Lambeth launches Air Quality Action Plan consultation

Lambeth Council has launched a new consultation asking for residents’ views on how to improve air quality in the borough.

According to results from recent studies, air quality has been improving in Lambeth since 2014, but as with other parts of London, pollution remains high.

Responding to this challenge, the Council states in its introduction to the consultation:

Lambeth Council has put together an Air Quality Action Plan that sets out the steps we will take to reduce air pollution in the borough. Here’s what’s included:

  • A commitment to pursuing, ambitious long term air quality targets.
  • Support for most at-risk groups: the young, the elderly, those with a pre-existing health condition, and residents in the most polluted areas.

There are air quality policy areas that are outside of our influence and so we will continue to work with regional and central government on policies and issues beyond Lambeth’s influence.

As part of our response to air pollution in Lambeth, we will be setting up an Air Quality Forum to allow residents to continue to have their say on the work we are doing to improve air quality in the borough.”

You can find out more about the consultation and give your views here.

Myatt’s South estate to benefit from new Sustainable Drainage Programme

One of Myatt’s Fields largest estates will benefit from a share of a £6 million investment programme aimed at improving drainage systems using sustainable techniques across Lambeth.

Myatt’s Fields South has been included in the new plan announced by Lambeth Council, in partnership with Thames Water, as part of the borough’s climate change action plan.

In particular, the council, acting in consultation with residents, wants to set up nature-based solutions, including “rain gardens”, to help deal with problems in locations targeted following a range of investigations.

The aim is to relieve pressure on the ageing sewage system by mimicking natural drainage features including trees and wetland areas. The Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDs) scheme will provide new green infrastructure on the borough’s streets and open spaces, reducing flood risk and offering wider benefits, such as cooling areas during heatwaves, storing carbon and supporting mental health and wildlife.

You can read more about the project here.

Cllr Paul Gadsby and Cllr Annie Gallop said:

“We are very pleased that after lobbying by local councillors, Myatt’s Fields South has been included in this programme, especially as the estate has long suffered from drainage and flooding issues. This is a great green and innovative way of helping to address the problems of climate change while at the same time enhancing habitats for wildlife. Myatt’s Fields South already has a strong community of residents working on a range of environmental improvements of which this will be a welcome addition.

“Of course it itself these proposals won’t completely solve all the drainage issues on the estate and councillors are continuing to lobby the Council for further action there.”

Example of a SUDs planting option

Consultation launched on plans to redevelop Lilford Road business centre

A public consultation has been launched by a business developer about its initial plans to redevelop the Lilford Road Business Centre.

The site is currently occupied by several industrial buildings which the developer Bloom, which describes itself as a urban warehouse investment and development manager, believes are no longer “fit for purpose”. They are proposing to create a new “industrial estate comprising nine, two-storey warehouse spaces with a single central yard for loading and deliveries”. The plans also include a of green landscaping improvements and sustainability commitments.

Site plan of the proposed new development.

The consultation is designed by the company to test the local’s community’s views about the proposals before a planning application is submitted.

Local councillors, Cllr Paul Gadsby and Cllr Annie Gallop, are urging residents to give their views about the proposals here.

Police hold “street briefing” and feedback session for residents on Paulet Road estate

Local police in Myatt’s Fields are hosting a “street” briefing on Monday, 15 August for residents on the Paulet Road to discuss recent issues with anti-social behaviour (ASB) and crime in the area.

Residents and local councillors have been in touch with the police recently about concerns around drug use, noise and other ASB in the neighbourhood. Police have in the past few months:

  • Stepped up patrols in the area and are working with the Council to increase CCTV coverage on Paulet Road.
  • Issued a number of formal warnings for the misuse of mopeds, and taken action against one moped rider which lead to the cancellation of their rental agreement for the bike.
  • Conducted a number of actions which lead to the confiscation of drugs in the area.

Details for the street briefing are below: please note that the briefing will start at 5.30pm:

More new bike storage hangers set for Myatt’s Fields

Cyclists in Myatt’s Fields are to benefit from two new Lambeth Council bike storage hangers — with one already installed.

The first store has appeared on Cromwell Road, following recent road works in the area.

The second will be installed on Knatchbull Road. Cllr Rezina Chowdhury, the cabinet member for Sustainable Lambeth and Clean Air, confirmed the improvements in answer to a question from Cllr Paul Gadsby at last month’s council meeting.

Cllr Gadsby and Cllr Annie Gallop also handed in two surveys concerning traffic problems in the ward.

The first of two new bike hangers, installed on Cromwell Road

Cllr Annie Gallop and Cllr Paul Gadsby said:

“It is really welcome news to see more bike storage hangers arriving in our area following the two storage spaces installed earlier this year on Paulet Road and the recent commitment from the Council to roll out more electrical charging points in Myatt’s Fields.

“There is a real demand for more sustainable transport options in our community, and we keep lobbying for more of improvements on behalf of residents.”

Residents can nominate streets that they think should have a bike hanger in Lambeth on this webpage.

How can we make Myatt’s Fields more child friendly?

Lambeth Council’s new Child Friendly Lambeth initiative will be holding a consultation event in Myatt’s Fields asking for young people’s views on what improvements and priorities they would like to see from their council.

In its mission statement, Child Friendly Lambeth states:

Lambeth are embarking on an ambitious three to five-year programme to be recognised as a UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) Child Friendly Community.

This borough-wide partnership programme will see participation from the local authority, schools, community and faith groups, voluntary and community sector organisations, local businesses, police, health providers and commissioners.

The consultation event will be held 12:00 – 16:00, Wednesday 10th August 2022 at Myatt’s Fields South Basketball Court, London, SW9 6SN.

