19 April 2017

New fly tipping crackdown launched by Lambeth

Lambeth council has announced the roll out of a new mobile CCTV camera team with the sole aim of catching and deterring fly-tippers in the borough. The new project has been welcomed by local Vassall councillors.

The new cameras will be moved from place to place, with a focus on known fly-tipping hotspots, recording images that can be used to prosecute people who dump rubbish. According to the borough, fly-tipping includes dumping bags of waste or unwanted furniture out on the public footway, as well as the larger scale dumping of building material. Partly down to lobbying from local councillors, Lambeth has adopted a tougher set of punishments for fly tippers with fines of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates’ Court for persistent offenders. Recently a repeat offender in Brixton had their van crushed.

Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport, said:

“Fly tipping is a blight on our streets and we are determined to tackle it. It not only ruins the environment and angers neighbouring residents, it costs the council a fortune to deal with.  Some people might think it’s OK to put out an old mattress or the odd bag of rubbish – it’s not.

“Fly-tippers be warned – your behaviour will not be tolerated in Lambeth, we will catch you and we will prosecute you.”

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

"This is an approach we have been lobbying for as fly tipping is an unacceptable blight on our community. We have already pointed out a number of hotspots to the team managing these cameras and thanks to previous work by councillors fly tippers have already been getting fines in Vassall.

"If residents have any hot spots they want to suggest this team monitors then please get in touch with us. You can report fly tipping to the council here." 


13 April 2017

"Offensive" Brixton Road advertisement changed after councillor lobbying

A local development company has agreed to make changes in the next week to an "offensive" billboard advertisement on Brixton Road which was drawing complaints from residents following intervention by local councillors.


The large sign towards the Loughborough Road end of the road for a new housing development in Brixton advertised the housing as "Bloc Porn" and had resulted in concern amongst local parents about the inappropriate use of language and imagery in a residential area.

Local councillors contacted the company behind the advertisement who have now offered to remove the offending phrase and make further design alterations to the advertisement in the next week.

Cllr Paul Gadsby, said:

“Following complaints from residents, I spoke to the company behind this advertisement and emphasised that the use of language in my view wasn’t appropriate for a residential area. After a constructive conversation, the company has offered to pay for changes to be made to the advertisement which make the language more appropriate and undertake further alterations to the design. They have offered to complete these changes in the next week. The residents who raised this issue with me are happy with these alterations and I am glad we have got this resolved quickly.”

07 April 2017

Councillor surgeries in April

Vassall councillors will be holding their regular surgeries in April which will be held on the following dates:

Thursday, 27 April
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)
6.15pm-7.15pm

Saturday, 29 April
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

Police community meeting in April

The local Vassall Safer Neighbourhood Team will be hosting its next meeting at the Myatts North Community Centre at the end of April.

The meeting brings together local police officers, community leaders and residents to discuss policing and crime issues in the area. It is open to all residents, with full details below:

Ward Panel Meeting
Myatts Field North Community Centre
Saturday 29th April from 11am

30 March 2017

Families move into new council homes in Vassall

Families have begun moving into the first new council homes built in a generation in Vassall as part of Lambeth Labour's drive to make more affordable housing avaliable in the area.  The homes form part of Labour's pledge to complete a 1,000 council homes by 2019, as well as build other affordable housing for local residents.

As Cllr Paul Gadsby wrote last month on Vassall View:
Located on Akerman Road, the development consists of nine new flats and three new bigger homes available for council level rents in restored Victorian terraced houses. The £1.9 million project is partially funded through money collected from developers elsewhere in Lambeth who have to contribute to the construction of affordable homes when they get planning permission for other projects. These PassivHomes are built to the highest possible standard to make them extremely energy efficient, so they will be low cost for the residents to run and good for the environment, which given the issues we are tackling with pollution in our part of Brixton is good news.
Today also saw the completion of a set of new affordable homes near Wynne Road just outside Vassall. These will be available to residents whose incomes are £44,000 on average and all currently live or work in Lambeth.  The completed homes have been sold at with a 20 to 30 per cent discount to the open market rate.

Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth Labour Leader, said:
 “Lambeth Council is committed to delivering a range of affordable housing options for local residents. These 25 affordable homes are part of a solution to meeting the demand for housing across the borough and contribute to the Your New Town Hall Projects 47% affordable housing across the scheme.

“They will make a real and lasting addition to Lambeth’s affordable housing stock as the next buyer must also meet the same income eligibility criteria.”

11 March 2017

Lambeth asks for resident's views on borough's cycling strategy

Lambeth council is hosting a forum open to residents on Thursday 16 March asking for their views about the future of the borough's cycling strategy.

The event will be held in the Karibu Centre, Brixton (SW9 7PH) between 6pm and 9pm, and is part of the Health Streets programme aimed at improving local streets. Talking about the event, Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, the cabinet member with responsibility for cycling policy, said:
The first meeting will be an opportunity for you to help shape the development of our Cycle Network Strategy. This purpose of the strategy is to further improve Lambeth for people cycling by assessing the existing road network (including cycle routes). It will then propose strategic and local improvements to make the borough safer and easier to navigate by cycle (for a more detailed overview see the attachment). The workshop will look at the work that has taken place so far and give you a chance to comment. Your feedback will help us develop proposals for new prioritised network interventions across the borough, to meet current and future demand.

Vassall councillors have been supporting cycling improvements in Vassall, including measures to improve streets around Myatts Field Park, install more bike hangers for residents and recently calling for Satender bike docking stations to be extended further south torward Brixton

More information about the event can be found here. 

09 March 2017

Controlled Parking Zone proposals for Myatts Field Park area

Following a concultation of residents, Lambeth council is recommending the implementation of a controlled parking zone in the area of Vassall that does not at the moment have parking controls.

Currently, roads surrounding Myatts Field Park are one of the few locations in the borough without parking restrictions, a situation that has lead to a high degree of parking stress, especially as commuters are using the area to park during week days.

After large amounts of feedback from residents unhappy at not being able to find a parking space near their home, Vassall councillors successfully lobbied the council for a review of the parking situation last year. This has now lead to proposals for a 8.30am - 6.30pm parking restriction zone that will operate Monday to Friday. Local residents will be able to purchase permits from the council to park in their area.

Full information about the decision and the proposals can be found here - a second and final consultation will now run from 15 March until early April to get resident's views on these proposals.

Update: Consultation deadline has now been extended to 19 April.

08 March 2017

Councillors criticise "disastrous" cuts that could see local schools lose eight teachers

Vassall councillors have criticised planned government cuts to local schools which could see eight teachers axed and more than £300,000 removed from the area's education budget.

The cuts are the result of changes to the way that school funding is allocated across the country, a plan that has drawn widespread criticism from teachers, parents and councils because it results in deep spending reductions in many areas.

Lambeth, despite its high levels of deprivation and expanding demand for school places, will see its budget reduced by £24 million by 2019. In the Vassall area, it is estimated that this could result in:

Other schools in the area, such as Durrand Academy and St Gabriel's College will also see projected falls in their funding.

Lambeth Labour has been campaigning against these education changes, and last year won a significant victory with other councils by delaying the introduction of this formulae and stopping the forced removal of local control over how schools are run. But the government now wishes to press ahead with these reforms, despite Lambeth Labour's lead on education Cllr Claire Holland warning that they "put the future of our children" at risk.

Local councillors - Paul Gadsby, Annie Gallop and Jacqui Dyer - said:

"There have been real steps forward in our education system in the last twenty years, partly down to central funding from the last Labour government and the hardwork of teachers, parents, pupils and Labour councils. We have gone from one of the worst performing areas to one of the best - but this is being put at risk by these ridiculous cuts that will hit Lambeth and Vassall particularly hard. In an area with high deprivation it is shameful that we are facing a possible cut of £300,000 to local school budgets which means less teachers and resources for our children.

