Penguin Michael Joseph wants to collect your memories of Myatt’s Fields Park

Myatt’s Fields’ Park has set up a new initiative with Penguin Michael Joseph to collect memories and reflections from local residents about the Park.

To take part, residents can until 24 November drop letters into the Little Cat Cafe in the park or send them too: jademacestudent@gmail.com

More information below:

Plaque to local artist Nelly Roberts set to be unveiled on Loughborough Road

A local history group is set to unveil a new blue plaque to local artist Nelly Robert on Sunday, 16 October at 3.30pm.

Nelly Roberts lived above a watchmakers shop at 92 Loughborough Road (at the time 72 Loughborough Road) for over 30 years from her birth in 1872. Nelly became famous for her orchid paintings across a long artistic career. More information about her life and work is outlined below:

The plague ceremony will begin at 3.30pm at the corner of Fiveways Road and Loughborough Road (SW9 7SF). More information about the work of the history group on Loughborough Road can be found here.

Local councillors are urging council tenants to reject plans for a stock transfer attempt on their homes

Local councillors have urged council tenants on the Lothian estate area (formerly the PACCA TMO area) to reject proposals from a for-profit company to take control of their homes.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has approved an application by PACCA TMO Limited and Vision Homes (Lambeth) Ltd, a for-profit company, to conduct a ballot on the future ownership of the council properties on the Lothian Estate area. If they are successful in the ballot, the homes will be transferred out of the control of the local council and will be run by Vision Homes.

In a letter to council tenants, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Maria Kay, laid out the reasons why residents should be concerned about these proposals and vote no in the upcoming ballot: you can read her letter in full here.

Myatt’s Fields councillors Annie Gallop and Paul Gadsby have backed Cllr Kay’s comments, saying:

“These proposals have already caused a great deal of alarm in the community: we have received numerous communications from residents who are deeply concerned about how this has happened

“If successful, it will be the first time anywhere in the country where a for-profit company has taken control of council homes in this way. Vision Homes (Lambeth) Limited are a “for profit” company with no track record in owning or managing social housing. They will be able to charge residents more for their services and could pass on control of the housing, and the land on which it sits, to another organisation without a ballot.

“Although only council tenants are able to vote in this ballot, leaseholders in the area will have their lease transferred to the for-profit private company in the event of a “yes” vote”. We do think it is very unfair that leaseholders are unable to vote owing to the rules laid down by very badly drawn-up national legislation.

“We urge residents to make sure they vote No, in this important ballot: its outcome will have an impact on the daily lives of everyone in the Lothian estate area.”

A date for the ballot has yet to be set, but is likely to be in the next few months. Council tenant and leaseholder properties affected by these proposals are on the following streets:

  • Lothian Road (Dalkeith House, Silverburn House and Bathgate House)
  • Langton Road
  • Frederick Crescent
  • Myatt Road
  • Halsmere Road
  • Patmos Road
  • Tindall Street
  • Elliott Road
  • Cancell Road

If you worried or confused about this proposed takeover and want to know more, you can contact your local councillors Paul and Annie here – and give us your views on the proposals here.

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.