29 February 2016

Vassall councillor surgeries for March


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

Tuesday, ​1 March 2015
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
SE5 9RA
1pm - 2pm

Thursday, 24 March 2015
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)
6.15pm-7.15pm

Saturday, 2 April 2015
Myatt's Field South Community Hall
Burton Lane
SW9 6QG
10am-11am


Please note that because the last Saturday in March is the Easter weekend this year, the third surgery will be taking place the following Saturday on the 2 April (an additional three surgeries will be taking place in April, see Vassall View for details later in the month).


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

26 February 2016

Slade Gardens planting day tomorrow

This Saturday (27 February) Slade Gardens are having another big planting day which is open to all residents. 

The day will start from 10am, with the aim to begin work on planting around 350 hedging saplings and smaller plants, 13 trees, as well as spreading 3000 litres of bark mulch. 



Lambeth passes budget for 2016/17

Lambeth council has passed its budget this week following another round of deep cuts to the borough's finances from central government.

As Vassall View reported last month, the council has lost 56% of its budget since 2010 with £200 million expected to be cut from the borough's finances by 2018.



Speaking about the budget, Cllr Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth council, said:

"{At January's council meeting}, we heard from Professor Tony Travers of the London School of Economics, who laid out in stark terms the changing nature of local government under this Tory Government. By 2020, our funding from government will have disappeared, leaving us solely dependent on business rates and Council Tax (which together make up only 2/3rd of our current income).

"While this offers us significant opportunities to harness the benefits of growth in homes and businesses as a borough at the heart of London, there are also huge risks. By abolishing the grant, the Government is bringing an end to the important idea that areas with the highest need should get the extra resources they require to help vulnerable people. That is an idea that is integral to our Labour values of fairness and equal opportunity and it is important that we fight back strongly against this demolition of local government.

"The scale of the financial task is the toughest challenge we’ve ever faced. We’ve saved £138 million already. But we have to find another £100 million in the years ahead."

The budget will:
  • Protect the award winning Violence Against Women and Girls work.
  • Prioritise children & adult services as much as possible.
  • Work with communities to maintain youth and play services.
  • Focus on mitigating the impact of Government welfare reforms with the welfare assistance work. 
  • Maintain Council Tax Support Scheme to help those who can’t afford to pay.
  • Increase council tax by 1.99% along with an additional 2% Govenment precept for Adult Social care (read more about it here).
  • Result in Lambeth becoming smaller organisation with reductions in staffing levels.
  • Move forward with savings in Lambeth's cultural services budget - you can read about the impact on Vassall here (the council is currently considering a proposal on an alternative plan on libraries at present).
Lambeth's opposition conservative presented an alternative budget which you can read here. Vassall councillor Paul Gadsby responded to it (you can hear the audio here from 51.50) pointing out that the borough's chief finance officer had noted that it"reduced Lambeth’s income base, failed to cut the deficit and could only be delivered with a “significant degree of risk”. The Green party failed to present an alternative budget for the second year running.


25 February 2016

Petition launched to save the Cowley Food Farm

A new petition has been launched asking the management of the Cowley estate to safeguard the Cowley food farm following growing uncertainty about its future.

The six year old award winning project, which used to provide a food growing space for local residents, a small animal enclosure and a garden area has recently been closed off by the estate's management, who have removed the animals and flattened part of the growing space. At present, there appear to be no clear plans for the future of the Farm.

You can find out more about the petition, supported by local councillors, here.

08 February 2016

Lambeth Labour launches new campaign against disastrous “Housing Bill of Horrors”

Lambeth Labour has launched a new campaign against this Housing and Planning Bill – dubbed the “Housing Bill of Horrors” – which Vassall councillors have described as a “bad deal for council tenants, private sector renters and anyone looking to buy a home in Vassall.”

The Bill is currently going through the House of Lords and if passed will result in:

  • Private developers being able to get out of their current obligations to provide social housing: rules that have seen 2500 social and affordable rented homes secured for local families in the past five years by Lambeth’s planning committee.
  • The replacement of the current definition of affordable homes with new ‘starter homes’ that will cost up to £450,000 meaning that only people with incomes above £77,000 will be able to afford them.
  • An end to lifetime tenancies for new council tenants, reducing tenancies to a maximum of just five years for vulnerable families.
  • New measures that will force Lambeth to sell around 120 council homes a year to the highest bidder to pay for the introduction of the right to buy in housing associations,
  • A new tax on working council tenants that forces them to choose between worklessness and homelessness by charging them the difference in cost between their council rent and the market value: as much as £15,000 in Brixton.
  • No action on soaring private sector rents and house prices in Lambeth.
To help put pressure on the government, Lambeth is launching a new petition which residents can sign here – more information about the impact of the Bill can be found here.

