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
1pm - 2pm

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

Saturday, 25 February
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 - 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."