29 November 2017

New investment for the Mulberry Centre in Myatts Field Park

The Mulberry Centre in Vassall's Myatts Field Park has received a funding boost from the Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) which will see new facilities added to the building with the aim of expanding services for young children and parents in the area.

LEAP is a lottery funded project aimed at supporting early age development in babies and young children in particularly deprived areas. Local councillors successfully lobbied for Vassall to be a focus of the £10 million project along with Stockwell, Coldharbour and Tulse Hill. The extra investment in the Mulberry Centre, which is run by the Outdoor Urban Pre-school and hosts a free One O'Clock club, will see:
  • Improvements made to make the Centre safer and secure.
  • Outdoor improvements, including new soft landscaping and renovations to the building.
  • New kitchen facilities and flooring installed as well as new children’s toilets and repairs to the plumbing.
Other projects to be taken forward in Vassall include a new playground on the Cowley estate and significant extra investment in the Liz Atkinson children's centre in the ward.

Cllr Jane Pickard, Lambeth’s cabinet member for families and young people, said:

“It’s great to see this work completed, the first of a series of LEAP-funded improvements to play areas and buildings across four of Lambeth’s most deprived wards. The council believes that intervening early to tackle some of the problems many families face can make a real difference to the future life chances of their children. LEAP, in which the council is a key partner, is critical in carrying out some of this work, especially in showing what methods work best.

“But first we need to create attractive, high-quality places for families to come and meet while children play. The work done will enable Mulberry to be one of these places. I look forward to meeting families there when it is finished.”

Cllr Paul Gadsby, Vassall ward councillor, said:

“It’s great to see this space being spruced up for local parents and children. This is a highly valued centre and the work being done should ensure it attracts many more families for years to come.”

24 November 2017

Minet neighbourhood library service extended

Lambeth council has announced that the summer services at the Minet building in Vassall will be extended and the Lambeth Archives will remain on the same site until moving to a new facility in Kennington.

The council said:
While the Archives remains at the Minet site at 52 Knatchbull Road, a neighbourhood library is open alongside.

The library has as a self-service facility with trained library staff support for between two and a half and three hours a day from the Hubs Library team. The Home Visit library service will continue to be based in the building, whose staff, alongside the Archives staff, will be able to monitor use of the library, when librarians are not present.

The library will open for the same hours as the Archives, as below:
Monday 1pm-8pm (A librarian will be available from 2 to 5pm)
Tuesday 10am-6pm (A librarian will be available from 10am to 12.30pm)
Wednesday closed
Thursday 10am-6pm (A librarian will be available from 2 to 5pm)
Friday 10am-3pm (A librarian will be available from 10am to 1pm)
Saturday 9am-1pm & 2pm–5pm (A librarian will be available from 9 to 11.30am)

Activities delivered include a weekly Under 5s group – Wriggle & Rhyme every Tuesday morning from 10.30 – and a monthly Reading Group, as well as other library activities, such as school holiday activities and digital support.

IT facilities are available and the number of PCs will also be increased soon.
A decision on the long term future of the Minet building will be made in partnership with the community.

17 November 2017

Review of the Lambeth Local Plan: Give your views to the council

Lambeth council is asking for resident's views as part of a review it is conducting into the borough's Local Plan.

The Local Plan, the most recent of which Lambeth drew up in 2015, sets out the borough's vision for how it can develop to improve opportunities for local people. It sets out Lambeth's planning policies, approach to housing, business development and other key policy areas.

The Plan is being reviewed folowing changes to national planning and policy law, although the opportunity is also being taken to look at other aspects, including how the council addresses poor qir quality.
Cllr Paul McGlone, Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council, said:

"The Local Plan Review is important as it could affect everyone living, working and studying in – as well as visiting - Lambeth and that's why it’s important for people to get involved and have their say in the councils current Consultation process."

Residents can give their views on the review, which runs until the 4 December, here.

05 November 2017

Councillor surgeries in November

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

Tuesday, 7 November
Cowley estate Annex

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

Saturday, 25 November
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