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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Lambeth starts “conversation” on historical sites linked to the slave trade

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.

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Loughborough Road Healthy Route – your views wanted!

Ambitious plans to improve health and safety in our community are being unveiled by Lambeth Council.

If approved, the scheme — for a ‘healthy route’ on Loughborough Rd — will include protected cycle lanes, upgraded crossings and cycle traffic lights. The council is launching an online consultation event on Thursday, 17 March from 6pm.

Our Labour team have welcomed the initiative which, it’s hoped, will help deal with long-standing concerns about road safety and the environment at the junction with Akerman Rd in Myatt’s Fields. But, they say, further action is needed over a wider area, and other issues — such as congestion and speeding traffic — need to be addressed to make the neighbourhood a “safer, greener and cleaner” environment.

The Healthy Route proposals include:

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