"We are urging the government to think again and would ask everyone in Vassall to sign our petition against these funding cuts - we have to get Ministers to think again before these damaging proposals reverse decades of good work."

A special meeting will also be held in Lambeth on 15 March bringing together local campaigners. This is open to the public, with no RSVP neccessary.


07 March 2017

Councillor surgeries in March


Vassall councillors will be holding their regular surgeries in March which will be held on the following dates :

Thursday, 23 March
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)
6.15pm-7.15pm

Saturday, 25 March
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

22 February 2017

Local Spring poetry competition opens




19 February 2017

New council homes near completion on Akerman Road

As the first council homes to be built in Lambeth in decades near completion,  local councillor Paul Gadsby talks about what the building programme means for residents in the borough ...

A couple of weeks ago Lambeth held a series of open days for residents to look at the first newly built council homes in the borough for more than a decade. It was also the first time that I have been inside the completed buildings and as I went round with residents I was, like them, delighted with what I was seeing.

Located in Vassall in Brixton, the development consists of nine new flats and three new bigger homes available for council level rents in restored Victorian terraced houses. The £1.9 million project is partially funded through money collected from developers elsewhere in Lambeth who have to contribute to the construction of affordable homes when they get planning permission for other projects. These PassivHomes are built to the highest possible standard to make them extremely energy efficient, so they will be low cost for the residents to run and good for the environment, which given the issues we are tackling with pollution in our part of Brixton is good news.

The completion of these homes is a big step forward in Lambeth Labour’s pledge to build 1,000 council homes in the next few years alongside the development of other affordable housing on the market for local residents to buy and rent. As a local councillor, especially one in the Brixton area, one of the top issues I have to deal with is people of all backgrounds looking for affordable housing. At every one of my surgeries in the past six months I have had someone come through the door who is in overcrowded accommodation, struggling with private sector rents or is despondent at the prospect of being able to buy in the local area. Undoubtedly the most difficult is that first group, those who are boxed into inadequate housing, often with large families, and all the problems that brings on a daily basis. It isn’t a matter of simple inconvenience: these conditions damage people’s lives, their health and their child’s upbringing.

Unfortunately, central government has offered nothing but empty promises and half-baked solutions when it comes to addressing the shortage of housing in London. Funding for house building has declined and added to the problem caused by a shortage of available land in places like Lambeth. There are currently 23,000 people on Lambeth’s council home waiting list, with of course many more struggling with rising rents and the impossibility of getting on the housing ladder.

However, despite this lacklustre approach from Westminster, Lambeth is not sitting on its hands and is moving ahead with a programme to expand the pool of housing, like at this site. These are modern, well built homes that will hopefully see residents arriving in the next few weeks. We undoubtedly need the government to wake up and act to give councils greater resources to solve the housing crisis – but at least here in Lambeth we are getting on with the job of building decent homes for our residents. 

15 February 2017

Police shut problem property on Evandale Road

Local police have raided and closed a property on Evandale Road in Vassall following evidence it was being used as a base for anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.

Five arrests were made at the address, some for drug offences, and police are now applying for the property to be closed which will prevent anyone from returning to the address for a period of three months. The operation was led by Vassall's Safer Neighbourhood Team which includes local police officers dedicated to the Vassall area.

Local councilors - Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - said:

"We have been speaking to local police and believe they have done a great job of tackling the unacceptable behaviour that has been occurring at this address, especially by working with residents to address the problem."

If residents have concerns about crime in their area, they are advised too:

  • Call 101 or if an emergence 999 to report the matter to police and officers on duty can attend.
  • If there is a noise complaint get in touch with Lambeth council on 02079265000 or visit www.lambeth.gov.uk 
  • Contact the local Vassall Safer Neighbourhood Team at vassall.snt@met.police.uk







13 February 2017

Longfield Hall AGM in February


10 February 2017

Vassall Medical Centre opens events for Carers in February

This February the Vassall Medical Centre is hosting a series of events with its Patient Participation Group aimed at supporting those who are caring for a person with a disability or long term illness.

