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

Brixton Chamber Orchestra announces summer tour

The twenty two piece Brixton Chamber Orchestra has announced its tour dates for summer 2022, with two events set for the Myatt’s Fields area.

Featuring special guest vocalists and rappers, the orchestra’s free event programme includes gigs at the Myatt’s Fields Band Stand and the Myatt’s South estate.

Full details of the tour:

Friday 22nd July | 16:00 | Myatt’s Field Bandstand | SE5 9BW

Friday 22nd July | 19:00 | Stockwell Estate Hall of Fame | SW9 0TE

Saturday 23rd July | 16:00 | St. Matthew’s Estate | SW2 1LY

Saturday 23rd July | 19:00 | Holmewood Gardens Park | SW2 3NB

Sunday 24th July | 16:00 | Cressingham Gardens Estate | SW2 2QG

Sunday 24th July | 19:00 | Moorlands Estate | SW9 8QT

Friday 29th July | 16:00 | Angell Town | SW9 7JX

Friday 29th July | 19:00 | Myatt’s Field South Community Hall | SW9 6QG

Saturday 30th July | 16:00 | Clapham Park Estate | SW4 8EP

Saturday 30th July | 19:00 | Deronda Estate | SW2 3DG

Sunday 31st July | 16:00 | Edmundsbury Estate | SW9 8AY

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.

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.”