30 December 2016

Vassall councillor surgeries in January


Vassall councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop will be holding their regular surgeries in the New Year in January which will be held on the following dates :

Tuesday, 3 January
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
SE5 9RA
1pm - 2pm

Thursday, 26 January
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)
6.15pm-7.15pm

Saturday, 28 January
Myatt's Field South Community Hall
Burton Lane
SW9 6QG
10am-11am

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 - 07500 971619 -jdyer3@lambeth.gov.uk

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

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

23 December 2016

New green wheelie bins to be introduced from January

Lambeth council will be introducing new green wheelie bins for the majority of street properites from January and February to replace the current clear recycling sacks.

The introduction of the new bins is designed to:

  • Save the borough money:  Over 10 million recycling sacks are issued every year which costs Lambeth £450,000. At a time when the council's budget has been cut by 56% by the government since 2010, the introduction of the bins will help save valuable funding. The bins are expected to last for ten years or more so in the long term will reduce costs further.
  • Environmental boost: The bins hold five times as much as a clear recycling sack and they will keep recycling dry meaning that more items can be recycled successfully.
  • Keeping streets cleaner: The wheelie bins will make it hard for foxes to get access to the recycling, which with the current sacks can occur. This should reduce recycling being spread over the streets making our neighbourhood cleaner.
The council has produced a guide for residents about the changes, an extract from which is below - more information can be found here:

Who will get the bins?

Residents who already have black refuse wheelie bins will get green recycling wheelie bins. The standard size is 240 litres (a bit bigger than the black refuse wheelie bins). Some households will need to share green wheelie recycling bins where this is the most practical arrangement.

Some things stay the same
  • What you can recycle is not changing, please refer to this guide on what can be recycled using clear recycling sacks. The same items will be accepted in the green recycling wheelie bins from January 2017.
  • Your recycling still gets collected weekly with your food waste and rubbish bins.
  • If you do your recycling in communal bins, that will stay the same. Homes where a bin isn’t a practical solution will continue to use the clear recycling sacks. 
When will I get more information?

We will write to you in early January with more information and details of how you can contact us about your new green recycling wheelie bin and when it will be delivered.

19 December 2016

Lambeth Equality Commission to hold events in January


Lambeth's new Equality Commission will be hosting two events in the new year designed to get resident's feedback on how the borough should tackle inequality in all its forms in the borough.


The council launched a ground breaking commission in the summer, drawing together a panel of distinguished local residents and policy experts to carry out an in-depth investigation into the causes and impact of poverty and inequality. The Equality Commission is focusing in particular on Lambeth’s Portuguese, Black African and Black Caribbean, and Somalian communities, as well as those adults living with disabilities.

Talking about the commission, Cllr Lib Peck, the leader of Lambeth council, said:

Lambeth has surged ahead in so many ways in recent years: our population is growing, employment is rising and our schoolchildren continue to achieve record-breaking exam results. The enormous investment pouring into the borough is changing lives for the better.

But despite this growth, we are acutely aware that Lambeth is the 8th most deprived borough in London and the 22nd most deprived in England. And, for some of our people, the problems are even more severe. Some of our communities still suffer even greater levels of poverty and inequality; they still face barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential.

Lambeth is open for business and bold in our ambitions but, at the heart of it all, there must be fairness. We must be honest about the inequality we still have in our borough, and ensure that the proceeds of Lambeth’s growth are spread fairly amongst our communities.

Lambeth Council has established an Equality Commission, which will identify these barriers and tackle them head-on. It will concentrate above all on the challenges facing adults with disabilities, our Black Caribbean communities, our Portuguese communities and our Somalian communities.

A key part of the Commission will be public involvement and taking evidence from a range of community organisations. There have already been a series of well-attended meetings on various topics and below are details of the remaining open meetings which all Lambeth residents are invited to.

5th January from 6 till 8pm
Streatham Library
Participation, representation and leadership discussion - This is an event to discuss and gather evidence about persistent inequalities in regards to participation and leadership in the borough.
  
