29 June 2015

Burst water main in Kennington hitting water supply in Vassall

Earlier today a Thames Water pipe burst in Kennington, causing a mini-flood in the area and affecting water pressure and supply to large parts of Vassall.

You can read more about the burst pipe in the Evening standard here.

Thames Water are providing updates via their twitter account and local councillor Paul Gadsby contacted them swiftly asking for further, quick updates about the issue. Lambeth's scrutiny chair Cllr Ed Davie has already said on twitter that the incident will be looked into by his committee following a similar burst pipe in Herne Hill.

As we get further reports, we will seek to keep this page updated.


Thames Water have confirmed that they are now repairing the link and that water supplies are returning to the area, but it may take a number of hours before full water pressure returns.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 30 June

According to Thames Water, supplies have returned to Vassall, any issues do contact Thames Water.

19 June 2015

Val Shawcross backs councillor campaign for a safe crossing on Brixton Road

London Assembly Member Val Shawcross has backed Vassall's local councillors call for a new pedesterian crossing on Brixton Road.

Labour's Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop launched a petition at the end of May calling on the Mayor of London and Transport for London (Tfl) to install the crossing on one of London's busiest and dangerous road. It came after feedback from families and residents with mobility issues, especially those from the new Oval Quarter development, who were having trouble crossing. An unsuccessful application to  Tfl for funding for a crossing near Mostyn Road in 2010 highlighted     
how the crossing was needed owing to an increase in the population caused by the development.

Giving her support to the campaign at a visit to the site of the proposed crossing, Val Shawcross, Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, said:

“Anybody who has been through Brixton Road will testify that it is an incredibly busy and fast road that can be dangerous to cross. Residents in the area clearly want a new, safe crossing.”

Local councillors are planning to hand the petition in to Tfl on the week commencing 22 June - so please sign the petition as soon as possible here.

You can read more about the story on the front page of today's South London Press. 
Assembly Member Val Shawcross with Vassall councilors 
 Annie Gallop and Paul Gadsby

17 June 2015

Myatt's Fields Park Summer Fair this Saturday

This Saturday, 20 June 2015, come to the Myatt's Fields Park Summer Fair for music, dancing, food, fairground rides and much much more.
Myatt's Fields Park is located near Knatchbull Road, Calais Street and Cormont Road in Vassall Ward, Camberwell, Lambeth SE5

15 June 2015

What are your policing priorities for our community?

Vassall's new local community police office, PC Soren Dymond, has launched a new survey asking for local residents to input their views on what the local policing priorities should be in our area.

The survey is open to all residents and covers a range of issues, including asking what the major concerns are of residents and what the focus should be of the local police force. You can fill in the survey here.
PC Dymond is also looking for resident's views on how police should use a policing community action day on Thursday, 16 July. 
Is there a particular area where residents would like to speak to police on that day? Should an event be held with parts of our local community so police can better understand their needs?
To give your views to PC Dymond, please contact him below:
Talking about the survey and the community action day, Cllr Paul Gadsby, said:
"I would encourage residents to fill in this survey as it is important we get the policing priorities for our community right. Along with my colleagues - Jacqui Dyer and Annie Gallop - I have fed back that police do need to keep an eye on recent crime issues around Myatt's Field North and the Oval Quarter, as well as other forms of anti-social behaviour further afield in Vassall.
"We do all live in a great, friendly and safe community, but we do need to work with local police to keep it that way."
You can also follow the local policing team on twitter at @MPSVassall

11 June 2015

LEAP children's fun day in Myatt's Fields Park Friday 12 June 2015

This Friday, 12 June 2015, find out more about the Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) at a children's fun day at the Mulberry Centre in Myatt's Fields Park, Calais Street, SE5.

The LEAP is a 10 year project to improve the lives of local children and their parents. Find out more about the LEAP at the fun day with games, face painting, crafts, storytelling and food. The Mulberry Centre will be open 10am - 2pm.

LEAP flyer for 12 June 2015 on vassallview.com

Further information on the LEAP

05 June 2015

Vassall councillors join campaign to save Vauxhall's historic Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Local Vassall councillors have joined a campaign organised by local community campaigners and supported by Lambeth Labour to protect the long term future of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT).

The pub is one of the iconic lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) venues in London, with a long history rooted in the community. Sadly, in the past year it has been sold to a developer who has suggested part of the building could be turned into a high end hotel, leaving its long term future in doubt.

