Myatt’s Fields Park asks for residents’ help in a bid for Lambeth Community Funds

Myatt’s Fields Park is bidding for £75,000 from the Lambeth Community Fund in order to fund its outstanding local community work – and it’s asking residents to support its application.

Talking about its bid, the Myatt’s Fields Park Project, said:

We want to: 

* Empower at least eight people a year to develop and run their own activities in the park. This will include personalised development and mentoring, accredited training, fundraising support and free use of the park’s facilities 
* Support at least five organisations a year to run events and activities in the park 
* Engage local people as community representatives, reaching out into the community, gathering information about community needs 
* Run events and activities for more than 3000 people a year 

This program will prioritise young and older people from the African diaspora and other people of colour as they are currently under-represented as park users. 

MFPP has applied to Lambeth Community Connections Fund for £75k over two years to pay for a new community engagement manager, marketing manager and community engagement costs. To be successful, we have to prove that we have local support. If you would like to see the change above, please do so.

Residents can pledge their support here.

Local councillors Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop are backing the project, and are encouraging residents to do the same.

Myatt’s Fields Park hosts Pride in the Park event on Saturday 18 June

Myatt’s Fields Park will be hosting a Pride in the Park event on Saturday, 18 June between 3pm and 7pm.

Details of the event include:

There will be fun for all the family with Rainbow Craft games for children and performances /music later on in the day for everyone.

Sit, eat, dance and celebrate love in a place where we all belong!

If you have any questions, please email Nathan at Nathan.Lewis@blackthrive.org.

Saturday, 18  June 2022 

3:00-7:00pm.

Blooming Lambeth Awards 2022 – nominations open!

The Blooming Lambeth Awards (2022) have opened nominations for this year’s raft of accolades aimed at celebrating community gardening and other greening projects in the borough.

Nominations are open until midnight on Saturday, 11 June: full details on the awards are available here.

Outgoing Lambeth Mayor asks for more donations to “fantastic” Ebony Horse Club in Brixton

Myatt’s Fields Councillor, and outgoing Mayor of Lambeth, Cllr Annie Gallop has urged the local community to make donations to her the “fantastic” Ebony Horse Club charity, which has been her chosen charity during the past Mayoral year.

Cllr Gallop has already helped raise £7,000 for the charity, whose mission is to use horses to raise the education, life skills, wellbeing and aspirations of young people from disadvantaged communities within Lambeth. Based in Brixton, the charity has won praise for its work with the community since its launch in 2011.

In her farewell speech as Mayor on Wednesday, 25 May, Cllr Gallop praised the charity and urged for more donations so it can continue its work with people. Residents can make donations here.

Lambeth launches My LGBTQ+ survey

Teaming up with LGBT HERO, Lambeth Council has launched a new survey to find out what life is like for LGBTQ+ people living, working and socialising in Lambeth.

Promoting the survey, Lambeth Council said:

This is your chance to shape the future of Lambeth for the LGBTQ+ community. The results of the survey will be looked at by Lambeth Council and assessed to make positive and effective changes for our community in the London borough. The results of this survey will work alongside the findings of 2021’s LAMQ survey of LGBTQ+ residents – including in-depth work in partnership with LGBTQ+ people from Lambeth’s Black and multi-ethnic communities – carried out by Lambeth Council in partnership with London Metropolitan University.

More information about the survey can be found on the I Love Lambeth website, with the survey open to residents here.

Annie Gallop and Paul Gadsby elected to represent Myatt’s Fields ward

Annie Gallop and Paul Gadsby have been elected to represent Myatt’s Fields ward on Lambeth Council following the local elections on Thursday 5 May.

The Labour team topped the poll and will now represent residents on the local authority for the next four years. Across the borough Labour was re-elected to run the Council with an increased majority.

Reacting to the result, Cllr Paul Gadsby said on Twitter:

And Cllr Annie Gallop said:

The full results of the election are below:

Election CandidatePartyVotes%Outcome
Anne-Marie GallopLabour and Co-operative Party142132%Elected
Paul John GadsbyLabour and Co-operative Party139931%Elected
Dzaier Djarmilia Belgasmi NeilGreen48611%Not elected
Sean Cadoux Martin WalshGreen4009%Not elected
Kate NobleLiberal Democrats2325%Not elected
Harvey Frederick Robert ChandlerConservative2004%Not elected
James David Alexander HallettConservative1824%Not elected
Nicolas Charles GibbonLiberal Democrats1804%Not elected

Polling stations for local elections on 5 May 2022

On Thursday, 5 May, residents in Myatt’s Fields will have the opportunity to cast their votes for two local ward councillors who will represent the area for the next four years.