28th January from 1 till 3pm 

Waterloo Action Centre (WAC)
 
Crime and justice discussion - This is an event to discuss and gather evidence about persistent inequalities in relation to crime and justice in the borough.

You can find out more information on the Commission here.

15 December 2016

Consultation event on new planning project on Groveway Road


Lambeth and Southwark housing assocation are inviting local residents to view and discuss proposals to demolish and replace the existing garages on Groveway Road in Vassall ward at an event this Friday (16 December).

The project will affect the garages adjacent to 41 Stockwell Park Road owned by the housing association. The proposed new building will be for residential use.

As part of an invite sent to resident, the housing association said:

Lambeth and Southwark HA is a housing association, providing affordable homes and services in the south London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. We are proud of our heritage which goes back 90 years. Currently we have over 300 homes ranging in size from single people’s flats to large family houses and almshouse properties. We are a non-profit making association, and surpluses are ploughed back into providing future homes.

We are working towards providing more affordable homes in Lambeth and have identified this garage site as one with potential to provide another four new homes to help towards meeting the needs of four more households in need.

Details for the event are below - local councillors are also happy to recieve feedback (see details on this site.

Venue: St Michaels Church Hall, Stockwell Park Rd, London SW9 0DA

Date: Friday the 16th December anytime between 5.30 and 7.30 pm

Additional: If you are unable to attend and have any questions then do please contact  info@lsha.org.uk.


09 December 2016

Lambeth launches new cycle and greenway consultations in Vassall

Lambeth council have this week launched two new consultations affecting local roads in the Myatts Field Park area aimed at improving the neighbourhood for pedesterians and cyclists.

Both consultations close on the 18 December, and seperately look at:

  • Two-way cycling in one-way streets: Part of a broader consultation on improving cycle routes in the borough, this consultation proposes turning Tindal street from a one way street into a two way street. Read more about this here.

  • Greenway consultation: Again part of a broader plan from Lambeth, this proposes several greening and calming projects on rounds around Myatts Field Park. The key proposed changes, which wont result in the loss of parking spaces, are listed below - more detail and how to respond to this consultation can be found here.
Calais Street/ Cormont Road/ Halsmere Road Junction 
  • Proposed raised table at the junction to reduce general traffic speeds on Calais Street and Cormont Road 
  • Footway build out to increase the footway width by the park entrance allowing the removal of the pedestrian guard railing 
  • New right turn cycle filter from Calais Street to Cormont Road
Cormont Road/ Brief Street Junction 
 
  • Proposed raised table at the junction to reduce general traffic speeds on Cormont Road and Brief Street
  • Footway build out to increase the footway width by the park entrance allowing the removal of the pedestrian guard railing
Knatchbull Road/ Lilford Road/ Minet Road Junction 
 
  • Proposed raised table at the junction to reduce general traffic speeds on Knatchbull Road, Lilford Road and Minet Road
  • New give-way markings on all four arms of the junction to encourage drivers to be more cautious

08 December 2016

Campaign launched to save Stockwell resource centre

Local councillors have launched a new campaign to against the proposed closure of the Stockwell Resource centre operated by Hyde Housing.

The petition calls on the housing association to reconsider its plans for the community centre which is popular with many residents in the area, including Vassall. The online petition - which can be found here - says:


The Stockwell Centre on Studley Road (just behind Stockwell tube station) is a well used community centre created for local residents.

Unfortunately, Hyde Housing - the housing association which runs the centre plan to get rid of the centre and lease it to another group, with no guarantee it will stay open or provide the same services to local residents. They are also getting rid of community centres in other areas including the Kennington Park Estate. More details here
The Stockwell Centre hosts a wide range of meetings and events - resident association meetings; support groups for drug/alcohol recovery; police engagement; Councillor and MP surgeries; digital training; support for elderly; training and advice for those getting back into work; social events; the Stockwell Forum; kids' sports activities like judo/taekwondo and much more.
This is a crucial resource which Hyde Housing recently refurbished and said they would support for long term. This is an incredibly well used community centre, in an area that has the 5th highest child poverty in London. It really is crucial that it stays open.

