Lambeth urged to act on traffic problems following two residents’ surveys in Myatt’s Fields

Local Labour councillors are demanding new action on traffic in Myatt’s Fields, based on evidence gathered in two snapshot surveys.

The surveys – organised by Cllrs Paul Gadsby and Cllr Annie Gallop – revealed strong support for action to deal with speeding vehicles and dangerous driving around Myatt’s Fields Park and Akerman Road. The results of the petitions, based on two questionnaires, were handed into Lambeth council by Cllr Gadsby on behalf of the Labour team.  Lambeth Council are now formally required to respond to the surveys.

The councillors said:

“Thank you to all residents who took the time to fill in the surveys. They clearly demonstrate real concerns about speeding vehicles and dangerous driving in these closely connected neighbourhoods.

“As councillors, we have also received similar speeding concerns on Patmos Road which connects into Akerman Road, and a local Residents Association on Loughborough Road has been highlighting for many years problems with congestion there.

“ We are asking Lambeth Council to take a look at all these issues together and put in place a comprehensive plan that makes local roads safer.“

The headlines from the surveys, which were prompted by local concerns, are:

83 responses were received to the Myatt’s Fields Park survey, with 160 residents saying there was a problem with speeding cars in the area. In this survey, the top asks from residents were:

128 – Better enforcement of the 20mph speed limit

113 – Introduction of speed bumps

82 – Better facilities for cyclists

32 – Improvement/resurfacing of local roads

55 responses were received for a survey about speeding on Akerman Road, with 52 respondents stating there was a problem with speeding on the road.

A variety of suggestions were made about how to tackle the problem, including better enforcement of the 20mph speed limit, including the introduction of speed cameras, and  speed humps being put into the area.

Cllr Paul Gadsby at July’s Lambeth Council meeting

Lambeth announces package of measures to help residents struggling with cost-of-living crisis

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.”

Details of the scheme can be found here.

Cllr David Amos, Cabinet Member for Finance, talks about the new package here.

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.