Local estates in Myatt’s Fields will be among the first to benefit from Lambeth’s promise to plant thousands of trees across the Borough
Lambeth Labour have committed to plant more than 5,000 trees to enhance our communities and help address the climate emergency.
The ward’s Labour councillors have welcomed the initiative and pledged to lobby for more planting in the area.
New trees will appear on the Cowley estate, at locations including near Lauderdale and Garlinge Houses. Other sites include:
Myatt’s Fields South estate
Two new trees will also be planted in Myatt’s Fields Park.
Local Councillors Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop said:
“We are delighted that twenty one new trees will be planted in Myatt’s Fields: new landscaping and green planting really helps enhance our local community, and, of course, plays its part in addressing the climate change emergency.”
Lambeth Council has launched a new consultation asking for residents’ views on how to improve air quality in the borough.
According to results from recent studies, air quality has been improving in Lambeth since 2014, but as with other parts of London, pollution remains high.
Responding to this challenge, the Council states in its introduction to the consultation:
“Lambeth Council has put together an Air Quality Action Plan that sets out the steps we will take to reduce air pollution in the borough. Here’s what’s included:
A commitment to pursuing, ambitious long term air quality targets.
Support for most at-risk groups: the young, the elderly, those with a pre-existing health condition, and residents in the most polluted areas.
There are air quality policy areas that are outside of our influence and so we will continue to work with regional and central government on policies and issues beyond Lambeth’s influence.
As part of our response to air pollution in Lambeth, we will be setting up an Air Quality Forum to allow residents to continue to have their say on the work we are doing to improve air quality in the borough.”
You can find out more about the consultation and give your views here.
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.
“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.”