Polling stations will be open 7am to 10pm, and will be located at the following locations in the ward:

Christchurch School, Cancell Road, SW9 6HN

Myatt’s North Community Centre, 24 Crawshay Road, SW9 6FZ

The Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY

For more information about polling day please take a look at this page – you can read the local pledges from the Labour candidates here.

Local councillors launch new traffic survey and petition on Akerman Road

Residents living along one of Myatt’s Fields’ main roads are being asked for their opinion about traffic issues there. Councillors have set up an online survey asking for views from people who live around Akerman Road following a rise in complaints about speeding vehicles in the neighbourhood. The survey includes a petition asking Lambeth Council to take action to introduce speed calming measures , including speed bumps and better enforcement of the 20 mph speed limit.

 Councillors Annie Gallop and Paul Gadsby said:

“We have heard first hand from residents who have witnessed accidents in the area or had near misses with speeding vehicles. Our survey is designed to gauge wider resident feedback on these issues along Akerman Road and ask the Council to take some immediate actions.

“We know that Akerman Road is not the only area where there are traffic related concerns.  We are also campaigning for further traffic calming measures around Myatt’s Fields Park and action to address congestion on Loughborough Road.

“The Council has acknowledged that we need have a joined up, well funded plan. We are encouraged by the consultation recently concluded on potential solutions to congestion and poor safety on parts of Loughborough Road. However, we do believe a lot more needs to be done – and quicker – by the Council.”

New bike storage hangers set to be installed on Paulet Road

Following campaigning by local councillors, Lambeth Council has confirmed they will be installing two new bike storage hangers on Paulet Road in the next few months for the use of residents in nearby street properties and the estate.

Spaces in the new hangers will cost just £3.50 a month and are part of programme to create 250 new cycle storage spaces across the borough in the next few months, adding to the hundreds already in use.

In recent years, new hangers have been installed on a number of roads across Myatt’s Fields, including on the Myatt’s South estate, Cranmere Road, Lilford Road and a number of streets surrounding Myatt’s Fields Park.

Cllr Paul Gadsby and Cllr Annie Gallop said:

“This is great news for residents on Paulet Road who have been lobbying for many years, with councillors, for affordable cycle storage space. We do know that many other parts of the community want to see cycle hangers on their streets or estates, and we have made it a top priority to deliver more in the next few years across Myatt’s Fields.”

Lambeth Council will be contacting residents on Paulet Road soon with advice on how to apply for one of the new cycle storage spaces.

More information about the bike hanger programme, and details of how to nominate your street to be considered for more cycle storage, can be found here.

“Bee Roads” cash boosts Myatt’s Fields greening effort

Our community is to benefit from a Lambeth Council and Mayor of London initiative to improve green spaces in urban areas.

Lambeth has been awarded £440,000 as part of Sadiq Khan’s rewilding initiative which will help provide further funding for the Council’s Bee Roads initiative. This ambitious programme is aimed at converting ten miles of roadside land, including roundabouts and verges of roads, into wildflower mini-meadows which will provide habitats for wildlife including butterflies, bumble-bees and other pollinators.

The roundabout on Knatchbull Road will be a major beneficiary of this scheme. At Lambeth’s Council meeting in January, Cllr Paul Gadsby and Cllr Annie Gallop received confirmation that the site had been chosen as part of the Bee Roads project.

Local Councillors have now asked Lambeth Council to deliver additional improvements as part of the project, including removing unsightly railings around the roundabout.

Cllr Paul Gadsby and Cllr Annie Gallop said:

“We have been campaigning for many years for more funding to be put into local greening and community gardening projects which really enhance the local neighbourhood for everyone, as well as improve local wildlife habitats. We have seen a lot of success in this area, including more projects taking off on our estates, which have been lead directly by residents.

“The Knatchbull Road projects is a welcome addition to the Bees Road scheme, and we are now pressing for this scheme to be expanded to include general improvements to the pavements surrounding the roundabout. We also want to see more of these projects across Myatt’s Fields.”

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