To help prevent this happening, a community group, the RVT Future, have launched a campaign which has been backed by Lambeth Labour calling for the building to be listed by Historic England, a move that could help protect it from development. A few weeks ago Cllr Jack Hopkins, Lambeth cabinet member for Jobs and Growth, urged local people to back the campaign, as has local Assembly member Val Shawcross.

Cllr Paul Gadsby, on behalf of the Vassall team, has also written to Historic England (see below) - and has urged as many residents as possible to write to them at: Trevor@HistoricEngland.org.uk

Dear Ms Trevor,

I wanted to write to you to ask for you to consider placing the Royal Vauxhall Tavern on the National Hertiage list. I know that you will have already received a letter from Cllr Jack Hopkins about this subject, and I wanted to draw particular attention to his comments in his letter below, which I fully support:

Why is the Royal Vauxhall Tavern so important to Lambeth Council? As a Council, we are proud that we have the highest percentage of people from the LGBT community living in the borough of any local authority in Britain and we are also proud of the fact that the LGBT community across London hold Vauxhall so dear to their hearts. As Cabinet member with responsibility for economic development, I am also very aware of the importance of LGBT businesses to the economy in the area. The area has a proud history as being a centre for LGBT culture and meeting places. Indeed, there are anumber of renowned LGBT venues in the area. None have a prouder history than the Royal Vauxhall Tavern which provides a unique and welcoming environment to the whole community and has a long and renowned tradition of cabaret. It is an LGBT venue which opens its arms to everyone in the local area as well as being important to the LGBT community across London. Its place in history as being the most enduring LGBT space in the city is unarguable.

In many ways the Royal Vauxhall Tavern is what makes Vauxhall so cherished as a place where people can be who they want to be, celebrate diversity and be simultaneously welcoming to people from both the local area and across our great city. I am particularly mindful that the Royal Vauxhall Tavern has stood the test of time of being so cherished by the LGBT and wider community. There is no doubt that the venue’s heritage is related to the social and cultural history of the adjacent Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens which is a place which has a long history of giving previously marginalised groups a sense of place and identify. Indeed, it is my view that the Royal Vauxhall Tavern is the very embodiment of providing a welcoming space for people to be themselves, and that it is now the sole reminder of the site’s longstanding cultural heritage. It must therefore be afforded the protection it deserves. The value of such spaces, their historic importance and importance to the community cannot be understimated.

In terms of my own thoughts, as a local councillor not too far from the RVT, I can certainly testify to its important cultural and historic value to many of my LGBT constituents. It is not just another London pub, it is an iconic building that is a real part of the local LGBT community as well as for many other residents in the area. I do hope that you will support Cllr Hopkin's request for it to be placed on the national heritage list.

Kind regards

Cllr Paul Gadsby

02 June 2015

Success for Labour's Clean Air Brixton campaign

The Mayor of London has confirmed that action will be taken to reduce dangerous pollution on Brixton Road following a campaign by local councillors.

Early this year, local Labour councillors - including Vassall's Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - called for the Mayor to take action to reduce pollution being caused by Transport for London (tfl) buses.  This came after new figures suggested that Brixton Road had breached the legal limit for diesel fume pollution for the whole of 2015 just four days into the new year. Petrol guzzling buses which heavily use this key road in Vassall were one of the main contributing factors, leading councillors to call for cleaner engines to be installed on buses using the area.

More than 500 people signed the petition - many in Vassall - and the Mayor has now confirmed that he will aim to cut emissions by 50% by the end of 2015. The Mayor's office also confirmed that they will work with Lambeth to identify more opportunities to reduce transport related pollution across the borough.

Reacting to the announcement, Vassall councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop said:

"Brixton Road is one of the most polluted roads in London and runs through the heart of busy residential areas in Vassall. The Mayor has been far too slow off the mark in addressing this issue, but we are pleased there is a clear commitment in place to reduce emissions following our campaign. Public Health England estimates that over 100 deaths occur every year in  Lambeth owing to poor air quality: this is not something that local people in Brixton should have to live with.

"While this commitment is a step forward, we will be monitoring how the Mayor carries out these policies to ensure that his promises are fufilled and we look forward to Lambeth working with him.

"Thank you to all residents who signed our petition and talked to us about it: their support was crucial."

Vassall councillors have also just launched a new campaign to get a pedestrian crossing on Brixton Road, find out more about this here.