26 April 2017

Vassall councillors back campaign to reopen Camberwell Railway station

Vassall's local councillors have backed a new resident led campaign aimed at re-opening the currently derelict Camberwell Railway station.

The new petition launched by Community Southwark calls on the Department of Transport to support Tfl and Network Rail to redevelop the station after the decision was recently taken not to extend the Bakerloo line to the area - despite widespread local support for the idea. The old Camberwell Railway Station sits on Station Road a couple of streets outside Vassall and was closed in the 1960s.

Councillors, including those in Southwark, and campaigners believe that reopening the station will:

  • Give local residents a fast train line option into London.
  • Ease pressure on local buses and crowded tube stations by giving another transport option for local people to use. 
  • Boost local business and our economy by making our area more accessible.
More about the campaign can be read here, while the petition can be read here.

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

"This part of our ward could really do with a new transport link that gives residents another option to get around London. It would take pressure off local bus services and boost our local economy.

"We would urge all residents to sign this petition and back the local campaign group championing this cause."

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