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.”