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: