25 July 2017

Myatts Field North AGM and Community Fun Day set for August

Major gas work project to start on Brixton Road

Brixton Road will from Friday 4 August be subject to a major seven month gas work project costing £2.4 million aimed at upgrading gas supply pipes throughout the Vassall area.

The project will result in traffic disruption according to SGN, which manages the distrubution of gas supplies in the neighbourhood. According to their statement:
The essential work forms part of an ongoing mains replacement programme developed with the Health and Safety Executive. Following discussions with Transport for London (TfL) and Lambeth Council, our project will start on Friday, 4 August* and last approximately seven months.

We’ll be progressing southwards along the A23 Brixton Road from Camberwell New Road towards Normandy Road in sections. To ensure everyone’s safety, we need to put lane restrictions in place around our work area in Brixton Road for the duration of the project. The centre two lanes will be closed with all traffic, including cyclists, filtered through the bus lanes.

We would encourage road users to please plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys.
SGN Engineering Manager Paul Gibbons said:

“We’ve worked closely with the local authorities in planning this work and we will be doing everything we can to limit disruption during our essential project, including working extended hours, seven days a week.

“We appreciate that roadworks can be frustrating, however, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. By upgrading our network, we will continue to ensure a safe and reliable gas supply to south London homes and businesses for many years to come.”

Information about the project can be found here.

Note: News story updated on Sunday, 30 July: Following a burst water main on Brixton Hill on Thursday, 27 July, and resulting traffic problems, the road works on Brixton Road will now start on Friday, 4 August rather than the originally intended start date of Monday, 31 July.

19 July 2017

New permit parking zone announced for Vassall area

Lambeth council have confirmed that a new controlled parking zone will be introduced in Vassall in the next few months after a series of consultations with local residents.

The residential street area in the ward which surrounds Myatts Field Park and extends up to Vassall Road and Loughborough Road is one of the few in South London without any form of controlled parking (other parts of Vassall on the Stockwell side of Brixton Road do have a controlled parking zone). Surrounding parts of both Lambeth and Southwark have in the past decade opted to introduce permit parking, as have many estates within the same neighbourhood (Lambeth designated estates have different arrangements from the residential streets covered in these proposals).

These developments have led to increasing concern about traffic stress as parking spaces are often taken up by commuters and those who dont live in the area, which has left residents struggling to find a place for their vehicles. There have been increasing complaints from local people about incidents of road rage and from cyclists who find the overcrowded roads difficult to navigate.

Local councillors - Paul Gadsby, Annie Gallop and Jacqui Dyer - asked for the issue of controlled parking to be looked at again with the final say going back to residents. Following a parking stress review, a formal consultation and a further feedback period on proposals for the area, the council has approved a new set of parking controls for the area.

These include:
  • Parking permits to be introduced, with residents only able to buy permits although short stay paid for parking bays will be available in parts of the area.
  • The controlled parking zone will operate 8.30am-6.30pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Work will begin in early August on making the area ready for the implementation of the scheme with the parking permit system coming into force during September.
  • Lobbying from local councillors has ensured that there will be more short stay parking pays near GP practices in the area for patients dropping off or collecting people.
Full details of the plans and the background of the consultation process can be found here

07 July 2017

Councillor surgeries in July

The regular Vassall councillor surgeries will be taking place in July and will be held on the following dates (one surgery has already taken place last week):

Thursday, 27 July
Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)

Saturday, 29 July
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