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

“This legislation is quite rightly being described as the Housing Bill of Horrors. It contains a huge number of negative proposals that will affect council tenants, private sector renters and anyone looking to buy a home in our community. It will strip powers away from councils to hold developers to account on the amount of social housing they provide, it sets a ridiculously high definition of “affordable homes” which will price local residents out of the housing market and it does nothing to address the issues with the private rental sector.

“Lambeth Labour is doing its best to provide a solution to the housing crisis in the borough. We are building a 1,000 council homes by 2018, upgrading existing council properties and cracking down on private sector landlords. But this Bill will undermine all this good work.

“We urge all local residents to sign this petition, and share it with their friends, neighbours and colleagues. London needs positive solutions to the housing crisis – this Bill provides the exact opposite.”

06 February 2016

Vassall councillor surgeries in February

Vassall councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop will be holding their regular surgeries in February. They will be held on the following dates (one surgery has already taken place this week):

Thursday, 25 February 2015
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)
5pm-6pm

Saturday, 27 February 2015
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 - 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

Myatt's Fields Park are recruiting for new Park Manager

Myatt's Fields Park in Vassall Ward, Lambeth SE5 are looking for a new Park Manager.


Myatts Fields Park bandstand
This exciting part-time post will be responsible for overseeing the maintenance and development of the park. More information about the park and the role at http://www.myattsfieldspark.info/ - the closing date for applications is 14 February 2016.

Job advert
New Park Manager for Myatt's Fields Park
Myatt’s Fields Park (info@myattsfieldspark.info) is a much loved food and community hub, voted fifth most loved park in London in 2015 (and 9th nationally) in the Green Flag People’s Choice awards. As well as being a beautiful, high quality landscape it is vital to its local community as part of the “natural health service”.

A £3 million renovation spearheaded by local charity Myatt’s Fields Park Project was completed in 2010 and since then MFPP has run the park’s cafĂ© as a social enterprise, delivered 400 cookery workshops, supported 18 local food growing projects from its greenhouse and grown food for use in the park as well as organising six events a year.

MFPP is now a Pioneer Park, one of the first parks in the country to be run by its local community

We aim to put the park on the map as

  • an Edible Park with our USP – our prize winning greenhouse
  • a venue for green weddings, events, parties and conferences, restaurant and catering
  • a hub for the community


This successful and dynamic charity is looking for a Manager to lead it into the next phase of its development.  This is a critical role combining administrative ability with excellent people and leadership skills.

The park manager will be responsible for:

  • Managing the park to Green Flag standard including overseeing contractors and staff
  • Identifying and implementing new sources of income plus savings to park budgets
  • Developing volunteer programmes designed to complement the maintenance and development of the park
You will have the satisfaction of seeing the real impact of your work on the local community.
If you are well organized, flexible, self-motivated and have excellent interpersonal and written skills, this could be the challenge you are looking for.

The post is part time (21 hours) and based at the Park.  Starting salary £30,000 pro-rata. Flexibility in office hours is possible for the right person.

Job description
You will be responsible for ensuring the efficient operation and general wellbeing of Myatts Field Park.

Your duties will include:
  • advising and working with the Board of the Park, reporting directly to the Chairman
  • Managing the park to Green Flag standard including overseeing contractors and staff
  • Identifying and implementing new sources of income plus savings to park budgets
  • Developing volunteer programmes designed to complement the maintenance and development of the park
  • Managing and creatively developing the Park’s activities, including developing new revenue streams and fundraising
  • Publicizing the work of the Park
  • responsibility for efficient maintenance of Park accounts and financial procedures in partnership with the Park Treasurer
  • responsibility for efficient maintenance of Park records
  • overseeing the running of the Park cafes and hire spaces
Person specification

To flourish in this role you need to:
  • be able to work on your own initiative
  • be outgoing, motivated and persuasive when forging relationships with volunteers and community groups
  • be flexible and well organised
  • have excellent IT and social media skills
  • have excellent spoken, written and numeracy skills
To apply send a CV and covering letter to enquiries@myattsfieldspark.info by 14th February 2016
Interview dates: 24th and 25th February 2016

05 February 2016

Celebrate National Libraries Day this Saturday at the Minet Library

This Saturday, 6 February 2016, there are lots of great free events on to celebrate National Libraries Day at the Minet Library on Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward. See flyer below:


For further information see the Minet Library Facebook page or the Minet Library on twitter