12 December 2017

New Low Emission Zone announced for Brixton in big victory for clean air campaign

The Mayor of London has listened to local campaigners and Labour councillors by announcing a new Brixton Low Emission Zone that will result in only buses which meet the toughest emission standards being permitted on routes in the area, including those using Brixton Road.

The measures have been welcomed by clean air campaigners as parts of Brixton have consistently recorded some of the highest levels of dangerous toxins from traffic in Europe. This is partially being caused by the large number of Tfl buses that run through some of the main routes in Lambeth. In Brixton alone 450 buses carry 130,000 passengers each day, with many of these passing through Brixton Road in Vassall. It is estimated that thousands of people across England have their health damaged by poor air quality, which disproportionately affects the old, the young and those from less well off backgrounds who live near major roads.

Vassall councillors - Paul Gadsby, Jacqui Dyer and Annie Gallop - have been campaigning over the past three years for tougher action to be taken to clean up local air quality. They helped organise Lambeth Labour's petition for the low emission zone, as well as supported plans to increase cycling opportunities for residents by recently successfully lobbying for the extension of the Santander bike scheme to Brixton.

The new Brixton Low Emission Zone is likely to cut pollution from the bus network in the area by 84%.

Lambeth Labour leader Lib Peck said:

“Having a clean bus corridor through the heart of our borough is something we’ve been campaigning for for a long time and I’m delighted that the Mayor has implemented this.  Poor air quality is a killer, there is no doubt about that, and we are determined here in Lambeth to do all we can to tackle pollution and improve the air we breathe. This is an issue that needs us all to work together and I’m encouraged by the Mayor’s commitment to do just that.”

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

"This is a real step forward that we have campaigned hard for over the past three years. It is welcome that we finally have a Mayor in Sadiq Khan who is taking this matter seriously after years of inaction under Boris Johnson. The new Brixton Low Emission Zone sits alongside other measures we have been campaigning for, such as better cycling facilities.

"But we do need the government to start acting. As Lambeth Labour has called for, ministers need to ensure Brexit does not harm pollution controls and we need a new Clean Air Act which draws a line under the repeated failure of the Tories to get their clean air plans through the courts. This is a good start, but only the first step."

04 December 2017

Myatts Field South hosts "Tiny Tots" event for parents and carers

You can find out more about the LEAP project here - and about the recent extra investment for the Mulberry Centre in Myatts Field Park here. 

03 December 2017

01 December 2017

Councillor coffee morning in December

Local Vassall councillors will be holding a coffee morning for residents on Saturday, 16 December at Longfield Hall in Myatts Field Park between 9.30am and 11am.

The surgery will be open to all residents to drop in and discuss any local issues they have with councillors Paul Gadsby, Annie Gallop and Jacqui Dyer.