Local Vassall councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop are supporting this petition. Residents are also encouraged to respond to Hyde's consultation about the future of the centre here.

07 December 2016

06 December 2016

Tfl opens new consultation on bus route through Vassall

Transport for London (Tfl) have opened a new consultation on the routes of a number of buses passing through South London, including the number 3 journey through Vassall.

The porposed changes do not affect the route itself through Brixton, meaning passengers using current stops in the area will still be able to board the bus at the usual locations whatever the outcome of the consultation. However. modifications are being made to the bus' journey once it enters central London.

The full consultation can be read here, and a detailed breakdown of the changes can be looked at here. The consultation runs until the 29 January.

02 December 2016

30 November 2016

Vassall councillor surgeries in December

Vassall councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop will be holding their regular surgeries in December which will be held on the following dates :

Tuesday, 6 December
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
SE5 9RA
1pm - 2pm

Saturday, 17 December
Myatt's Field South Community Hall
Burton Lane
SW9 6QG
10am-11am

Thursday, 29 December
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)
6.15pm-7.15pm

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 - 07500 971619 -jdyer3@lambeth.gov.uk

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

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

29 November 2016

18 November 2016

Join local councillors at December coffee morning

Vassall councillors are organising a coffee morning at the Reay school in Vassall on Saturday, 3 December.

The event, open to all residents, will take place between 10am and noon, and offer residents the opportunity to talk to local elected representatives about any issues they have in the local area.

No RSVP needed!

11 November 2016

Vassall councillors call for tough action to tackle air pollution

Vassall councillors have called for tough action to tackle air pollution as part of their submission to Lambeth’s consultation on its new air quality action plan.

The borough is currently asking for resident’s views on how to improve air quality, with feedback being taken until 15 November. Lambeth suffers from some of the worst pollution in London, with particularly high levels of dangerous pollutants around Brixton Road and the A23 route.

Lambeth Labour has pledged to make tackling the problem a top priority, and has already improved air quality by successfully campaigning for Tfl buses with cleaner engines, taken action against car idling and improved cycling resources. The new consultation is designed to shape future improvements over the next five years.

Vassall councillors – Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop – have welcomed the proposals, especially those designed to reduce pollution from council vehicles and buildings, greater protection for green spaces and making environmental assessments a key part of future housing developments. However, the councillors have called for additional measures, including:
  • Expanded access to Santander Cycles beyond town centres, with councillors arguing that areas like Vassall should also be considered as sites for the cycle docking stations.
  • More cycle storage racks on estates, not just on residential streets.
  • Expanding car idling campaigns and monitoring to roads in suburban and outer city centre areas, like Brixton Road and Camberwell New Road.
  • More action to promote education about air quality issues in schools.

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

“Air pollution is a serious problem that has been allowed to get out of control. Thousands suffer health issues related to the levels of toxins being pumped into the atmosphere across London.

“We are pleased that Lambeth Labour and our Mayor Sadiq Khan have made tackling this problem a priority. Some important steps have already been made and we were particularly pleased that last year our campaign to get buses with cleaner engines on Brixton Road was successful.

“Lambeth’s Air Quality Action plan is an excellent document with a number of strong proposals. In our submission, we suggest further improvements. Most importantly we do need to ensure that areas like Vassall that are not designated as town centres still get the attention the residents living there deserve. We need our area to be considered for more Santender Cycles, car idling action and that estates get cycle hangers. We also need schools to be a key part of this process.

“There is still time to contribute to the consultation and we would urge all residents to do so here.”

10 November 2016

03 November 2016

Fireworks event on the Myatts Field South estate this Saturday

The Myatts Field South estate tenants and residents association (TRA) have organised a fireworks display open to all residents for this Saturday (5 November) 6pm - 9pm.