Further details below:

Lambeth urged to act on traffic problems following two residents’ surveys in Myatt’s Fields

Local Labour councillors are demanding new action on traffic in Myatt’s Fields, based on evidence gathered in two snapshot surveys.

The surveys – organised by Cllrs Paul Gadsby and Cllr Annie Gallop – revealed strong support for action to deal with speeding vehicles and dangerous driving around Myatt’s Fields Park and Akerman Road. The results of the petitions, based on two questionnaires, were handed into Lambeth council by Cllr Gadsby on behalf of the Labour team.  Lambeth Council are now formally required to respond to the surveys.

The councillors said:

“Thank you to all residents who took the time to fill in the surveys. They clearly demonstrate real concerns about speeding vehicles and dangerous driving in these closely connected neighbourhoods.

“As councillors, we have also received similar speeding concerns on Patmos Road which connects into Akerman Road, and a local Residents Association on Loughborough Road has been highlighting for many years problems with congestion there.

“ We are asking Lambeth Council to take a look at all these issues together and put in place a comprehensive plan that makes local roads safer.“

The headlines from the surveys, which were prompted by local concerns, are:

83 responses were received to the Myatt’s Fields Park survey, with 160 residents saying there was a problem with speeding cars in the area. In this survey, the top asks from residents were:

128 – Better enforcement of the 20mph speed limit

113 – Introduction of speed bumps

82 – Better facilities for cyclists

32 – Improvement/resurfacing of local roads

55 responses were received for a survey about speeding on Akerman Road, with 52 respondents stating there was a problem with speeding on the road.

A variety of suggestions were made about how to tackle the problem, including better enforcement of the 20mph speed limit, including the introduction of speed cameras, and  speed humps being put into the area.

Cllr Paul Gadsby at July’s Lambeth Council meeting

Petition launched to stop cuts to Lambeth bus services

Lambeth Labour has launched a petition against planned government cuts to local bus services in the borough, some of which will affect bus routes that run through Myatt’s Fields.

Local Labour councillors, including Cllr Paul Gadsby, and Streatham MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy signing Lambeth Labour’s petition at the Lambeth Country show.

The petition states:

Under current plans, drawn up by Transport for London (TfL) in response to Tory cuts, the following local buses are affected:

• Route 45 would be completely withdrawn and no longer run at all.
• Route 59 would no longer serve stops between Holmewood Road and Telford Avenue. It would instead extend to Clapham Park via Streatham Place.

The changes would affect a number of other buses which go through Lambeth, including the 133 & N133 – full details of proposed changes can be found at haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/busreview

Local councillors Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop are urging Myatt’s Fields residents to sign the petition, as well as contribute to the Tfl review.

Brixton Chamber Orchestra announces summer tour

The twenty two piece Brixton Chamber Orchestra has announced its tour dates for summer 2022, with two events set for the Myatt’s Fields area.

Featuring special guest vocalists and rappers, the orchestra’s free event programme includes gigs at the Myatt’s Fields Band Stand and the Myatt’s South estate.

Full details of the tour:

Friday 22nd July | 16:00 | Myatt’s Field Bandstand | SE5 9BW

Friday 22nd July | 19:00 | Stockwell Estate Hall of Fame | SW9 0TE

Saturday 23rd July | 16:00 | St. Matthew’s Estate | SW2 1LY

Saturday 23rd July | 19:00 | Holmewood Gardens Park | SW2 3NB

Sunday 24th July | 16:00 | Cressingham Gardens Estate | SW2 2QG

Sunday 24th July | 19:00 | Moorlands Estate | SW9 8QT

Friday 29th July | 16:00 | Angell Town | SW9 7JX

Friday 29th July | 19:00 | Myatt’s Field South Community Hall | SW9 6QG

Saturday 30th July | 16:00 | Clapham Park Estate | SW4 8EP

Saturday 30th July | 19:00 | Deronda Estate | SW2 3DG

Sunday 31st July | 16:00 | Edmundsbury Estate | SW9 8AY

Five new electrical vehicle charging points set for Myatt’s Fields

Lambeth Council have confirmed that five new electrical charging points for vehicles will be installed in the Myatt’s Fields area in the next year to supplement the eight already in place. This will be part of 116 new lamp column charging points rolled out across Lambeth.

The plans were revealed in response to a question submitted to July’s Lambeth Council meeting by Cllr Paul Gadsby on behalf of Myatt’s Fields councillors. More charging points for electric vehicles was one issue raised with councillors during their recent roving surgeries, with particularly strong feedback that more needed to be installed on local council estates.

Lambeth’s statement said:

We have over 250 lamp column chargers across the borough as well as 58 Fast chargers and 20 Rapid chargers. We have secured funding for a further 116 Lamp column charge points for delivery in 22/23 and are going through a procurement process for a further 8 Ultra Rapid Charge points.   

Of the 116 charge points due for delivery in 22/23, we plan to install 5 within the Myatt’s Field area to supplement the existing 8 charge points.  

We are currently in the process of updating our Electric Vehicle Strategy and delivery plan.

This work is being developed and will enable a bid into the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure scheme when the fund opens in late 2022. The aim of the strategy update is to ensure we deliver an appropriate number of chargers to support the wider de-carbonisation of transport in Lambeth, in line with the Climate Action Plan. Noting Cllr Gadsby’s request for plans relating to the Myatts Field ward, consideration as to which estates are to be included in the bid will be given over the next few months.”

Responding to the statement from the Council, Cllr Gadsby and Cllr Gallop said:

“We are pleased that Lambeth has listened to residents and new charging points will be installed in the coming year: we are especially pleased that the Council will be looking at installing these on our estates not just street areas.

“In our view, Myatt’s Fields does need more sustainable travel infrastructure, including additional bike storage racks like those recently installed on Paulet Road. We will keep pressing for more green travel investment in our area.”