the summer holidays.
The number and quality of written responses to our three month consultation has given us a lot to consider and we need to make sure this is done properly.  We’ve had alternative proposals from a range or organisations, including our internal library service, a not-for-profit enterprise and the Save our Libraries campaign.  We want to really thoroughly look at all these options and see if they are financially viable before we make important decisions about the future of our cultural services.
The council faces a huge strain on its budget and needs to make savings of 40 per cent, worth around £4 million, from its spending on cultural services.  Of course it’s a big financial challenge, but we’re working hard to deliver the best possible service with the remaining money.  Instead of slicing away at the budget we’ve decided to look at redesigning the whole area through Culture 2020 so we can best meet community needs.
I’ve always thought Lambeth residents would come up with lots of fresh thinking to help us find a new way forward and I’m pleased to say they have delivered.”

06 July 2015

Councillor surgeries in July

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

Tuesday, ​7 July ​2015
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
1pm - 2pm

Thursday, 23 July 2015
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)

Saturday, 25 July 2015
Myatt's 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