There two events scheduled for the end of February which look specifically at giving carers more advice on how to manage their finances and maintain a proper balance with the other demands in their life. The events are:

Financial entitlement for carers: Friday, 17 February, 6pm-8pm, with advisers from the Disability Advice Service in Lambeth

Carers: Having a life outside the carer role: Friday, 24 February, 10am-noon, with advisers from Help for Carers.

You can visit the Vassall Medical Centre on 89 Vassall Rd, London SW9 6NA.

31 January 2017

Councillor surgeries in February

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

Tuesday, 7 February
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
SE5 9RA
1pm - 2pm

Thursday, 23 February
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)
6.15pm-7.15pm

Saturday, 25 February
Myatt's Field South Community Hall
Burton Lane
SW9 6QG
9am-10am

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 January 2017

New green bins to be rolled out in Vassall in mid-February

Lambeth council have confirmed that the roll out of new green recycle bins will happen in the north of the borough - which includes the Vassall area - from the 16 February.

As reported on Vassall View before Christmas, the new bins for street properties will replace the clear plastic bags which residents are usually asked to place their dry recyclable material in.

The change 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. 
If you want to find out more information about the bin rollout and read about the successful trial carried out in Herne Hill last year, all the information is on the Lambeth website here

20 January 2017

Vassall councillors welcome call for early implementation of Low Emission Bus Zone


Vassall councillors have welcomed Lambeth council's call for the proposed Low Emission Bus Zone to be implemented earlier than October following reports that Brixton Road has once again breached the yearly limit for safe emissions in January.

Reports from clean air monitoring charities have suggested that a number of roads in London had used up their recommended limits of air toxins after a few weeks in the New Year. Poor air quality is an issue that local Vassall councillors - Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - have been highlighting since they were elected in 2014, especially as it impacts on the lives of thousands of residents around the Brixton Road area. Last year, councillors lead a successful campaign to get cleaner bus engines fitted on Transport for London vehicles using the route after evidence that the high number of buses on the road was a key contributor to high pollution levels. But as Vassall councillor Paul Gadsby highlighted in a letter to the Evening Standard and in an article for Age UK, more needs to be done to tackle the issue, especially after the government's Clean Air plan was overturned in the courts for being inadequate.

In a move to continue to place pressure on key decision makers, Lambeth council has now called for the Low Emission Bus Zone, which will introduce even cleaner buses on the Brixton Road route, to be brought forward earlier than its planned implementation in October. If agreed to by the Mayor it will see the cleaner buses rolled out over the course of the year to futher reduce air quality.

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

"Tackling poor air quality is a key pirority for local councillors, especially as it was a problem utterly ignored by the last Tory Mayor. We cannot allow a situation where thousands of residents are being put at risk from high levels of pollution that damages health and wellbeing throughout the community.

"We have already lead campaigns which have resulted in improvements, but more needs to be done. We are pleased that Lambeth has decided to call for the Low Emission Bus Zone to be implemented sooner. But it is now also time for the government to get its act together and begin putting in place a proper plan to tackle poor air quality throughout our borough."

04 January 2017

What are your top crime pirorities for 2017?

The local Vassall Safer Neighbourhoods
Team (SNT) has launched a new survey asking for resident's views about what they feel the top crime priorities should be for the Vassall area in 2017.

The SNT brings together local police officers dedicated to the area and residents to discuss how policing should be conducted in the community.

Alongside the survey, which residents can fill in here, the SNT are also hosting a drop in session for residents on Saturday, 21 January at the Myatts Field South Community Hall from 11am. The ward's local police officers will be on hand to chat informally to local people about any crime issues in their area.

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

"It is important residents feedback to this survey so that we get our policing priorities right for the year ahead."