Myatt’s Fields residents in the grip of the Tories’ cost-of-living crisis are being offered help to make ends meet by Labour-controlled Lambeth council.
In line with Labour’s manifesto promise during last month’s local elections, the package will offer extra financial help for those residents caught in the grip of the emergency by funding free school meals during the school holidays for families on low incomes, and direct payments to thousands of residents who are struggling to pay their bills.
Funding will be available to those who need it most in the borough at a time when many people in our communities are struggling with rising household bills by offering:
A targeted £150 Council Tax Energy Rebate for those on Council Tax Support not living in Band A-D properties
£100 Additional support for low-income pensioner households
£50 Additional support for low-income households (non-pensioners)
£20 per child per week additional support for households with children, during the school holidays
Myatt’s Fields councillors Annie Gallop and Paul Gadsby said:
“Many of our residents are already struggling to pay for basic needs like food and fuel; we can’t and won’t stand by and allow this crisis to let rip across the borough while the Tories in Westminster stumble from one scandal to the next.
“This package of support will help the people in our communities who are suffering the most. It is part of our commitment as Lambeth Labour to do everything we can to shield everyone, particularly our most vulnerable, from the worst effects of this crisis.
“At the elections last month we made a manifesto commitment to take whatever action we can to help our residents at this difficult time. Now it’s time for us to deliver on that promise.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Myatt’s Fields features prominently in a list of historical sites with proven links to the cruel transatlantic slave trade. Now Lambeth council is asking our communities for our views on their future.
The council has started a public conversation aimed at forging a consensus on how to deal with the sites. Our area is already changing its name from “Vassall” to acknowledge its connection with an historical character strongly linked with the slave trade.