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