The annual event will take place as usual at the roundabout area of St Lawrence Way with music from 6pm and the fireworks beginning at 7.45pm, running through till 9pm. Refreshments and food will be on sale.

01 November 2016

Holland Town gardening event this weekend

The Holland Town resident's TRA has organised a special gardening event this weekend on Sunday.

It will take place on 6 November between 11.30am and 2.30pm with the aim to plant new bulbs and tidy up the areas around the edge of the estate. The gardening team will be meeting at the corner of Cranmere Road (outside Swift House) and if you are interested in taking part please contact the TRA on gardening.hollandtown@gmail.com.

No experience or equipment is needed as they will be provided, and refreshments will also be on offer. If you have any spare bulbs to bring along then please do!


31 October 2016

Local councillor surgeries in November

Vassall councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop will be holding their regular surgeries in November which will be held on the following dates :

Tuesday, 1 November
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
SE5 9RA
1pm - 2pm

Thursday, 24 November
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)
6.15pm-7.15pm

Saturday, 26 November
Myatt's Field South Community Hall
Burton Lane
SW9 6QG
10am-11am

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 - 07500 971619 -jdyer3@lambeth.gov.uk

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

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

13 October 2016

New council homes near completition in Vassall

Some of the first new council homes built in a generation in Lambeth are nearing completion in Vassall.

The nine new homes are located on Akerman Road on the site of a former hostel. The homes will be ready for new residents in the next few months and are part of Lambeth’s plan to build 1,000 homes for council level rent by 2018/19. More affordable housing and shared ownership properties are also being built across Lambeth.

In an answer to a question from Vassall councillors at next week’s Lambeth council meeting, Cllr Matthew Bennett said:

The nine new homes that the council is building at Akerman Road will be among the first to be completed as part of our ambitious programme to deliver 1,000 new homes at council rent. The Akerman Road development will not only provide much needed family sized homes at council rent, but also includes a green retro fit scheme to protect a listed Victorian building -the former home of Lambeth resident and music hall performer Dan Leo.

On another small development, Lambeth residents are already living in the eight new council homes that were completed in the last few months at St Oswald’s Place, as part of a successful partnership with Vauxhall City Farm and St James.

In addition to these small site developments, 189 homes will be built on council owned land as part of section 106 agreements with partners including Transport for London and St James. Construction has already started on the first 70 new homes at Lollard Street whilst planning permission has been secured for 55 new homes on the Fenwick estate.

A planning application for a further 64 homes at council rent levels will be made next year for the Westbury Estate. As well as spending £70m during 2017/18 on refurbishing estates as part of the Lambeth Housing Standard (LHS) programme, the council is working with residents on plans to rebuild some of our estates in order to improve the homes of current residents whilst building new homes. Detailed planning applications will be submitted for some of these new homes in 2017, with the intention to significantly increase the number of homes to be let at council rent levels


Talking about the new council homes, Vassall councillors Annie Gallop, Paul Gadsby and Jacqui Dyer said:

“The Tory government has done nothing to tackle the housing crisis in our borough which has left 21,000 people on the housing waiting list and many facing an impossible task of getting on the housing ladder. Lambeth Labour is doing its best, despite steep cuts, to address this problem and we are extremely pleased the first new council homes in Lambeth are being built here in Vassall.”

07 October 2016

Local police drop in sessions this winter

Vassall's local police force will be holding a number of Crime Prevention and  Drop in surgery days between now and Christmas to co-inside with their drive to tackle burglarys operations and
anti-social behaviour in the area.

The drop in sessions will take place at the following locations:

09/10/2016 – Durand Gardens 1700 – 1830

09/10/2016 – Van Gough Walk 1830 – 2000

14/10/2016 – Cowley Road, Durand School – 1530 – 1700

The next meeting of the local safer neighbourhood panel will take place on Saturday, 15 October at Holland Rise House between 11am and noon. All residents as always welcome.

For further information about the work of the team please contact them on Soren.t.j.c.dymond@met.pnn.police.net