29 September 2017

New controlled parking zone in Vassall to go live on 2 October

A new controlled parking zone (CPZ) in Vassall is set to go live on Monday, 2 October after residents backed the introduction of parking controls earlier this year.

The area will cover residential streets in the south western part of ward to the south of Vassall Road down to Loughborough Road, and east of Brixton Road to Camberwell New Road, encompassing Myatt's Field Park. 

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 estates have different parking arrangements from residential streets). These developments have led to increasing concern about traffic stress as parking spaces are often taken up by commuters and those who don't 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. Dumped vehicles, which are regularly removed at the request of councillors and residents, have become more of a problem in recent years and the lack of a CPZ often makes them more difficult to remove.

Following a parking stress review lobbied for by local councillors and resident groups, the CPZ was approved following a consultation in the summer.

In terms of the new arrangements set to take effect on Monday, 2 October, these include:
  • Parking permits can be purchased by residents living in the area although short stay paid for parking bays will be available in parts of the area. The cost of the permits is based on engine size, with more environmentally friendly vehicles getting cheaper permits.
  • The controlled parking zone will operate 8.30am-6.30pm, Monday to Friday.
  • The council has spent the past two months implementing new road signs and road markings in preparation for the scheme, in some cases working with Tfl to ensure traffic flows will not be hindered by any changes.
  • Although the zone will formally begin on 2 October, there will be a period of "soft" enforcement where cars will not be given fines, but warning letters. This is to allow residents more time buy permits for the area.
  • 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.
More information about the changes and how to buy permits can be found here

28 September 2017

Vote for Myatts Field in the Green Flag awards

Myatts Field Park is asking for local residents to support them in the Green Flag awards to bring extra recognition to the area.

The park has already been recognised for its outstanding work over the years and is now competing for this extra recognition. In a message, the park said:

"Please support Myatt's Fields Park by voting for us in the Green Flag People's Choice Award. It only takes two clicks and you don’t need to register. The Award is a chance to celebrate your favourite park and it provides vital support to the park if it wins."
You can vote for the park here

22 September 2017

14 September 2017

Vassall Safer Neighbourhood Panel meeting in October

The local Vassall Safer Neighbourhood Team will be hosting its next meeting at the Church Manor Community Centre on Thursday, 12 October at 7pm.

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
Church Manor Community Centre (off Vassall Road)

Thursday, 12 October, from 7pm
More details from: SNTLX-Vassall@met.pnn.police.uk

05 September 2017

Councillor surgeries in September

The regular Vassall councillor surgeries will be taking place in September and will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, 5 September
Cowley estate Annex

Thursday, 28 September
 Myatt's Field North Community Centre
Crawshay Road (off Cowley Road)

Saturday, 30 September
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